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Feta cheese bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 – 12 minutes

12 servings

feta-bruschetta

Ingredients:
½ cup extra virgin olive oil or your favorite vegetable oil
2 cups crumbled feta cheese
12 slices of French bread
1 tablespoon chopped onion or minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil
(you can use thyme instead of basil)
2 medium-sized tomato, chopped
(optional – chopped fresh peppers)

Instructions:
Pour the oil over the slices. Place on a baking sheet and bake at high temperature for 5-7 minutes until golden brown. Mix the cheese, onion and basil and spread over the toasts. Finish with tomato. Bake for 3-5 minutes and serve.

Hummus recipe

Hummus is a low-calorie veggie meal that fits perfectly to your healthy way of living. In fact, it is an appetizer but is nutritional enough to serve it as a main course.

hummus

Image credits: zorbs

Prep. Time:
10 minutes if you use a canned beans.

8 servings

Ingredients:
2 cups drained canned beans
½ cup chopped onion
½ tablespoon minced garlic (optional)
1 tbsp. dry or fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. Sea salt
Black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water

Instructions
In a food processor puree all the ingredients until they are smooth.

Serve with crackers or spread in tortilla wraps. Another healthy combination is to serve the hummus with roasted or steamed vegetables. You can also add cheese in the serving plate.

Food substitution advices

food-substitution

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You could turn any meal into piece of art by changing some products. Use this food substitution chart to individualize the recipes or to cook meals when some ingredients are not available.

Basil – you will achieve similar taste with oregano or mint

Butter – margarine or light vegetable oil

Capers – instead of 1 tablespoon capers use 2 tablespoons green olives, chopped

Cilantro – you could substitute this exotic herb with parsley

Fresh mushrooms – for ½ lb. use 6-oz can mushrooms

Goat cheese – feta cheese

Ice Cream – frozen yoghurt with honey with fruits or chocolate chips

Marjoram – basil or thyme

Mascarpone – unsalted cream cheese

Mayonnaise – the combination between yoghurt and olive oil is a healthier choice

Mint – basil

Ricotta cheese – cottage cheese

Sesame seed – finely chopped or grounded sunflower seeds or almonds

Shallot – green onion will help you to get almost the same taste

Tomato paste – for 1 cup tomato paste use 1 tablespoon ketchup

Vinegar – use the same quantity lemon

Wine – use 2- 3 tablespoons vinegar instead of ½ cup of wine

Unsweetened chocolate – stir together 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 1 tbsp. butter.

Tuna salad recipe

Salad with Tuna

Prep. Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients
6-oz. can tuna
1 lettuce
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Salt
Pepper on taste

For the dressing
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsam vinegar

Instructions
Prepare the dressing by mixing mustard, olive oil and vinegar. Cut the lettuce and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the onion, celery, parsley, salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly. Put on the top drained tuna and pour the dressing.

Fresh home-made lemonade recipe

home-made-lemonade

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Home-made lemonade is refreshing and healthy drink which boosts your energy and creates positive mood. In fact, nothing can compare with the flavor of fresh lemons or limes combined with magical herbs and plants. The super-food Ginger for example stokes a dull appetite.

Preparation time 20 minutes

Serving
17-19 glasses or 1 gallon

Ingredients
3 lemons or 3 limes
3/4 cup of brown sugar or honey
Fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon ginger root, shredded
Ice cubes

How to prepare
Squeeze lemons or limes to extract the juice. Pour it in a one gallon pitcher and add sugar, ginger and 10-15 fresh mint leaves. Stir thoroughly and let stand for 15 minutes. Add ice cubes and serve putting a lemon or lime slice in each class. You can decorate with a small strawberry instead of lemon slice.

Home-made lemonade with green tea

tea lemonade

Image credit: Muffet

This recipe combines the freshness of the lemon with a wonder of a green tea.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon green tea leaves
  • 8 glasses of water
  • ½ cup brown sugar or honey
  • 2 lemons

Heat 1 glass of water to boil on the stove. Put tea leaves in a large jug and pour 1 glass boiling water. Let them stay for 7-8 minutes and strain. Add sugar. Stir until dissolved. Pour juice of three lemons and water to make a gallon.

Serve in glasses with ice. Decorate each glass with a slice of lemon.