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 …

Berry Protein Power Smoothie

Although I hate being in a hurry, there are days when I simply don’t have a choice. You have to get to different places, meet lots of people, and most often, you end up skipping your wake-up routine and your morning workout, getting dehydrated, and eating junk food in a hurry. These days can be much easier on your body and mind if you learn to put your health first and organize things. And, a nourishing and energizing smoothie is definitely …

3 Day Detox and Restore Plan

I tried so many versions of “magical” detox diets and struggled a lot until I understood exactly how it works. The concept is really basic – unless you suffer from chronic illness, a detox should be easy to do, adapted to the season and to your own lifestyle. For me, it would be impossible to keep a juice-only detox during winter when my body craves warm food. Putting lots of pressure on your body and feeling guilty about all the little things that you just can’t handle will not lead you to a balanced state of body and mind. Moreover, you will feel stressed, your body will react, and…

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 …

Walnut Bundt Cake with Vegan Chocolate Sauce

It’s been more than thirty days since we last saw sunlight in our city. It’s raining and snowing and again raining, and every day is draped in cold and gray. It’s quite difficult to keep a positive attitude these days, but with the help of yoga, meditation, and nourishing home cooking, I managed to keep us on the good path. And there is also that merry little thought that very soon the holidays will be here with their lovely atmosphere and happy gatherings. With this thought in mind, I practiced for …

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…