Recipes

I love all things food and, if you’re reading this, you probably do too.
The recipes you find on this blog are generously shared by the fine Chefs, health coaches and foodies I teamed up with.

They were cherry picked to exclude the main foods allergens and overall offenders. None of the recipes contains gluten, soy, corn, refined sugar and most forms of dairy (i.e. milk and cream).

They’re healthy, delicious and varied. Being inspired by different chefs will certainly brighten your weekly menu.

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Falafel Salad On The Go

Eating healthy can be delicious, it only takes a little imagination. Here is an easy to make falafel salad by Sandra Lin that you can take with you to work when you are on the go.

Super Easy Falafels

Do you remember the first time you ate falafels? Maybe you were well acquainted with Eastern food since your toddler years, but in the small town I grew up in our first Israeli restaurant caused quite a hit. I was 18, and boy, did I love those chickpea balls!

Pumpkin Seed Purple mashed potato

There is something to deep coloured vegetables that not only makes them so appealing, but incredibly rich in healthy micronutrients.

Homemade Healthy Ranch Dressing

This dressing from Anisha Anand is not only wonderfully nutritious, but it will make any tray of veggies gain life.

Pumpkin Spice Waffle

Yes, you can still have waffle while eating healthy. It’s a matter of creatively combining the right ingredients, and Brandi Mackenzie is a master at that.

Delicious Fruit tartlet

This is a MUST try healthy dessert from Andrea Caprio. The mixture of layers, textures and flavours is just about perfect!

Roasted Vegetables With Avocado Oil

I love the colours on this salad from Anisha Anand. And in case you wonder, your eyes also “eat”, did you know?
Great as a sider, I particularly like it with fish.

Squash and Pomegranate salad

And because we are getting right into pumpkin season…

The Power Trio Smoothie

This recipe from Joanna Fiminska works great as a healthy, cleansing breakfast. Also a perfect smoothie for a mid after noon snack.

Easy Oats with Berries

Who says oatmeal is boring? Check out Joanna Fiminska’s breakfast recipe!

Summer Avocado Citrus Salad

Summer Avocado Citrus Salad

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:I love the mixed fruity flavours on this salad by Bernadine Otto. The grapefruit gives it a powerful antioxidant boost, perfect to close the Summer and start the new season […]

Breakfast Eggs in Cups

A winner recipe. If you want a super nourishing, healthy breakfast that will leave you satisfied for a long time without needing to snack after 2 hours, this is for you.

Salad Rainbow

Roasting is one of my favourite ways to cook vegetables, it just seems to enhance their flavour. Anisha Anand’s vegetable tray is a fun way to add colour, taste and ease to your dinner.

Egg Fritata

Loaded Egg Frittata

For those of us often on the go, Anisha Anand’ frittata is a perfect ‘carry with you’ meal. You have your protein, veggies and healthy fats in one bite!

Gluten, sugar and dairy free bread

Delicious gluten, sugar and dairy free bread

Do you fear that your bread days are gone on a gluten free diet? Andrea Caprio will convince they’re not!

Roasted Cauliflower Salad

Perfect Purple Salad

Much as taste counts for great eating experience, colour and appearance does too!

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Easy Vegetable Mix

This is an easy peasy vegetable mix from Sandra Lin. I like to cook it with organic coconut or palm oil.
For fun, you can season it with different herbs and spices, coriander is my favourite here.

Easy Egg salad

Easy Egg salad

This is a filing salad by Bernadine Otto, perfect for the Summer!
There are several recipes for dressings on the website, be sure to peruse them.

Zuchnni-shrimp

Thai shrimp with zucchini noodles – Autoimmune-friendly

I don’t like noodles – except, for these ones from Katie Ring!
Preparing veggie noodles is a great way to add greens to your meals in a way that makes them super tasty. I understand Katie’s passion over her Spiralizer!

