Going healthy with Avocado


Good afternoon everyone! I truly hope you’re having an amazing start of weekend! As for me I have been working for quite a few hours already, but it is worth as I have a very exciting plan coming up (that soon I will share with you!) and money will be needed!

This week I have “discovered” avocado! I know I am late to the party as avocado is quite known already. But let me be more specific, it was my first time trying and actually enjoying it! The first time it was given to me to try I had it like any fruit “oh give a bite and try this!” – I swear to never again put that in my month, I hated that flavor and texture! But now, after a while and “trauma”  is gone I decided to try it again after reading so many blogs where everyone recommends avocado as being such an healthy food! And surprise, surprise… I enjoyed it!! This week I had it in a lot of  different ways so here I leave you some ideas if you feel like trying it and if you already have it in your menu. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

• grilled chicken • 1/4 avocado • lemon juice • lettuce 

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• lettuce • 1 egg omelette with soy sauce • 1 slice of bread with hummus spread • 1/4 avocado

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• grilled shrimp & hummus • soy sauce • 1/4 avocado • lemon juice • tomato • cucumber • lettuce  

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• 1 boiled egg • 1 slice chicken ham • mushrooms • 1/4 avocado  1/2 slice of pumpkin seed bread*• lettuce 

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*Biona Organic Rye Pumpkin Seed Bread – my new finding at Tesco store! Just tried it and let me tell you – nutritious, healthy and delicious bread option! 😉

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Note: An advise to safe avocado and avoid that it turns black once its open is to save it with its core 😉

Which one did you fancy the most? What’s your favorite avocado recipe? Comment below as I would love to get some ideas! 🙂

Have a lovely and healthy weekend everyone! 🙂

Carolina

white fish in a bed of zucchini


The other day I decided to stop by the market to get some veggies. Due my lack of time and the weather I hadn’t been there in a while (unfortunately!). Always enjoy going to the market, first is so cheap!, second the vegetables and fruit feel so much fresher and natural and third I just love hearing those energetic voices shouting out loud who has the best and cheapest products, it’s such an alive place!

So anyways, I got some zucchini, some tomatoes and some cucumbers and decided to combine them all to eat with my fish. Very simple but tasty what I did was: sliced the zucchini and grill it then when it’s about done pour a bit of soy sauce and give it a turn. As for the fish I also grilled it with some seasoning (listed below) and completed the dish with the cucumber and tomato with a sprinkle of salt and olive oil.

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• 1 zucchini   • 1 small tomato • 1/2 cucumber • 1 fillet of white fish  

For seasoning the fish:

olive oil  • garlic • oregano • parsley 
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Zucchini & Carrots Frittata


Hello my amazing people walking, wondering and dreaming around 🙂 I hope you are all doing great! This time I come writing you to share a recipe made mainly of Zucchini and Carrots, you know how much I am into veggies, so here is an healthy suggestion to eat them!

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Ingredients:

– 1 zucchini

– 3 medium carrots

– 3 eggs

– 1 tbsp pf water

– 40g grated cheese

– 1 tbsp of flour

– cinnamon, salt, pepper, oregano and parsley to taste

Preparation:

1. Pre-heat the oven at 180ºC. Cut the zucchini and carrots to a frying pan and let it stay for about 3 minutes. Take it off and let it cool down for about 10 minutes.

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2. Roughly beat the eggs, add them the water, flour, cheese and seasonings.

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3. Mix the egg mixture and the vegetables,

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4. Place it on a tray (a placed it in a large tray which made it very thin but it’s up to you how you prefer it) and take it to the oven for about 12-15 minutes.IMG_4196IMG_4198

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Let it cool down, and it is ready to serve! 🙂

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Tarte de Espinafres da Avó


Which means grandma’s Spinach Pie, a delicious and veggie full pie that I came to love! 🙂 The recipe is from my Portuguese grandma and that is why the name is in Portuguese. She is an amazing cooker and this pie that she does is just divine! In fact it was part of one of my last meals I had when leaving Portugal as I personally asked her to do it for me! It is so delicious and if you have kids a good way to put your children eating some veggies!

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So here is my grandma’s recipe of the tart,

Ingredients

for the pastry:

– 250g of flour

– 100g of margarine

– 5tbsp of cold water

for the fill: 

– 300/400g of spinach

– 3 eggs

– 1 pack of double cream

– 1 pinch of salt

– grated cheese to sprinkle on top

Preparation:

1. Very patiently slowly stir the margarine into the flour until they are totally combined (it will take a while and by the end it should look like sand)

2. Add the 5 spoons of water, one each time.

3. Lay down the pastry and shape it in a tart tray. Take it to the oven by it self until it gains some color.

4. Beat the three eggs and mix them with the spinach. Add the double cream and then pour the mixture into the pastry in the tart tray. Sprinkle with grated cheese on top.

5. Take it to the oven for about 15 minutes at 180ºC

And it’s ready to serve! 🙂

Note: if you find the pastry to long or hard to make you can always buy one at the supermarket and just add the filling.

Hope you enjoy as much as I always do! 🙂

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Roasted Vegetables


In pretty much every meal I have I enjoy to have some vegetables with it but it gets boring to eat it always in the same way! So I decided to put them in a tray and take them to the oven instead of always cook them. It is so simple and it gives a lot of flavor to the vegetables! What I did was out some Brussels Sprouts and some carrots in a tray and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Poured some olive oil on top and gave it a little stir. Then I took it to the oven for about 15 minutes at the temperature of 190ºC (the time will depend on how raw or cooked you like them).. and voilá!

• Carrots  • Brussels Sprouts 

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What is your favorite way of eating vegetables? 🙂 I am always trying to find new ways of having them on my plate so can’t wait to hear some of your ideas! 🙂

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