Nicole’s ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, BRUSSEL SPROUTS & CRANBERRY MEDLEY

Roasted Butternut Squash Brussel Sprouts & Cranberry Medley

Left over squash?! Hehe, I do get around plenty of it lately 😉 Put together a quick & delicious side dish, perfect to pair with your turkey, chicken or pork chop. You can start with your roasted squash leftovers (or a raw one), grab a packet of frozen (or fresh) Brussel sprouts, and throw in a handful of dried cranberries. Dress it with some extra virgin olive oil or a homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette…Et Voila’! Continue reading “Nicole’s ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, BRUSSEL SPROUTS & CRANBERRY MEDLEY”

Nicole’s FRESH CRANBERRY ORANGE CHUTNEY

Cranberry Orange Chutney

One week till Thanksgiving! I had been planning on sharing few different recipes for your Holiday menu, but had two very hectic weeks and little time to blog! I will try to catch up and post some healthy & easy ones during the next few days. Mostly little twitches to your traditional dishes, to keep it classic, tasty, AND healthy 🙂

First on the list: Cranberry Orange Chutney. Let’s not give into the canned cranberry sauce! Not only it is loaded with sugar, but also preservatives. It’s so easy to make your own with a handful of ingredients and only takes few minutes. Continue reading “Nicole’s FRESH CRANBERRY ORANGE CHUTNEY”

Nicole’s CREAMY PUMPKIN & SWEET POTATO SOUP

Creamy Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Soup

Last pumpkin recipe…for the week, I promise! Hehe 😉 I obviously can’t get enough of it! And soups too. I love how you can make a big batch, refrigerate or freeze them, and they are always a good option.

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Nicole’s ASPARAGUS & EGGS with SRIRACHA SAUCE

Asparagus & Eggs with Sriracha Sauce

Another quick an easy everyday recipe for you today 🙂

Asparagus are high in folate (folic acid), fibers, potassium, thiamin, vitamins B6, A and C, with no fat and no cholesterol. If you never had them with eggs you have been missing out! Seriously! Besides being a perfectly balanced nutritious meal, this dish is a great combination of flavors. I used to put a bit of Tabasco on my scrambled eggs back in the day, until I tried Sriracha. Oh boy! It’s delicious! Continue reading “Nicole’s ASPARAGUS & EGGS with SRIRACHA SAUCE”

Nicole’s CHICKEN AVOCADO & JALAPENO BURGERS

Chicken Avocado & Jalapeno Burgers

Today I was thinking about posting the recipe of my ‘bomb’ Tacos, but instead decided to share this variation to the usual “Taco Tuesday”: Chicken Avocado & Jalapeño Burgers. Literally one of the best burgers I’ve had in my life! Quick and easy to prepare, super tasty and fresh with cilantro and a squeeze of lime. The whole serving size (3 of them), barely packs 400 calories of awesome proteins and good fat. Can’t get enough of them! ❤ ❤ ❤ Continue reading “Nicole’s CHICKEN AVOCADO & JALAPENO BURGERS”

Nicole’s PUMPKIN SPICE ORGANIC RISOTTO

Pumpkin Spice Risotto

So after the success of the Nicole’s ORGANIC GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN PIE recipe I posted yesterday (over 200 hits!), I decided to give you a couple of more dishes that involve pumpkin. After all, if we don’t take advantage of it now, when then?!

Risotto is one of my favorite ways to prepare rice: must be my Italian roots! Continue reading “Nicole’s PUMPKIN SPICE ORGANIC RISOTTO”

Nicole’s ORGANIC GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN PIE

Nicole's Organic Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie

Ohh Pumpkin Pie…a classic of the season! Thanksgiving is approaching fast (WAY too fast!), and a lot of us are starting putting together the ‘Holiday’ menu. This recipe will give a different twist to your Pumpkin Pie. To start with, it doesn’t pack all the sugar you would normally find in a regular pie. It is dairy and gluten free, and the combination of coconut & almond flour gives a nutty finish that is perfect with the natural pumpkin flavor.

Considering you will probably be stuffing yourself with everything else, you can at least feel good about topping it off with a healthy treat 😉 Continue reading “Nicole’s ORGANIC GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN PIE”

Nicole’s QUICK & DELICIOUS GARBANZO BEAN SALAD

QUICK & DELICIOUS GARBANZO BEAN SALAD

I love this quick salad! It’s a great option to stick to a healthy meal when you are on the go, or just don’t feel like cooking. It literally takes few minutes to put together and not only it tastes great, but it’s packed with vitamins and fibers too. Did you know there is now direct evidence between garbanzo beans and appetite? A recent study showed participants that included garbanzo beans in their diet reported more satisfaction, consumed fewer processed food snacks, and overall ate less, beating unwanted cravings. I am a big fan. Continue reading “Nicole’s QUICK & DELICIOUS GARBANZO BEAN SALAD”

Nicole’s BANANA WALNUT OAT BREAD

Banana Walnut Oat Bread

I always make a point in saying this is a BIG staple food in my nutrition: it’s healthy, tastes great, and it’s packed with nutrients and fibers. I haven’t found one person yet I recommended it that didn’t fall in love with it instantly! Easy to grab when you are on the go so you won’t skip breakfast, it would leave you satisfied and provide you with energy for most of the morning. You can also enjoy it as a mid-day snack with a cup of your favorite tea/coffee, to keep you going and avoid energy slumps. Great item to make part of your daily routine 🙂 Continue reading “Nicole’s BANANA WALNUT OAT BREAD”

Nicole’s MINESTRONE STYLE FARRO SOUP

Minestrone with Farro

Today we finally got some fall weather our way. Don’t get me wrong, I love the SoCal ‘endless summer’ weather we are blessed with mostly year round. But I guess it makes these cooler, drizzling days more of a treat. So the first thing that came to my mind this morning was some hot, comforting Minestrone soup. It was always a winter staple as a kid growing up in Italy. I still remember my grandma behind the stove (and yes, if you are thinking about the stereotypical Italian grandma right now, you are spot on!), the smell filling up the kitchen on those rainy days. To this day, Minestrone is still probably my favorite soup of all: earthy, wholesome, light and fulfilling. Continue reading “Nicole’s MINESTRONE STYLE FARRO SOUP”