Carnival Quinoa

Carnival Quinoa

This is a wonderfully coloured salad from Anisha Anand that will satisfy each of your taste buds.
Perfect for a Summer lunch, a dinner, or even as a snack!

seaweed-soup

Super Quick Seaweed Soup

This is a delicious, nutritious soup you can prepare in 5 minutes!

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How to Turn Failed Pancakes Into Muffins

Here’s how a failed cooking experiment can turn into a success! Andrea’s muffins are gluten, sugar and dairy free and, if you like coconut, you’ll love the blend with banana and almond.

Avocados with Chicken

Stuffed Avocados With Chicken

This is a fun recipe that doesn’t really need any siders, though you can certainly add them for variety. The chicken and avocado mix is filling, nourishing and a great match in taste.

Carrot pesto

Carrot Top Creamy Pesto

Recently I’ve been getting more carrot tops than carrots on my weekly box of vegetables. Anisha’s recipe came just at the right time, if you like pesto, you’ll love this one.

vegie stir fry

Perfect Vegetable Stir Fry

This is a wonderful Asian style stir-fry created by Sandra Lin. I love it when you can throw everything into a wok, besides easy, it blends flavours nicely.

Tropical Paradise Overnight Oats

Tropical Paradise Overnight Oats

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: Not the type of person who enjoys having breakfast? I challenge you to try Zhanna’s Tropical Paradise Oats and not love them… and want to have them for the […]

Crunchy Beet Green Wraps

Crunchy Beet Green Wraps

I love wraps made with leaves and these ones from Katie Ring made with beet greens are just about perfect. The softness of the leaves gives the wraps the right texture to fold around the crunchiness that’s inside.

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My Favorite Beef Stew

This is a very rich stew from Bernadine Otto. I love it with a bed of greens on a Sunday lunch

Chocolate Almond Cashew Buttercups

These buttercups are a treat!
A perfect alternative to a processed desert, healthier and much tastier.

Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

I’m really loving the simplicity, taste and sense of satiation I get from having a healthy drink that is so filling. This one from Bernadine Otto is incredibly easy to make and takes only 3 ingredients.

Hearty Lentil Soup

Hearty Lentil Soup

This is a wonderfully rich soup from Katie Ring. The best part? It will save you a lot of prep and cooking time throughout the week when you cook a large batch.

Pineapple Turmeric dressing

Pineapple Turmeric dressing

This dressing from Anisha can give any dish a whole new life.
If you are bored with your salads, or you just want to add a different flavor to your plate, I think you’ll love the sweet-sour taste of the pineapple with added spices.

Quick and Easy Coconut Chicken Fingers

Many of us choose to stay away from processed foods, but there’s something to chicken fingers that makes this recipe from Micki Contini so incredibly appealing.

Banana muffins

Banana Muffins

Here is another tasty, easy recipe from Bernadine Otto. You will be surprised on how fast you can get these muffins done!

Chocolate Coconut Almond Ball Bites

Chocolate Coconut Ball Bites

These healthy little treats are addictive!
If you have kids, these are a much healthier alternative than your average store bought biscuits. Besides, I’m sure they’ll love them.

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Coco-Kale-Mango Smoothie

I’m not usually one for smoothies, admittedly, I like to chew. But sometimes, there comes a really nice one.
Alison Brehme’s coco-kale-mango mix is super fresh and nutrient packed.

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Paleo Mack & Cheese

What’s a Mack and Cheese recipe doing on a website containing healthy recipes?
You’re in for a surprise!

Creamy Vegan Queso

Creamy Vegan Queso

Just when you thought you couldn’t eat dairy, here’s Katie Ring’s delicious queso made with cashews.
You have got to try this one out!

Asian Coleslaw

Asian Style Coleslaw

Anisha’s recipe is a wonderful twist to your regular coleslaw and a tasty way to use your excess cabbage.
You can use it as a side dish or eat it on its own.

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Crispy Purple Baked Fries

Did you know potatoes also come in purple?
They have a slightly nutty flavor and are known for their antioxidant properties keeping cells better protected from inflammation.

