tarragon fish

Tarragon Fish and Spinach Couscous

Tarragon is a lovely herb to pair with fish. The flavors of this dish are mild and because of that you can pair it with different sides. My favorite is Spinach Couscous.

spinach couscous

Couscous is a staple in many countries such as Morocco, Tunisia, Lybia and others from North Africa. It is also popular in western countries especially in France. It was not until I moved to Finland that I began making couscous. All because of a friend who invited me for lunch and she made a couscous salad. I really like the Couscous with Shrimp and Veggies that I posted before and now another couscous recipe.


skinny irish soup

This Skinny Irish Soup was inspired by the fabulous, rich and delicious Traditional Irish Soup. I crave Irish soup from time to time but I don't always want the substantial amount calories attached to it. So here is a great recipe for what I call the Skinny Irish Soup. Each 3oz ladle of this soup is only about 55 calories. I hope you like it as much as I do!
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Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

This is the perfect smoothie for some of us who have uncontrollable, undesirable, and unrelenting chocolate cravings. And the good news is that you can have the skinny version and be very satisfied! 


pineaple teriyaki pork chops

Pineaple Teriaki Pork Chops with Black Rice and Green Beans
This is an easy and quick recipe that you can prepare during the week when you don't have much time to spare.  Pineapple complements pork extremely well and teriyaki sauce adds to the sweet and sour character of this dish.
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my big fantastic greek salad

Greek Salad

I absolutely love this salad. It's BIG, serves 8 -10. It's fantastic because it's delicious, hearty and healthy.  And it's Greek, well mostly Greek because Greek Salad originally do not have lettuce and mine does. Crispy Romaine lettuce is just a perfect addition. Honestly this is one of the best Greek Salad recipes you will ever encounter. 
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Guacamole is a popular dip here in many parts of the US and you might ask, is it an American dish? No amigo, it's Mexican of course. I love it when I see elements from a culture blended into another. And who would not adopt Guacamole as a favorite dip? It's an amazing blend of flavors and it's also very healthy. Brazil is definitely missing this one :(  note: I'm from Brazil


coconut batida - batida de coco

Brazilian Batida de Coco - Coconut Batida

Batida de coco or Coconut Batida is a famous Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, vodka or white rum, coconut milk and condensed milk. It is smooth, sweet, strong, and will make you dance samba after the second sip even if you have two left feet. That's how good it is!
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peanut butter pie

peanut butter pie
Those little squares of peanut butter chocolate are not the healthiest thing you will eat but they are one of the best. They are a great treat for you and your guests. I love healthy food but I think everyone needs to indulge in something you love once in a while. I love chocolate and peanut butter and my 'once in a while' was this past weekend. 

I warn you that it will be hard to eat just one. My advice is to share them as this is the best way not to eat too much of anything. Let your best friends be the self control you don't have.


cucumber and grapes salad

I love salads and warm Spring days inspire me to eat even more salads than I normally do. I've had this Cucumber and Grapes Salad recipe for quite a while but I forgot about it. I found it last weekend in my old recipe box while doing some Spring cleaning. So here it is for you to enjoy!