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Got two minutes? Along with Olive oil, Dijon Mustard and Balsamic vinegar, that’s all you need to make a simple homemade vinaigrette. You can go from spending money on salad dressing to making your own healthier, tastier dressing at home.

I’ve always loved a good salad. Yet even when it’s snowing outside, I still can’t kick my salad habit. This homemade emulsified vinaigrette dressing is my favourite – and arguably the easiest to whip together, too. It’s super, super easy to make and way less expensive and healthier than the store bought one. And I know exactly what goes into it!

Emulsified dressings are thick and creamy and really cling to your veggies. This basic dressing recipe, which features Dijon mustard and subtly sweet balsamic vinegar, gives greens a creamy kick that tastes great all year round.

Not just for salads: Drizzle over roast potatoes, or spoon over a sandwich. They also make a light and brightly flavored topping for poached or grilled fish or poultry, roasted meats, and cooked or raw vegetables.

 

Kibbeh (pronounced kee-bee and also spelled quibe, kibe, kibbe, kebbah, kubbeh, kubbah kubbi or kobeiba depending on region) is a dish made of Bulgur (cracked wheat), minced onions, and finely ground lean beef with mint, basil, cinnamon and optional spices. It can be optionally stuffed with mozzarella, provolone or cream cheese (Catupiry in Brazil).

This recipe has been adapted from the one my Godmother Regina Alfradique has sent to me and there are several ways to eat. The football-shaped deep-fried (or also shaped into balls or patties), baked in a casserole dish (my favourite way), cooked in broth, or just served raw with olive oil.

Kibbeh is a popular dish in Brazil and Middle Eastern cuisine. Most Brazilian kibbeh uses only ground beef and not other types of meat but in Middle Eastern, they also use lamb, goat, or camel meat.

 

It is a delicious casserole dish, also called as strata (or stratta), and very similar to this Brazilian Blender Pie, quiche or frittata, made from a mixture which mainly consists of bread, eggs, milk and cheese. It may also include meat and/or vegetables.

I hate to waste anything, and this is a very simple solution for the leftover bread. You can eat it for brunch, lunch or dinner.

This elegant casserole dish of cubes of bread baked in custard is often a lifesaver on busy days and within 10 minutes you can have it in the oven! You can also assemble it the night before and pop it in the oven as soon as you wake up. I also like it because you can pretty much use whatever you want as a filling. For this one I used cheese and smoked ham but the recipe is pretty flexible so you can play around with different meat and/or sautéed vegetables depending on what you have on hand.

 

Chopped salads are my life. I crave them 95% of the time and I have a salad every single week day for lunch, but just on the weekends or special occasions I make richer salads like this one.

This salad, which is very similar to my favourite one from Outback Steakhouse, is a blend of fresh flavours (mixed greens with shredded carrots, red cabbage, green onions, sweet candied pecans, tossed with Blue Cheese vinaigrette and topped with Blue Cheese crumbles). You will absolutely fall in love with this recipe.

 

Did you know you don’t have to spend time peeling and cutting potatoes to enjoy a delicious hot bowl of creamy Kale potato soup (AKA Caldo Verde)?

Caldo Verde, a potato and kale soup from Portugal, is a go-to recipe when the weather gets cold outside or for lazy rainy days, when you want something hearty and comforting but don’t feel like putting in a ton of effort.

It’s made with a few simple ingredients, it takes all of maybe 10 minutes of prep work, and it’s ready to eat just less half an hour later. Oh, and it’s all made in a single pot, too. And did I mention delicious? It’s really delicious.

 

This Brazilian classic pie is often a lifesaver on busy days and within 10 minutes you can have it in the oven!

This recipe was adapted from the one my friend Fabiola Bedin has sent to me. The batter for this pie is made in the blender and all you need to do is pour it over the pie filling and pop it in the oven. It is really that simple!

You can eat it for lunch, dinner, or snack.

I also like it because you can pretty much use whatever you want as a filling. For this one I used cheese, sausage, sweet corn, pea, parsley, green onions and olives.

 

It’s easy, Fast, and colorful. It looks so festive that I decided to publish it for the New Year’s Eve parties.

Arroz à Grega (“Greek-style rice” – Although given the name “Greek”, in Greece there is no such rice dish) is a Brazilian dish, consisting of rice (of course) cooked with raisins and small pieces of vegetables, the most common of them are small cubes of carrot, green peas, sweet corn and green onions. It can get small bits of ham (smoked or not), sausage and/or turkey breast (smoked or not), among other processed meat supposed to be eaten cold, but if chicken meat or shrimps are used, it is instead known as risotto.

 

 
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