10 tips to reduce stress and anxiety

I’m an anxious person by nature. One of the main reasons I love to bake and take time to cook is that by putting all my creativity in it, I can relax. Stress and anxiety is a vicious circle, being stressed makes you less productive, more anxious, and more stressed in turn. Here are some strategies I fin help me a lot whenever I am stressed or overwhelmed, and that do not involve eating a whole Nutella jar or having 5 slices of chocolate cake πŸ™‚

Get a manicure

Don’t you feel more able to own the day when your hands are clean and pretty ? We use our hands for everything, so painting my nails and adding some nice rings really uplifts my mood πŸ™‚

Do a face mask

When feeling overwhelmed, it’s good to take care of yourself so you don’t feel like Frankenstein. Feeling refreshed and with a clear and smooth skin will definitely brighten up your ideas.

Get an agenda

I always feel less stressed and more in control of my life when I take 5-10min every night to write my plan for the day, and my to-do list. I try to keep it short, 5 goals or 8 at most. By being realistic, you have more chances to tick off all your goals and feel good. By writing an excessively long list, you’re increasing your chances of not being able to do all of them, and feeling like a failure by the end of the day.

You can find the agenda I am using here. I love the fact that you can write all the important weekly stuff, calls to make etc on one page and you have an overlook on your entire week on the other one. This one is also cute too and super practical.

Β Learn a new dish (or a new painting, drawing, or knitting technique)

We’re all born with a talent – whether your job is related to it or not – find it and nurture it! It’s food for the soul. Fore me it’s baking/cooking. I always feel accomplished when mastering a new icing technique or creating a flavorful dish.

Drink Herbal Tea

Legend says green tea solves all the world’s problems, including war. Oh, and chamomile also does wonders. You can also make your own herbal tea! I will be making a post soon about 4 easy recipes you can make to make water less boring.

Stop comparing yourself to others

In this social media age, it is easy to find yourself comparing yourself to other people your age in terms of success and happiness. But the point it, we’re all at different stages in our lives. We do different choices, whether good or bad, meet different people, and get different opportunities. Accept that fact and move on. Life is not about having it all. It’s a bit like mixing up leftovers. The best things always come from leftovers.


Beefless Ground Dish

Even though I’m not a vegan, I love to eat plant based proteins and I try to have a varied diet as much as possible 😊 Beefless ground is one of my favorite substitutes, so full of flavor, filling, and it mixes well with pretty much everything! I made this dish the other day and been having it for the last few days. The recipe serves 3-5 people.


– 3 medium carrots

– 2 1/4 cup soy protein

– 1 medium white onion

– 1 1/2 cup garden leas

– 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

– 6 tbsp + 1/4 cup of water

– 1 tbsp tomato paste

– Salt, Pepper, Garlic, and dried basilic to taste


1. Turn the heat to low. In a large pot add 1 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of water.

2. Dice the onion and add it to the pot until caramelized.

3. Dice the carotts and add them to the pan

4. Add the garden peas, then the soy protein to the pot and add 4 tbsp of water. Add the tomato paste and mix it in. Let simmer for 7 min while mixing. Add water 1 tbsp at a time if needed, so that food does not stick to the pot.

5. Add the spices and 1/4 cup of water. Let simmer for 5 more minutes.

Vanilla Protein Pancakes

When I was in the UK, I used to love going to Holland & Barrett to get my favorite whey protein powder. Coming over here to North America, I felt like most whey protein powder had an artificial taste which was just to strong, so I decided to turn to plant-based protein powders and immediately fell in love! I usually have them as a post workout shake but they do wonders in all kinds of pastries and pancakes, of course. Hope you try and like the recipe πŸ™‚

Ingredients (makes 6 medium pancakes – 2 to 3 servings):

– 2 scoops vanilla protein powder

– 2 eggs

– 4 tbsp oat flour

– 2 tsp coconut sugar

– 1/2 tsp baking powder

– 1/2 cup milk


1. Add the protein powder, oat flour, baking powder and sugar to a bowl and mix well

2. Beat the eggs and mix then in

3. Gradually add the milk

4. Grease a pan and pour 1/4 cup of the batter at the time. Bake on each side on low to heat until ready

Healthy, 4-ingredients Buckwheat Crepes

One of my favorite desserts is large crepes filled with lots of Nutella. Unfortunately this is not something you can eat everyday for breakfast, however, this super healthy buckwheat crepes recipe will finally make having crepes for breakfast acceptable. Toppings include jam (apricot jam is my favorite!), a little bit of Nutella or peanut butter. Oh and, the best part is that you only need 4 ingredients!


