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Portobello stuffed mushrooms

Portobello stuffed mushrooms with 3 different cheeses. When rich and fresh ricotta pairs well with earthy mushrooms in a timeless hot appetizer. Stuffed mushrooms with spinach/fresh ricotta mixture, savory cheddar bottom,  freshly grated parmesan on top. Eat it hot!1-vegetables61-vegetables3

 

 

Ingredients: 5 handfuls mushrooms – 80 gr ricotta cheese – 5 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese – 50 gr cheddar cheese – handful of spinach -1 garlic clove – olive oil

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F)
  • Remove the stalks (they come out easily) and cut them into pieces
  • Heat a pan with olive oil,  when hot add garlic & stalks. Sauté the chopped mushroom stems for about 5 min, then add a handful of spinach & salt. Cook for 3-4 min stirring often. Turn off the heat .
  • Add ricotta to spinach & stir to combine
  • Brush the mushroom caps with oil, salt (and pepper if you desire)
  • Place pieces of cheddar cheese at the bottom of each mushroom cup
  • Fill  with the ricotta stuffing,  place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle grated parmesan cheese over each mushroom.
  • Bake for 20 min or until the cheese is golden. Bon appétit!
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Herb roasted baby potatoes

Crunchy, herb scented roast potatoes with a pinch of grated cheese.  A lovely accompaniment for meat dishes. They’re easy to make and the variations are endless. You can add ground pepper, paprika, dry garlic, dry onion, herbed breadcrumbs, fresh or dry herbs of your choice. Enjoy them with herb crusted rack of lamb or with your traditional easter lamb recipe and a fresh glass of wine.1-20170320_160832

Ingredients: 1 kg baby potatoes,  garlic powder,  1/2 cup grated parmigiano Reggiano, 1/3 cup olive oil, 4 tbs chopped parsley, 4 tbs chopped thyme, 4 tbs chopped rosemary.

Method: Preheat oven to 200°C  (400°F). In a large bowl mix oil ,  parmigiano Reggiano, garlic powder & chopped herbs. Add potatoes,  sprinkle generously with salt and toss to coat.

Spread potatoes in single layer on large baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart.

Roast until tender and golden brown for about 1 hour- 1 h 15 min Stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle with additional herbs mix & salt. Serve hot or warm.

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Beetroot pickled eggs

A trick to getting your kids to eat eggs? Beetroot colored pickled eggs is the perfect solution. Beautiful and full of proteins. Easy, tasty, cheap & kid friendly. Try these pickled eggs in a green salad or alone such an appetizer and enjoy a happy Easter!1-CARNE73

  • 6 hard cooked eggs, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup beetroot juice
  1. Place eggs in saucepan, cover with water. Bring to boil for 12 min. Lift into a bowl of cold water and cool. Peel and put into a sterilised jar.
  2. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, vinegar and beet juice to a boil.
  3. Pour liquid over eggs in the jar. Seal well & cool.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.

 

 

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Super food multivitamin salad – Turmeric & ginger dressing

Colorful veggies, berries, walnuts full of vitamins & minerals,  low in calories,  no cholesterol nutri – salad. A delicious way to nourish your body with natural vitamins. Dress all with two of the healthiest & antiflammatory spices  on earth: Turmeric (Curcuma longa) & Ginger (Gingiber officinale). You only have to add lime juice , honey and olive oil. 1-cucina 632-0014-cucina 6371-cucina 629-002

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SUPER FOOD MULTIVITAMIN SALAD

Ingredients for 2 persons: 1 avocado , blueberries 1 cup,  arugula 2 large handfuls, 2 cups shredded purple cabbage,  walnuts.

Cut the avocado into quarters. In a large bowl mix arugula and purple cabbage with the rest of  ingredients together. If you desire you can add some pumpkin and/or sunflower seeds.

