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Marije Paternotte
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Just right flourless chocolate cake

I have a lot of cookbooks, but I rarely use them. That is, I don't often actually follow the recipes. I read through them, maybe make a dish once, and only when its really to my liking I will make it again. Most often I use the...

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Quick and easy lunch salad

  I like the idea of eating a salad for lunch, but I don't always want to eat greens. I know, greens like kale, spinach, arugula, and even plain lettuce, are "good for you". However, I also find that my digestion gets thrown off by eating...

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Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble that will make you feel better

I’ve been feeling annoyed and frustrated the whole day. I meditated and practiced yoga this morning, which made me feel better, but then I fell back into my funk when the neighbor’s workers were making so much noise that I couldn’t even enjoy my breakfast...

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Our Food Affair

I find food to be fascinating. No one can do without, yet I don’t think there is anything as controversial as food (ok, maybe politics…). Should food be vegetarian, gluten-free, kosher, halal, GMO-free, sugar-free and/or fat-free? Ask ten people and they will probably all give...

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Decadent (and healthy) breakfast smoothie

I'm obsessed with this breakfast smoothie! It looks like a decadent dessert, but it's actually a very nutritious and healthy start of the day. This is how you make it: Combine 3 tbsp rolled oats, 1 tbsp raw cashews, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 dates. Add water so all...

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Home made sugar free granola

I love granola as an alternative to cooked oatmeal for breakfast (or even to sprinkle on top of my cooked oatmeal!) and as little afternoon snack. I eat it with almond milk or Greek yoghurt. Depending on how big I want to make my portion I...

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Walking with metta

“The best advice I can give you is to not resist the schedule” my mom said when I talked to her on the phone while driving up to IMS in Massachusetts for a 4-day silent meditation retreat. And she could know, as she has attended...

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What croissants have to do with meditation

"So you're going all the way to the city to meditate for 45 minutes?" my husband asked me this morning. He was referring to a meditation session with Sharon Salzberg at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. It would take me 2...