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Arugula and Beets Salad with Almond and Cottage Cheese

One of the concerns I have with our family meals, is the portions of vegetables/fruits. Some say they have to be 7, others already speak about 9. Regardless, I choose to incorporate in any dish a vegetable that not only tastes good, but does well for your health.
Many of the times I end up making soup for dinner and I almost always have salad with everything. Even if only a simple grated carrot or just lettuce and tomato.
Other times the salad itself is the star of the meal, only supplemented with a protein: egg, cheese, tuna or meat.
What I particularly like in this one, are the roasted beets (great for the immune system and the blood aswell), which give a sweet and delicious touch to the salad and that contrast beautifully with the cheese.

Enjoy your healthy food!

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SERVES: 2
TIME:
45min

Ingredients:
1 Beet
1 tbsp of Olive Oil
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp of Honey
1 Green Apple
1 sprig of Thyme (optional)
1 bunch of Arugula
1 Cottage Cheese
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tbsp of Almonds

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Peel the beets. Cut into pieces and put them in an oven dish. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, add the honey and thyme and mix. Add 1 tbsp of of water and bake for 25 min. Reserve.
In a dish arrange the cheese cut into slices.
In the center place the rocket.
Add the pieces of beet and the chopped almonds. Add the apple strips.
To make the salad dressing, mix the liquid left over from roasting the beets with the lemon juice and drizzle the salad.
Serve immediately.

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Apple and Blueberry Galette

Aveiro is a wonderful city. It’s true that most people know it because of  the”ovos moles”, but there are also other less obvious charms : we have the Ria de Aveiro and white and long sandy beaches. We have fresh fish and fantastic seafood and  we also have one of the best universities in the country and Europe. We are one step from the North of Portugal … literally one foot in the mountains and the other one in the sea.
But despite all this, if there’s one thing I hate is that August is synonymous of windy mornings and evenings. I’m not sure why … since I can remember, the summers are really windy wich can spoil any beach day.

I think over the years we value different things. When I was a kid, I spent the afternoon on the beach, toasting in the sun, swiming in the icy water and never complaining … my summer was like that. Today I have exquisite tastes (so to speak) and honestly I don’t have any patience to be toasting on the sand  like a lizard … under the umbrella it’s fine for me..I’ll be there for a couple of hours … more than that I simply can’t do it!

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So these holidays, and already with a belly of almost eight months, I’ve been preparing all the baby’s things, or watching movies and series. Some days I like to go to the beach (but only for a while), but most often I entertain myself with uncomplicated cooking: like this galette! Quick to prepare and so tasty! Success guaranteed!

SERVES: 6
TIME:
45 min

Dough:
50g Sugar
100g of softened Butter
2 Eggs
200g of Flour
1 pinch of Salt
Butter for Greasing

Filling:
100g of Blueberries
1 sliced ​​Apples
2 tbsp of  Brown Sugar

Powdered sugar for dusting

Beat the sugar and the softened butter in a bowl and add the eggs, flour and salt. Form a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and set aside in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 175º.
Roll out the dough into a circle and place it on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray.
Arrange the fruit in the center of the circle, sprinkle it with the brown sugar and bake it in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the dough is golden brown.
Remove it from the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar. You can serve it immediately.

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Green Apple Ice Cream…Summer Remnants

Well, looks like it’s official that Autumn is approaching … but I say this because I live on the coast, where summers are always fresh, windy and with foggy mornings. I think truly in our hearts we are still waiting for the summer that never came … think you still have room for one more ice cream? I guess so.

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Do you know what I like about this recipe? It’s simplicity. It’s made ​​with all those things that we have at home … and it results in a low calories creamy ice cream with lots of fruit in disguise! Ideal for kids, and free from guilt. And by the way, and since today it’s my birthday, instead of a huge cake full of candles to remember the passage of years, I think I’ll get through today with this icecream … it makes me feel less old.

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Recipe adapted from here.
SERVES: 8
TIME: 60 min

INGREDIENTS:
150ml of  milk
125 Sugar
200ml cream
450g Green Apples

In a pan put the milk, sugar and cream.
Wash, peel and grate the apples and add them to the pan.
Leave the mix to heat, but when it starts to boil turn the heat off.
Let it set aside for 15 minutes.
Grind well, let the mixture cool and then place it in a bowl you can use in the freezer.
If you don’t want it’s not mandatory to beat the icecream with the machine. You can let it freeze until ready to serve and is will be very creamy.
If you choose to use an icecream machine, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Green Apple and Vanilla Cake

Another year passed. We got older, met new people , made mistakes, dreamed a lot, traveled a little, experienced new things. With the new year comes new resolutions, which often are nothing but words, or actions that will soon become ephemeral .
I really need to implement my resolutions: exercise more (I can’t always due to lack of time, laziness, and because of the cold … ), try to be less anxious, keep it down (sometimes I find myself talking a bit above the normal decibel … ) ,cut my hair (this is not yet fully defined ) ,improve my photo skills and most importantly of all : ONE more! Having a baby … this new year will give me that.
Of course this has nothing to do with this apple and vanilla cake, but I think it’s important for us to define our goals and objectives. Even if they fail or prove fruitless, they’re our’s. It’is our capacity to dream. And that’s what keep’s us going. Have a great 2014!!

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TIME: 30 MIN
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS:
3 Apples
170g butter
200g of sugar
200g Wheat Flour
1 tbsp Yeast
1 teaspoon of extract of tea bauniha
5 Eggs

Turn the oven to 200 º C.
Beat the butter with sugar until obtain a whitish mix.
Add the eggs one by one and keep beating .
Add the vanilla extract, the sifted flour and the baking powder .
Place the dough in a greased and floured mold.
Peel 3 apples and cut them into circles .
Place the slices on top and bakee for about 40 minutes .
Let the cake cool before unmolding .