Arepas guacamole and arugulaHere is an easy suggestion for a healthy vegetarian and gluten free meal. I like arepas because they are filling, crispy and tasty – a great healthier alternative to a sandwich.

INGREDIENTS (makes 4 stuffed arepas):

  • 4 arepas (see recipe and instructions here)
  • ½ portion of guacamole (see recipe here)
  • 2 handfuls of arugula salad
  • 12 kalamata olives, cut in half
  • ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (optional)


  1. Make arepas according to the recipe.
  2. While the arepas are cooking/baking, make the guacamole according to recipe.
  3. Once the arepas are done, cut along the edge and divide each into two parts. Immediately sprinkle shredded cheese to melt in between the arepas (or skip this part for a healthier meal) and stuff with arugula salad, guacamole, and 6 kalamata olive halves.
  4. Serve and enjoy.





Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.


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