Quinoa and Vegetable Medley


Quinoa and Vegetable Medley

I am eating clean and healthy. This recipe is my quick go to dish when I am in a hurry. It is soooo delicious and filling. I always add hot sauce to it so I can get a yummy kick out of it 🙂 …Try it and let me know what you think… Enjoy!

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Eggplant Bruschetta Recipe


Here is a fun and easy recipe to do.

Eggplant Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers and sometimes just a good old plain meal.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Eggplant
  •  Mozzarella Cheese
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Sesame Rye Crisp bread (I love using this healthy option: Ryvita) / Toasted Baguette

The Dressing:

  • Fresh/Dried Basil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pink Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Olive Oil

Instructions:

Slice the Eggplant as thick or thin as you like. Put them on a tray and sprinkle some salt on them. Leave them for 20 minutes so that the excess water in them comes to the surface. Pat dry.

Cover the Eggplant with a little bit of Olive Oil and some Fresh/Dried Basil. (I used dried basil this time)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake The Eggplant in the oven for 20 minutes or until you see that they are baked thoroughly. (I like to leave the black flesh of the eggplant on. It has so much nutritional value)

While the eggplants are baking prepare the simple tomato salad.

Cut cherry tomatoes into piece. Add juice of 1 lemon, a bottle cap of apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne pepper, pink salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add chopped basil or dried basil. Drizzle with olive oil.

Remove the Eggplants when done. Add a handful of mozzarella cheese onto each eggplant and return to the oven. Wait until you see that the cheese has melted.

Remove from oven and put the Eggplant/Mozzarella onto the crisp bread. Add the tomato salad and devour.

Bon appétit

Rasha Nasser Khalil 

Guest Blog: Smoothie Recipes to Pair with Barbecue


Guest blogger: Katy Cavallero

I have been contacted by Ebanreb, Katy Cavallero’s friend, who thought it would be great to share Katy’s guest post on our blog. Thank you Ebanreb and Katy for considering our blog.

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Smoothies make a healthy, fun and refreshing beverage for barbecue parties that kids and adults will enjoy. They are especially perfect for cooling down during the summer time and can be served before or after the barbecue. They also make a cool alternative to alcoholic beverages. Smoothies can be spiked with alcohol too for serving adults. For barbecues, light fruit smoothies are best especially citrus fruits like orange or lemons. Strawberries, blueberries and raspberries also make delicious smoothies paired

with all kinds of meats and barbecues including fish, seafood, vegetables, chicken, pork, beef or lamb. Other fruits that you can make into smoothies and pair with barbecue are peaches, mangoes, kiwi, passion fruit, pineapple, and watermelon.   You can get heart healthy food & weight loss recipe ideas for smoothies at Gourmandia.

For a simple smoothie recipe, choose only one fruit and combine with plain yogurt, honey to sweeten, and lemon juice to thin out and add a tart flavor.

Watermelon smoothie, mango smoothie, strawberry smoothie, and blueberry smoothie are some of the most popular smoothies using a single flavor. Combining different kinds of fruits can make a more exciting beverage. To savor the flavors of the fruits, combine only two kinds that pair well such as mango and peach, watermelon and strawberry, kiwi and passion fruit, strawberry and banana, pineapple and orange. Another possibility is to make layered smoothies. Make different kinds of smoothies and refrigerate until they are very cold. Pour one kind of smoothie halfway for each glass and another kind of smoothie on top. Not only do they taste delicious and fun, they also look beautiful. You can garnish the smoothies with slices of fruits or a wedge of lemon.

You can also set up a smoothie bar so that your guests can choose what flavor and combinations they prefer. All you need is a blender and fresh fruits,

chilled yogurt, honey, and lemon juice or fruit juice. For the best results, slice the fruits into pieces and freeze them in a container so that you can get a slushy consistency when you

process them in a blender. If you prefer a smoother consistency, however, chilled fruits in the refrigerator will do the trick.

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My name is Katy Cavallero from Toronto, ON Canada and a part time photographer. Being a good photographer is definitely not easy. I also joined the staff of a business magazine which was based in London and became a corporate photographer. During free time, I create blogs and post contents related to foods. It is my pleasure to share valuable information, knowledge and tips to this blog.

Preparing a Healthy Kale Salad for Dummies


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Prepare a healthy kale salad that will nourish your system…
Helps you get full and stay full…
Go through the images…
Try it and let me know what you think 🙂


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Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure


After having covered general juice recipes such as: Green Juice Recipes, Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes, Detox Juice Recipes, Juice Recipes for Ailments, and Juice Recipes for Pregnancy, I think it is time to start posting juice recipes for specific ailments.

