Although the media may make us all think otherwise, the majority of people keep themselves healthy. Whether that is by eating a balanced diet, taking supplements, or exercising, it is not really that difficult to do. One thing that many medical experts agree on is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. People who miss breakfast tend to suffer from higher rates of fatigue, it also means sugar levels can be low, and this results in the brain being less focused. Studies of school children have shown that those who had breakfast tended to learn more than those who did not. Read the rest of this entry »
Thanksgiving is not all about large cuts of turkey or usual side dishes such as mashed potatoes, mashed turnips, celery sticks and others. It is also about interesting dressings on salads with healthy oils like Olimila Signature Ascolano Extra Virgin Olive Oil. The use of EVOO has been an interesting thing for many occasional cooks since the oil is believed to give better taste with dishes that are prepared for the occasion. There are many people who are asking about some tips on how they can make use of their EVOO properly during the holidays and make it possible to improve the flavor of every dish. Read the rest of this entry »
Appetizers are given first in full course dinners. This is given to stimulate people’s appetite before the main dish is offered. Usually, silverwares aren’t needed when eating appetizers as they are finger-foods. There are a number of healthy appetizers out there that you can try out. Individuals who plan to lose weight will certainly benefit from this. Having such foods clearly helps the body to stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »
Street food or road meals is an indispensable part of travelling – if you’re visiting a strange country and just eat in resorts and hotels, convenience food chains and predefined bistros and restaurants you may as well stay home. But if you decide to go another way and overcome your anxiety of street foods, you’ll discover that you get an authentic taste of the specific meals of the country you’re visiting. So if you are visiting South Africa we advise you to get ready for some really delightful side-walk snacking. Read the rest of this entry »
It seems that every person heard about French, Italian or Japanese food. Let’s face it, these cuisines are not exotic any more. What can be more extraordinary and fresher than food from Eastern Europe? For example, Ukrainian cuisine can bring new impressions and favors for the seekers of unusual recipes.
Since its appearance, Ukrainian cuisine has overcome a long and interesting way from simple to intricate and rather complicated dishes cooked according to unexpected recipes. Gradually developing, being in close proximity to other nations with their culinary preferences, Ukrainians have created their own unique set of products and their methods of preparation.
Ukrainian cuisine gave the world such an archetypal dish as borscht. This complex dish based on red beet includes up to 20 components. There are several culinary techniques to make traditional borscht. This is one of the most common recipes.
Garlic – 2 cloves
Onions – 1 onion
Egg – 1
Potatoes – 2
Carrots – 1
Cabbage – 1 middle size
Vegetable oil – 100 ml of
Tomatoes – 2
Red beets – 2
Pepper, sugar, vinegar to taste
Butter – 1 tbsp
Red beets, carrots, potatoes and onions cut into thin strips. Chop the cabbage. Put tomatoes into boiling water, peel the skin off the tomatoes, cut them into cubes. Use a garlic press to prepare garlic.
Put potatoes and cabbage in boiling salted water and cook over moderate heat.
Fry onions and garlic in the pan with vegetable oil, add half of red beets, vinegar and sugar. Stir and simmer for another 7-10 minutes. Put another half of the red beet into boiling water, add 1 tsp. of vinegar and leave it (the result is a red beet juice, which can be used to bring more saturated color to the finished borscht). Add the tomatoes on the pan, season with salt and pepper and simmer over low heat, let the pan be covered for 20 minutes.
Add the mixture of stewed vegetables and bay leaf into a saucepan with potatoes and cabbage. Bring to a boil, remove the foam, add the garlic. Cover the saucepan and remove from the oven. Live borsch under the cover for ten minutes, add the red beet juice if you wish.
Vareniky with potatoes filling
Another traditional Ukrainian dish is vareniky. In some way they are similar to Siberian dumplings or Caucasian oriental dumplings, but the fundamental difference is that instead of meat Ukrainian vareniky use vegetable or berries as the filling. For example, there are dumplings with cherries, potatoes, cabbage or cheese.
