Light, Easy and Delish Strawberry Salad

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After a long trip to the motherland, tons of pelmeni, vodka, and other unhealthy stuff I am back to the blog.

The main thing I do after coming back from long gastro trips is – detox. I put aside alcoholic beverages, meats, fried food and only leave what’s good.

Last night a realized that I will only eat something that contains strawberries until the end of the summer (probably will for a week and then drop :D).

This salad popped in my mind out of random when I smelled fresh strawberries at the farmers market. There was no better meal that day!

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Huevos Rancheros

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Since moving to California in 2015 I instantly got into Mexican cuisine and got quite a number of friends with Mexican heritage but for some reason, I have not cooked any of their dishes until mid-2017.

Huevos Rancheros (or rancher’s eggs) is a traditional midday or late morning dish in Mexico cooked in rural areas of Mexico. Recipes may vary to satisfy family’s taste buds and preferences but one thing I can tell for sure: it always has fresh eggs, corn tortillas, and tomatoes.

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Simple Shakshuka

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Shakshuka is generally a Mediterranean dish which can be eaten any time of the day. I normally eat it for breakfast, but some people claim that it is also great for brunch and even dinner. It is a great source of protein and traditionally does not contain any meat, so some of you, my vegetarian friends should love it!

After growing my own thyme for several weeks I decided to add it to my shakshuka and it really made the dish taste better!

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Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore

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Weeknight dinners are always a challenge for me since I almost never buy frozen foods, canned products, and even pre-made sauces. But last night I have sinned… As I was walking out of a supermarket I grabbed a can of Rao’s marinara sauce on the go.

I didn’t know whether I did the right thing until after my chicken cacciatore came out of the oven. It turns out that some brands still care about the quality and flavor and I’m happy I made it.

Chicken cacciatore is an Italian dish made the “hunter style” way. It’s basically a stew with tomatoes, basil, onions, garlic and peppers thrown together and stewed for an hour or so. It can also be baked or prepared with lamb or beef.

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Blackberry Thyme and Meyer Lemon Galette

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When I explain galettes to the people, I always say “It’s like a giant cookie but with fillings and a lot tastier.” Even French Canadians call it that way, filling their galettes with sweet ingredients.

However, term “galette” comes from the region of Brittany in France and typically made with savory ingredients using buckwheat flour. I got inspired by both ways and did a lot of research before putting my first galette together. I relied on seasonal berries, slightly unusual bitter Meyer lemons and my favorite thyme.

This recipe came out rich, delicious and needed just a splash or rosé to finish up what I started.

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Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, Mushroom and Honeyed Goat Cheese Galette

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Hey! May is officially here! It’s time to really use up those spring ingredients because summer is just 1 month away!

During my long-term relationship with asparagus, I ‘ve’learned that many people either love it or hate it. Guess what? I am the one who is deeply in love with this ingredient and can think of a 100 recipes that I can make with asparagus.

Today we are making rather a simple recipe that is good for warm weather and is suitable for family events!

Ladies and gents: Asparagus galette!

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Easy Salmon Patties

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Being pescetarian at a BBq party may seem hard: everyone having sausages, ribs, and burgers but you can not eat a gram of this. Since there are not a lot of pescetarian friendly sausages and patties in stores, I came up with this easy recipe of fish patties, that I can bring for myself. They are also great for burgers and smoking.

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San Francisco Event: Demystifying nutrition: Separating Facts from Fiction

Hey there readers! If you happen to be in San Francisco this Friday, April 20th at 6 pm, you are welcome to attend one of my events that SupergirlsSF club and I are organizing.

On Friday we are going to discuss:

  • Am I eating what is right for me?
  • How do I optimize my diet to be more productive?
  • Should I follow the hype and become vegan, paleo, keto or lactose-free?
  • Should I take supplements, and if yes, which ones to choose?
  • Should I start taking vitamins my friend or partner has been raving about for months?

I will also be making healthy mocktails because what a party without a cocktail?

Click here to register for the event.

See you there!

It All Started With Oatmeal

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What should I eat if I want to start running?

It is the second most popular question I get after recipe requests.

For me, it all started with oatmeal. Once upon a time in London, I woke up at 6 am and had a nice portion of homemade oatmeal with berries. I took a nice run outside an hour after and that felt great.

I kept experimenting with all sorts of foods until I realized that it is natural foods that kept me going.

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Since I became the official ambassador for The San Francisco Marathon this year, I feel obligated to educate you guys about one of the most critical aspects of running. I got inspired by Coach Nate who has an awesome training program for those who have no clue how to start.

Now, let’s talk about what you should not eat if you want to run a half marathon. The list is short.

I stopped eating processed sugar (like at all) and substituted it with apples, oranges, and bananas. Honey is also OK but in moderation.

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All bubbly drinks are a no more in my life for over three years. I now drink kombucha, and if you don’t know what it is, you should really check it out!

Ideally a month before the race you should stop consuming alcohol (even beer), so you don’t dehydrate your body. Running after a can of beer can seriously take you away from this awesome kind of sports. Also, do not try to start training if you had three cans of beer or 2 cocktails. In this case, postpone your workout by 7-10 hours. Let your liver workout first.

Exclude deli meats, canned tuna or any kind of fish that have been in a can.

Milk, cheese, yogurt (non-dairy is ok) are also not great for your performance.

If you have any questions about eating and how to start preparing for the marathon let me know in comments below!

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