Author: The Glow Giver

Middle-Eastern Vibes – Muhammara (Roasted Pepper & Walnut Dip) Recipe

Before even being familiar with the concept of “netflix and chill”, I was casually spending my Saturday at home, with my cats, some brownies and a Sex And the City movie – nothing very original round here (apart that this is the gayest set ever). This is when I actually discovered about Muhammara – this traditional Middle Eastern red dip recipe that yet needs to invade our Western World. If it was attracting love and romance for Carrie, I had to try it out. I guess it ultimately does not, but that is not a big deal (trying to be funny here!). Anyways, as a hummus fan, I usually am complicated to content when it comes to dips and spread – this was until I met with this red shaded heavenly food. It is crunchy and sweet, yet owning a profound and earthy flavour. It is easily spreadable and is great as a side, as a dip or in sandwiches. I usually love using those specific nuts for their good monounsaturated fats and their magnesium, …

Marinated Tofu, Roasted Veggies & Basil Pistachio Pesto

Roasted veggies are the kings and queens of healthy cooking. No matter the weather or the season, you may basically roast everything in an oven or on a barbecue. It is not only a tasty and easy way to add vegetables to your diet but is also very cheap. What you’ll need is a fat (olive oil for example), spices (whatever you fancy), veggies and salt/pepper – it does not get as complicated as that. I am usually preparing those every week so that I have something to eat whenever I do not feel like cooking or just do not have the time. You would like to start meal-prepping? Roasted veggies are your friends! Along with those amazing vegetables, I usually love to marinate some tofu, which is a staple food for all vegetarian/vegan/plantbased eater looking for good quality plant-protein! Some people like it raw, and not marinated, but it is not my cup of tea. And if you are new to tofu, I would recommend marinating first so that it absorbs some delicious flavours …

Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

An early-autumn evening, round the equinox. Nights are getting longer, colder, and we’re all gathered round that large wooden table, tastebuds quivering, waiting for dinner to be served. The yoga retreat vibes were high, sharing laughs, heart-warming chats, positivity and love round. In a slow and delicate dance, our hosts started to place large plates under our nose – filled with an orange liquid, crowned with a dash of olive oil and radish sprouts, a mouth-watering, oriental and spicy smell coming out of them. Eager to taste it, we digged our spoons like one man – and there, replacing the joyous noise, a complete silence settled. The sound of happiness and contentment. The squash’s sweetness coupled with some delicious lemongrass, spicy ginger and creamy coconut milk – a game-changing soup. I had to ask for more. And I had to recreate it at home. So here you are. Enjoy! Yoga Retreat Inspiration: Spicy Butternut Squash Soup Portions: 4 people. Preparation time: 25 minutes. Cooking time: 45 minutes. Ingredients For one portion of curry paste: 2 …

Liquid Gold in a Glass: Raspberry & Basil Smoothie

This weekend of late March early April has been full of magic: A Celestial Event (Blue Full Moon), the wrapping up of our third 2018’s month and the start of a new one, and finally Easter celebrations. So many empowering and releasing energies all round us, making our dreams and intentions more powerful than ever. I hope that you shared some amazing moments with your loved ones – and that even though you’re reading that later in the year, you are still spreading the love and sharing great times with those round you. I am one of those who do not wait for Spring or Summer to sip on deliciously creamy and satisfying smoothies and actually use it as a base for each and every single one of my breakfasts. There is nothing like a smoothie – or even better, a Smoothie Bowl topped with loads of goodness – to make me feel happy, grateful and full for the entire morning. I am especially in love with this one since it incorporates a little basil …

Almond, Chocolate & Sweet Potato Blondies

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. And when you need to reduce your sugar intake, well, you come up with the most delicious ideas. Because (healthy!) sweets truly are bare necessities in one’s life. For someone that usually eats energy balls on reg, that prepare choc brownies when invited for a dinner party or just because he fancies it, that has a love/hate relationship with honey, maple, dates and so many more healthy sugars, it truly was a great challenge to bring new twists to my regular desserts and snacks. As I was preparing some sweet potato puree for the fam and our “Buddha Bowl” evening, I wondered if I could use this sweet-tasting puree for dessert purposes. Knowing that it was working with brownies, why wouldn’t it with blondies?! It took me some time to define the right ingredients and to pair the nicest flavours together but I guess I have found my happiness so far.       Those blondies are THE absolute best when it comes to eating sweets. They …

Raspberry Mousse No-Cheesecake

Since January 5th (yes because the day of my arrival in the US was quite horrific), I have been living the dream. Living in an entire beach house by myself; opening my eyes to the bright coloured sunrise every single morning; practicing yoga, meditation and studying at university in the most enchanting and dreamy environment of all. However, there is one thing that I miss and realised I would never be able to live without (apart from my cats, mum and friends – still a human after all): a decent food processor. The one I’ve unearthed from a hidden cupboard is good enough to make smoothie bowls and matcha lattes – but that’s it. I thus realised how much my sanity was depending on energy balls, juices and mousse cakes, like the one I have prepared for you today. A slice of dream, a marvellous delight, all fresh, fruity and fluffy. A instant of surrender, where we let ourselves go and float in-between spiritual worlds. Even better than a yoga lesson (okay, well I am …