Dough: Kefir – 1 glass
Soda – half of the teaspoon
Flour – 4-5 glasses
Filling: Potatoes – 8 middle size
Vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
Onion – 2
Butter – 10 g
Take potatoes, clean, wash and chop coarsely. Boil potato in salted water for 20-25 minutes until it is ready. Peel onion and cut it into cubes. Sauté onion. Drain the water from boiled potatoes, mince potatoes to make puree, add 1/3 of fried onion, butter, salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Let the filling get cold. Gradually add flour till the dough thickens, mix the dough. The dough should get tough enough and it should not be sticky. If the dough is cut, it must remain homogeneous. Cut off the strip (about 2 cm) and cut it into cubes. Roll the cubes with a rolling pin and stuff them with potato. Put the fitting into the middle of a dough ring and fasten the edges well. Put vareniky into the salted boiling water and boil them for 5 minutes. Put vareniky on the plate, add fried onions. Eat vareniky with sour cream.
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Sweeeets. Even this word tastes like candy. Some people can’t live without sweets. And I’m the one of that group. There are so many tasty desserts in the world, just imagine: brownies, muffins, apple pie with cinnamon… But then I hear something like: “Do you understand that this is a sugar bomb”? Of course I am. But I simply need to eat something to satisfy my sweet tooth.
1. Strawberry in chocolate. Dip the strawberries into chocolate and put them into refrigerator so they were frozen. Perfect fresh snack is ready.
2. Strawberry cake. Are you surprised? Yes, this s healthy dessert and it contains only 0.3 g of saturated fat. Sounds like magic?
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon sweetener
1 cup orange juice
6 sponge cake dessert shells.
2 cups sliced strawberries
First combine the cornstarch with a sweetener, then add there orange juice. Boil this mixture during 1 minute, then remove it from heat, add vanilla. When the mixture is almost cool, add their strawberries, and mix that gently. We receive the sauce. Put such sauce over dessert shells and enjoy.
4. Vanilla-Lemon Parfaits with berries. This perfect light dessert melts in mouth and it will be the perfect light dessert for everybody.
1 cup low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 cups different berries
Some vanilla pudding
½ tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons honey
First, you should put in the bowl some pudding, yogurt, lemon curd, and vanilla. Mix them and set aside. In the other bowl, mix the lemon zest, berries, honey, and lemon juice. Don’t crush berries. Take the glass. Put there 3 tablespoons of yogurt mixture, top it with berry mixture, repeat this process several times, before the glass will be filled. Decorate it with fresh berries.
6. Sorbet. This dessert is perfect during hot summer days and it doesn’t need any sugar – just 3 little tablespoons of honey.
So you need:
1 ½ pounds sweet juicy fruits (we recommend plums)
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice or 1 teaspoon lime juice.
First wash plums and cut them into quarters. Toss them with honey in a bowl and then left them for 30 minutes. Put this mixture in the blender and add lemon juice. When it becomes smooth, freeze it during at least 2 hours.
8. Cinnamon toast. Breakfast? Tired of usual toasts? So take the slice on whole-grain bread, top with a butter (1/2 teaspoon) add some sugar and as much cinnamon as you wish!
9. Magic apple cake. Yes, this is really a cake. Why is it magic? Because it’s sweet, tasty and have such a small amount of calories, that you’ll eat this cake with a smile.
2 eggs, 2 cups skim milk
2 cups berries
1 big apple or pear (peeled and chopped)
½ cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup maple syrup
First, you must preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Take a medium bowl and put there quinoa. Add cinnamon. Beat the eggs in the other bowl, add milk and syrup. Mix that good. Add apple, nuts, and berries in the bowl with quinoa. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the fruits. Stir lightly. Bake it for 1 hour. That’s all, enjoy.
10. Banana Butter. Mash a half of banana with the teaspoon of simple or peanut butter. We advise you to spread this banana butter on a rise cake.
Sweet and healthy. What else do we need?
By Melisa Marzet
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