– 1/2 cup buckwheat flour

– 1 tsp cocounut sugar

– 2 beaten eggs

– 3/4 cup milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond-coconut milk)


– In a large bowl, mix the the eggs with the coconut sugar

– Add 1/4 cup of buckwheat flour then 1/4 cup of milk

– Add the rest of the buckwheat flour

– Gradually add the milk while continuously stirring

– Lightly grease a pan and turn the heat on to low (3 to 3.5)

– Pour 1/4 of the mixture at the time and when the sides are becoming dry flip it over using a spatula

– Enjoy with ricotta cheese, peanut butter, jam, or fresh fruit abd maple syrup

The Fluffiest Vegan Pancakes

A few days ago a friend tagged me on a vegan pancakes video on Facebook. They were so fluffy and like regular ones, so I saved the recipe up for later. Vegan pancakes do not have eggs or dairy, and I love challenges, so I got inspired and decided to make my own vegan pancakes recipe. I’m quite happy how they ended up. Soft, fluffy and filling. As all pancakes should be.


– 3/4 cup regular flour

– 1/4 cup wholewheat flour

– 2 tsp baking powder

– 2 tbsp coconut sugar

– 2 tbsp softened vegan butter

– 2 tsp apple cider vinegar

– 1 cup almond-coconut milk or plant-based milk of choice


1. Add the flour, baking powder and sugar to a bowl.

2. Add the butter and the apple cider vinegar.

3. Gradually add the milk.

4. Lightly grease a pan and bake on each sude until ready.

The best Tomato Soup

I am obsessed with tomato soup. Yes, I’m also one of these weird people who (sometimes) drink tomato juice as if it was a completely sane thing to do (hey, don’t judge). Back home in Morocco eating tomatoes is a staple. If your house does not have bread or tomatoes, is it even a house ? I drink tomato soup as often as I can, but let me tell you. This recipe I made the other day is the best, creamiest tomato soup I have ever tasted. I am done with industrial soups. Seriously. Hope you try it for yourself, and why not ass a grilled cheese on the side ? Cause grilled cheese makes everything better.


  • 5 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil (I used vegetable but olive oil works as well)
  • Salt, pepper, dried basil to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup of water + 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube OR 1/2 cup vegetable bouillon
  • 1 tbsp orzo pasta
  • 1 tbsp corn starch


  1. In a large pot, lightly heat the oil and the butter then remove from the heat.
  2. Finelly dice the onions and throw them into the pot. Put back on the heat.
  3. Finelly dice the tomatoes and add them to the pan.
  4. Finelly dice the red bell pepper and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Cover and let simmer on low heat for about 10 min
  6. Mix the stock cube with the water and add it to the pot.
  7. Let simmer for another 5 min and add the bay leaves and the basil
  8. Let simmer for another 10 min on low heat. 5 min before the end add the salt and pepper to taste.

Morning Tacos


For the tacos:

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/4 avocado, diced
  • 2 small shallots, finelly diced
  • 1/3 cup corn
  • 1/3 cup red cabbage
  • 1 small lime to serve the tacos with


For the salsa:

  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 1 small green chilli
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of coriander
  • One small glove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Sweet Potato Pancakes

Am I deserving of the title “pancake queen” yet ? I love to experiment with pancakes and always try new recipes. Take this one. More of a savoury recipe, but definitely worth trying.


  • 1/2 medium sweet potato, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp light margarine or butter



  1. Cook and mash the sweet potato
  2. Add the beaten egg, margarine/butter
  3. AddΒ  the coconut sugar and the oat flour
  4. Β Gradually add some milk
  5. Lightly grease a pan and bake the pancakes on each side until they’re ready

Quinoa Black Bean Soup

One of my goals for 2018 is to cook more plant-based meals, and eat less meat. I have recently been back home in Morocco, and realized how healthier it is to eat whole, unprocessed food. Food is the best medecine after all. This soup is filling, full of flavor, and perfect with a grilled cheese on the side πŸ™‚

Ingredients (2-3 servings):

  • 2 cups vegetable bouillon
  • 1/2 cup finelly diced carotts
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • (optional: lemon juice)


  1. Β Lightly heat the vegetable bouillon in a pan
  2. Add the diced carotts, cover and let it simmer for 10 min on low heat
  3. Add the quinoa
  4. If using canned beans, wash and drain them first, then add them to the pan
  5. Add the salt and pepper and mix well
  6. Let the soup simmer for about 10-15min while regularly mixing. Add more water or vegetabe bouillon if needed
  7. Serve with a grilled cheese and add some lemon juice to the soup if wanted


Creamy White Hot Chocolate

Ok so guys. My roomate hates dark chocolate, and I decided to make a rich and creamy hot chocolate but with white chocolate. This is probably the best white chocolate recipe I’ve ever made. Sweet. Creamy. Creamy. And have I said creamy ? Now let’s not talk too much and let’s get straight to the point.


– 1 cup 2% milk

– 1/2 cup 35% cream

– 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

– 1 tsp corn starch

– 40g white chocolate


1. Add the cream and milk to a pan, on low to medium heat. Then add the vanilla extract.

2. Melt the white chocolate and add it to the pan.

3. Add the corn starch and mix well. Let it simmer for a bit until it starts boiling.

4. Serve with some whipped cream and cookies πŸ™‚