Roasted acorn squash with barley and sage

Roasted Acorn Squash With Sage

This hearty recipe from Bernadine Otto will leave you feeling warm and nicely filled.
The sage gives it just that extra something.

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Easy peasy 1 ingredient ice cream

A super quick and easy ice cream for a healthy treat or dessert – made with ONE single ingredient.
It really can’t get any simpler than this.

Black Bean Tex-Mex Quinoa Bowl

Black Bean Tex­-Mex Quinoa Bowl

Quinoa can be prepared in so many different ways I love its versatility.
Besides, if you are trying to avoid grains, quinoa can be a great addition to your meals because it’s actually a seed.

Grain free rosemary crackers with mission fig and caramelized onion tapenade

Grain free Crackers with Fig and Caramelized Onion

These little crackers work great as an appetizer, a snack, even for breakfast. You can also store the crackers in a jar and keep the tapenade in the fridge for later use. This way you will only need to top a cracker with tapenade for a quick, healthy, handy snack.

Island Chicken

Island Chicken

Do you like exotic? Then you will love Anisha’s Island Chicken.
Besides exquisite, the mix of seasonings is filled with anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, among others. If you know tomorrow’s lunch will have to be cooked on the go, this is a really easy recipe to prepare.

Comforting Chicken and Kale Soup

Comforting Chicken and Kale Soup

This week’s recipe made me travel back to the hearty soups my granny used to cook during the winter. There is a lot of wisdom to many of the recipes people prepared for different ailments back then.
Because the flu season is here, I chose this immune boosting soup from Micki Contini, a great example of food being used as medicine to help beat those colds.

Kale Chips

Crispy Kale Chips

It’s December 31st today and here’s one last minute treat for that party later on.
Bernadine Otto’s healthy chips made of kale. Yes, they are real chips, easy peasy to prepare, crunchy, tasty and full of nutritional goodies.

Honey Cake

Madeira Island’s traditional honey cake

I’ve been meaning to try this one out for many years: Madeira island’s most traditional honey cake – not to be confused with Madeira cake.
Madeira’s honey cake is traditionally prepared around Christmas time. People bake it in large batches because it lasts a full year in the cabinet. Sometimes longer.
This is a rich cake with a strong flavour, whose origin dates back 600 years!

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DIY Hair and Scalp Treatment Recipe

Not your usual recipe, though this one will feed your hair. Literally.
I’m wary of most commercial shampoos and hair treatments for the harmful ingredients they contain and that my skin will absorb as easily as would my stomach. .

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Immune supportive chai tea

Is everyone around you getting a sore throat? Katie’s immune chai is a deliciously natural healing aid to those colds.
In case you haven’t noticed, I love spices, and a hot chai in cold weather makes me feel warm, cozy and veeery relaxed….

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bacon

It’s sweet potato season and Julia’s bacon with sweet potato comes timely.
And they’re roasted! I’m not the only loving roasted food when the weather gets colder, am I?

Try it out over the weekend and let me know what you think!

Creamy Roasted Asparagus Soup

Is it getting chilly where you live? Nights are getting cooler around here and I found Anisha’s soup recipe to be perfect for the season.
Warm, filling and hearty.
If you don’t have avocado oil, coconut oil is an excellent alternative.

Spiced Vanilla Chia Pudding

Spiced Vanilla Chia Pudding

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I love chia. Toss it in a bowl with some liquid – water, coconut milk, almond milk… – leave it to rest and you have a pudding. Add a […]

pumpkin porridge

Pumpkin Orange & Pecan Porridge

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I recently had the chance of reading Jo Hodson’s new book: Not Just For Goldilocks! Your classic porridge bowl… rebooted! My… talk about reboot! Below you’ll find 1 of her […]

Roasted Purple Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:No, I didn’t know there existed purple cauliflowers! So I did a little digging and found that the color purple happened as a spontaneous mutation of the average white variety. […]

Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: There are a few steps to this recipe, but the result is well worth it! I used a little less quinoa since I like my filling to be chunky, […]

