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Smart working: remember your lunch break! – Italian Cuisine

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Smart working – According to Eurostat data, over 10 million people in Europe work from home, with a growth of 700 thousand people between 2008 and 2018. In Italy the phenomenon remained muted, with data below the European average, up to 'emergency Coronavirus.

Referring to the Panorama website for information on what the law says about this way of working, here we focus on the suggestions to better enjoy smart working from the point of view ofsupply.

57980The importance of snacks

If you are a beginner, it is difficult to regulate both from a food and time management point of view. The two main risks are: giving in to domestic distractions (very compelling in this sense are the corners of dirt neglected so far) or, conversely, not being able to detach even one minute from work, going well beyond the usual work to conclude an important step.

In all this, the presence of the refrigerator and the pantry a few meters from the workplace does not help at all: the disadvantage is always having something to nibble on hand, without even the gaze of colleagues who imposes a bit of food modesty.

The dear and old moderation recommended since ancient times by philosophers is the answer. So the ideal is organize the working day providing a mid-day lunch break and, in addition, a few minutes of relaxation with a snack in the morning and in the afternoon.

This is where we speak of the golden rules of the snack. It is worth mentioning that the snack it is a good habit: it should be done every day in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. It must be suitable for people's activities: if it is true that children need more energy to grow and because they are always on the move, adults need fruit, a portion of vegetables, some dried fruit or a slice of a homemade cake. The snack, however, must not weigh down, therefore no elaborate desserts. Better to be varied, alternating sweet and savory snacks.

11903Lunch break for those who do smart working

The lunch break must be light and nutritious. If there is no time for a good pasta dish or for cooking light, but laborious dishes, the ideal are the salads (here our recipes), the unique dishes based on barley or spelled and, finally, the classics sandwiches.
In the latter case, it can be changed every day, without abusing cold cuts and choosing many gourmet options including veggie burgers, sandwiches with white meats, stuffed with vegetables, classic Mediterranean combinations and even seafood sandwiches (the best sandwich recipes).

If you don't have the time or as a precaution, you prefer to avoid the daily ride in bakery, an idea is to buy fresh bread in quantity, cut the loaves in half and freeze. Simply take them out of the freezer in the morning and at lunchtime they will be soft. If you like you can also pass them in the oven for a few minutes.

The best because they are rich in nutrients are wholemeal and cereals: there are spelled, rye or ancient grain flours. (Here some bread recipes to prepare in advance).

8422The importance of vegetables

We must never forget vegetables, both cooked and raw. Excellent savory pies that are prepared in advance and, if you choose the sandwich, a complete filling in this sense consists of the omelette, a dish advantageous from different points of view: it is prepared in advance and is complete from a nutritional point of view.

To get organized, just make small omelettes made with eggs, milk, cheese and a pinch of salt and with the vegetables in the house (our omelette recipes).

Sweet snacks?

The rule not to exceed is always valid: therefore you must not weigh yourself down, but you must also gratify yourself a little: therefore go ahead for a snack with a few squares of dark chocolate.

The importance of staying hydrated

An important rule is to keep yourself well hydrated. It seems trivial, but many forget to drink during the day, especially if they are not in the office where the presence of colleagues often encourages good practices.

Nutritionists explain that one should never be in a position to be thirsty. It is necessary to drink about one and a half liters of water a day, to be alternated as desired with herbal teas and, why not, every day with good orange juice, rich in C vitamin which in these days does not hurt (here the other foods rich in vitamin C, to help the immune system).

by Barbara Roncarolo
March 2020

20 smart sandwiches for your departures – Italian Cuisine


At 4.15 am tomorrow, the car will have to be charged. Or maybe you'll have to be at the airport at least three hours before take-off or, even, run to the station with all the luggage to be loaded. In any case, we know: at some point in your journey you will be hungry. But not only. You may even be a little bored between waiting and the other and your throat will start to keep you company. IS if you are not a fast food type, the search for the perfect sandwich could take a long time, energy and detours. Not to mention the fact that food available at service stations, airports and on trains is always more expensive than expected. And then, all that remains is prepare the sandwiches that will be our lunches and dinners during the trip!

