Pita Pizza

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I am back from London and full of food inspiration, I can just feel foodie dreams and ideas coursing thorough me! And I can’t wait to share it all with you!

So we made business into pleasure with the long weekend here in Italy and I met my husband in London, as he was already there for work. Of course we partied it up like rockstars with our 2 month old (the 2 1/2 year old stayed at home with the nonni) and our friends’ two kids (2 1/2 and 8 months) with wildly late nights (max was 1 am) and crazy (baby) parties. Yeah, and the straight talk is that really, we got to just relax, see some old friends and eat obscene amounts of Indian food. But what was so exciting about London (aside from the fact that it is London and awesome in its own right), is how diverse its people, and of course, its food are. There is any type of cuisine imaginable that you could ever want and any kind of ingredient your heart could desire (but doesn’t even know it because you didn’t even know it existed – now that’s what’s fabulous about cities and consumerism, they make you realize how much you need something when you didn’t even know it existed  or that you wanted it- how could you have possibly lived without it for all this time!).  Continue reading

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Winter Breakfast Sunrise Smoothie

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This is an upside down sunrise I realize, but hey, the winter can have that effect sometimes and so can my two-year-old son who is now in a temper-tantrum-throwing and seemingly attention-starved phase. Life is a little stressful now, crazy monster toddler on the loose and one soon to make his debut in a couple of months . . . with the husband out of the country two weeks before he’s due. Did I say I’m a little stressed! I think I need a smoothie for this to take the edge off, forget Jack and Coke, those days are long gone, for now it is an upside down winter breakfast smoothie for me and some good reading. I am clutching onto Marianne Williamson’s A Return to Love for dear life now, since I certainly need all the positivity and spirituality I can get in my life right now. So to make myself feel a little better, calm my nerves and blow the winter blues away I am just going to sip on this refreshing and warming smoothie. Continue reading

A New Healthy Twist on an Old Classic: Mac ‘n Cheese Take 2

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This recipe really just happened by pure chance this weekend. We got home from taking grandma out for the morning and needed to make lunch, and of course we wanted something fast and simple. I had a look around and in the fridge for what we had and, on a whim, I thought ok sweet potatoes, good, asparagus, good. . . and finally pasta, good too, so that was the combination! We had just bought some orzo pasta with grammy this morning so that was settled, now for the sauce: a rich, creamy and spicy sauce made with sweet potatoes and to complete it some crunch was needed, and that was covered with my asparagus! Lunch could be ready in 10, I was ready to roll! Continue reading

Sweet Potato & Asparagus Quiche

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I’ve been craving this quiche that a friend had made for my Christmas party this past year. It was full of veggies and it this had a wonderfully flaky homemade crust. . . but, and there is a but here, there were eggs in it 😦 , and we know that eggs are a no-go. So ‘if there was a problem (eggs!) yo I’ll solve, check out this eggless quiche as the cashew resolve it’! Corny I know but I had to do it!! Right, back to the recipe, I had to veganize it and make it  healthier than its original vegetarian version. I’ve played around with vegan quiches before – tofu base, bean base, etc, but none were really able to hit that sweet spot. . . until I was struck with the great idea of tofu AND cashews! And the cashews did the trick, they really deliver as promised, making it  creamy and silky. The tofu adds in some extra protein and also helps balance the heartiness of the cashews, making it a little lighter. Now to the veggies: sweet potato and asparagus. I know the combination might not sound convincing but trust me, and the 6 other people that ate it and loved it, the sweetness of the potato and the crunchiness of the asparagus are a match made in heaven!  But there is one ‘but’ on my end of the healthy deal – I didn’t go all out like my friend and make the crust myself, and I can explain, really, I honestly just don’t have time with a hungry 1 1/2 year old and a husband-boy to feed, so I opted for a store bought crust. Regardless of wether you decide to make the crust or just buy, I assure you that this will be a hit! In fact, my son loved this so much he was licking his fingers, my husband ate almost half of it while my friend nearly polished it off, and meanwhile my in-laws still don’t believe me that there are not eggs in it! So I guess I can say without a doubt that this was a home run in my house and that it will for sure be a repeat in this house! I hope it becomes one in your house too!

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