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Anne Ricci
Passionate about food, cooking, health, nature, and photography; wife of a foodie and mother of 2 little boys who love cars, trains, planes, and... food.
Passionate about food, cooking, health, nature, and photography; wife of a foodie and mother of 2 little boys who love cars, trains, planes, and... food.

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Making your own soft cheese is actually quick and easy. Here is my step-by-step recipe:

#anneshealthykitchen #cheese #cheesemaking

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Watch my friend +Maureen Kemeny  do 56 push-ups on her 56th birthday! She is amazing!  You can also find Maureen here:

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A woman asked me a question yesterday and she was feeling overwhelmed about her situation: “I have food sensitivities and I cannot eat gluten, dairy, sugar, and legumes. What is left for me?” Here is what I told her:

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Zucchini Spaghetti with Avocado & Seeds Pesto

I hope using the words spaghetti and pesto for this dish won't get me kicked out of here by our Italian friends, but as I'm half Italian myself, I take full responsibility :)
+Lisa Watson what do you think? Definitely not politically correct, right?

Anyway Santa brought me a wonderful new toy: a spaghetti zucchini maker, also called spiralizer. And I’m just like my kids with their new toys, I love it!

If only this had been invented in the 1980s, my mom would have made our dream of eating spaghetti every day come true (she always had a ton of zucchini in the garden all summer).

So here is the recipe for you guys, it only takes about 8 minutes. And it is AMAZING! Really.

Serves 2 – Total time 8 min
2 medium zucchini
2 small avocados
1 tbsp. sunflower seeds
2 tsp flax seeds
1 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1/2 tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon
sea salt

Take the spiralizer and make spaghetti with the zucchini. I use the grid that gives me thick spaghetti, but the smaller one also works fine.

Heat the olive oil in a pan and saute the zucchini spaghetti for a few minutes (as you like it) with a little bit of salt.

Meanwhile, in the food processor, add sunflower seeds, flax seeds and the flesh of the avocado, plus the lemon juice. Process to a smooth pesto.

Remove the pan from heat and add the pesto. Mix well.
Serve and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Enjoy!

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Festive Carrot & Papaya Salad with Dark Chocolate

I love 75%+ chocolate. I bought cacao beans, the raw stuff, and it's amazing: bitter, plenty of magnesium, and it can be paired with all kinds of foods to make dishes that are a bit different.

I have published this recipe I tested and that we loved. Carrots, papaya and cocoa beans (on the picture it's 75% chocolate).

So here is the recipe for you:

Serves 4
4 medium carrots
¼ papaya
3 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 oz. dark chocolate (75 percent cocoa or more)

Grate the carrots. Peel and cut the papaya into small chunks. Place in a salad bowl.
Add lemon juice and olive oil, and mix well.
Serve a portion of salad on each plate, and grate some dark chocolate on top as well as on the plate.

Then, go ahead and tell your friends you ate a carrot and chocolate salad!

+Azlin Bloor +Lisa Watson +maria nasir what do you think? does it seem weird to you?

Full story here:


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Sweet Potato Soup with Peanut Butter and Coconut Milk

Hi foodies, this is my favorite Sunday night soup. Kids love it. It's a meal in itself and we love peanut butter with vegetables.

I think I adapted it about a year ago from a recipe by our friend Nancy but it's quite different from the original.

This recipe just got featured on The Gracious Pantry and I'm sure +Lisa Watson and +Azlin Bloor 's kids will love it :)

+John Nelson you can add some chili to this and close your eyes; maybe you'll feel you're back in Goa!

Ingredients for 6-8 servings:
1 1/2 lb. sweet potatoes
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. cumin powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper
2 3/4 cups chicken stock or water
2 tbsp. tomato passata
1 tsp unrefined sea salt
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
A few chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)

Peel sweet potatoes and cut into large chunks; set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Sauté onion until soft and light golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and sauté a few minutes more; add cinnamon, cumin and cayenne pepper; mix well.

Add chicken stock or water, then add tomato puree, salt and sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until sweet potatoes are soft, approximately 20 minutes.

Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, blend soup until smooth.

Whisk in peanut butter and coconut until smooth. Cook again over medium heat until heated through.

Adjust seasoning, to taste.
You can garnish with a few peanuts.




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Let's cook healthy recipes for Thanksgiving and beyond!

Thanks so much to all the amazing bloggers who participated in this recipe roundup:

Have a great holiday week!

+Lisa Watson +Enz F +Tiffany McCauley +Joy Stewart +Azlin Bloor +maria nasir +Amy Stafford +Amie Valpone +Tamara Andersen +Elaina Newton +Shar Kay +Rachel Schultz +Sandra McCollum +Michelle De La Cerda +Juliana Walters +Nicholas Ross +Tania Cusack 

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50 Healthy Festive Recipes from 29 Amazing Food Bloggers

6 oysters, 12 snails were just appetizers
3 oz. foie gras and a great fish fillet sauce Normande were starters I loved
then came the tournedos Rossini, or the cailles flambées, or...
(guys my mom's daily cookbook was Paul Bocuse...)
a few leaves of homegrown salad
many cheeses whose names were as poetic as the ones in +Lisa Watson 's weekly quiz.
oh, and the dessert.

That was a typical holiday season meal back in the day.

So today I have something that won't require you to have a second liver transplanted...

Here is a Thanksgiving treat for you: 50 healthy festive recipes from 29 amazing food bloggers:

You'll find our fellow foodies'recipes plus many more!

Thanks so much for your contribution +Azlin Bloor +Lisa Watson +Enz F +maria nasir +Joy Stewart +Juliana Walters +Shar Kay +Elaina Newton +Nicholas Ross !!


#nomadkitchencounter #foodiesannehealthy  

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My go-to winter tonic:
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