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 HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

If you have been following my blog a bit, you probably know how much I love chocolate ❤ AND peanut butter I could not live without ❤ I literally have it every day. Seriously! Oh well, to each its own weakness! This Halloween I decided to prepare some healthy treats for the lucky ones that will come knocking at our door tonight. Trick or treat 😉 Continue reading “Nicole’s HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER CUPS”

Nicole’s ORGANIC ROASTED BEET PESTO

Organic Roasted Beet Pesto

Beets are another one of my favorite super-foods. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support, on top of promoting optimal health. I eat beets in all kind of ways: love them in my morning smoothie! But this pesto is something else. So versatile it can be enjoyed with raw veggies, rice crackers, on a cheese plate, in a salad, or as a spread. Either way it is delicious! Continue reading “Nicole’s ORGANIC ROASTED BEET PESTO”

Nicole’s NO BAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE POMEGRANATE TART

Chocolate Ganache & Pomegranate Tart

This no bake chocolate-pomegranate tart is seriously too good to be true. Although my original recipe calls for a raw, gluten & grain free crust, I decided to post the ‘quicker and easier’ version of it. It is still incredibly delicious and not as laborious, so it’s a win-win! I’m giving you a good reason to pick some of those yummy inviting pomegranates up next time you are at the store 😉 Continue reading “Nicole’s NO BAKE CHOCOLATE GANACHE POMEGRANATE TART”

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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Nicole’s SWEET POTATOES GARLIC & TURMERIC SOUP

SWEET POTATOES GARLIC & TURMERIC SOUP

Oh my! I have been dealing with a nasty cold these past few days. I generally try to avoid using conventional medicine to ‘cure’ myself, as I rather strengthen my immune system through a diet packed with the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals. So, on top of a lot of juicing, leafy greens, and gallons (literally!) of hot ginger/lemon/raw honey teas I have been treating myself with this incredible soup. Continue reading “Nicole’s SWEET POTATOES GARLIC & TURMERIC SOUP”

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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