Recipes and Tips for Foodies like you!

Roasted Broccoli

A while ago, I tried this recipe for Roasted Broccoli. Roasting vegetables always makes them taste so much better, and this recipe seemed fast enough to make as a part of our weekday meals. You just have to coat the broccoli florets in olive oil, add salt and pepper, a little lime (sometimes I don’t add this), roast for a short time, and you’re done. I have not cooked broccoli any other way since I discovered this method! You need to try it for yourself, I usually put a lot of lime juice and some salt on my steamed broccoli, but with this recipe I enjoy them as they are. I think this recipe will make it easier for kids to have their broccoli too, at least mine asks for seconds.

I read somewhere that broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables we can eat, and it is suggested that we have at least ½ a cup of it two times a week. Aside from being packed with nutrients, it has cancer fighting, detoxifying and cholesterol lowering properties. I hope this recipe helps you include your suggested portions on your weekly menu!

Helga

Roasted Broccoli

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Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

This Puff Pastry Dessert is the perfect choice if you are looking for something easy and fast to prepare. Maybe you have friends coming over for coffee, or you want to end a special meal with a light dessert that looks pretty on the plate.

You only need to go out and buy Puff Pastry dough (I get mine at Pastelería Ciro), strawberries, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. This is so easy to make, I let my daughter help out with most of it. Kids love to roll out dough, so you can make it an activity to do with them. Don’t skip on the balsamic vinegar, its combination with strawberries will enhance your dessert.  If you don’t have balsamic vinegar at hand, you can use orange or lemon juice in its place.

Helga

Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert

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Banana Blueberry Smoothie

I am more and more a fan of breakfast-on-the-go. Specially this Banana Blueberry Smoothie (at least this week!). As I shared before, I am doing Yoga. It’s been a while since I’ve done some serious workouts, and a few weeks ago I found this little gym nearby that offers plenty of services, including yoga and pilates. I absolutely love them both. And it is working: every single muscle in my body hurts. Even some muscles that I didn’t know could hurt. I feel with more energy and some clothes start to fit/feel better. The best of all this is that both my yoga teachers say I have good posture and I am improving each day that goes by.

So, if I am heading out the door early in the morning for one of the classes, I skip breakfast (I have a small tangerine or a few bites of pineapple) and have something when I come back home. And this smoothie is perfect. It’s sweet (if I need an extra boost of energy I add a teaspoon of honey), keeps me satisfied until lunch time and… makes me drink less coffee.

I’ve tried other fruit/veggies combinations, and except for the blueberries and spinach, this is at the top of my list. I love re-purposing the tea or juice glass bottles for the smoothies since I can head to the office with my smoothie in hand. We hope you like them as much as we do… and this makes you make better food choices throughout your day.

Kitty

Banana Blueberry Smoothie

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Chicken Wraps

Things are starting to heat up around here. In Guatemala, Summer is around the corner, the days are sunny and warm and we all start craving fresher meals. And the beach. And Easter holiday.

These Chicken Wraps are a simple meal you can start to prepare beforehand, by having your veggies sliced in advance. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately.  This year, I’m trying the cook for the week approach, and it really helps on the morning of my cooking day to have all the vegetables sliced from the night before. To dress this pita wrap a bit, I tried a cilantro dressing.  You can try it with plain yogurt or a spicy mayonnaise.

Helga

Chicken Wraps

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