Zucchini noodles with Chicken and avocado

Zucchini noodles with Chicken and avocado

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:While I eat zucchini they’re not my favorite vegetable. That’s courgette for us folks here in Europe by the way.While I’m at it, the arugula Bernadine uses translates as rocket […]

Gluten Free Banana Maca Pancakes with Berry Compote

Gluten Free Banana Maca Pancakes with Berry Compote

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:I had my first homemade pancake for breakfast about a year ago. I suppose pancakes are not as much part of Portuguese cuisine, at least not the one I was […]

Simple fennel salad

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:I love simple. Rich in Vitamin C and phytonutrients with anti inflammatory properties, Joanna’s fennel salad is simple, easy and tasty.Both an herb and a spice, fennel is commonly found […]

Juicy Gazpacho

Juicy Gazpacho

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: Summer is coming to an end and Shannon’s Gazpacho comes timely just before the cold season begins. Also a great way to use those Summer tomatoes you didn’t get […]

Green Papaya Salad

Vietnamese Green Papaya Salad

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I don’t know about you, but Vietnamese cuisine is a complete novelty for me. I love the concept (and experience) of having all 5 flavors in a meal. Note: […]

strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake parfait

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:Jo Hodson is back on the blog.Can you resist her shortcake parfait? Complete with healthy fats and the finest ingredients, makes it for a nourishing treat both you and your […]

Roasted Cauliflower steaks

Roasted Cauliflower steaks

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:How do you like your cauliflower?I’m totally up for learning 1001 ways to cook a vegetable. Bernadine’s recipe is an example of how a simple tweak can turn same old […]

Salmon with Rosemary Pesto and Butternut Squash

Salmon with Rosemary Pesto and Butternut Squash

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I love pesto. And salmon. And butternut squash.Combine them all together and voilá. Perfect lunch.If, like me, it’s easier for you to get fresh butternut squash rather than frozen, […]

Dark chocolate berry cake

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:I’ll keep this short and sweet: Go do this cake.Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free – and absolutely scrumptious! If you like it – hard not to – click the […]

Wicked fresh mint

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:I love the simplicity of Julia’s recipe. This is one of my favorite drinks, particularly now that I have easy access to freshly harvested mint. Make sure to read Julia’s […]

Tropical Shrimp Ceviche

This week we’re getting tropical!
Ceviches are traditionally prepared by curing fresh, raw fish in the juice of citrus fruits such as lemon or lime. They are a popular dish in the coastal regions of Latin America and some sources say similar preparation methods can be found as far back as 2000 years ago.

Layered salad with lentils and roasted vegetables

Layered salad with lentils and roasted vegetables

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:The mix of fresh leaves with roasted vegetables on top works oh, so well! On my next layered salad I’ll try roasted carrots and onions.This will be a great addition […]

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:Even though I had these for lunch they also make a great starter and snack.The blend of cilantro, paprika and lemon works perfectly. I used less lemon though you may […]

Chocolate Acai and Chia Bowl

Epic Chocolate Acai and Chia Bowl

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I tend to go for breakfasts I can chew. Don’t ask me why, it’s just been my preference. I was curious to try Zhanna’s bowl of acai and see […]

Quick and easy delicious beet greens

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: I usually save the beetroot greens but never found a way of cooking them so they taste good… and convince my husband that yes, you can actually eat them.  […]

Dressed up bean salad

Dressed up bean salad

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note: This hearty salad is a perfect Summer lunch, dinner, even snack. My salads have been begging me for variety, when I set myself to prepare some cold greens and […]

Raw Cacao Covered Cherries

Raw Cacao Covered Cherries

Sign up to get a new recipe fresh on your mail box every week! (Psst, You’ll also get my Ebook – Breathe) Yes Please! Catarina’s note:It’s cherry season here on the Island and everyday I walk by street stalls selling them in large, yummy looking piles.It wasn’t hard to be inspired by Katie’s recipe and, […]