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Do you like good, high-quality home-made food but struggle to find the time to prepare it?
If you do, read on: nelly's daily brings you recipes developed based on three principles:
The recipes do not follow any specific diet. You'll find that most are vegetarian and pretty healthy, but there are things which cannot be bent too much without losing their essence: cinnamon buns simply come better with butter, white flour, and sugar, and an occasional glass of champagne has other, superior health benefits (those of the spirit). The food shown on this site is what my family eats every day, so it all has been tried, tested, and eaten. I publish only what passes the test of a hungry man and two critical little girls.
"I got my first job at the age of 14, doing the dishes in a local restaurant. During the years I worked in that restaurant along school I learned everything the regular grown-up cooks did.
Back then cooking was not as cool as it is today, so instead of restaurant school I ended up in university and spending 10+ years in the corporate world. Now I am back to my old love: learning professional cooking and applying it at home.
I am also studying nutrition sciences to be better able to develop recipes which make us strong and healthy. As the Romans said it: mens sana in corpore sano."
Know what you eat!
This site lists my favourite ingredients and why I use them.
Generally speaking I believe that it is easier to add good stuff in your diet than remove all bad stuff (and be left with close to nothing). Nourish your body and it will thank you.
Aubergine: aubergines are an excellent source of dietary fibre. They are also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6 and potassium. In addition it is high in copper, magnesium and manganese.
Berries: among the healthiest foods on earth, berries generally are full of antioxidants and contain a long list of vitamins. My favorites: blueberry, strawberry, raspberry.
Carrots: beta-carotenes, vitamin A, minerals, anti-oxidants... super good super food!
Chia seeds: rich in antioxidants, fiber, zinc, calsium, iron, magnesium, lots of good omega-3 fatty acids.
Coconut oil: saturated fat, yes we know, but wonderful flavour and anyway much healthier than butter. Superior pancake frying oil.
Herbs: widely recognized medicinal properties and all the flavonoids and vitamins herbs generally contain aside, I use herbs mostly for their rich flavors. Favorites: basil, garlic, ginger, cilantro, peppermint, rosemary...
Honey: the list of minerals and vitamins that honey contains is too long to write here! In short: for sweet taste, nothing beats honey.
Olive oil: Source of good fat, high shelf life, and suitable for high-temperature cooking thanks to smoking point of 210C. When it comes to the ratio of essential fatty acids omega 3 & 6, rape-seed oil is even better - but I prefer the taste of olive oil. And taste matters!
Lemon: I love foods which are both tasty and healthy - and lemon is. Antioxidant Vitamin C is the best known benefit of lemon but there are more: potassium, Vitamin B6, citric acid, among many.
Salmon: source of protein, good fats and vitamin D.
Spinach: Popeye knew it: spinach has iron - lots of it! But also vitamins, flavonoids, folates, fatty acids, minerals. I use spinach in salads and pestos.
Tomato: major source of the antioxidant lycopene (higher and better absorbed when tomatoes are cooked!), which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Walnuts: the healthiest nut. A nearly perfect package of protein, healthy fats, fiber, plant sterols, antioxidants, and many vitamins and minerals. While I prefer the taste of cashews and pecans - which are also really nutritious - I add walnuts to salads for their health benefits.
Yogurt: highly nutritious, an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium, provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. Even better if one with added probiotics. Note: be sure to use natural, unsweetened yogurt or your superfood is just another sugar bomb.
Zucchini: low in fat and sodium, good source of protein, several vitamins and minerals, and a very good source of dietary fiber.
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