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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!

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

Super bowl snacks

5 Feb

It’s winter cold outside, and your sports fan friends and family are gathering and you are in charge of the snacks?

Here’s a few ideas:

trail mix – your favorite roasted tamari almonds and raisins, is perfect. You can add other goodies too: goji berries, chopped dried apricots, peanuts, walnuts, mulberries.

cheese plate and a mix of olives and crackers– super simple and always welcomed with crackers of fresh bread. Drunken goat, brie, and gouda cheese are delicious crowd pleasers.

hummus – buy it or make your own. Check out our recipe here.

guacamole and chips – roll 2 ripe avocados in your hand before slicing down the center. Remove the pit, and put in a bowl with chopped cilantro (2TB for 2-3 avocados), lemon (1-2TB), salt (1/3 tsp or to taste). Mash with a fork. If you like it spicy, top with a dash of cayenne pepper.

crudités – baby carrots cut into match sticks and celery sliced down the center (for thinner sticks)

popcornhere’s how you make it.

grilled cheese and jelly sandwich squares – this is as easy as it sounds. Spread your favorite bread with a thin layer of jam and sliced cheese. Add a pat of butter to a large hot pan so your sandwiches will brown (olive oil works too), and press your sandwiches with a spatula to flatten. Cut the sandwiches into squares, stack and serve.

fruit with melted dark chocolate – chop up your favorite fruit ready with toothpicks. Melt your chocolate on low heat and when ready, dip the fruit (holding the toothpicks) in the chocolate and put out on a plate. The chocolate will harden as it dries. This will surely go fast!

apple slices drizzled with almond butter or other favorite nut butter

Your favorite brew, sparkling water, apple cider or herbal tea, and you’re ready to watch the game!