Ingredient: olive oil

Lemon Pappardelle Pasta

Lemon Pappardelle Pasta
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There is something so amazing about this simple dish. All it requires is a few simple ingredients, fresh lemon juice being the most important, and you have a meal that feels freshly delivered from Italy! Don't be afraid to add extra cheese or pepper.
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There is something so amazing about this simple dish. All it requires is a few simple ingredients, fresh lemon juice being the most important, and you have a meal that feels freshly delivered from Italy! Don't be afraid to add extra cheese or pepper.
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6servings 10minutes 8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm - approximately 4 minutes for fresh pasta or 8-10 minutes for boxed pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta in the lemon sauce, adding in 1/4 at a time of the reserved cooking liquid until all of the pasta is moistened. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped parsley and serve hot!
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Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad
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We had this delicious salad on our trip to Italy. Stuffed to the brim with great toppings like egg, olives and fresh tomatoes, it's guaranteed to please a crowd.
Italian Chopped Salad
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We had this delicious salad on our trip to Italy. Stuffed to the brim with great toppings like egg, olives and fresh tomatoes, it's guaranteed to please a crowd.
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8servings 10 minutes 0minutes
Servings Prep Time
8servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
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Instructions
  1. Chop your tomatoes into quarters. Chop or shred your mozzarella into bite sized pieces. Shred your lettuce and radicchio. Combine your lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, corn and olives in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spread evenly over the salad and mix to coat. Top with hard boiled egg, that has been halved and serve!
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Fresh Homemade Pasta

Fresh Homemade Pasta
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Skill Level
6servings 10minutes 5minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 30 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Mound the flour in the center of a large wooden board or counter top. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs, olive oil and salt.
  2. Using a fork, beat the eggs together slowly beginning to incorporate the flour; starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape (do not worry if it looks messy).
  3. When half of the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. Start kneading the dough, using primarily the palms of your hands. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, set the dough aside and scrape up and discard any dried bits of dough.
  4. Continue kneading for 10 minutes, dusting the board with additional flour as necessary. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky to the touch. (If you press your finger into the center of the dough it regains its shape).
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before using.
  6. Sprinkle a baking sheet generously with flour (note: at this point aim to keep everything well-floured to prevent the pasta from sticking to itself or the roller as you work. If the dough starts to feel sticky as you roll it, sprinkle it with flour. Also sprinkle flour on any pasta you're not working (rolled, cut or otherwise) with and keep it covered with a dishtowel). Divide the dough into four equal portions. Dust the portions with flour and cover with a clean dishtowel.
  7. If you're using a pasta machine, set it to the thickest setting (usually marked "1"). Flatten one piece of dough into a thick disk between your hands and feed it through the pasta roller. Repeat once or twice. Fold this piece of dough into thirds, like folding a letter, and press it between your hands again. With the pasta machine still on the widest setting, feed the pasta crosswise between the rollers . Feed it through once or twice more until smooth. If desired, repeat this folding step. This helps to strengthen the gluten in the flour, giving it a chewier texture when cooked.
  8. Begin changing the settings on your roller to roll the pasta thinner and thinner. Roll the pasta two or three times at each setting, and don't skip settings (the pasta tends to snag and warp if you do). If the pasta gets too long to be manageable, lay it on a cutting board and slice it in half. Roll the pasta as thin as you like to go. For linguine and fettuccine, you can normally go to 6 or 7 setting.
  9. Cut the long stretch of dough into noodle-length sqaure sheets, usually about 12-inches. If cutting into noodles, switch from the pasta roller to the noodle cutter, and run the sheet of pasta through the cutter. Toss the noodles with a little flour to keep them from sticking and gather them into a loose basket. Set this basket on the floured baking sheet and cover with a towel while you finish rolling and cutting the rest of the dough.
  10. To cook the pasta immediately, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water, and cook the pasta until al dente, 4-5 minutes. To dry, lay the pasta over a clothes drying rack, coat hangers, or the back of a chair, and let air dry until completely brittle. Store in an airtight container for several weeks. To freeze, either freeze flat in long noodles or in the basket-shape on a baking sheet until completely frozen. Gather into an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Dried and frozen noodles may need an extra minute or two to cook.
  11. If you don't have a pasta machine and you want to cut it by hand -- don't worry, it can be done! Divide the dough into four pieces and mimic the action of a pasta roller with a rolling pin. Roll as thin as possible, lifting and moving the dough constantly to make sure it doesn't stick. Sprinkle the dough generously with flour and then gently roll it up. Use a very sharp chef knife to cut the roll cross-wise into equal-sized noodles. Shake out the coils, toss with flour, and proceed with cooking.
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Festive & Sugar-free Protein Pancakes

The holiday season is known for its eat-fest of cookies, pies, fudges, sweets and different kinds of heavy desserts, with loads of sugars and fatty creams…

Unfortunately there are too few delicious and healthy Christmas recipes…

Yes, they taste may amazing, but the sad truth is that none of them are really healthy, clean or natural.
Then I thought to myself, “what if I make a recipe that will save Christmas?“.

