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Turnip Ravioli with Scampi-Avocado Filling and Miso Foam

Turnip Ravioli with Scampi-Avocado Filling and Miso Foam

This recipe is my version of a delicious starter that we were served this year for our Valentine’s Dinner. We went to an Asian fusion influenced restaurant with good friends, and as part of their festive menu, we had a fancy ravioli style radish starter. As you know, I’m always looking for carb-free recipes and I immediately got inspired to create my own version of a turnip ravioli starter.

For the filling, I wanted to use fish in combination with herbs, spices, and creamy avocado. I discovered delicious organic prawns from Madagascar at our local supermarket, which almost have the flavor of crayfish and go awesomely well with mint. For the dressing, I combined Japanese organic miso paste with lemon, vinegar, and sesame oil. Here I also experimented with soy lecithin to end up with a nice foam that won’t disappear quickly.

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Eggplant Mint Quinoa

Eggplant Mint Quinoa

This vegan side dish is full of flavors and contains powerful ingredients such as red quinoa, herbs, and eggplant, which will help your body to stay healthy and energized. Eggplant, my husband’s favorite vegetable, belongs to the nightshade family like tomatoes and bell peppers and is well known for its unique taste and texture. Every time I prepare this dark purple vegetable, my husband will smell it right away and walk by with a huge smile. It not only brings happiness to people who love eggplant, it also contains health-improving components such as fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.

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Moroccan Summer Quinoa

Moroccan Summer Quinoa

This is a light and delicious summer dish where I combine the nutty taste of quinoa with the fresh Middle Eastern flavors of mint and lime. It’s quick and easy to make with only four ingredients. You can serve it alongside a Moroccan Tajine or with grilled fish, meat, or vegetables. The superfood quinoa is also called the Aztec Gold because of the huge amount of energy and fiber it contains. It’s not a grain, it’s part of the seed family and also gluten free.

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