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How and where to store your groceries

Storing your groceries properly can be confusing. How do you know how long something will last? Where is the best place to store it?

Here is a handy chart to help you organize and plan:

  
Do you agree with this chart?

xxSerena 

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Turkish soup & salad healthy lunch 

This lunch, ordered in, looked so good I had to let’s you guys peek. Sometimes you feel like taking a break from meat, keeping it plant-based and vegetarian. 

Here’s the order: 

  
Lentil soup, which came with bread, and a Mediterranean salad. Here’s what it look like when it arrived: 

  

Turkish food delivery. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Here’s what it look like after unwrapping:

 

Red lentil soup and Mediterranean salad. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Looks so delicious my mouth is watering. Here’s a close-up of the salad:

 

Mediterranean salad. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
What is your favorite soup and salad combo?

xxSerena 

The nutritional anti-inflammatory benefits of chives

They’re one of my favourite herbs. They are so perfect on a baked potato with sour cream, baked into cheesy toast or a main flavoring inside dumplings.

Chives. 

 

Chopping chives. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

I love how fresh green stuff always has a long list of nutritional benefits.

Chives are no exception:
  
How do you best enjoy chives?

xxSerena 

A plant-based trip to the Chinese market

Plant based food contain a high number of nutrients, high amount of fibre and of course low in fat. 

Sometimes just walking around the market can inspire you to cook a new vegetable.

 

Broccoli at the Chinese market. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Who knows what color of vegetable will strike your fancy. There are so many recipes for vegetables.

 

Chinese eggplant. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Eat the rainbow. Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Chinese broccoli ( Gai-lan ) Photography by Rizwan Alvi
 
Fresh ginger for sale at the Chinese market. Photography by Rizwan Alvi

Does this inspire you to cook with plant-based foods? Have you used to these ingredients before?

Have a great, happy, healthy week!

xxSerena 

I bought a beautiful eggplant at the farmers market! What is the healthiest way to eat it?

I often go to the farmers market just to see what looks healthy, delicious and fresh.

Most of the time I have a recipe in mind. Sometimes I don’t. Today I just went in wanting to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.

The aubergine, or eggplant, looked especially irresistible.

 

Eggplant, red cabbage and Anjou pears from the farmer’s marker. Photography by Serena Alibhai @serenapeace

I thought maybe I could make a healthy moussaka, an eggplant dip, roasted eggplant bites or a stuffed eggplant.  There is no doubt eggplant is nutritious.


But what is a healthy and delicious way of cooking this eggplant?


It’s a beauty. What would you do? I want healthy ways of cooking this gorgeous eggplant please!

Let me know your ideas in the comments section 🙂

xxSerena

How to cook parboiled roasted sweet potatoes and why you should be eating them

Sweet potatoes pack a nutritional punch. You should be eating them.

Nutrition

Here’s a good way of eating a sweet potato: boil then bake. Boiling them before you roast them will ensure that your sweet potatoes or crispy like chips on the outside and soft, sweet and buttery on the inside.

Peel, slice and place your sweet potato slices in boiling salted water for 10 minutes.

photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

While your potatoes are boiling, preheat your oven to 450°.

Now is the time to prep your pan. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, Half a teaspoon of ground cumin, 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar and a healthy grind of lemon pepper for every sweet potato you have. Then add salt-and-pepper to taste.

Prepping the pan. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Add your drained sweet potatoes and mix with the oil and spices in your pen. Add one more teaspoon of oil on top before more salt, pepper and ground cumin to taste. Coat each of the sweet potato slices generously.

Draining the sweet potatoes. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Spreading the spices. photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
First roast before flipping. photography by Rizwan Alvi @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Then put your potatoes in oven for 15 minutes. Turn halfway through. Because temperatures vary as well as thickness of sweet potatoes, you might need more or less time so keep an eye on them. You should smell a nice aroma coming from the oven as the sweet potatoes roast.

Sweet potatoes in oven. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)
Second roast. Delicious. photography by @rizwanalvifoto (Instagram)

Serve with roast chicken, lamb or fish. For vegetarians these potatoes are a great side with a lentil curry or portobello mushrooms.

What is your favorite way to cook sweet potatoes?

xxSerena