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Lemon Biscuits

Happy Halloween to all! I hope you are enjoying a spooky celebration and that you already bought our Halloween Pumpkin Cookbook (e-book)! Today I bring you a fun recipe for this Halloween. Who doesn’t like cookies? If you have a sweet tooth and you like crunchy cookies these lemon biscuits recipe is for you! This is also a great alternative to use the leftovers of the dough used for the pumpkin pie from our Halloween Pumpkin Cookbook (e-book).

They are a good treat for those who have a sweet tooth, and fun to do with family, especially kids. You can also use these lemon biscuits for trick-or-treating!

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3 Vegan Rissóis recipe (Portuguese patties)
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3 Vegan Rissóis recipes (Portuguese pasties)

Today I’m sharing with you 3 Vegan Rissóis recipes (Portuguese pasties). Rissóis are very popular patties in Portugal, made with a very specific pasta/dough and normally filled up with meat or shrimp. It has been years since I last ate one until I decided to make my 100% plant-based/vegan version of Rissóis. Today I’m sharing with you how to do these pasties with 3 different flavours: Rissol with spiced lentils and Rissol with tofu with veggies and Rissol with mushrooms and leeks.

What are Rissóis?

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. My nana used to cook a lot of traditional Portuguese dishes, and my sister and I used to help her in the kitchen when we finished our homework. One of the things I loved helping with (and eating) was doing Rissóis. Rissol is the word we use for the singular and Rissóis is for the plural (eg. 1 Rissol and 2 Rissóis). They are part of one of the most traditional dishes in Portuguese gastronomy and, although is normally part of the main dish, you can also have them as a snack.

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Morning Affirmations

We have talked about mental health several times in To Real Life. In the article recently posted about the 8 habits to improve mental health we have referred Morning Affirmations as an effective habit to stick to a more positive mindset. It is a great way to start your day on a positive note, to value yourself and to remind you about the good things of your life. This is a daily ritual that you can create which, in a long run, will help your mental health.

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lemon & chocolate 'cheese'cake
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Lemon & chocolate ‘cheese’cake

Who doesn’t like a good cheesecake for dessert? Well if you don’t eat cheese, that is no longer a problem! There are whole-food ingredients that will allow you to do a delicious plant-based alternative of a cheesecake. In this Lemon & chocolate ‘cheese’cake recipe, the cheese will be replaced by cashews, whereas, to make it healthier, the sugar will be replaced by dates and agave syrup. It is a very simple to do, sugar-free, super healthy and nutrient-rich recipe.

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Veggies brown rice noodles

Today we bring you veggies brown rice noodles’ recipe. The idea behind this recipe is that you can reduce food waste by cooking delicious meals with the ingredients you left at the end of the week/month. Indeed, there are times when we can just gather what we have available in the fridge and prepare great meals. This was what happened for this recipe. I put together some of the vegetables I had left at the end of the week and that would do a good combo. Then I cooked them and stirred them with some brown rice noodles and voilá, a delicious dinner was ready!

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8 habits to improve mental health

Today’s article ‘8 habits to improve mental health’ is all about how, with simple tips, can we create a routine that will promote good mental wellbeing. They are simple and easy steps that I gather from my own experience and readings, that helped me going out from my dark place and still now helps me keep it up. We often try to look after our bodies and tend to forget to take care of our mind and emotions. We ignore the importance of mental health and how it can impact our physical health.

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Salmorejo from Cordoba: preventing food waste
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Salmorejo from Cordoba: preventing food waste

Today I bring you an amazing Spanish recipe, perfect for the summer and typically from Cordoba, a town located in Andalusia, near Seville, the ‘Salmorejo from Cordoba: preventing food waste’. Cordoba is a town with a lot of history and archaeology. What sticks me the most is the Moorish architecture, the bright light colours and flowers that provide a bit of freshness in the extremely hot summers. To fight the hot temperatures during the hot summer months, some recipes flourished, being the Salmorejo from Cordoba one of them. It doesn’t involve cooking and you only need 4 ingredients.

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Chunky oven potato chips
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Chunky oven potato chips

Who doesn’t like a snack? Chips are one of my guilty pleasures, in particular the chunky chips. However, it doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure: there’s no deep-frying in this chunky oven potato chips’ recipe. This flavourful chunky chips recipe is super easy and fast to prepare and it goes very well with the Cheesy cashew sour sauce dip. It is a wholefood, plant-based healthy version

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sushi: a plant-based version
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Sushi: a plant-based version

If you’re a sushi lover and opted for a plant-based/vegan lifestyle, you might struggle a bit for ‘giving up’ on it. However, to most of the foods, you can create plant-based variations which, although are not quite the same, can be delicious and fairly similar. I absolutely love the Maki (sushi rolls) and as the amount of fish they have is small, the plant-based version is surprisingly good. Today’s recipe is all about how to make sushi: a plant-based version, in particular Maki.

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