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easy green salad with goodies

23 Jan

photoNeed some veggie inspiration?

Here’s an easy green salad recipe which will help inspire your daily veggie intake.

Take this recipe with a grain of salt since we used what we had on hand. Feel free to use the ingredients available to you (don’t go to the store just to buy blue cheese).

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 1.5 cups of pre-washed mixed greens
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 thin slice of red onion
  • 2 small mushrooms
  • 2-4 small slices of blue cheese
  • 3-4 cracked olives
  • Sprinkle of sunflower seeds

Vinaigrette:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • quarter size dollop of dijon mustard
  • dime size scoop of honey

Directions:

Prepare your salad:

Place pre-washed greens on your plate. Pull out your favorite cutting board and knife. Take out a carrot, rinse and cut into matchsticks. Slice a thin circle of red onion, cut in half and slice into bite sized pieces. Cut mushrooms in thin slices, then cut slices of cheese, add cracked olives, and finish with a sprinkle of sunflower seeds.

Prepare your vinaigrette:

Add oil, vinegar, mustard and honey into a small cup. Either shake with a lid, or whisk with a fork until emulsified. Pour vinaigrette over your salad in a circular motion, and you have yourself a delicious salad featuring all sorts of nutritional powerhouses. Your taste buds, and body will thank you!

simple stir fry

28 Nov

6720825115_dc0c063fedHere is a quick and easy dinner, if you are craving chinese food, and also a great way to use up veggies that are sitting in your fridge. Get creative, and use what you have to make your stir fry colorful and beautiful!

If you have leftovers, you can always pack it up to take for lunch the next day, or pack it in your child’s lunchbox.

Ingredients:

Brown rice:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water

Stir fry:

  • 1/2 small cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup broccoli, florets + stems
  • 2 medium/small carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 block of firm tofu, cut into cubes
  • 1 egg, whisked (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 inch of ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons tamari
  • Sprinkles of sesame seeds

Directions:

Cook your rice first. Add water to a pot, bring to a boil then add your rice, and let it cook until all of the water is absorbed, about 45 minutes.

While the rice is cooking, prep your ingredients. Slice your cabbage, break apart broccoli florets and cut up stems, dice garlic and ginger. Cut your carrots up into matchsticks (Here is a great step by step instruction on how to do so). Drain water from your tofu block, then cut the tofu into thin cubes. Crack your egg and scramble it in a bowl. Heat up a large pan to medium heat, add sesame oil and let the oil get hot. Add garlic and ginger, stir and let brown lightly. Add your veggies, tofu, tamari and stir. Lower heat to medium/low and cover for 5-7 minutes. Move your veggies to the side, and add in your egg. Fold the egg into the veggies, then add your rice and mix it all up! Serve in bowls with chopsticks and top with sesame seeds (and if you have scallions, chop those up for a pretty garnish).

Photo courtesy of f_shields

Flora’s seasonal recipe: roasted vegetable puree

11 Oct

4744510812_15f1812af3It may look like baby food, but boy is it good!

Get creative with your fall vegetables and puree them into a smooth and soothing dish.

As the weather gets cooler, drizzlier and damp, I turn to warming foods that will ground me and make me feel great inside and out.

I was so cold the other day that I decided to preheat my oven and roast vegetables, since it’s my favorite dish. This time though, I wanted something more fluid vs. chewy so I thought, why not blend my roasted veggies with a little bit of water, and make a puree?

Instead of stopping at the roasting stage, I went one step further. That one step made my day so much warmer!

Here is how:

Makes 4-5 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sized potatoes, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • a few grinds of pepper
  • 2-3 cups water, the more you add, the soupier it will get

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400F. Rinse and chop up you carrots, celery, potatoes and chop your red onion (if you have different vegetables lying around, use those up instead). Add olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and mix. Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes, depending on how small you chopped your veggies. Stir them midway to make sure they’re cooking on all sides. Once lightly brown, soft, and fragrant remove from the oven. Add veggies into a big bowl, then add water. Blend with an immersion blender (or food processor) until smooth. If you blend less, you’ll get a chunkier consistency. Serve immediately, and garnish with some rosemary, and a drizzle of olive oil if you’d like. If you make too much, you can always save some for lunch the next day.

Photo courtesy of Miss Messie

How to pull together an elaborate salad in a flash

25 Apr
Hungry for something refreshing that will leaving you feeling energized? Try our salad recipe!
For a time saving tip, we suggest chopping up the cilantro in advance and placing it in a container in your fridge so that you can use it on all sorts of meals. Cilantro helps cleanse our body, and aids us in digestion. This lovely herb also freshens our breath and helps promote a healthy liver, and tastes fantastic in most meals!
We also suggest buying pumpkin seeds in your bulk section, and either storing them in a glass container in your fridge, or toasting them right away, as they can easily go bad if left out. Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, which helps strengthen our cells, hair, skin and eyesight. They are a versatile seed, that tastes great in granola, trail mix, pesto, topped on fish, mixed with rice or ground up in a mortar and pestle.
Ingredients:
  • Beets, grated
  • Carrots, grated
  • Pumpkin seeds, toasted
  • Olives, chopped
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Salad greens
Directions:
Toast your pumpkin seeds over medium heat in a pan on your stove top. Make sure to toss them frequently so they get evenly cooked. Once fragrant, lightly browned and puffed up, remove them from your pan and place in a bowl to cool down (you will hear some fun crackling noises!). Place your salad greens in a big bowl (if using heads of lettuce, rinse, dry and chop them up). Rinse your beets and carrots, then grate them over your greens. Cut up your olives. Pluck off your cilantro leaves from the stems, and chop them up as well (or use our time saving tip).
Mix together with a simple honey-mustard vinaigrette (makes 1/2 cup):
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

carrots are good for our eyes!

8 Mar

Today in science class, we learned all about carrots. Collectively we have done a great job at teaching our children that carrots are great for our eyes, they were all eager tho share their knowledge. So today, we each took a slice, and looked into each other’s eyes and discovered that not only are carrots good for our eyes, but they look like our eyes!