Roasted Sweet Mini Peppers

Mini Bell Peppers look so cute and perfect and tastes delicious, either roasted or raw. Normally, I’m not a big fan of bell pepper, but can’t say “NO” to this colorful bag with sweet mini bell peppers. These mini peppers add flavor and texture to a variety of dishes. You can serve it hot or cold, with meat or fish, or just eat it as a snack.

Roasted Sweet Mini Peppers

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You can use a regular bell pepper for this recipe, but don’t forget to add some more time when cooking.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 600 g mini bell peppers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • some olive oil
  • some green onion or any fresh herbs

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cut the stems off the mini peppers, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut the half peppers into the strips. Spread the mini peppers onto the baking sheet, coat it with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Remove mini peppers from the oven and garnish with fresh herbs before serving.
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Baked eggplant slices

The eggplants are cut into slices and roasted with salt, pepper and olive oil.

Eggplants with garlic are delicious whether served hot or cold, which is why they can be prepared in advance.

Baked eggplant slices

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Tomatoes are not necessary in this recipe: they are mainly there to add color and make the dish more appetizing.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 eggplants
  • 1-3 cloves garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3-4 Tsp olive oil
  • Some fresh herbs (cilantro, green onion, parsley)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to the broil setting.
  • Wash the eggplants and slice them into 0.7 cm thick rounds. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer.
    Season with salt, pepper, and brush both sides with olive oil.
  • Cook under the broiler for 15-20 minutes. Flip to the other side.
  • Cook for another approximately 10 minutes.
  • Peel the garlic, grate it using a fine grater (or crush it). Then spread it over the eggplant rounds before they cool down.
  • Serve hot or cold, sprinkled with parsley or coriander.
    Add slices or wedges of tomato if desired.
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Zucchini Salad

A delicious and very simple way to consume raw zucchini. You will love this salad drizzled with lemon juice and olive oil.

Zucchini Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 personnes

Ingredients
  

  • 2 zucchinis washed
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/2 lemon (juice)
  • A trickle olive oil
  • Salt and pepper from the mill
  • A bit grated cheese (parmesan)
  • A few leaves parsley finely chiseled (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut both ends of the zucchinis. Using a mandoline or a vegetable peeler, slice them lengthwise into long, thin slices.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil.
  • Place the zucchini slices in a dish, pour the sauce over them. Add salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately, or chill first in the refrigerator. Add fresh herbs just before serving.
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Creamy Zucchini Soup

This deliciuos Creamy Zucchini Soup is extremely easy to cook. Only three main ingredients: zucchinis, onions and milk.

Creamy Zucchini Soup

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If you like Maggi broth cubes, add one to the soup while it is being boiled. By doing so, it is no longer needed to add salt, pepper, or herbs.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5 zucchinis
  • 3 onions
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and ground pepper
  • 300 ml water
  • 300 ml milk (2%)
  • 100 ml heavy cream
  • 1 tsp mix of herbs de Provence
  • Few pinches of paprika for serving

Instructions
 

  • Peel and chop onions.
  • Peel and chop garlic.
  • Cut the zucchinis.
  • In a large pot, heat the olive oil, add onions and garlic. Cook until golden, while stirring constantly.
  • Add zucchinis, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper.
  • Add water, milk and heavy cream. The level of liquid should just cover the veggies. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, add the herbs of Provence and simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Puree the soup with blender until smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some milk or heavy cream. Bring to a boil once again and remove the pan from the heat. Taste the soup, and add salt and pepper accordingly.
  • Serve the creamy soup and don’t forget to sprinkle with paprika or decorate with fresh herbs.
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Pumpkin Soup

French recipe for a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.

To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.

Pumpkin Soup

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This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 leeks (white part only)
  • 1 medium pie pumpkin or sugar pumpkin (about 1.5 kg)
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Some heavy whipping cream or sour cream (optional)
  • Some fresh herbs (cilantro, green onion, parsley) to garnish

Instructions
 

  • Wash and chop the leeks.
  • Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  • Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  • Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  • Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.

For a special presentation:

  • Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  • Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.
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Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

Roasted pumpkin wedges are a simple and healthy dish that pairs well with fish and meat. This recipe is easy as pie and requires just basic ingredients like pumpkin, salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil and some fresh herbs.

