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Curried Red Lentil & Swiss Chard Soup With Coconut Milk

IMG_8018This is my new favourite soup, and I am convinced that if you make it, it will be yours as well. What does that mean? It means I really think you should make this soup. I made it at the beginning of last week, and it provided me with lunches and even a quick dinner. I loved it so much, that I made it again today, so I could have it again this week.

Do you have a favourite soup? One that you found yourself making several times this winter? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.

This soup is filling, really tasty, incredibly nutritious, and REALLY easy to make. Seriously. It’s so easy! We often don’t have the time or motivation to prepare a healthy meal for ourselves or our family, but preparing a big batch or 2 of something like a soup or a stew is a great way to help you eat healthy. This way you have something ready for those days when you don’t have time or simply aren’t in the mood to cook.

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Tomato, Avocado, Hummus, Swiss Chard & Dill Sandwich Recipe

This is my version of a sandwich that brings back a lot of memories.  It represents a time where my eating habits began to shift dramatically.

This is a sandwich my friend John and roommate at the time, made for me when we were living together circa 2007-2008.  The original sandwich was hummus, tomatoes, avocados.  When we moved in together I didn’t like tomatoes, hummus or avocados.

You can imagine what my reaction was when he asked if I wanted one when he was making one for himself. I was a picky eater and it wasn’t easy to convince me to eat things I didn’t like.

I ate the sandwich.  I loved the sandwich.   The rest is history.  This was our go to meal on weeknights. We worked together and worked long hours.  This sandwich was perfect because it was really fast to make.  I don’t think in the entire time I lived with John I ever made this sandwich.

When I stopped living with John I started making this sandwich.  I also fell in love with hummus, tomatoes and avocados.  Well the truth is I still can’t bite into a raw tomato like an apple.  But hey.  I have come a long way. Now I am inspiring others to eat foods they never thought they would. Wild.

I hadn’t made this sandwich for a while and then last week it was the first time I added swiss chard and dill. Amazing.

Then, a few days later when I got home from a late round of golf with my friend Justin, I suggested we make sandwiches for dinner. Bam.  Hit the spot big time.

Give this simple healthy sandwich a try and let me know how you like it.

 

 

Tomato, Avocado, Hummus, Swiss Chard & Dill Sandwich

These are the approximate quantities for 2 sandwiches.

4 slices of fresh multi grain bread
1 tomato, thinly sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 swiss chard leaf, torn in small pieces
1/2 cup of hummus
a couple sprigs of fresh dill
salt and pepper (optional)

Toast the slices of bread.
Spread some hummus on each one side of each piece.

Then layer the ingredients on a piece of bread and top with another piece of bread.

I suggest:
swiss chard
tomato
dill
avocado
salt and pepper (if you want)

The sandwich is still delicious without dill but the dill adds a nice touch. You can try other herbs as well.

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Peach and Swiss Chard Green Smoothie Recipe

Peaches from Ontario, swiss chard from the garden and water from the tap.

Does everyone love peaches as much as I do? They are so good. So juicy. Fresh Ontario peaches are one of my favorite things about the month of August. The season doesn’t last long so make sure you get out there and buy some peaches.

Does everyone love swiss chard as much as I do? Somehow I don’t think as many of you will be answering yes to that question. That’s ok. The more you use chard the more it will grow on you. The same goes for the rest of the leafy greens. Continue reading

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Quinoa, Lentil, Beans and Greens Salad

This salad is filled with nutritional powerhouses. I am sure most of you know about how good quinoa, lentils, hemp seeds, swiss chard, lemon, green beans, and garlic are for you.

This is a serious salad. If you were looking for recipe ideas for any of these amazing ingredients look no further.

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Living Your Moksha- Be Healthy Smoothie

Posting live from Moksha NDG. Green smoothies for everyone who comes out of class this evening made by Nat and myself.

Today is the first day of Living Your Moksha. 7 Weeks, 7 Challenges to inspire your life.

The first week is Be Heatlhy. Which is why Nat, Raquel, and I decided to make 40 litres of smoothie today to kick off the challenge.

For those of you in the middle of the 30 day Moksha challenge this smoothie will rejuvenate you and boost your energy and immune system.

The smoothie features banana, strawberry, swiss chard, lemon, and ginger.  It’s great to see so many people who have never tried a green smoothie before giving them a try.

Going to go give out some more green smoothies now. More pictures and videos to come later from the evening here at Moksha NDG.

Living Your Moksha Be Healthy Smoothie

1 large banana
150 g strawberries (about 6-8 medium)
160 g swiss chard (about 2 leaves)
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 1/2 cups of water
a little piece of fresh ginger (peeled)

Put all the ingredients in an upright blender and blend until smooth.

Remember you can adjust the proportions to your taste. Feel free to start with more fruit or if your daring more ginger or swiss chard.

Enjoy in the morning for breakfast or after an awesome yoga class.

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Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Stew

This is a dish I made for the first time years ago. I remember the day very well. It was a fall day and I was in the middle of creating this, what turned out to be incredible stew, when I received a phone call from my parents. They were in the area so I invited them over for lunch.

This was probably the first time I had my parents over to one of my apartments for a meal. The dish was a bit spicy for my mom which of course means my dad loved it.

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Crispy White Beans and Swiss Chard

Another recipe inspired by my latest cookbook purchase. Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking.  Her books are very inspiring.  Delicious recipes with amazing photos.  Definitely worth checking out.  Her recipe used parmesan cheese but I usually try to avoid dairy.  Not to mention that I was making this on a night where I was hosting a good friend of mine who is vegan.  No problem.  Took out the parmesan cheese, added a squeeze of lemon. Good to go.

Crispy flavourful White Kidney Beans. Guaranteed to make you happy. The bright red pieces are the stalks from the swiss chard that I chopped up.  No reason to waste them.  I added them in with the onions and garlic.

I have made this recipe twice already.  I used can white kidney beans because it was a last minute decision so I hadn’t prepared ahead by soaking and cooking dried beans.  The first time the beans I used held up pretty well when sautéing them.  The second time I used a different brand and they fell apart.  So I adapted the recipe a little bit half way, added a little water and made more of a creamy white bean and swiss chard dish.  Which was also awesome.  In her book, Heidi suggests using dried beans and cooking them yourself because they hold up better which is true.  Give it a try with the canned beans if that’s what yo have time for. With canned beans this is a really quick recipe to make.

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Ginger and Flaxseed Green Smoothie


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Ingredients

1 cup water

1 banana

5 frozen strawberries

3-4 swiss chard leaves, washed and bottom of stems removed

Fresh ginger, peeled , piece approx the size of 1/2 your thumb

1 tbsp flaxseed, grind first if your blender isn’t powerful enough to grind them in the smoothie

Instructions

Put all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.

Yield: Approx. 2 1/2 cups

Note: you can always you use fresh strawberries if they are in season where ever you live.  If you do you may want to add a few ice cubes if you want your smoothie cold.

This recipe can easily be doubled if you have a big blender and want to make more.  The quantity here is about one big glass.

Simple, healthy, and tastes amazing. Enjoy.

 

A little info on swiss chard for you. http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2399/2

 

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