Healthy

L’Aristo’s Apple & Beetroot Salad / Salade de pommes et bétraves

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The perfect light salad to be enjoyed with any barbecue or outdoor meal. To prepare you will need:
– Diced beetroot (60 grams)
– Green apples (30 grams)
– Cider vinegar (1 tablespoon) 
– Fresh mint (3 large leaves, chopped)
– Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
 – Salt (3 grams)
–  Pepper (3 grams)

Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and enjoy. Yes, it is really that simple to prepare this healthy side dish. 

This recipe was created by L’Aristo’s chef, Peter Oikonomidis.

Bon appétit! 

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Voilà la recette parfaitement légère pour accompagner n’importe lequel plat d’été. Vous aurez besoin des ingrédients suivants pour la préparation: 
– Dés de bétraves (60 grammes)
– Pommes vertes (30 grammes)
– Vinaigre de cidre (1 cuillère à soupe)
–  Menthe fraîche (3 grandes feuilles, coupées)
– Huile d’olives (2 cuillères à soupe)
– Sel (3 grammes) 
– Poivre (3 grammes)

Combiner tous les ingrédients dans un grand bol à salade puis régalez-vous. Et oui, c’est vraiment aussi simple de préparer ce plat d’accompagnement santé. 

Cette recette a été créé par Peter Oikonomidis, chef chez L’Aristo. 

Bon appétit! 

 

30 Minute Preparation – Infinite Enjoyment: Fresh, Homemade Tomato Sauce

In the spirit of valentines day, a yummy last minute recipe you can whip up in half an hour.
Romantic edition: served with red wine and candle light
Singles edition: ultimate comfort food (carbs – we hate to love them)
Here’s my homemade fresh tomao sauce.

To treat your taste buds to this excellence, you will need:

– 5-6 fresh tomatoes -basil, oregano, thyme and any other fresh herb you adore, in desired quantities
– chili pepper flakes (if you dare)
– one green pepper
– a small spoonful of tomato paste -pasta of your choice
– rigatoni is what I prefer with this dish
– cheese grater
– one large onion
– garlic as desired
– about half a cup of olive oil
– Love *too cheesy? sorry, please keep reading
You’ll also need one cheese grater, to grate the tomatoes (grandma’s trick)

 

Prep:
– cut tomatoes in half. Grate them into large bowl
– this is to add a light texture to the sauce.
– dice green peppers, garlic and onions

In a large sauce pan, soften onions along with olive oil. Low heat. Add garlic. After a few minutes, add the green peppers as well. Once soft, add the tomatoes. Gradually add in desired herbs, chili and the tomato paste. I never add salt because the tomato paste I use has salt, and my daily intake of salt can sometimes be higher because of my Greek household’s obsession with feta cheese. However, if you don’t eat ridiculous amounts of feta cheese in your week and love salt, then, by all means, go ahead and salt away. I usually leave this sauce to simmer in its flavorful awesomeness for 25 minutes, on low heat. The result is a light sauce, perfect for an easy going meal or summer’s day feast. And it’s pretty healthy, too! Cook your favorite pasta based on your taste. Dare to go whole wheat the taste of whole wheat pasta isn’t nearly as bad as its rep, trust me. Don’t forget to enjoy this meal with loved ones family, friends, that special someone, kids, even pets!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, The L’Aristo Team

5 Minute Definition: What Is Great Food?

Monday night, 8 hours before the deadline of a lengthly assignment for my college. The semester is in full swing. I’m still in “workaholic” mode as I take my study break, so I decide to use my time well. I’m limiting myself to 5 minutes for this entry… Timer on, let’s go. 

I’ll define what good food means as efficiently as I can in these few minutes. It seems strange to try to put into words what is usually obvious with one simple bite. Great food never needs much thought – we just taste it and know.

Great food is almost always subjective – it changes across every single cuisine, culture and type of meal. Some like it spicy, some like it tasting like the fresh veggies picked from our grandparents garden in the old country. Whatever the case, great food will always have the same thing in common: the feeling we have after enjoying every mouthful. 

Fresh, flavourful, fasntastic – what we eat is more than just a daily requirement; its an experience. You’ll never remember that mediocre salad you had last Tuesday, but you’ll surely remember that succulent pear tasted on an adventure in a faraway city. 

If this is the case, I encourage everyone to stop eating for the sake of it. Embrace every taste of what you eat. Make each meal memorable, cook with abandon and shop for the best quality ingredients. Your lives deserve more than the ordinary.