Panzanella (Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad) Recipe

Panzanella is a cold salad, full of summer flavors. It originated in Florence and had conquered all of Tuscany by the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is a rustic dish with a peasant birthright. In the past panzanella was made with basic ingredients such as crusty, day-old bread, tomatoes, onions and fresh basil tossed with a vinaigrette dressing. It is an example of how people did not waste any food….there was not a lot! Nowadays there are many richer variations with the addition of other ingredients. My recipe includes other vegetables and tuna, it is a Mamma Mia! Diet version. Actually, I tried this one in Viareggio in one of the outdoor restaurants along the beautiful beach and loved it. I made it to share with you as soon as I returned home. Continue reading

Mediterranean Summer Salad Recipe

This tasty and colorful salad is prepared with different Mediterranean vegetables that recall the beautiful summer sun. It can be served as a main course on a hot day when we appreciate a light and refreshing meal. The Mamma Mia! Diet is based on eating real, good food, while keeping processed and refined food at the minimum. It is a healthy diet for lovers of GOOD FOOD. Continue reading

Fresh and Toasty Summer Bruschetta Bites Recipe

Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, Dirty Vegan by Catherine Gill makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle. Self-styled as “vegan junk food”–healthy vegan food that doesn’t skimp on taste–Dirty Vegan is a celebration of all the amazing tastes and dishes available to those on vegan diets. Enjoy this wonderful recipe from the book perfect for the upcoming summer. Continue reading

Jerk Chicken Tacos with Mango Avocado Salad Recipe

Tacos are versatile, easy to make, and everyone loves them! Our brand new cookbook Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas contains so many delicious recipes and we’re sharing two of them with you today! Just in time for your summer celebrations including the upcoming 4th of July.

Spicy meets sweet in this delicious taco riff. Don’t cringe at that marinade ingredient list—I know it’s long, but you likely have some of the ingredients already on hand. I recommend doubling this recipe, because you’ll want this again tomorrow night! Continue reading

Cumin Chickpea Tacos Recipe

Do you love tacos? Who doesn’t? New cookbook Taco! Taco! Taco! by Sara Haas features 100 taco recipes, each providing delicious and fun ideas for your next meal, including the one below for Cumin Chickpea Tacos. Enjoy!

Beans are the best! They’re inexpensive, satisfying, and delicious! And I love these tacos because chickpeas just happen to be my favorite bean and cumin just happens to be my favorite spice. You’ll never miss the meat in these tacos because of all of the flavor! Continue reading

Marinated Chicken Breast in Orange Juice with Pistachios Recipe

In just this one recipe from The Mamma Mia! Diet, you can combine all the health benefits of a wide variety of foods. Chicken breast is a very lean meat, rich in protein, that helps you get the best fitness and sports results.

Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, a potent antioxidant which helps control inflammatory diseases. It’s also packed with pectin, which has been linked to cholesterol and diabetes control. Sicilian blood oranges contain antioxidant red compounds—anthocyanins—which are present in many fruits, but which are uncommon in citrus fruit, making these oranges very special! Pistachios are a good source of main nutrients. Continue reading

Mamma Mia! Pasta Salad Recipe

This pasta salad is a tasty summer dish, perfect to prepare on a warm day when don’t want to stand in front of the stove but still want to enjoy a simple, refreshing and light dish! The authors of The Mamma Mia! Diet suggest having it as a main dish for your midday meal—it is satisfying, quick and easy to prepare and rich in many nutrients. You can also prepare it for a picnic or have it for lunch at work.

Mackerels (called in Italian “pesce azzurro”, like sardines or anchovies) is common in the Mediterranean sea and is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, minerals, and protein. Continue reading