Skinny Vegetarian Lasagna with Mushroom Ragu and Spinach

I love pasta dishes, and when I don’t have a lot of time to cook, I like to duplicate our favorite recipes that we’ve tried in Italy. I don’t remember having any sophisticated pasta dishes over there, so every time I recreate an Italian recipe, I try to keep things simple. I use very few ingredients, extra virgin olive oil, always a homemade tomato sauce, and good quality pasta. When my boyfriend asked about homemade lasagna, I was in a little bit of trouble because I don’t remember seeing a vegetarian version on the menu of any Italian restaurant. I also didn’t want to use too much cheese or dairy in my dish, so it was a really …

Steamed Brussels Sprouts with Tangerine Dressing

Time seemed to fly away really quick this month. When everything and everybody is moving fast-forward around you, it’s almost impossible to keep your own rhythm. I like Christmas holidays, I love preparing goods and buying presents, but I don’t enjoy it much when it is all rushed. Planning ahead seems to be the only way to enjoy everything about holidays, especially the company of friends and family. After all, this is …

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Today was one of those perfect winter days – fairytale-like snow, warm herbal tea, and a cozy feeling. And there’s nothing more wintry than a warming dish, so I crowned this beautiful day with a comforting recipe full of flavors – the shepherd’s pie, in its delicious vegan version, with sweet potatoes and lentils. It made the day!

Traditional shepherd’s pie is made with ground beef and mashed potatoes, and I pretty much associate it with the Greek dish, moussaka. My mother…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Kale and Roasted Garlic Sauce

For quite a while I’ve been planning a gluten-free pizza, but I worried that the result would turn mushy, fall apart, or simply taste hideous. Although I only bake it once a month, we love crispy, homemade pizza dough with different combinations of whole flours, healthy oils, and yeast. These ones always turn out tasty and with the appropriate texture. Yesterday, I decided to give the cauliflower-crust pizza a try, although I was pretty sure that …

Cumin Roasted Cauliflower with Black Lentils

After the craziness of Halloween, all the attention is now focused on preparing a Thanksgiving like no other. There are thousands of recipes trying to inspire you to create something special, so I don’t know how much you would appreciate another idea for your festive dinner. We don’t have any celebration like Thanksgiving over here, and the end of November is right in the middle of the fasting period before Christmas. This recipe is a vegan idea for those of you fasting, but maybe you could consider it as a healthy side dish for the …

Warming Sweet Potato Stew with Poached Egg and Avocado

On a rainy November day, I can’t think of anything more comforting than a spiced, freshly cooked stew. The combination of delicious legumes, vegetables, and greens, bathed in a deliciously flavored tomato sauce, is my way of getting through. Making a stew is probably the easiest step to a healthy way of cooking. It doesn’t require skills or special ingredients – you can use any available healthy food from your fridge and pantry, add your favorite spices, tomato juice, and you’ll have a …