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Nonna’s Secret Sauce Recipe

Nonna and Stella making pasta

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, that dish is 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, and shared the secret recipe with us.

Pizza Recipe & Activity

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Italy holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, and we’d be lying if we said that pizza wasn’t high up on the list. Italy is home to modern day pizza… the pies we know and love evolved from flatbread dishes that were popular in Naples hundreds of years ago. When our co-founder Leigh and her family traveled to Turin, her boys got to try their hand at making their very own pies. A special moment for any pizza-loving little citizen. Do your little citizens love pizza? Read more to download our pizza coloring activity and get our pizza recipe!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
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  1. Melt roughly 2 tbsp of the butter. Add onion to sauté until semi-clear. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds more. Add ground beef, 1 tsp of pepper, salt and mustard. Cook until the meat has browned. Add cooked rice and carrots mix. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Remove the core of the cabbage and place in boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Peel softened leaves and set aside. If inner leaves are still tough, return to the boiling water until soften. Repeat until all leaves are removed.
  3. Melt remaining butter in sauce pan and add tomato sauce and remaining 1 tsp pepper. Allow sauce to simmer while you assemble cabbage rolls.
  4. Spoon filling onto the end of a leaf and roll, tucking in sides as you go. Repeat until all leaves are used. Please rolls into a greased casserole dish and spoon sauce over rolls.
  5. Place in oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
  6. We love to serve the rolls with mashed potatoes. It's a hearty meal! To lighten it up, feel free to serve with salad or as a stand alone dish!
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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!
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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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
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Pancake Ingredients
Filling Ingredients
Topping Ingredients
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  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.
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This recipe can be found at Fit Girl's Diary.

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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!
Servings Prep Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
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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
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5 hours
Ingredients
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  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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Swedish Tea Ring

During the holidays in Sweden, many people celebrate Saint Lucia Day as well as Christmas. Saint Lucia day falls on December 13th and honors the Saint Lucia, who is known to bring love, kindness and light to the Swedish people during the dark times of winter. On the morning of December 13th, a family’s eldest daughter dresses in a long white nightgown and places a wreath lined with ligonberries and nine candles on her head. She wakes the household carrying coffee and baked treats, such as saffron buns, tea cakes and gingerbread cookies. Saint Lucia’s presence on this morning symbolizes the return of light and a joyous start to the holiday season. Here, Tea’s Design Director, Hannah Robinson, shares her family’s Swedish Tea Ring recipe.

Swedish Tea Ring
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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"When I think about my family’s holiday traditions, one of the first things that comes to mind is the beautiful Swedish tea ring that my mom makes every Christmas morning. By the time I get out of bed, my mom has already formed the kneaded dough into a ring and has placed it in the oven to bake. Quite frankly, nothing is better than waking up to the smell of sweet dough baking when it’s chilly outside! After the tea ring cools, my mom adds a festive touch by lightly drizzling icing across the top of it and placing a crimson-colored candle in the center. We then gather as a family to start our day of celebration by opening stockings and each enjoying at least one slice of my mom's delicious breakfast treat."
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 people 20 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Dough Ingredients
Ingredients for the Tea Ring
Ingredients for Icing
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  1. To make the dough, start by scalding the milk and stirring in the butter, sugar and salt. Cool to a lukewarm temperature. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Add milk mixture, eggs and half of the flour to the yeast and beat until smooth. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as necessary to make the dough slightly stiff.
  2. Turn dough on floured board and let rest 5 minutes. Knead the dough 5-8 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Put in greased bowl and grease the top. Cover and let it rise in a warm place until double in size (which will take about 1 hour).
  3. To make the tea ring, start by working the butter into the sugar. Add in a lemon peel and almonds and mix well. Roll dough into a 14" x 10" rectangle and sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over the dough.
  4. Arrange dried fruit evenly over all and roll up from the long side. Form it into a circle on a greased baking sheet and seal ends together firmly. Snip the dough with scissors from the edge of the circle—3/4 of the way to the center every 1 1/2".
  5. Turn the cut pieces on their sides. Place a greased tin can in the center to keep the hole round for a non-drip candle. Cover and let it rise until it’s double in bulk (which will take about 1 hour).
  6. Now, to make the icing, mix all the icing ingredients together. Preheat your oven to 350-degrees. Bake it for 25-30 minutes. Let it cool and lightly drizzle icing on top of it. To finish it up, place a candle in the center and enjoy the start to your holiday!
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Smoked Salmon Crackers

Smoked Salmon Crackers
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An fresh, easy, and elegant appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
Completely up to you 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
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Servings Prep Time
Completely up to you 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
none none
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An fresh, easy, and elegant appetizer.
Servings Prep Time
Completely up to you 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
none none
Servings Prep Time
Completely up to you 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
none none
Instructions
  1. 1) Arrange crackers on a plate. 2) Spread thin layer of creme fraiche on each cracker. 3) Thinly slice avocados and green apples. Arrange one of each on top of each cracker. 4) Place pieces of smoked salmon on top of apple and avocado. 5) Pepper to taste. Add capers if you'd like. 6) Squeeze fresh lemon over all crackers. 7) Serve immediately!
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