Vegan sausages with mashed potatoes and fried onion

Vegan sausages made from carrots and peanut butter heavily seasoned with hot peppers and coriander. Served on mustard flavoured mashed potatoes and fried onion with parsley. The meal, of course is not only vegans. Remember you are not obligated to eat meat every day. Of course meat is great protein source but once a week why not try something vegetarian or vegan? We can prepare the vegan option for dinner and see that the vegetables do not bite and that vegan food can be very tasty !!!!

Ingredients for 4 servings:

  • 800g carrots
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 4 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • tablespoon of chilli peppers
  • tablespoon ground coriander
  • 800g potatoes
  • spoon of dijon mustard
  • tablespoon of olive oil
  • clove of garlic
  • 2 small onions
  • parsley
  • salt, ground pepper


Vegan sausages: In a deep saucepan fry the grated carrots. If they start to burn pour a little bit of water. Remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, bread crumbs, chili peppers, coriander, salt and ground pepper. Hand shape into a sausage and set aside for about an hour in the refrigerator. Then fry in a pan on both sides until nicely golden brown.

In the pan after frying sausages, fry the chopped onions. When softened, add parsley and mix thoroughly.

Mashed potatoes: Peel the potatoes and boil them with garlic and salt. Drain the water, leaving a little bit at the bottom. Add mustard, olive oil and pepper and mash them.

Place the sausages on the top of mash potatoes, sprinkle with fried onion and chopped parsley Bon Appetit!


No added sugar, autumn flavour granola.

Granola is a nice crunchy addition to yogurt, milk or cottage cheese. You can prepare it for breakfast or make some healthy pudding with it.  Be careful when you buy granola, some of them have a lot of sugar, they are low in fiber, low in fruits and nuts. Granola, which I propose I made mainly from walnuts and apples. I also spiced it with cinamon and nutmeg to make autumn flavour.


  • cup of rolled oats
  • cup of walnuts
  • 1/4 cup linseed
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 3 apples
  • table spoon of cinnamon
  • tea spoon of nutmeg
  • 100ml infusions of raspberry tea


Mix together linseed and sesame oat flakes, chopped nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make a pot of raspberry tea, grate apples and mix everything together. Bake for about 40 minutes at 180 ° C stirring every 5-10 minutes until granola is crispy and golden brown.


Arancini made from buckwheat with spicy tomato sauce - meal rich in fiber.

Arancini is an Italian dish very common in Sicily. It is a rice balls with various of ingredients, breaded and pan fried. In my version instead of rice I used buckwheat (you can also use bulghar wheat) and linseeds to make this meal rich in fibre.  Additionally, I added walnuts and cheese. Everything is served on a spicy tomato sauce.

Ingredients for about 12 balls

  • 200g buckwheat (before cooking)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons whole grain flour
  • 2 tablespoons of linseed
  • large handful of walnuts
  • 100g cheese
  • 500g tinned tomatoes
  • onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • chilli, salt, pepper, turmeric, ginger
  • bread crumbs
  • egg mixed with milk to the batter


Boil buckwheat and then allow to cool. Add to it flaxseed, chopped walnuts, flour and eggs. Season with salt, pepper, turmeric and ginger. All mix thoroughly. Shape the mixture into balls and insert a piece of cheese inside. Put the balls into eggs mixed with milk and then in breadcrumbs. Fry on each side until nicely golden brown.

Sauce: In a saucepan, fry diced onion and garlic. When softened, pour tomato and cook until the sauce thickens. Season, salt, pepper and chilli.


Crustless tart with chicken and asparagus - low in carbohydrates, protein meal.

Crustless tart is an alternative for those who have decided for various reasons to avoid the sugar in any form. Shortcrust pastry is made from flour which consists mainly carbohydrates. There is nothing wrong about having normal tart. However, many people have to be careful about how much carbohydrates they consume. This low sugar tart is very delicate and tasty. With a little bit of garlic, lightly spicy perfect to serve with the salad. It is also a good idea for lunch, just must be prepare the day before.


  • chicken breast (200g)
  • ricotta cheese (200g)
  • 3 eggs
  • onion
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • tablespoon of oil
  • turmeric, cayenne pepper, salt
  • 200g of green asparagus


Boil asparagus for about 10 minutes. Drain them and cut into smaller pieces. In a pan, pour a tablespoon of oil and fry the diced onion and garlic. When nicely golden brown add the diced chicken. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Blend eggs with ricotta, turmeric, salt and cayenne pepper. Grease baking tray with butter. Put into chicken, asparagus and pour the egg mixture. Bake in the oven at 180ÂșC for 30 minutes.


Common cold during pregnancy. What to add to your diet?

Common cold is one of the most common infectious diseases among people. Typical symptoms of the common cold are cough, runny nose, hoarseness, sore throat, headache and fatigue. You can live with that but it will certain lower the quality of your well being and your mood. The symptoms usually disappear within a week, but may persist for a little longer. Common cold are caused by viruses, so antibiotics will not help.

