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The Benefits of Green Garlic

Back in London last month, we discovered lots of new ingredients. Food markets are something to see in that city and we were in our own little paradise. When we went to Borough Market, Jean was in the lala land of fruits and vegetables. Among the amazing ingredients on display, was green garlic. We came out of there wishing we had this amazing selection back at home and daydreaming about the dishes we could cook.

We came back to Beirut our heads full of ideas and the willingness to make it happen. That’s when Jean went exploring the selection of fruits and vegetables our country offers and found green garlic!

Before that trip to London, I wasn’t aware of all the benefits of green garlic. So I did some research and it turns out it is full of virtues. It looks like spring onions as green garlic is a younger form of garlic that is collected before the cloves form and mature. I love the taste it gives to food and frankly, I’m starting to get addicted. So here are the most important benefits of green garlic:

  1.  It’s great for the health. It basically boosts your immune system by increasing defense mechanisms. It’s rich in iron and fights all kinds of infections and inflammations. It prevents heart disease and keeps cholesterol levels at their best.
  2. It’s full of flavor thus perfect for cooking. You can stir-fry it or easily use it raw in salads and other entrees. You can also crush it and make it into a paste, then use it in pasta sauces or even in soups.
  3. Its smell and taste are truly delicious – as opposed to normal garlic that can sometimes be heavy and annoying to the stomach.
  4. It’s easier to chop than normal garlic. You won’t have to think twice about adding garlic to your dish if you’re feeling lazy.
  5. It’s as good as ginger for weight loss. It helps with the reduction of body fat as it has a high fat-burning effect (combined with healthy eating and exercise of course – don’t go thinking an unhealthy diet full of garlic will make you slim down now 😉 ).

That’s about it! For now at least 🙂 Anything you might want to add?

 

Recipes 0 comments on Fresh Avocado Toast for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Fresh Avocado Toast for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been all over the place lately. Juggling between work, the last finishing touches of the new house, social events and emotional fatigue (due to everything that’s been happening in the world, touching our most favorite places), I have come to neglect Breadonbutter. I honestly feel like I’ve been neglecting my child. I think about it all the time and feel guilty – just like all the moms out there; and whenever I see something related to food or travel, or think of a story that would be interesting to share, I immediately jot it down on my blog to-do list. Knowing me, the fact that this love story between that website of mine and myself will be hitting three years in December, I just know it’s going to last forever. So no matter how long I’m away, know that I’ll always be back to share interesting stories, recipes, DIY projects and travel guides with you all.

Since I’ve also been too busy to cook, I’ve been all about easy, fast but nonetheless healthy recipes lately. The one I made today for lunch literally took 5 minutes, and it was completely satisfying and delicious. What I love the most about this recipe is that it can be made for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whenever you’re in need of a healthy and boosting breakfast, this should be your go to. When you’re looking for a lunch recipe on the go, this is it. Finally, when you get home from work craving something flavorsome but can’t deal with cutting vegetables and washing the dishes, well that’s the recipe you should opt for! The seasoning will depend on the time of day. Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, add some chili flakes to give it a punch. Lemon juice can also be avoided for breakfast.

So there it is. Fresh avocado toast topped with tomatoes and basil.

What you’ll need (for 1 person)

  • Half a whole-wheat baguette
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 0.5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 tsp ginger powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 small tomatoes, sliced coarsely
  • 2 large basil leaves
  • Chili flakes (optional)

How to make it

  1. Slice the bread in half and grill them until crunchy.
  2. In a bowl, crush the avocado with a fork, then add the lemon juice, olive oil, ginger powder, and salt, and mix until combined.
  3. Spread the avocado on the bread, place the tomatoes then the basil on top and sprinkle with chili flakes.

Enjoy the flavors 😉

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7 Fresh Salads For Hot Summer Days

For no apparent reason, I became the go-to person for friends and colleagues when they need advice on healthy but enjoyable eating. For the past month and mainly because of the excessive heat, I’ve been basically recommending salads. All types of salads, containing all types of proteins and creative ingredient combinations.

I admit this requires a lot of careful and time-consuming shopping and a lot of washing and prep-ing, but it’s worth it. You’ll feel full, not so bloated, fresh and healthy.

