MM: Watermelon Salsa

Happy Meatless Monday guys! Today’s recipe is MM: Watermelon Salsa – simple, fresh and amazingly good with tortilla chips!

Watermelon Salsa

If you, like me like the combination of sweet and salty ingredients, you’re gonna love this sweet and juicy Watermelon Salsa. I was looking for a way to mix up my usual snack(talking about the tortilla chips, which I simply love, especially in front of the TV 🙂 ). I honestly can have them with almost everything, seriously. 🙂 But because it’s Summer, it’s hot and I was trying to stay on the healthy side I came up with this. Why not substitute the Tomatoes in the Pico de Gallo and use watermelon instead? Yes, why not :-). This is what actually this Salsa is, Pico de Gallo with watermelon instead of tomatoes. I kept it quite simple though and didn’t use lots of spices as I reckoned it wouldn’t work well. But of course, I added cilantro (coriander), lime juice, salt and pepper. The result was delicious and a whole pack of tortilla chips was ‘destroyed’ :-).

Watermelon Salsa

This Salsa is super delicious on its own. If you’re craving for a light and fruity Summer salad, this is it. I would probably add some Feta cheese, it tastes amazing with the watermelon! Whatever you choose, I promise this is simply delicious and guilt-free. And it only takes a few minutes! Also, it’ll be perfect as a starter when you have some friends around, im sure they’ll appreciate it! 🙂

MM: Watermelon Salsa

Here’s how to make this Watermelon Salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

  • 200g watermelon, deseeded ind thinly chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 hot pepper(I used jalapeño), chopped
  • 1tbsp lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh coriander, chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Season wit salt, pepper and lime juice.
  3. Serve with some tortilla chips.
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I hope you guys enjoy this recipe. Stay tuned for more Summer recipes that are fresh, tasty, healthy and tasty. Like a fresh raspberry salad with Mozzarella Cheese, peaches and some basil dressing. 🙂 That was a hint for my next recipe. Can’t wait to share it with you! It’s become one of my favourite Summer salads ever.

MM: Watermelon SalsaMeanwhile, enjoy the Summer as it is coming to its end. xx

Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

Happy Friday guys! Today’s recipe is Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes- simple and healthy Summer recipe that only takes a few minutes!

Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

It seems to me the Summer goes way too quickly. It is actually August already(someone pinch me)! I should probably start buying school uniforms, shoes and whatnot school stuff. My daughter is starting reception and to be honest I feel a bit nervous (may be even more) whether she’d like the school, will she adapt well, etc.. Also, I’ve got the feeling I’m going to forget something and I’m freaking out. I know you would probably think it’s a bit early to start getting school stuff but I’m an ‘organise freak’ and I love planning, organising and ticking off my to do lists. In addition to that, I’ve got lots of other things to plan and organise so don’t blame me. 🙂

Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

OK…back to this lovely Stuffed Tomatoes now. For those of you who follow my blog know that I am definitely not a Vegan, I enjoy lots of different foods and recipes. But probably, a bit more than a year ago I started making some raw vegan recipes and totally enjoying them. I felt amazing, refreshed and healthier. So since then I am proud to say I eat lots of fresh fruit and veg most of the time, I am not a vegan, as i already mentioned but I’ve found this is working great for me. For example, I still have a few days a week that I indulge myself in whatever I fancy. 🙂 After all, I am a total foodie and I love food. By the way, I was surprised how many raw Vegan recipes are out there and how tasty they are. Just a little disclaimer and I am going back to the recipe, for real –  this post is not me trying to convince you to go vegan, not at all. I’m just sharing my own experience!

Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

Here’s what you need to make the Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

Raw Vegan Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 1 large ripe tomato
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small hot pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tsp lemon juice
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Scoop out the insides of the tomato and chopped them up.
  2. In a bowl mix all the ingredients together and season with salt, olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Mix well and stuff the tomato.
  4. Drizzle some extra olive oil on top and serve.
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I hope you guys love this recipe as much as I do. Stay tuned for more delicious Summer recipes coming very soon. Meanwhile stay cool and hydrated. xx

10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes

Happy Friday Guys! So today’s post is a round-up of the 10 Simple & Healthy Salad Recipes I love.

To be honest, they’re much more than that, but these are the ones I picked for you.

I do make and consume lots of salads so for me it’s important to make them different and tasty every time. I often add fruit, cheese, seafood, meat and seeds. And some of them get so filling that they can easily pass as a main. 🙂 I’ve got some really skinny ones but most of them are packed with goodies.

Here we go…

MeatlessMonday: Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad with Tahini Dressing

So this beauty is made of black quinoa, roasted pumpkin and creamy tahini dressing. Oh, there’s a handful of sunflower seeds for that extra crunch. It’s perfect for the cold days, especially during the pumpkin season. 🙂 It’s super filling and amazingly tasty. Definitely one of my fav!

