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Shaved Fennel, Pear, Arugula, & Walnut Salad


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

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Roasted Beet, Black Rice & Walnut Salad Recipe

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

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Lentil, Walnut, Spinach Loaf Recipe Inspired by Oh She Glows

I made this lentil walnut spinach loaf for the first time over the holidays. I liked it so much that I have made it again since. Something that doesn’t happen very often. Rarely, do I make the same thing twice in a matter of a couple weeks, mostly because I am always trying to come up with new content for this blog.

A lot of the recipes I post here are recipes that I make up myself. The inspiration for this recipe came from my friend Nathalie. Yes, the same Nathalie that I made a couple videos with recently. Nat was telling me about all the delicious vegan food she had made over the holidays, and one of the things she made was a lentil walnut loaf. Sounded good to me. I had never made a vegan loaf of any kind before. Lentils and walnuts. Hmmmm. Thank you Nathalie for sparking my curiosity. Has anyone made a vegan loaf before? If yes, what kind?

A few days later, I found myself needing to make food for several people for New Year’s Eve dinner. I remembered what Nathalie had told me, so I decided to give it a shot. I googled lentil walnut loaf and the first one that came up was from OhSheGlows.com. Angela from Ohsheglows.com has a few different lentil walnut loaf recipes on her site. I took a look at a couple of them as well as a similar recipe from eatliverun.com Continue reading

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Warm Roasted Beet, Beet Green, & Pine Nut Salad Recipe

Beets are plentiful this time of year, and beets of all colours.  Yellow,orange, red, purple.    Beets with beautiful full and fresh looking greens still attached.

I know a lot of people who claim not to like beets.  Memories of plain boiled beets from childhood are still haunting them.  It wasn’t until a few years ago when a wonderful woman I met introduced me to roasted beets.  I think my favourite beets for roasting are the yellow/orange beets you see in the picture above. Continue reading

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Peach, Cashew, & Baby Spinach Salad Recipe

Peaches are good, really good.  It’s that simple.  Sadly peach season is pretty much behind us now.  This is a salad I made a few times with the last basket of peaches I bought a couple weeks ago.  If you can still find some in season peaches give it a try.  Otherwise it will have to wait until next year.

This is so good, a real treat. Cashews and peaches.  This salad has the makings of a yummy dessert, but it’s a salad!  Go ahead and indulge.

Peach, Cashew, & Baby Spinach Salad Recipe

Makes a salad for 1 person. Multiply proportions by number of people.

1 big handful of baby spinach
1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped and toasted
1 ripe peach, pitted and cut in slices
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
a pinch of salt and pepper (optional)

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl. Mix everything around and enjoy.

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