Here are some juice recipes that may help you combat high blood pressure

Celery is one of the most important vegetables we have to use daily. Celery provides a natural way to lower blood pressure. Drink celery juice as much as you can… If you cannot tolerate its bitter taste mix it with a bit of orange juice (which would also give you a vitamin C kick.) Read more here.

Beat High Blood Pressure with Beet. A recent research study discovered that drinking just 500 ml of beetroot juice a day can significantly reduce blood pressure. Read more here.

Lemon juice with water is such a refreshing and quenching drink, especially in the hot summer days. Adding Lemon juice to your water will help alkalize your system and is also shown to lower blood pressure… even if it does nothing, why not change the taste of your water from time to time 🙂

Juice 1/4 cantaloupe and blend in a banana and enjoy the yummy effect… both ingredients have potassium which will help reduce high blood pressure.

Green juice is mainly beneficial to all ailments and will definitely improve your overall health and stamina.
All of these vegetable juices make the blood more alkaline and can help remove cholesterol deposits on arteries that lead to the heart. Read more here.

Last but not least, the quatro super juice ingredients Kale, Celery, Carrot and Beet. Juice the ultimate ingredients and you’ll not only combat blood pressure but you’ll conquer all aliments and regain your full health and vigor.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

Juice Recipes for Pregnancy


The importance of juicing has been highlighted many times in my previous posts; Green Juice Recipes, Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes, Detox Juice Recipes and Juice Recipes for Aliments.

Juicing for pregnant women is even more important. The instant rush of nutrients in your system will help you and your baby stay nourished and feeling clean…

Here are a few juice recipes I personally am trying through my journey in pregnancy and are really doing wonders to my overall health.

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Pregnant women require a lot of vitamins and nutrients to support their growing baby… this juice recipe contains a plethora of nutritious elements… Oranges are well known for their high concentration of vitamin C, but the citrus fruit also contains many other vitamins and nutrients. Oranges also contain vitamin A, many of the B vitamins, and vitamin E, making them a regular part of a healthy and balanced diet (read more). Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Spinach and Asparagus are extremely rich in antioxidants and are also a good source of vitamin A and C as well as being rich in folate and fiber.

Most pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting throughout their first trimester… try the apple, celery and a bit of ginger juice and you’ll automatically feel better.

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One extra annoyance during pregnancy is constipation. The release of pregnancy hormones relax the bowel and alter the digestive system while prenatal vitamins further contribute to constipation and bloating. Try the two recipes above. My personal recommendation is to eat a big bowl or two of salad daily… it will help you overcome this bloated feeling and keep you regulated throughout your pregnancy.

Folates are crucial for pregnancy especially in the beginning. I had this juice when I was in my first few weeks of pregnancy. I blended a banana with the juice mixture and it turned out to be an excellent recipe.

Bottom line… pregnant or not, you can utilize the above recipes to improve your vitamin intake and overall nutritional health.

Rasha Nasser Khalil

Also see my other juice recipe posts:

– Having a Baby… Juice Juice Juice 

– Juice Recipes for Weight Loss 

– Juice Recipes to Lower High Blood Pressure

– Juice Recipes for Ailments

– Detox Juice Recipes

– Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes

– Green Juice Recipes

Juice Recipes for Ailments


Having covered “Green Juice Recipes“, “Jay Kordich – Juice Recipes” and “Detox Juice Recipes” it is time to suggest a few recipes that will treat illnesses…

Rather than taking the usual route of popping pills when you start feeling sick, try these recipes that will not only target your symptoms but cleanse every single cell in your body making you not only recover but become a healthier, cleaner, and a more balanced you…

Start from the inside out…

Cherry juice helps stop migraine headaches, improves the way you sleep and prevents premature aging. (drink 4 cups a day- not a professional recommendation).

(drink 4 cups a day- not a professional recommendation).

Drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh lemon juice purifies the blood by removing metabolic waste and by changing blood pH from acid to alkaline. (from: knowyourgut)

Another recipe is to soak 1 cup of prunes in 3 cups of water overnight. In the morning, drink 8 oz of the prune water on an empty stomach. (from: knowyourgut)

Carrots, orange and lemon are great sources of natural form of vitamin C. Garlic is well known as nature’s antibiotic. (from: knowyourgut)

If there is any condition you’d like a juice recipe for let me know…

Rasha Nasser Khalil