On Healthy Cooking : Quinoa, Chard & Co Made Easy

“In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is the sign of perfection.” Curnonsky


A small treasure box of ideas for the simple preparation of healthy and flavorful food, successfully tried and tested at Mary’s Dinner Club.

No-nonsense guidelines on what to do with all those good-for-you ingredients, dedicated to all my foodie friends and online followers who have either had a virtual or a real taste of the recipes included here. I trust the book will open the doors to a new, trouble free and fun culinary world for you.

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My book, On Healthy Eating, contains a plethora of simple & healthy recipes, as detailed below, with a few samples for you to try before you buy!

Cooking with Quinoa

Quinoa - celery - avocado salad

Cooking with Buckwheat

Buckwheat with mushrooms and balsamic glazed onions

Cooking with Oats

Oatmeal - cranberry cookies

Cooking with Lentils

Lentil - leek - pear salad

Coconut - lentil soup

Lentil curry

Cooking with Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato - ginger - cream cheese pie

Cooking with Leafy Green Vegetables

Swiss chard - Swiss chard lasagna

Cooking with Eggs

Quiche - Flavorful leek quiche

Frittata - Easy vegetable frittata

Egg salads - Celery - orange - egg salad

Cooking with Rice Noodles

In soups - Burmese fish soup

In salads - Bell pepper - rice noodle salad

In main dishes - Fresh spring rolls

Oatmeal - cranberry cookies

Ingredients for about 40 cookies

  • 100 g butter
  • 200 g oatmeal (fine)
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 125 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 50 g almonds, chopped
  • 50 g dried cranberries or raisins
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (optional)


  1. Mix butter with oatmeal then add other ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven at 180 °C.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper (or grease the tray).
  4. Scoop teaspoons of batter onto it.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes.
  6. Let cool (they will become harder).

Quinoa, celery and avocado salad
w/ apples and pomegranate seeds

Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 1 cup/200 ml of quinoa, rinsed well,cooked for 15 minutes in 2 cups of water, cooled
  • 3 stalks of celery, rinsed and chopped
  • 2 apples, a sour kind, cut into wedges and sliced
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled cut into dices
  • seeds from 1 small pomegranate

Combine all, add avocados last and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds

Tangerine - sesame tahini dressing

  • Juice of 2 tangerines or oranges
  • 1 tablespoon sesame tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (herbal) salt

Mix well and drizzle on top of your salad

Ideas for cooking with sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a flavorful and very healthy alternativeto regular potatoes. They are rich in dietary fiber and betacarotene and very versatile and even though they are sweet, they do have fewer calories than regular potatoes.

  • As chips or in wedges - fried, baked or grilled
  • In soups, puréed and/or mixed with other vegetables
  • Cut into cubes or junks and sautéed with onion and garlic
  • Cooked or baked and added to salads, especially tasty with strong flavors like rocket
  • Baked (and stuffed)
  • In dips and curries
  • In casseroles with spinach or other leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower
  • In breads, desserts and pies
  • In stews with beans, grains or meat

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