I'm so excited to be able to introduce you all to Marialena from blog My Nutri Calendar who is bringing us a guest recipe this week.
I was lucky enough to meet Marialena at the Health Bloggers Awards last month, it's always such a pleasure to meet people that you follow online face-to-face and get a real human connection!
We talked about blogging and growing our reach and I told Marialena how much I admired her food photography (honestly, just check it out on Instagram). "Let's see if we can collaborate!" we said. And so here we are.
In order for you to get to know Marialena and her blog My Nutri Calendar a little better I've asked her some questions about her blog and journey. After we're done, Marialena is serving us up oat tarts for breakfast with some Greek Yoghurt from her home country. It felt like an appropriate recipe to share!
Hi Marialena! Please introduce yourself and your blog for Flourishing Pantry readers. What’s it all about? What can people expect to find there? What is your message to the world?
I am Marialena and I am a London-based food blogger & recipe developer. Being Greek, I love Mediterranean/Greek cuisine. However, living abroad I get exposure to exciting health & nutrition information that boost my creativity. Via my blog My Nutri Calendar I aim to express my love for healthy food by sharing my homemade day-to-day recipes, with a strong desire to spread the word about Greek gastronomy!
What got you into blogging?
I didn't have any plans nor I thought much about it, it just happened!
I always had a passion for healthy food and balanced diet, I am a foodie geek, I make a plan for the week ahead including as many nutrients as possible. One day, about 7 months ago, I was chatting with my besties, they were seeking some meal prep inspiration. I joked telling them I would create a blog to upload my creations and offer them inspiration.
This is roughly how it happened. I had never thought about it before. And now here we are: I have a whole new world to explore day by day, which I find fascinating, I've got many things to learn, I'm trying to develop myself and I enjoy seeing my blog growing every day.
What are your favorite ingredients to work with?
I love oats, it is incredible in how many ways you can use oats. Breakfast, snacks, desserts, pies, I even use oats to make meatballs. Other ingredients I use a lot are extra virgin olive & oregano as well as pure honey as my basic sweetener.
Couldn't agree more, I love oats too. What do you think your Greek heritage brings to your cooking, and also perhaps to your outlook on life?
I grew up with Mediterranean flavors and I learned to cook food the Greek way. That means plenty of fresh ingredients, lots of extra virgin olive oil, lemon, honey, fresh herbs and spices, Greek yogurt and... feta cheese, lots of feta cheese! You never have enough feta cheese, it's used on the famous Greek salad, pitas (pies) and pastries, as a side to lots of Greek vegetable casserole dishes or it's served on its own with olive oil and dried oregano.
I aspire to follow a healthy diet full of greens and fruits, lots of fish and seafood, white meat & less red meat. Although food is a very important part of the Greek culture, what Greeks strongly believe is that food and drink tastes better when surrounded by friends and family. I couldn't agree more!
I think that's such an important message and why the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle is so popular. You share a lot of your travels on your blog, where is your favorite place in the world to go?
I believe that food creates memories and I usually link flavors with specific places, so I love to present my travels from a culinary point of view and this way share my memories. My favorite place in the world? Greece of course! It is very well know that Greeks believe their country is the best place in the world, you should never ask a Greek such a question!
O-key I'm kidding! If I had to say somewhere else I really want to visit Latin America at some point. I believe that people should grab any traveling opportunity, explore as many places as possible in their life, gain experiences, learn about different cultures and -my favorite part- try the local food! It has a lot to tell about the people's culture.
It's almost time for you to serve us your breakfast tarts. But if you could recommend one other recipe from your blog, which one would it be?
Sweet: My energy squares make the best snack ever, with a biscuit texture, heavenly topped with a light cacao icing and nuts.
Thanks Marialena, that's a brilliant little insight into your blog and background. I feel like we know you better! Let's head for some breakfast now...
SERVES: Makes 6 tarts
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 35 minutes
- 1/4 cup ground nuts of your choice (I used almonds & walnuts)
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 ripe bananas
- 3 tsp honey
- low-fat strained Greek yogurt
- frozen berries
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C.
- In a bowl mix oats, ground nuts, 2 bananas (sliced and mashed with a fork), cinnamon & honey until everything is combined.
- To bake, use tart tins or muffins forms or a rectangular baking form (~ 25 cm) to make one large tarts rather than mini ones. Put in the oven and bake for 35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool, then cut in small tarts if you have baked the mixture in one large baking form or remove the mini tarts from your muffin forms/tart tins.
- Garnish your tarts last minute before you eat them topping them with low-fat strained Greek yogurt and frozen berries! You can store the mini tarts in the fridge in an airtight container for 2-3 days.
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