Pour desired amount of turmeric & ginger dressing over the salad and toss until everything is coated. Enjoy with your heart ! Bon appétit ❤

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Beetroot croquettes- Kροκετες παντζαρι- Croquettes di barbabietola

If your kids don’eat enough veggies , try with this colorfull recipe ! Rich in acid folic , vit A , B, C , calcium, iron, manganese,  potassium ,  copper , magnesium , fiber , proteins

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Ingredients for 10 croquettes :

1 cooked beetroot – 300gr feta (cheese made in Greece  from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk)

2 eggs – gluten free breadcrumb

Method:

In a large bowl mash up the beetroot & feta using a fork or an immersion blender.

Add 1 or 2 tbsp breadcrumb  until mixture is solid. Roll it into balls and place onto a  plate. Refrigerate for 20- 30 min  to firm up.

 Then dip them,  first in beaten eggs and then into breadcrumbs.
Repeat this procedure one more time until well coated
Deep fry into hot oil (180 ° C /350° F) until golden.
Drain on kitchen paper. Serve the croquettes on a bed of fresh green salad.
Delicious , colorfull , healthy gift from nature rich in folic acid.

 

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Celeriac chips (oven roasted)- Τραγανα τσιπς σελινοριζας – chips di sedano rapa

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Ingredients:

1 celeriac peeled and cut into chips

4 tbs olive oil , salt , paprika

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C  (392°F)

Place the celeriac chips on a baking sheet

Drizzle over the olive oil , salt , paprika

Stir it all together

Roast chips for about 20 min or until are golden and crispy

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Raw Celeriac salad / Σελινοριζα / Sedano rapa

Celeriac is a variety of celery cultivated for its edible roots, hypocotyl, and shoots. It is sometimes called celery root 

It is edible raw or cooked, and tastes similar to the stalks (the upper part of the stem) of common celery cultivars. Celeriac may be roasted, stewed, blanched, or mashed. Sliced celeriac occurs as an ingredient in soups, casseroles, and other savory dishes.

Celeriac is very low in calories. 100 g root holds just 42 calories, good source of vitamin K and  essential minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium, copper, and manganese

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1 cereliac root , 1 apple , 1 orange , arugula , olive oil , apple cider vinegar

Wash the root under fresh water . Peel it with a potato peeler. Cut it  into thin, uniform matchsticks (julienne)

In a large bowl mix arugula , orange slices , apple cubes , celeriac julienne . Add olive oil and  apple vinegar.  Mix well and enjoy a dish full of vitamins A, B , C , K*,  coumarins, essential minerals such as phosphorus**, copper iron, calcium,  and manganese.

**Phosphorus is required for cell metabolism, maintaining blood buffer system, bone and teeth formation. Copper helps restore immunity, prevents anemia, and required for bone metabolism.

*Vit K  improve bone mineralization by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. Research studies suggest that it also has established role in Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain

Celeriac, (Apium graveolens var. rapaceum), Fresh,
Nutrient value per 100 g
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
Principle Nutrient Value Percentage of RDA
Energy 42 Kcal 2%
Carbohydrates 9.20 g 7%
Protein 1.5 g 3%
Total Fat 0.30 g 1%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g 5%
Vitamins
Folates 8 µg 2%
Niacin 0.700 mg 4%
Pantothenic acid 0.352 mg 6%
Pyridoxine 0.165 mg 13%
Riboflavin 0.060 mg 5%
Thiamin 0.050 mg 4%
Vitamin A 0 IU 0%
Vitamin C 8 mg 13%
Vitamin E 0.36 mg 2%
Vitamin K 41 µg 34%
Electrolytes
Sodium 100 mg 6.5%
Potassium 300 mg 6.5%
Minerals
Calcium 43 mg 4.3%
Copper 0.070 mg 8%
Iron 0.70 mg 9%
Magnesium 20 mg 5%
Manganese 0.158 mg 7%
Phosphorus 115 mg 16%
Zinc 0.33 mg 3%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß 0 µg
Crypto-xanthin-ß 0 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin 1 µg

