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‘Something Especially for You’


Hello Beautiful Foodies 🙂

This week is the start of my healthy cruise, so hop on and lets see what we have for dinner!

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Beautiful chicken and spinach salad

Ingredients: Chunks of oven cooked chicken (served cold), fresh radish, baby tomatoes, handful of spinach, 1 ball of mozzarella, cubes of salad cheese, lemon juice for dressing and salt for taste.

Method: Cook the chicken for 45 minutes in the oven (sprinkle with sea salt and olive oil). I use chicken breast as well as chicken drumsticks. Once ready remove from oven and let it cool down completely. Cut the meat in small chunks, use what you need then and there and refrigerate the rest for next day.

To serve, wash the spinach, strain the excess water and place it in a larger bowl. Add the radish slices, baby tomatoes, cubes of salad cheese and the mozzarella cut in small pieces. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and dress with juice of half of lemon. Mix everything with a wooden spoon then add the chicken segments.

Add a few leaves of fresh coriander!

You are ready to serve…:)

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Chicken and spinach salad

I’ve always tried to eat healthy…believe me…its not easy! Mostly because you realise really quickly that cooking healthy sometimes will take more time, more effort and more thought.

Eating healthy doesn’t always mean loads of greens and less fast-food!

Personally I believe it’s all to do with the way we think about food…how much time we are prepared to spend in the kitchen and really reflect on what we are cooking and are we actually doing it right?

This week’s recipe shouldn’t be something new…or maybe it is!

A salad is the most simple dish that you can put together fast and with almost no effort, but behind this very easy recipe there are some basic and essential rules:

  • The chicken should always be cooked in the oven or boiled, never fried
  • Use only lemon juice for dressing
  • Use spinach instead of baby leaves salad because it contains more vitamins
  • Use as little salt as possible, especially because the salad cheese it’s already salty

I usually make this salad for dinner because it’s light and quite full filing …but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it for lunch as well 🙂

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s choice for a healthier living!

What is your healthy choice?

Your Girl with an Apron,

Julia

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‘Eating out while staying in’


Welcome back to Julia’s Kitchen Corner:)

I totally love saying this…Julia’s Kitchen Corner:)))

This week is all about what is fresh…tasty…healthy…and easy to make!

I love cooking but I don’t always have enough time to spend in the kitchen, so I like to try recipes that are quick, fresh and fill your body with love! Initially, when I’ve started blogging the cooking/baking segment was meant to be an opportunity for me to share some tasty recipes that I’ve discovered/put together along the way…but I know now it’s turning out to be so much more:)

So…just to let you know for the future, I will continue to share my collection of best recipes but I will add here and there some good practice tips, some secret ingredients you can always have in the cupboard…easy ways you can turn your kitchen into one of the most loved places you would always want to be!

…I am also open to suggestions…if there is anything you would want to see or learn in this segment, feel free to ask…I believe sharing what we love, what we learn and what we can make will enable us to create some beautiful dishes.

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Turkey steak with roasted vegetables and mustard sauce

Ingredients: Turkey steak( 1/person), salt, pepper, chilli powder, white potatoes, carrots, radish, plum tomatoes, fresh lettuce, 3 tsp dijon mustard, 200 ml creme fraiche, few black peppercorns and 2 tsp of lemon juice.

Method: Fill a pot half way with water, add a bit of salt, place over medium heat and bring to boil. Cut the potatoes in shape of wedges ( I’ve used around 2 medium potatoes /person), slice the carrots and add everything to the boiling water. You can use any other vegetables you like, from parsnip to brussels sprouts.

Pre-heat the oven while the vegetables are boiling.

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I usually leave them to boil for exactly 10 minutes, drain the water, then place them into the oven with a bit of salt and olive oil on top.

Place a non-stick pan over low heat, get your turkey steaks ready with a bit of salt, pepper and chilli powder, when the pan is hot add the steaks, frying them 5 minutes on each side.

Make sure you keep an eye on the vegetables, they are ready when the potato wedges turn crispy golden.

You are now ready to make the mustard sauce:)

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For the sauce, add the creme fraiche, dijon mustard, black peppercorns and the lemon juice into a small pan over medium heat. Simmer for about 3-4 minutes until it turns smooth and saucy. Remove from heat and place aside.

This sauce will be enough for 4-5 servings.

To make the salad that accompanies the dish, I’ve used some fresh plum tomatoes, radish and curly lettuce, a bit of salt and a few drops of lemon juice.

Serve as seen above making sure you add the warm sauce at the end.

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I’ve loved this dish so much that I’ve got carried away with the pictures, especially because it was a beautiful day and we had lunch in the garden…but it looks tasty from every angle:)))

Bon appetit!

With Love,

Julia

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‘The simple things in life’


I love to take something ordinary and make it really special.” Ina Garten

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Do you have a memory of the most tasty dish you’ve ever had?

I thought I did…until today:)

We all look for that unforgettable taste in complicated recipes…fancy restaurants…unknown ingredients.

More complex it looks, more we think it will be better than anything we ever had before…

Why is that?

We tend to treat most of the things in our life in the same manner…as it gets more tangled, as the puzzle has more pieces, we have the impression it might worth more.

So many times we look away from the most simple ingredients just because we’ve used them so many times…they are familiar so they lack the excitement… or do they?

Today I’ve put together the most basic ingredients for a salad…I won’t go into detail about the ingredients (unless you want me to) because that is not the point of this post…the result was – the most tasty turkey avocado salad I have ever had:)

…take a look today at the most simple things around you and soon you’ll realise they worth more than you’ve thought!

Complicated is born because we think the elementary is not enough…easy becomes puzzling through our attempt in finding something special, when the exceptional is actually hiding between the ordinary.

Simple thoughts by

Julia

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