A recipe that looks like, feels like and tastes like Christmas, but healthy and clean, prepared without grain flour or sugar.

Well that’s a big challenge, but I’m up for it. Because fit girls deserve to get their creamy and tasty sweet treats too.

Since my father is diabetic, my mother traditionally makes a healthier dessert for the holidays.

So I decided to step up this year and take the mixer in my own hands!

I came up with the healthiest and yummiest Christmas dessert recipe of all time – my Protein Christmas Pancakes!

LET THE HOLIDAYS BEGIN! 🙂

Festive & Sugar-free Protein Pancakes
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Since my father is diabetic, my mother traditionally makes a healthier dessert for the holidays. So I decided to step up this year and take the mixer in my own hands! I came up with the healthiest and yummiest Christmas dessert recipe of all time – my Protein Christmas Pancakes!
Festive & Sugar-free Protein Pancakes
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Since my father is diabetic, my mother traditionally makes a healthier dessert for the holidays. So I decided to step up this year and take the mixer in my own hands! I came up with the healthiest and yummiest Christmas dessert recipe of all time – my Protein Christmas Pancakes!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2 people 15 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Blend the raspberries into a puree (don't worry about the seeds)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients into a blender: the banana, egg, egg whites, coconut flour and the olive oil. Blend them until you make sure they've transformed into a homogeneous mixture It should be thick, but pour-able
  3. Heat a frying pan on medium temperature You should cook every pancake for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they turn golden brown. When the pancake starts getting bubbles, you’ll know that it’s time to flip it.
  4. Separate the coconut milk form the coconut water
  5. Pour the milk in a mixing bowl. Prepare the mixer and start mixing it on medium speed. After a minute, start adding the protein powder one tablespoon at a time, without stopping the mixer. After you finish pouring the protein powder, mix for another minute.
  6. Crease the whipped cream onto each pancake, arranging them one on top of the other.
  7. Mix the 3 ingredients, cocoa, honey and water, in a small bowl, with a tablespoon. Mix them until you get a homogeneous mixture. The dressing should be creamy and thick, but pour-able.
  8. Splash the dressing over your 7-story cake with the help of a tablespoon. To make a nice finish, add a tablespoon of whipped cream on top of the pancakes and a few fresh raspberries. And pour few tbsp of the raspberry puree.
Recipe Notes

This recipe can be found at Fit Girl's Diary.

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Nonna’s Pasta Sauce

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Nonna's Pasta Sauce
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Every family has at least one recipe that has been passed down and perfected through generations. It's the whole family's favorite meal...just the smell of it brings back memories, and the first bite always feels like home. For Stella (her mom Alexis is Tea's photo producer), that dish is her Nonna's Pasta Sauce. Stella, her mom (Alexis), dad (Rob) and brother (Marcel) traveled to Italy to learn more about their heritage and meet their extended family. While they were there, Nonna made her famous sauce with Stella. Now she shares the recipe with you, too!
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Every family has at least one recipe that has been passed down and perfected through generations. It's the whole family's favorite meal...just the smell of it brings back memories, and the first bite always feels like home. For Stella (her mom Alexis is Tea's photo producer), that dish is her Nonna's Pasta Sauce. Stella, her mom (Alexis), dad (Rob) and brother (Marcel) traveled to Italy to learn more about their heritage and meet their extended family. While they were there, Nonna made her famous sauce with Stella. Now she shares the recipe with you, too!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes 1.5hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5hours
Instructions
  1. First, boil the tomatoes. Leave them in just-boiled water for a few minutes. Then take them out of the water. The skins should slip off easily. Dice the tomatoes-and the other vegetables too.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 5 quart pan. Add the sliced garlic, celery, onion and carrot. Saute for about 4 minutes, stirring ever so often.
  3. Add your diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce. If your mom has some red wine handy, add a glass to the sauce. Add the oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary. Take a break and let the sauce simmer for 90 minutes. Then add in chopped parsley.
  4. If you're a meat eater, add the hamburger and sausages. Stir occasionally. Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water. Add salt just before the pasta. Cook it al dente (cooked but still firm).
  5. Stir the pasta with the sauce. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese at the table. The last step? Tu mangi! (That's Italian for "You eat!"). Nonna says this sauce keeps in the fridge for a week!
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Coconut Kabocha Soup

Recipe submitted by Jessica of Feed Me Dearly.