Roasted Pumpkin Wedges

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 wedges of a big pumpkin
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • salt and black pepper
  • Some olive oil
  • Some fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro or scallions)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 390F (200С). Line your baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • Wash the pumpkin thoroughly, cut into two parts and remove seeds with a spoon.
  • Cut the pumpkin into wedges. Keep in mind that this kind of pumpkin doesn’t need to be peeled. Season the wedges with salt and pepper. Next, mince or grate finely some garlic. Coat the wedges with a mixture of olive oil and garlic.
  • Place the wedges on the baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes (depending on the kind of pumpkin and wedges size). When the wedges are soft, remove from the oven. Make sure they are not overdone.
  • Sprinkle the roasted pumpkin wedges with fresh herbs and they’re ready to be served!
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Greek salad

This Greek salad is one of my favorite things. No matter how much I make, it seems to always disappear.

Greek salad

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1-2 cucumbers
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1/2 red onion
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry oregano leaves
  • 100 g greek Kalamata olives pitted
  • 100 g feta cheese
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tomatoes in quarters.
  • Slice the cucumbers in half long ways (remove seeds if desired) and cut 1/4 inch slices, starting at one end, so that you end up with bunch of half moon shapes or the letter “C”.
  • Remove the core and seeds from the bell pepper and cut into strips.
  • Peel the onion and cut into perfectly thin slices.
  • Combine the tomatoes, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and olives in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and dry oregano. Mix.
  • Top it with sliced feta cheese. Squeeze the lemon on salad and drizzle with olive oil.
  • If you like to serve your Greek Salad in individual cups, you can cut the vegetables into small cubes.
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Italian bell pepper salad

Another delicious recipe from the cookbook “Delices d’Italie” by Loukie Werle.

Salade de poivrons à l'italienne

Italian bell pepper salad

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A delicious salad, found in an Italian cookbook (Délices d'Italie by Loukie Werle).
A recipe that will please everyone, vegetarian or not. The peppers are roasted under the grill and then mixed with a tomato. An appetizer that is best eaten cold, so it can be prepared ahead of time.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refroidir 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large bell peppers (of different colors)
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 handful of basil leaves chiseled
  • 1 handful of mint leaves chiseled
  • 1 Tbsp capers (rinsed)
  • Salt and fresh pepper
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat grill.
  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise, remove seeds and membranes.
    Place peppers on a broiler rack, skin side up
  • Roast until the skin is blackened. Remove the peppers from the oven and put them in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes into small cubes.
  • Chop the garlic cloves. Chop the basil and mint leaves
  • Remove the skin from the peppers and cut them into strips
  • Put all the chopped ingredients in a serving bowl. Add the capers. Season with salt and pepper then drizzle with olive oil.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let stand for about one hour before serving.
    Salade de poivrons à l'italienne
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Avocado Boats With Balsamic Vinegar

You are missing out if you haven’t made this incredible snack from ripe avocados. Anybody can make it, even my 7 year old makes it when she comes home from school. This is her favorite way to eat avocado. Split it in half and fill the center stone hole with some balsamic vinegar. Enjoy this healthy, delicious snack or appetizer.

Avocat au vinaigre balsamique

Avocado boats with balsamic vinegar

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Eat avocado halves with tea spoon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 3 avocados
  • salt and freshly ground pepper optional
  • 6 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions
 

  • Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits but do not peel them. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add 1 tsp of balsamic vinegar in each hole, and serve.
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Chocolate cake without flour, sugar, butter and dairy products

This is must-try chocolate cake without flour, sugar, butter and dairy products. So you can allow yourself to eat the second (and third) piece. 😉 All chocolate lovers will definitely fell in love with dessert.

This is translation of original french recipe 𝙈𝙤𝙚𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙪𝙭 𝙡é𝙜𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙪 𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙖𝙩 @recettes_simplyfit without any modification: delicate and very chocolate dessert.

You like it? Check my other gluten-free recipes.

Chocolate cake without flour, sugar, butter and dairy products

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients
  

  • 150 g chocolate (60% cocoa)
  • 180 g applesauce without sugar
  • 40 g starch (maizena)
  • 2 tsp baking powder dough
  • 3 eggs (separate yolks from whites)
  • 1 a pinch of salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180C, (390F) and line a baking dish with parchment paper or use a silicone mold.
  • Melt the chocolate in a water bath or a microwave.
  • Add applesauce to melted chocolate. Mix.
  • Add yolks and mix well.
  • Add starch and baking powder. Mix.
  • Beat egg whites until foamy, adding a pinch of salt.
  • Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture.
  • Pour the batter into a baking dish.
  • Bake in preheated oven for approximately 25 minutes. Baking time depends on the oven and shape. Check readiness with a knife blade.
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