Recipe

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! 

 

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Happy Friday! Here’s a Healthy Recipe to Celebrate / Bon vendredi! Une recette santé pour le festin

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Congratulations! Another week of hard work achieved. To celebrate, treat your taste buds to something yummy and healthy this weekend. Here’s a quick recipe for a blueberry & blackberry yogurt parfait that doubles as breakfast and a desert.

What you’ll need:
-1/2 cup of frozen blackberries
-1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
-1/2 cup of low-fat milk
-honey as desired
– 2 cups of low-fat Greek yogurt. If you prefer something sweeter, mix in low-fat vanilla yogurt or add honey
– nuts of choice (I prefer almonds)
-small glass serving cups or bowls

Blend the first four ingredients together until mixture has reached the texture of a smoothie. This will be used as a type of cold sauce in the yogurt. If you’d like to add a crunchier bite to the yogurt, layer the bottom of your serving cup or bowl with the nut of your choice. Fill about 3/4 of the cup with yogurt, adding the sauce on top or in between to make the design of your choice. Put a generous layer of the remaining blueberry/blackberry mixture on the of the cup. Good toppings for this recipe include nuts, whole berries or even flaxseed.

Et voila, easy peasy!

Enjoy and Happy Friday!
Love, the L’Aristo team

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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