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Healthy Banana Nut Cake with Chocolate Frosting (GF, DF, Paleo)

Recipes October 20, 2021 2 Comments
This healthy banana nut cake, with its deliciously rich chocolate frosting, is a decadent and indulgent dessert made with wholesome ingredients and perfect for those who are on a gluten free. dairy free or grain free diet. I topped this healthy banana nut cake with shaved dark chocolate, shredded coconut and hazelnuts, but you are welcome to use your favorite nuts…

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Gluten Free Italian Dunking Cookies

Recipes August 25, 2021 0 Comments
The recipe for these gluten free Italian Dunking Cookies was made specifically for... well, dunking. Let's be honest, cookies are good plain, but they get even better when they have soaked up the creamy deliciousness of (plant based) milk and they melt in your mouth! Italians have really mastered the art of creating the perfect dunking cookies, since - as…

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How to Eat Healthy While Traveling (+ 5 Tips for Those on Restricted Diets)

Guides Travel February 10, 2021 2 Comments
After visiting over 25 countries and spending more time in a hotel room than do at home while being on a restricted diet, a guide about How to Eat Healthy While Traveling seems like a pretty important piece of knowledge to share! Especially because, not only have I engineered the best tricks to keep up with my healthy eating habits…

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Grain Free Seafood Pasta (GF, DF, AIP)

Recipes November 9, 2020 5 Comments
Here's how I came up with the recipe for this grain free Seafood Pasta. One of my favorite dishes in Italy is "Pasta alla Pescatora", a delicious spaghetti dish seasoned with different types of seafood simmered in tomato sauce. Unfortunately, I get to enjoy this recipe very rarely, as I tend to avoid nightshades and it's quite hard to find restaurants…

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Roasted Kabocha Squash Soup (GF, DF, Vegan, AIP)

Recipes November 1, 2020 2 Comments
This roasted Kabocha squash soup is the creamiest, most delicious soup you’ll ever try. I promise! In my family, we’ve been making this soup with a type of “zucca mantovana” called Delica (the Italian equivalent of Kabocha) ever since I was little, and can’t think of anything more appropriate than this soup for a cozy Fall night. “Zucca mantovana”, which…

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Italian Apple Strudel (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Recipes October 11, 2020 8 Comments
This gluten free Italian Apple Strudel is the perfect dessert for the Fall. If you are not familiar with it, strudel is a popular pastry that’s traditional of the area around Austria, Bavaria and Northern Italy (particularly in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige). This delicious dessert is made of apples, pine nuts and raisins all folded inside a flakey, paper-thin shortcrust…

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How to Eat on an Italian Schedule

Guides September 11, 2020 4 Comments
“Here’s how to eat on an Italian schedule: we eat colazione (breakfast) as we get up, pranzo (lunch) in between 12.30 and 2 pm, merenda (afternoon snack) in between 4 and 5 pm, and cena (dinner) in between 7 and 8.30 pm…” “Professor”, regularly one of my students would interrupt me. “Here in the United States we were taught that…

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“Polpette” – Tuna & Potato Patties (Dairy & Gluten Free)

Recipes September 1, 2020 1 Comments
"Polpette" is a very popular dish in Italy, but definitely one you won’t find in a restaurant. These earthy tuna and potato patties are a dish people make at home and that is normally consumed as a “secondo”, accompanied by a side of vegetables, like cooked zucchini or spinach. The word “polpette” is usually translated in English as “meatballs”, but…

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Gluten Free Sorghum Tartlets from the Chef at Agrivilla I Pini, Tuscany

Recipes Travel August 24, 2020 2 Comments
The story behind these delicious gluten free sorghum tartlets comes from my encounter with Stefania Polisano, head chef of the beautiful organic resort Agrivilla I Pini, nestled atop the rolling hills of San Gimignano, Tuscany. This place is one of a kind. The founders, Benjamin and Francesca Posch, turned an old Tuscan villa into a very unique hotel that encompasses…

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NOmato Sauce (Nightshade Free Pasta Sauce)

Recipes June 22, 2020 19 Comments
I know is seems impossible to make a marinara sauce without tomatoes... but wait until you try the recipe for my "NOmato Sauce"! This nightshade free pasta sauce is even more delicious than regular tomato sauce as it's a lot creamier, richer and it doesn't leave you with the upsetting sensation that regular tomato sauce provokes in some individuals. Nightshades…

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5 Easy Tricks to Get Rid of Sugar Cravings

Guides June 17, 2020 4 Comments
Before I start talking about what I did to get rid of sugar cravings, I must make a confession. I’ve always been extremely fond of dessert. Pies, pastries, cakes… I had a real sweet-tooth issue. And when I’d meet those people (rare, but they exist) who said they didn’t like sweets, I used to be so jealous... ‘Wouldn’t it be great…

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