No fry fries-Extra crispy sweet potatoes / Patate dolci croccanti/Τραγανες γλυκοπατατες

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Ingredients:

  • 2 washed & unpeeled sweet potatoes (you can leave the skin on – it adds nutrition & a nice texture) and cut into sticks
  • 2 tabs cornstarch
  • paprica-  black pepper- onion powder – garlic powder – oregano- olive oil – salt

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C (400 °F)
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Put potatoes in a plastic bag, toss with cornstarch. Blow a little air into the bag, twist the top and shake it vigorously
  • Now place sticks into a bowl , add 3 tbs olive oil , onion & garlic powder , paprica , black pepper . Mix all together with your hands
  • Line the sticks into the sheet
  • Bake for about 20 min.   Once bottom of fries are getting crisp, flip them over and cook for another 20 minutes.
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Spiced red wine poached pears cream filled/ Γεμιστα αχλαδια ποσε’ σε κοκκινο κρασι με μπαχαρικα/Pere ripiene di crema al vino rosso speziato

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Poached pears in spiced red wine ( filled with mascarpone cream)

Ingredients:

  • A.  3 pears (peeled-stalk intact) , 1 bottle red wine , 250 gr sugar , 2 cinnamon sticks , 2 star anise , orange & lemon peel
  • B.  For mascarpone cream : 100 gr mascarpone (or Philadelphia cheese) , 1 tbs honey, cinnamon . chopped walnuts (optional)

Method:

  • Put all ingredients (A) except the pears  in a saucepan just large enough to hold the fruits and bring to a boil
  • Place the pears into the wine mixture then simmer uncovered for about 40-45 min. or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  • Transfer pears to a bowl and continue to boil the poaching liquid until reduced to half (about 20 min. until is thickens)
  • Now use an apple corer to scoop out the seeds and fill the pears center with the mascarpone cream

Mascarpone cream: Combine mascarpone or Philadelphia , honey , cinnamon , chopped walnuts into a bowl . Mix until smooth and creamy

 Ways to serve poached pears :

1.You can serve it  with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream , greek yogurt , whipped cream.

2.In a dish or in a glass put pears and some mulled wine (or other liquor 80 proof and above ⇒40% alcohol by volume) and apply a flame to the liquor. We recommend a long lighter. Before you light the drink, remove any alcohol you don’t want to catch fire from the area.

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Mulled wine / Vin brulè / Ζεστο αρωματικο κρασι

Mulled wine  is an ancient drink  which has survived to modern times.  Usually made with red wine and various  spices and fruits.Mulled wines have a long history. In medieval times these wines were called Ypocras or Hipocris, named after the Greek physician Hippocrates. They were thought to be very healthy, and indeed, with wine at the time being far more sanitary than water, these heated drinks probably did keep people healthy through the cold winters.

Mulled wine reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and gets rid of the bad stuff, which can significantly prevent heart disease and clogged arteries. It also contains tannin, which performs an anti-viral action by attacking the protein of viruses, making it highly effective in fighting off colds and ‘flu.

Cinnamon has anti- inflammatory properties ,is very effective against ‘flu symptoms. Lowers blood sugar levels

Cloves are anti-parasitic ,they have powerful anti-bacterial properties.

Lemon and orange are antiseptic and high in vit C

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Ingredients:

1 bottle red wine (not sparkling), 200gr sugar , 2 cinnamon sticks, grated nutmeg, 1 orange (juice and peel) , 1 lemon (peel only), 5 cloves, 2 star anise

Feel free to use your favorite fruits and spices ( clementines, apples, limes, ginger , pepercorns etc)

Method: 

Peel the skin of the orange and lemon

  • Put the wine in a saucepan with the rest of the ingredients (peels .fruits , spices and sugar)
  • Squeeze the  orange to get the juice and add it to the wine
  • Heat gently until sugar has dissolved.
  • Bring to boil and cook for 5 min. Stir constantly until it becomes a beautiful thick syrup
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