As some of you may know, I have never been a huge fan of salad. Over the years I have come to appreciate a variety of salads and more since changing my diet to a more whole food, plant based one. However, I still am not someone who eats a big salad everyday, but I have decided I should eat more of them. They are so easy to make, and if made with a little thought and love, so really good.
This is the first time I have eaten raw fennel. Not something I ever thought of doing, because I imagined the taste would be too strong. I am sure that many of you who have never tried it might be thinking the same thing right now. “Raw fennel? Really? Are you sure Kieran?” YES, YES, and YES! Don’t worry about it. It’s delicious, and not the overpowering taste I expected. Continue reading
Although “black rice” is just that when it is raw, it actually changes to a dark purple colour when cooked. Black rice is an incredibly nutritious little grain. So nutritious that it is being called a “superfood” these days. A word that seems to be getting thrown around a lot. Superfood or not, all I care about is that black rice tastes really good, and is really god for you. It is pretty cool looking too.
Black rice, originally from China, used to be called “forbidden rice”. ” In ancient China, nobles commandeered every grain of a variety of black rice known as “Forbidden Rice” for themselves and forbade the common people from eating it.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/029735_black_rice_antioxidants.html#ixzz2I0iF9gEZ
First time I bought some black rice was at the healthy food expo here in Montreal in March. The first time I used it I made this black rice, kale, chickpea and cashew salad. Which was absolutely delicious. I hadn’t bought any more black rice since then, because it isn’t the easiest grain to find and can be quite expensive at some places. Continue reading
Since the new year I have been making a conscious effort to experiment more with my smoothies. This goes for my green smoothies as well as my non green smoothies. I have been doing my best to keep track of them all. Working on tweaking the recipes and making them the best they can be, sharing my favourites here on Health is Happiness. What does this mean? It means I will be sharing quite a few smoothie recipes here on the blog in the weeks and months to come. I will be sure to keep posting delicious non-smoothie recipes as well. Hopefully I can inspire a few more people to give heathy smoothies a try. Quite a few people have been telling me recently that they tried making a green smoothie for the first time and loved it. This makes me very happy.
I am enjoying experimenting with all these new smoothies, finding out what I like and what I don’t. The reason I committed myself to doing this is that I was into the routine of making the same smoothies most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the smoothies I was making and am not going to stop making them. My go to greens are still kale, swiss chard, and spinach, as well as collard greens, when I can find them. The fruit I use most are strawberries and bananas. I am going to try and switch it up and mix different greens with different fruit.
Papaya isn’t something that I have eaten much of in my life. The last time I bought papaya, it wasn’t good, which I think turned me off. What made me decide to give it a try again? About 2 weeks ago I tried a smoothie at the Yoga studio with papaya in it, and it was delicious.
The next time I was at the market, I picked up a papaya, and decided to give it another chance. I made sure to let it ripen completely, which I think might have been the problem the last time I tried papaya. Not quite ripe. Yuck.
Once the papaya was ripe, I cut it open and removed the interesting looking seeds inside and scooped out all the flesh. Pretty good actually, and even better in a green smoothie.
If you are anything like me, you always have apples around in the kitchen at this time of year. If you don’t you should ,because it’s apple season. Apple are great for making green smoothies. We all know apples are great fruits to bring with us as snacks, but why not try something different. There are so many different uses for apples in the kitchen. One of my favourites from childhood to this day is apple crisp. If you missed it, check out my recent vegan cranberry apple pecan crisp recipe.
This is one recipe for an apple green smoothie, but I encourage you to experiment with different combinations of other fruits and greens. I don’t peel the apples when blending them because I use a Vitamix, but if you don’t have a high powered blender, I would recommend peeling the apples before blending them. Continue reading
Summer is typically a time to spend lots of time outdoors and gather with friends on patios while barbecuing some delicious food. Unfortunately the most common food found on people’s barbecues tend to be hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, chicken and steaks.
I will admit that I have enjoyed my fair share of meat off the barbecue, but since changing my diet I have discovered more ways to use the barbecue in the summer. My friend Justin told me about some barbecued flatbread, good for making pizza, which sounded delicious. Continue reading
My original intention wasn’t to eat this on toast. To tell you the truth I am not quite sure what my original intention was. I had this idea on mixing some white beans with some pesto. So I just did it. I chose navy beans and decided on an arugula walnut pesto that I just made up.
I love roasted walnuts. I will say it again. I love roasted walnuts. If you don’t know what I am talking about go to the kitchen right now, turn on the oven to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, lay some walnuts out on a baking tray, and roast in the pre-heated oven for approx 4-5 mins. Do not take your eyes off the walnuts after they have been in for 2 minutes. You will forget about them and they will burn. It happens so quickly and so easily. So just be patient and keep your eyes on them. It won’t take long. When they start to smell good and change colour they are ready.
you will want to eat these while they are still warm. They taste so good. Great healthy snack.