Articles posted by "Alicia Franco"


Toasted pumpkin seeds

Don’t toss those seeds! Pumpkins, spaghetti, butternut, all seasonal squash, have seeds that I used to throw away because it seemed complicated to use them. But one day as I was cooking some pumpkin in the oven, I thought I would give it a try. How simple it was to do! They [...]Read more

Quinoa squash

What could be better than starting the day with a tasty hot dish? Since it is gluten and dairy free, this recipe fits everyone’s diet.  It is easy to prepare with leftovers and nourishing enough to carry you happily through the morningRead more

Winter squash puree 

Have winter squash available all season Instead of relying on canned squash, it is simple and easy to roast winter squash when the oven is already being used for something else.  Any sweet winter squash (pumpkin, acorn, kabocha, butternut, buttercup) works for this.Read more

The Green

I discovered a delightful green coloured smoothie quite by chance by combining a bunch of basil leaves with frozen pineapple pieces. I always keep a bag full of fresh frozen pineapple in my freezer.Read more

The Rose

When I have time in the morning, I open my fridge, scan what I have in it, find the fruits and vegetables that are either crying to get eaten or so beautiful that I cannot resist.  Sometimes the results could be disappointing, but when I create a rosy color and bright taste for [...]Read more

The Blue

I like to be a bit adventurous when it comes to choosing what to put in my smoothies depending on the way I feel and what there is in my fridge. I explore combining different tastes as well as colors. The Swiss chard in this drink gives it a depth of taste and also of […]Read more

Chicken broth

Is it really the cure for anything that ails you? The last time I was in New York I bought a drink from a take-away counter in the East Village that sells only hot drinks. Not coffee or tea but brodo, the classic Italian broth made from chicken or beef bones. Enjoyed in diverse [...]Read more

Ginger tea

Delicious, energizing, and protective in cold, grippy weather When the cold season comes, I like to start my day with something that will give me energy and warm me up at the same time. This tea will protect you from the cold because it strengthens your immune system. To always [...]Read more

Colorful, flavorful smoothies

This past summer when I directed a workshop on smoothies, a participant talked about the unappetizing look of certain smoothies. True, we can build smoothies that are delicious, energizing, and full of health benefits, but whose color scares children and others who run for the [...]Read more

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