Pear & Chocolate Cake | Torta alle Pere e Cioccolato

Chocolate and Pear Cake:

I love to cook and eat seasonal fruits and vegetables, which is the reason why today I want to share with you the recipe for a very indulgent yet guilt-free cake, made with pears and very dark chocolate. Even if my favourite dessert is my healthy and plant-based crumble, this cake is very satisfying yet light and easy to digest. Dark chocolate is a very good source of fiber and important minerals, such as: iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

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My favourite Chia Parafait | Il Mio Pudding di Chia Preferito

My Favourite Chia Parfait :

I love Chia pudding because it keeps me full for 4-5 hours which is perfect when I need a nourishing breakfast and I know I will have to keep on going until lunch time. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is quite easy and you can prepare in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight. For this recipe I used a good amount of cinnamon that can really help to balance blood sugar levels, it is also loaded with antioxidants and it helps the body to fight infections and repair tissue damages.

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Meri’s Nocciolata | La Nocciolata di Meri

Meri’s Nocciolata :

I have been working on this recipe for the past few weeks and now, that I am finally happy with the result, I’m going to share it with you. My Nocciolata is a lighter and healthier version of the classic Nutella and it is super delicious on its own or spread it on gluten-free toast and crackers. The main ingredient of my Nocciolata are organic hazelnuts, which are a great source of vitamin E and B and minerals such as: iron, calcium and potassium.

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Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup | Zuppa di Zucca e Patata Americana

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup:

Autumn is probably one of my favourite season , mainly because I love how quickly the leaves turn red, orange and yellow. In Autumn I like to take long walks in the park and buy organic vegetables from the local farmer’s market. My favourite fruits and vegetables of this season, are : butternut squash, sweet potato and apples. The recipe I’m sharing with you today has a very high content of vitamins, such as: vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C. Butternut squash and sweet potatoes are also a good source of magnesium and potassium.

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Banana and Cacao Smoothie | Frullato di Banana e Cacao

Banana and Cacao Smoothie :

Now that the weather is getting colder I prefer to nourish myself with cozy and sweet meals like my Warm Berry Porridge. But sometimes I wake up later than usual and I have to prepare a quick breakfast before running to work or to school. I simply love this banana and cacao smoothie because it has a very “chocolatey” taste, sometimes I even prepare it in the afternoon when I need a quick and healthy snack. I added also some almond butter which is a wonderful source of plant-based protein and vitamin E, that will make your skin glow.

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers | Burgers di Patata Dolce e Fagioli

Black Beans and Sweet Potato Burgers:

When I was in New York this Summer I fell in love with By Chloe, a vegan restaurant founded by Chloe Coscarelli, here you can find a great  variety of delicious vegan burgers. My favourite one is “The Guac Burger” made with beans, avocado and sweet potato. This weekend I organised a vegan brunch with my girlfriends and I tried to remake it in my kitchen. My version is made with black beans and quinoa, which are both a great source of plant-based protein, and sweet potato, which is a great source of carbohydrates, therefore this recipe represents a nutritious and well balanced meal.

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Meri’s Guide to San Francisco | La Mia Guida di San Francisco

Meri’s Guide to San Francisco:

San Francisco is one of the more cool, vibrant and beautiful city in America. What I love about San Francisco is the energy that you feel while walking around the city, as well as the calm and relax that you get from the Ocean and the wild nature just outside the city centre. In America, and especially in California you feel that nothing is impossible and that any good idea could work, which is why I would love to move to San Francisco very soon. During my last trip to the United States, I had the chance to visit both San Francisco and Berkeley and here’s the list of my favourite healthy spots.

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Healthy Granola | La Granola di Meri

Healthy Granola :

I normally like to have Porridge for breakfast, I love to wake up early in the morning and prepare it while sipping my cup of Espresso. Now that the weather is super warm, I’ll rather have a fresh smoothie or my home made Granola with yoghurt and honey. My Granola is made with nuts and seeds. Nuts and Seeds are a good source of plant-based protein that will make you feel satisfied and fullfilled.

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Aubergine and Apricot Salad with Fresh Mint | Insalata di Riso Rosso Thai, Melanzane e Albicocche

Aubergine and Apricot Salad with Fresh Mint.

Here in Italy I have a nice garden where my father grows loads of veggies and aromatic plants like mint and rosemary. Since I truly adore fresh mint I love to add it to every single dish or to my iced drinks. When I need inspiration for my recipes, I like to walk trough our garden and pick random vegetables, then I try to combine them together and create new healthy dishes. Yesterday I decided to cook our aubergines with apricots and fresh mint, I loved it so much that i decided to share the recipe with you.

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