In my opinion, a nice fulfilling salad for lunch should contain the following components:

  • Any type of lean protein: my favorites are turkey breast, grilled chicken breast, grilled calamari, eggs and tuna (raw or canned)
  • Greens: my favorites are rocket leaves, french lettuce, lollo rosso and chives – my advice would be to mix all kinds of greens together
  • Healthy fats: my favorites being avocado, almonds, and black olives
  • A type of fruit: generally tomatoes, but it can also be kiwi (surprisingly good), cherries, strawberries or oranges
  • A simple but delicious dressing: my favorite being dijon mustard, melted in lemon with olive oil
  • Pepper: I might be leaving salt aside because it’s already present in most of the ingredients above, but pepper is a must for me
  • Chili flakes or Chia seeds: these are defintiely optional but I’ve been sprinkling them everywhere lately as they’re healthy and full of fibers

Without further ado, here are 7 salad recipes to inspire you. I suggest you make one for every day of next week.

1) This refreshing Strawberry Spring Salad Mix with Sweet and Sour Dressing

spring salad mix | breadonbutter

2) This full of flavor Lentil Salad with Zucchini and Sumac

lentil salad

3) This Marinated Cherries and Goat Cheese Salad

marinated cherries and goat cheese salad | breadonbutter

4) This Corn Salad as a side dish

corn salad

5) This Watermelon and Greens Summer Salad

watermelon salad

6) That Halloumi and Nigella Seeds Salad tossed with a vinaigrette

halloumi and niglla seeds salad

7) And that Summer Peach and Feta Cheese Salad Topped with a Basil Vinaigrette

peach and feta salad

You can always discard the fruity part if you’re not a sweet and sour type of person!

So there you go! 🙂

Which salad is your favorite?

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Healthy And Refreshing Popsicles In 3 Simple Steps

I think it’s safe to say we can all feel global warming taking its toll on our planet. The past few days have been hotter than ever. I don’t remember ever having a similar heat wave in Lebanon except for one time only, a few years ago. The best thing we can all do is stay in air-conditioned spaces until we can soak our bodies in water all day long on Saturday. I suggest you also make these refreshingly delicious popsicles to go with your floating air mattress.

The recipe is composed solely of fruits and requires 3 small and simple steps. The only thing you need to “invest” in is a Popsicle mold, which can be found in big supermarkets.

Healthy and Refreshing Popsicle Recipe

What you’ll need (for 8 medium popsicles):

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  • 1/2 watermelon
  • 1 Plum, sliced
  • 1 Peach, sliced
  • 1 Kiwi, sliced

How to make it:

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  1. Crush the watermelon with a blender handle (or with a manual crusher if you don’t have one).
  2. Place the sliced fruits in the molds and pour the watermelon juice over a sifter on top.
  3. Cover with sticks and freeze for 2 hours (or overnight if you’re making them in advance).

popsicles | breadonbutter

And that’s it! Three easy and simple steps to freshness! 🙂

Hoping temperatures will drop soon. Until then, stay cool.

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Strawberry Spring Salad Mix With Sweet and Sour Dressing

Spring is definitely here, which means it’s time for salads and freshness. For those who like a nice mix of fruits and vegetables in the same bowl, this recipe is pure satisfaction. You can have it on its own as a light dinner or coupled with any type of protein you prefer. Our favorite Chef Jean made it a few weeks ago and I can tell you it was healthy and delicious. The dressing is quite special as it contains loads of vitamins, healthy sugars and high levels of nutritious benefits that are all found in poppy seeds (also potentially an anti-cancer source). We love experimenting with different kinds of dressings and this one was one of the top ones in taste and benefits. Here’s the recipe of this zestful salad.

Colorful Strawberry Spring Salad Mix 

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What you’ll need:

spring salad mix | breadonbutter

For the salad

  • Mix of greens (our choices: butter lettuce, rocket leaves, and lollo rosso)
  • 1.5 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced and peeled oranges
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thinly

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

How to make it:

  1. In a large bowl, mix the lettuce and onion slices, then decorate with the oranges and strawberries
  2. In a smaller bowl, mix all of the dressing ingredients and pour over the large bowl of salad

Serve and enjoy the mix of flavors and freshness!

spring salad mix | breadonbutter

For other fresh salad ideas, click here.

What’s your favorite ingredient to put in your salad?

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