“Gone are the days when squash meant a choice of acorn or butternut. Yes, I still eat them, but there’s a special kind of thrill involved when you hack into your first Red Kuri, or break down a Kabocha, with its tough green skin and sweet, almost spiced orange flesh.

I’d recently bought some Japanese 7-spice because I’d seen someone using it in a curry, and it piqued my curiosity. I found my Japanese 7-spice at Spices and Tease in Chelsea Market, but Amazon and other online vendors will carry it as well.

While I’m familiar with Chinese 5-spice powder and use it frequently in my cooking, I’d never tried Japanese 7-spice – a spicy, earthy blend of orange peel, black, white and toasted sesame seeds, cayenne, ginger, Szechuan pepper and nori.

The spice mixture sounded like a perfect match for Kabocha. Sweet and spicy is one of my favorite flavor combinations, and with the orange and ginger, a virtual soup was quickly forming in the food-centric depths of my brain.

The Kabocha starts with a slow roast in the oven with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper. Best to keep the flavors muted at this point to let the 7-spice really shine.”

Read her full post here!

Coconut Kabocha Soup
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"If there’s a dish that defines my cooking these days, it’s this soup. It’s simple to make, yet feels new and exotic. It’s healthy and can be eaten with a range of diets from dairy- & gluten-free to vegan/vegetarian, and even Paleo. It’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, but pretty enough to put on your Thanksgiving table."
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"If there’s a dish that defines my cooking these days, it’s this soup. It’s simple to make, yet feels new and exotic. It’s healthy and can be eaten with a range of diets from dairy- & gluten-free to vegan/vegetarian, and even Paleo. It’s easy enough for a weeknight meal, but pretty enough to put on your Thanksgiving table."
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4people 15minutes 1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4people 15minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Break down your Kabocha squash by splitting it in half and scooping out the seeds. You can reserve the seeds for another use (spiced, roasted seeds can be made just as you would make roasted pumpkin seeds). Cut the squash halves lengthwise into segments (they’ll resemble half moons).
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the squash segments, tossing with the olive oil and seasoning with the salt and pepper to taste. Roast the squash for an hour, flipping halfway through. Let the squash cool, and then scoop out the flesh and reserve.
  4. Heat a Dutch oven on medium-high heat and add the olive oil, and the onions with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sweat the onions until translucent, stirring every so often to prevent browning.
  5. When the onions are nearly done, add the ginger and Japanese 7-spice, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add the Kabocha and stock, and bring to a boil, then turn your heat down to low. Simmer the soup for 10 minutes.
  6. While the soup is simmering, scoop the cream off the top of the coconut milk and reserve. Once the soup has been simmering for 10 minutes, add the rest of the coconut milk, and simmer for a few minutes more.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender and taste again for seasoning. If you’d like to add more heat, add another pinch of the Japanese 7-spice. When ready to serve, ladle the soup into a serving bowl, and then top with a dollop of the coconut milk and another sprinkle of the Japanese 7-spice. Shower the soup with a pinch of Maldon salt which adds great texture and another salty contrast to balance the sweetness of the soup.
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Zucchini Noodles with Red Pepper Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Red Pepper Sauce
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Have you ever made zucchini noodles? Once you try them you will be hooked. Trust me, even meat and pasta lovers will be satisfied with this meal. The key to making them happy, packing the sauce with flavor and spice. This healthy meal is perfect for weekday dinners - especially if you make the sauce ahead of time. Bonus: you can clean out your vegetable drawer by adding any veggies you have on top.
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Have you ever made zucchini noodles? Once you try them you will be hooked. Trust me, even meat and pasta lovers will be satisfied with this meal. The key to making them happy, packing the sauce with flavor and spice. This healthy meal is perfect for weekday dinners - especially if you make the sauce ahead of time. Bonus: you can clean out your vegetable drawer by adding any veggies you have on top.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4 20minutes 25minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 20minutes
Cook Time
25minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by washing your zucchini and cutting off each end. Spiralize them on the thinner setting, into a bowl. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the noodles and saute for 5 minutes, or until noodles soften. Remove the noodles from the pan and set aside.
  3. In a blender, puree the red peppers, garlic, basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil and goat cheese. Add the sauce to a small pot and cook for 5 minutes to heat up.
  4. Cut up all your vegetables. Reheat your zucchini noodle pan with olive oil and saute the onion until translucent and soft. Add in other vegetables and saute until cooked.
  5. Place you zucchini noodles in a bowl, top with vegetables and finally top with your red pepper sauce and serve.
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