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 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”

Nicole’s QUICK & EASY JACK-O’-LANTERN STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

Jack-o'-lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Halloween!! This is definitely one of my favorite Holidays! Perfect weather, best sunsets, and everybody is ready to celebrate! Whether you are planning on throwing a little party this evening, or just give a fun twist to your dinner, this recipe will do the trick 😉 It’s quick, easy, tasty and healthy! SPOOK-TACULAR!! Continue reading “Nicole’s QUICK & EASY JACK-O’-LANTERN STUFFED BELL PEPPERS”

Nicole’s GLUTEN FREE BUTTERNUT SQUASH GNOCCHI BUTTER & SAGE

As promised, here’s the gnocchi recipe mentioned in my previous post. Enjoy it!! 🙂

Gluten Free Butternut Squash Gnocchi

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Nicole’s CARAMELIZED BUTTERNUT SQUASH with CINNAMON & NUTMEG

Caramelized Butternut Squash with Cinnamon & Nutmeg

I love winter squash. All of them. And when this season comes around I’m in ‘squash-heaven’! Oh the possibilities! They are delicious in every way you prepare them: roasted as a side dish, mashed, in a risotto, as ravioli’s filling, fritters, cake, fresh pasta…and the list goes on. Squash are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, a good source of Vitamin E, thiamin, niacin, Vitamin B6, folate, calcium and magnesium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and manganese. Some of the health benefits include antioxidant support, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar regulation benefits, promotion of optimal health. So, when something is so yummy and so healthy, how can you not take advantage of it?!

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CRANBERRIES YAY!

Cranberry Cooking

This is the season! And who doesn’t love them?! Did you know they are considered one of the ‘world’s healthiest foods’? Cranberries provide us with an incredible array of phytonutrients, such as phenolic acids, proanthocyanidins, anthocyanins, flavonoids and triterpenoids. They also are a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, and pantothenic acid. Continue reading “CRANBERRIES YAY!”

Nicole’s EASY-PEASY SPAGHETTI SQUASH

Tonight I picked my Easy-Peasy Spaghetti Squash. As much as I’m ready for ‘Holiday recipes’, it has been so warm lately here in Southern California, I still just crave light and refreshing foods.

Nicole's Easy-Peasy Spaghetti Squash

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