Skinny Vegetarian Lasagna with Mushroom Ragu and Spinach

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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 …

No-Knead Bread with Buckwheat, Rye, Seeds and Nuts

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I’m filing some old photos and drinking hot tea. January is having its cold way again, and there’s really nothing much to do outside. I wanted to make some scones to pair them with our afternoon tea, when I realized it’s been quite a while since I’ve baked some bread. The pleasure of mixing the ingredients, the joy of seeing it rise, the lovely baking smell in the whole kitchen, and oh, the crunchy crust! While I try to avoid making bread a constant presence on our table, I wouldn’t give up the good, happy moments baking it gives us, especially …

Berry Protein Power Smoothie

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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 …

Decadent Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast – Vegan and Gluten-Free

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This recipe might be just what you need if you are living with a picky person when it comes to food, also comes in handy if you’re trying to introduce healthy ingredients into your child’s diet. It is very difficult to prepare a breakfast rich in minerals and healthy fats, especially for somebody who doesn’t really care about the nutrition and prefers something delicious, like my boyfriend does. I could give him all the scientific reasons why eating this or that ingredient is good for his health, but if it doesn’t taste delicious, he won’t eat it. For me, a simple quinoa pudding with some honey, nuts, and seeds is a great way to start the day. For him, I have to reinvent the whole picture and make it really appealing. What does the trick? …

7 Magnesium Rich Foods That Keep Supplements Away

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While many people’s concerns about their diet relate to a proper intake of calcium and protein, one of the key regulators of our bodies’ chemistry – magnesium – is the most often forgotten. The vegetarian diet tends to be high in calcium (from dairy, especially cheese) and low in magnesium (from whole grains, nuts, and legumes), although a varied diet assures that both magnesium and calcium are consumed in equal ratios.

Magnesium is the king of the minerals in our body, being necessary for hundreds of its chemical reactions. It is involved in almost every …

3 Day Detox and Restore Plan

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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…