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Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s Plenty More

iranian legume soup

First of all, Happy Holidays! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything here on Health is Happiness. It is something I think about every day and get asked about almost every day. I put blog work on hold for a little while to focus on some other things, as I mentioned earlier this year.

I am excited to get back into creating, and sharing delicious healthy recipes with everybody. Just because I haven’t been photographing my food doesn’t mean I haven’t been creating deliciousness in the kitchen.

The seasons have changed twice as my last post was in late spring. The beautiful summer weather is now a distant memory. Fall has come and gone and we are well into winter. Although, besides one massive snowstorm here in Montreal, we haven’t had too much to complain about weather wise. What I do love about colder weather is the food it makes you want to eat. Hearty and warming foods that fill your belly! These are some of the dishes that I love to create and cook. Dishes like this Iranian Legume Soup from Ottolenghi’s new book Plenty More that came out in October. One of the many new cookbooks I have added to my collection since my last post. 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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Amazing Vegan Bowl Recipe with Nutritional Yeast Sauce

Vegan bowls like this one are great for so many reasons.  They are healthy, easy to make, inexpensive, and filling.  There are an endless  number of different combinations possible.  Different vegetables, different grains, different greens, different sauces, different nuts and seeds.

In this vegan bowl I include cooked brown rice, baby spinach, shredded carrots, shredded beets, avocado, sunflower sprouts, and pumpkin seeds.  I chose to serve it with tempeh which was quickly marinated in soy sauce, orange juice, and chili flakes and then cooked in the pan.  Very simple and quick.

The delicious sauce is what pulls all these ingredients together and makes this bowl amazing.  The 2 main ingredients are nutritional yeast and tahini, injected with some serious flavour.  I am talking about garlic, ginger, soy sauce, cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar, sesame oil and agave syrup.   I also added water to get the consistency I wanted for the bowl. Continue reading

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Yuca, Sweet Potato & Chickpea Coconut Curry Recipe

A very easy way to make a delicious and colourful coconut curry.  The hot pepper and ginger lend a fair amount of spice which is balanced nicely by the sweetness of the sweet potatoes, carrots and coconut milk.

This dish doesn’t take too long to prepare.  Cutting up all the vegetables is the longest part which isn’t so bad.   Being a team of 2 or more definitely helps this task go a lot faster.

Of course it is a healthy choice, because of the variety of plant based foods providing your body with all types of goodness.  Spinach, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, coconut milk.  Trust me, you are going to like this one.

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Sweet & Spicy Rice, Lentils, Spinach Recipe

This is a tasty one.  This dish is loaded with healthy ingredients and it is easy to make. I will definitely be making this dish again.  In fact I already have.

The sun dried tomatoes, with the sweet currants, the nutty flavour of the roasted pine nuts, smokey paprika, fresh herbs and a little kick of cayenne certainly bring these rice and lentils to life.

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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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Black Bean, Sweet Pepper, and Spinach Quesadillas

This was my first time making quesadillas and I must say they were delicious.  The sweet and spicy filling of sautéed red onion and red, green and jalapeño pepper with spinach and black beans is so good it could be eaten on its own. But it’s even better when topped with avocado, delicious homemade salsa, cilantro and a squirt of lime juice in a crispy tortilla with cheese oozing out.

They taste so good, you won’t believe that they are good for you.  I will definitely be making this again. Continue reading

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Mango Spinach Green Smoothie

If you love the sweet delicious taste of mangos then this smoothie is for you. This spinach mango green smoothie puts a focus on the incredible mango taste.

The simplicity of this smoothie lets the mango flavor come through in full effect. Only 3 ingredients. Mango, spinach and water.

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How Do You Make A Green Smoothie?

How do you make a green smoothie?

Stop pretending you don’t want to make green smoothies at home.  It’s ok to be weirded out by it at first. It’s nomal. I was too. Greens? In a blender? No way.

YES!!! Greens in a blender! And it tastes damn good too. Trust me. I’m a picky eater and I love green smoothies.

For all of you who have never tried to make a green smoothie at home this is for you.

If you have ever thought to yourself “I would like to try to make a green smoothie but am not sure what to do”, now is the time,  Go and get yourself some frozen strawberries, a banana, some spinach and some water and throw it in the blender. Boom. Green smoothie. That easy.

Don’t put it off any longer.

Just do it. Throw the goodness in the blender and turn it on. It’s easy, tastes good and is really good for you.

Stop pretending you don’t want to make green smoothies at home.  It’s ok to be weirded out by it at first. It’s nomal. I was too.

Get ready to discover the world of green smoothies.

Spinach Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

1 banana

5 strawberries (frozen or fresh if in season)

1 bunch of spinach, ends of stalks removed

1 or 1 1/2 cups of water

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Amount of water used will depend on your preference for a thicker or thinner consistency of smoothie.

Enjoy.

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Spinach Hummus

Happy St-Patrick's day. Here is a classic recipe for you to try turned green. Everything is better green, not only on St-Patrick's day. Well that's usually how I feel anyways.

Hummus. I don't think I know anyone who doesn't love hummus. Except maybe my friend who grew up with a health food nut dad who forced him to eat tahini on toast as a child.  I think he was slighlty traumatised by this experience and avoids anything with tahini in it at all costs. 

No matter what your daily diet consists of chances are you like hummus.  If you have never tried it., what are you waiting for? If you don't like hummus I don't think your eating the right kind.  

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