Pumpkin & Black Quinoa Salad

Meatless Monday: Raspberry Rocket Salad with Cottage Cheese & Avocado

This one is a typical salad I eat during a hot summer day. It’s very light and refreshing but at the same time it’s very nutritious. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals so it’s really good for you. And of course, it tastes delicious! The combination of cottage cheese and fresh ripe raspberries is divine. 🙂

Raspberry & Cottage Cheese Salad

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Well, let me see, this one is a bit on the naughty side, but I every bite of it is pure happiness. 🙂 It’s more of a taco bowl/salad, inspired by my love of Tex/Mex food. What’s not to love about it – succulent shrimp, ripe avocado, crunchy tortilla chips, pinto beans, Mozzarella cheese and a generous serving of sour cream – all in one comforting bowl. 🙂

Loaded Shrimp Salad

Kale, Blueberries & Blue Cheese Grilled Chicken Salad

I’ve been having lots of kale salads recently(recent years I think) so I really tried to mix things ups and make them tasty and pretty. 🙂 This is definitely the one I like most from the kale variety. The blueberries and blue cheese work so well together and the grilled chicken add some extra deliciousness. It’s all taste crunchy, juicy and fresh. 🙂

Kale, Blueberry & Grilled Chicken Salad

Leftover Beef & Pear Rocket Salad

This one I actually made from leftovers. I used some lean beef, ripe pears, rocket and raisins. It turned out the combination was really satisfying and quite filling. You can easily use it as a main dish, plus you get your five a day. 🙂

Beef & Pear Salad

MeatlessMonday: Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

Simple, but very refreshing salad, ready in just a few minutes. The orange got this salad to a whole different level. 🙂

Kale & Orange Quinoa Salad

MeatlessMonday: Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice salad with Radishes

Next one – earthy and nutty flavour and packed with goodness. This grain salad will keep you full for a long, long time and will give you the energy you need for the busy day ahead.

Black Quinoa, Farro & Rice Salad with Radishes

Grilled Halloumi & Sweet Baby Peppers Quinoa Salad with Raisins

Grilled Halloumi Cheese? Yes, please. Grilled Baby Peppers & Rocket to go with it? Perfect. It’s more of a cheese with salad this one, but as I love Halloumi it’s perfect for me. Well, may be a few pieces less next time. 🙂

Grilled Halloumi & Baby Peppers Salad

MeatlessMonday: Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

For all of you who are on a raw vegan diet, this is delicious, absolutely lovely salad to make in the summer days, either to accompany your mains or as a side. You might’ve noticed, I do like radishes. 🙂

Zucchini Spaghetti & Kale Salad with Radishes

Pomegranate & Feta Cheese Quinoa Salad

I remember I made this pomegranates during the festive period last year and they got really popular amongst my friends and family. Not only they look pretty but they’re also very yummy, with my favourite feta cheese and quinoa – simple but tasty.

Stuffed Pomegranate with Quinoa & Feta Cheese Salad

MM: Raw Vegan Zucchini Cashew Dip

Happy Meatless Monday all!  As you may know from my previous post I’ve been embracing various raw vegan recipes and so far I’ve been loving them! I just love the fact that they are so simple, take only a minute to prepare and yet are so delicious. And I can’t stress enough how healthy these raw vegan recipes are. I really feel the difference when having a raw vegan meal in a good way. I mean, I feel really well nourished. All these raw veggies, raw nuts and a good olive oil, they really do wonders. I am definitely not a vegan, I like all kinds of food but I believe there should be a balance and we should aim eating more fruit and veggies, especially raw ones.

Back to the recipe again. 🙂 So what I made is Zucchini & Cashew Dip which tasted a lot like pesto. I had it with carrot sticks, peppers & cucumbers.

This zucchini dip is just divine, I absolutely love it. It’s perfect for the hot summer day or simply when you’d like to have a light and refreshing meal(or dip in this case) 🙂 You can add it to your salad, pasta or just dip yummy veggies into it. You can also have it on some crispy garlic bread. That would be too tasty!

Here’s what you need for this tasty Zucchini Cashew Dip.

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini, cut in chunks
  • 150g/5oz raw cashew nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • salt
  • lemon juice, if wished

Preparation:

  1. Simply combine all the ingredients together and blitz to a smooth consistency. If wished, add more olive oil.
  2. Serve with some carrot sticks or cucumber sticks.

Tip: Why not whip in that zucchini dip into your pasta next time! It is delicious!

MM: Raw Vegan Red Pepper Dip

Happy Meatless Monday! It’s been  a while since I last posted a MM recipe so here it is –   raw vegan Red Pepper Dip/Spread.

I’ve been trying lots of veggie recipes recently and I can really feel the difference.

I love all kinds of food but it seems I feel better when on a raw vegan diet. This is why I’ve been experimenting and this is how this spread/dip was invented. Plus, these recipes are so light and fresh, they’re perfect for the hot days at the moment.

As most of them, these recipes are more than simple and quick to make. The ingredients are red pepper, sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil and seasoning. It is really tasty, kind of like hummus with red pepper flavour.You can either dip some veggie sticks in  (like carrots, cucumbers, beetroot) or make small bites and top them up with the dip. Seriously, those veggie recipes are amazing. It would be very tasty on a bruschetta or in a pasta. May be add it to your pizza or sandwich? 🙂 It goes with almost everything, really. Well, that if you like red peppers. 🙂 I knoe some people really dislike them. I hope that’s not the case. 🙂

Here’s what you need for this delicious Red Pepper Dip.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 red pepper, cut in pieces
  • 100g/3.5oz sunflower seeds
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blitz until smooth consistency.
  2. If wished, add some water.
  3. Sprinkle some extra sunflower seeds and paprika when serving

Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some fresh parsley! Or simply any fresh herbs you fancy. 🙂 Oh, did you check my Raw Vegan Zucchini & Cashew Dip? If, not, you should! 🙂