Welcome to the easiest, healthiest salad in the world. Uh... laziest salad in the world.. Have a heap of vegetables and no time to cook? Set some quinoa on the stove as you prepare your veggies - red peppers, red cabbage, kale and green beans. Be encouraged to freestyle it with your veg selection - whatever you find in your CSA box. This is a dish that comes together in minutes - keep it vegetarian, or top with some grilled chicken, or sliced pan-fried beef, and you're set. Make a double [Read more...]
...Without making a giant mess. I realize there are super savvy people who have the seeding and juicing of pomegranates all figured out, but up until yesterday I did not. I heard all about the super health benefits of pomegranates, but getting into these things is impossible. I bought one pomegranate a while ago, and after I was done popping all the seeds it looked like a bloodbath. And they stain. Oh, do they ever...
Quinoa salads have been my favorite this summer, same goes for new potatoes, and I probably consumed so much salmon while it's in season that I could grow fins. This salad here is awesome - leftover cooked quinoa I had sitting in the fridge, and what I found at the farmer's market - kale, red peppers, onions, and fresh corn. Summers are so short here in Calgary that I end up overwhelming myself with things to do. It's like every moment of each day needs to be stretched for maximum use of the [Read more...]
There's a list of things I plan when we get our place in BC, and the first order of business is a fig tree. If I can grow my own lettuce I sure as hell can grow my own figs. I doubt this will make me self sustainable (despite this being the real estate agent's fav. phrase) , but it will make me fig-sustainable. Why? No figs to buy in Calgary this year. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I was stalking the produce department manager about the next shipment - and [Read more...]
If you're still a bit intimidated by whole grains, then go ahead and throw some tasty Italian farro in your shopping cart. Farro is super easy to cook, and rich in fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and E - a good addition to a whole foods lifestyle. Here I make a simple and tasty farro salad with coconut and mango. That's all well said, but the truth is that my virtuous bag of farro sat in the cupboard for a year before I cracked it open... I had no idea what do to with it. I used to [Read more...]
Pasta with Italian Sausages, Basil and Meyer Lemons - I didn't think I'd post this recipe. Who wants to read about my lunch that took precisely 10 minutes to make? Or, maybe I should post it for exactly that reason? It all started when I drove out to the mountains this morning to walk my dog. I made the trip to get some willow branches to put in a vase, those with the furry tips... The lakeside was packed - we went by picnickers after picnickers. I didn't expect that, I mean, it's still [Read more...]
If you like healthy comfort food and mashed things, try it a bit differently with these sweet potato cakes - soft in the middle and crispy yum on the outside. We include salty feta cheese, steamed kale and Italian spices...what's not to love? The recipe is pretty self explanatory, the only thing I want to stress is that I used Lacinato (Tuscan) kale, not the curly one. I finally found where to buy these in Calgary (Save on Foods) - $3 for a bunch, and it's organic, too. I like the Lacinato [Read more...]