A little early

It might seem trivial, but the basic rule to ensure a good meal on the road is to anticipate with what we will prepare our basket. Choosing the right bread and the tastiest ingredients will take up to half an hour: but it is a time that is worth investing. Taking some leftovers from the refrigerator and settling for a confused sandwich would be yet another mistake by unorganized travelers. Don't do it!

Film or foil?

One of the fundamental rules for keeping your sandwiches whole and fresh until the meal is to pack them well. And even if you are fond of transparent film, we suggest this year to opt for tinfoil. This allows you to produce less plastic waste and is more suitable for isolating food. The extra touch is to get a small thermal bag where you will also be able to insert a small portion of already washed and dried fruit.

And now that we've revised the tricks for a perfect travel sandwich, all we have to do is choose the recipes! If you don't know how to decide, the additional idea may be to divide them into small portions by preparing two or three different tastings for each traveler. How good to travel.

French burger
Vegetarian sandwich with tofu
Shrimp and egg sandwich
Sandwich with sword and eggplant
Aubergine and scamorza sandwich
Tuna and tomato sandwich
Sandwich with salmon
Sandwich with omelette
Sandwich with chicken breast
Bread and panelle
Sandwich stuffed with mackerel and ham
Italian kebab
Tuna and mozzarella in michette
Sandwich with pork
Mortadella sandwich
Padded sandwiches
Greek sandwich
Sandwich with seitan cutlet and roasted pepper
Arab sandwich with swordfish and tuna
Oil sandwiches with veal strips

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French burger

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Vegetarian sandwich with tofu

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Shrimp and egg sandwich

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Sandwich with sword and eggplant

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Aubergine and scamorza sandwich

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Tuna and tomato sandwich

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Sandwich with salmon

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Sandwich with omelette

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Sandwich with chicken breast

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Sandwich stuffed with mackerel and ham

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Italian kebab

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Tuna and mozzarella in michette

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Sandwich with pork

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Mortadella sandwich

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Sandwich with seitan cutlet and roasted pepper

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Arab sandwich with swordfish and tuna

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Oil sandwiches with veal strips

Smart octopus with avocado – La Cucina Italiana – Italian Cuisine


20 minutes of pressure cooker and the octopus is ready: super soft and without wasting time or energy! The kitchen becomes smart thanks to the recipes of La Cucina Italiana for Edison

Good and healthy ingredients, cooked with love – but without wasting time, raw materials, energy. Here is what it means for us to cook well and in an ethical way. At La Cucina Italiana for 90 years we have been doing this inspired by tradition, experimenting with new cooking techniques and new flavors. We work respecting the environment, food and health and with this recipe we do it alongside Edison, who has been creating energy for over 135 years, and aims to explain how to consume less and better. With a small gesture you can really change the world, every day.

Ingredients for 6 people

200 g of octopus
2 avocado
50 g parsley
20 g of mint
1 lemon
20 g pitted black olives

Method

For the octopus
Clean the octopus by removing the beak and the eyes, then turn the head upside down to remove the sand residues. Fill the pressure cooker with water and dip the clean octopus in it and close it. When the pot starts to whistle count 20 minutes.
Once the cooking time is over, open the pan and allow it to open, but leave the octopus immersed for at least another 10 minutes.
Cut the octopus into small pieces and sauté in a pan over high heat with a little oil until it becomes crisp.

For the avocado
Take the ripe avocado, cut it in half and remove the stone.
Take half of the lawyer, cut it and season with lemon, oil, salt and pepper. Then whisk it and place the cream in the fridge well covered with plastic wrap.
Cut the other half into thin slices and season with lemon, oil, salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve
Chop the parsley and mint very finely.
Put a spoonful of avocado cream on the plate, place a few pieces of octopus on top, sprinkle with chopped parsley and spices. Next, arrange the avocado slices and finish the dish with half-cut Taggiasca olives. Serve immediately with a drizzle of oil and grated lemon rind at the time.

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