During pregnancy, which lasts for nine months is a strong possibility that we'll catch some infections. Adults usually have common cold symptoms about twice a year. Of course, every pregnant woman will have big doubts about taking medications and rather search for some alternatives like homemade remedies. What to take and what might help treating colds? Below you can find all informations you need. 


Garlic is traditionally use to treat colds all over the world. It has antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial properties. Garlic can also lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, may slow the development of atherosclerosis, acts as an anticoagulant. Some studies even indicate anticancer and immunomodulatory properties. The mechanism of action of garlic as an antimicrobial, antiviral are not completely understood. However, it is known that garlic kills rhinovirus and viruses Parainfluenza-3. Its derivatives include alliin (sulfur-containing amino acid), considered a precursor of the smell and taste of garlic. One gram of fresh garlic contains about 4.38 to 4,65mg of allicin. In a study conducted by the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group completed in 2014 shows that people who supplemented alliacin compared to placebo suffered common cold lower number of sick days in the year.

It is safe to eat garlic during pregnancy, of course if mother has no allergy to garlic or hasn't got other medical condition. Side effects are mainly the odor from the mouth, possible rash, heartburn. Additionally garlic can reduce the risk of premature birth. Also can reduce hypertension but it will not prevent pre-eclampsia.

I also wondered whether the child in the womb can feel the taste of garlic. I found a few studies about this topic. The first was carried out on a group of 10 women. Half of them have been given a capsule containing garlic oil while the remaining have taken placebo. Thereafter amniotic fluid has been compared according to scent. Women's water that have consumed garlic had a stronger smell. The second study concerned the impact of maternal diet in pregnancy (exact consumption of garlic) and later food preferences of children. In the sample studied children aged 8-9 years, women who are pregnant took garlic. Children are given potato casserole with garlic and without. Children prefer casserole with garlic.

Spicy foods

Surely you have noticed that eating spicy foods, horseradish and mustard gets you hot, running nose or you begin to sweat. Why not try then spicy food to treat common cold? When you eat spicy food it will irritate nerve endings in the digestive tract, which send signals to the brain to thinning mucus in the airways which now can be easily removed. Scientific studies confirm the efficacy of capsaicin in chilli treat non-allergic rhinitis

There is some belief that spicy foods can trigger uterine contractions and labor, so probably 40 weeks (or more) pregnant will be looking to eat spicy meals. However, researches are unclear and it is possible that contractions can be caused by other factors. Spicy foods can cause indigestion in pregnancy therefore eat it with common sense. If you feel good after eating something spicy I don't see problem why you should stop eating it. Think about that, for example. In India women consume large quantities of spices including very very hot spices. I suspect that they do not significantly moderate their diet during pregnancy and do not feel the negative effects of eating spicy meals.

Chicken broth

Chicken broth - hot, comfy and tasty. The best to drink when you have cold. In 2000 the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha studied the effects of drinking broth to treat the common cold. They found that some components inhibit migration of granulocytes, which may have anti-inflammatory activity. However, the study was carried out on purified cells by which the effect of the research is debatable. Also it showed that chicken broth comprises an amino acid - cysteine, which is very similar to acetylcysteine, which is used by doctors to treat bronchitis or other respiratory diseases. Acetylcysteine ​​can be obtained from of chicken feathers and skin. Pharmacologically Acetylcysteine ​​as other mucolytics thins mucus and facilitates expectoration. In clinical laboratory broth inhibited the migration of white blood cells, neutrophils, which are involved in lung tissue response to various infections. It manifests itself cough and increased secretion of bronchial mucus. They found that the soup has the ability to inhibit those reaction even when it was diluted.

Vitamin C

The effects of vitamin C on the common cold has been repeatedly tested as it was quite controversial. Unfortunately it has been shown that vitamin C suplementation is not effective as prevention of colds. However, it has been shown that consumption of Vitamin C may reduce the duration of the common cold in adults and in children. They do not reduce the severity of colds. Therefore, if we don't feel very well we might try to drink or eat something that contains a lot of vitamin C. The sources of ascorbic acid are: acerola, wild rose, green chilli, parsley, black currant, peppers,  sprouts, kale, strawberries, spinach, oranges and lemons. It should be noted that the lemon is about half of vitamin C per 100 g than red peppers. Vitamin C is lost at high temperatures so it is best to eat it cold and not peeling vegetables or fruit.


Used many times by our mothers and grandmothers during colds. It turns out that quite rightly because honey is effective in treating the symptoms associated with common colds. World Health Organisation recommends honey as a remedy for cough and sore throat. Honey should not be given to children under one year old - it is associated with botulism. The risk is very low (in the UK was reported only 6 cases from 1976 to 2006) but there are no contraindications for pregnant women to not eat it. Also remember to not heat up honey because we can lose all the beneficial properties.

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