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Quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Quinoa, native to South America, is combined with Ontario grilled vegetables in this easy-to-prepare salad bursting with refreshing flavour. This vegetarian salad is a great option for brunch and outdoor celebrations, as a main dish salad or as a side salad to accompany grilled meat, chicken or fish.

Quinoa and grilled asparagus salad

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed
  • 1 Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Pepper (any colour), seeded    and quartered
  • 1 large Ontario Onion, cut into 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick slices
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) grated orange rind
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) orange juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario Liquid Honey
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each red wine vinegar and Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper

Method:

  1. In medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 2 cups (500 mL) water to boil; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Place in serving bowl; let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, place asparagus, sweet pepper and onion on rimmed baking sheet; brush with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil. Place vegetables directly on greased grill over medium-high heat; close lid and grill, turning occasionally, until tender-crisp and lightly marked, 5 to 10 minutes, transferring back to baking sheet as they are done.  Let cool slightly. Cut into bite-size pieces; stir into quinoa along with chickpeas and parsley.
  3. In small bowl, whisk together remaining oil, orange rind and juice, honey, vinegar, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper; pour over quinoa mixture and toss to coat. Serve at room temperature.

Tips: For a Brazilian flair, substitute black beans for chickpeas. For a Chilean twist, use cilantro instead of parsley.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith/Foodland Ontario, www.foodlandontario.ca

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Grilled asparagus and South American pepper sauce

BT Toronto | posted Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Chilean Pebre sauce is low fat, easy to make and adds just the right zip.  Choose uniform asparagus stalks for easier timing on the grill.  Serve hot or at room temperature.  The sauce is also good with grilled meats or fish.

Grilled asparagus and South American pepper sauce

Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Standing Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) minced Ontario Greenhouse Sweet Red Pepper
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) minced onion
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) minced fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) each water and white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) hot red pepper flakes or smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 lb (500 g) Ontario Asparagus, trimmed

Method:

  1. In small bowl or measuring cup, mix red pepper, onion, cilantro, 2 tbsp (25 mL) of the olive oil, water, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) of the oregano, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper; cover and let stand at least 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
  2. Mix remaining oil and oregano; brush on asparagus to coat well.  Place asparagus in grill basket or directly on grill over medium-high heat.  Close cover and grill, turning with tongs, for 3 to 5 minutes each side, or until just tender.  Place in shallow serving dish; top with sauce. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Courtesy Mairlyn Smith/Foodland Ontario, www.foodlandontario.ca

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Kale and kidney beans with sundried tomatoes and walnuts

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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A delicious use of kale, a super-veggie, and walnuts, which are rich in healthy oils. Serve this Italian dish with rice.

Kale and kidney beans with sundried tomatoes and walnuts

Makes 4 servings

Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 large kale leaves, torn up
  • 5 sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped walnuts
  • 4–5 Tbsp (60–75 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and pepper (for Heart Disease use sodium substitute)

Method:

  1. In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the oil and sauté the onion until tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Add the beans, kale, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, vinegar, and sea salt and pepper to taste and heat through, stirring, for about 5 minutes.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Chard and pomegranate salad

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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This one comes from the ancient land of Persia and features the pomegranate, a fruit rich in healthy nutrients.

Chard and pomegranate salad

Makes 4 servings

Time:  5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (1 L) red and green chard, bite-size pieces
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (optional; omit for Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh pomegranate seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) pomegranate juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) honey (optional; omit for Candida, Diabetes, Vegan Diet)
  • sea salt and pepper (for Heart Disease use sodium substitute)

Method:

  1. Place the three veggies in a large serving bowl in the order listed.
  2. Scatter the pomegranate seeds overtop.
  3. Mix together the pomegranate juice, olive oil, honey (if using), and sea salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour over the salad.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport 

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Potato and chickpea roti

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Jan 9th, 2014

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Potato and chickpea roti

Makes 5–6 rotis

Time: about 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-size potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced
  • 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup (250 mL) mango or apple juice
  • 3–4 Tbsp (45–60 mL) garlic chili hot sauce
  • 3–4 tsp (15–20 mL) curry powder
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped greens
  • whole-wheat tortillas (for use brown-rice tortillas)

Method:

  1. In a pot, place the potatoes and onion and just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cover.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat further to low and add the chickpeas, juice, garlic chili hot sauce and curry powder and cook for about 10 minutes, partially covered, stirring now and then.
  4. Add the greens and cook, stirring now and then, for another 5 minutes.
  5. Place some of this mixture in a tortilla and roll it up. Serve hot or cold.

Courtesy Linda Woolven, author, The All New Vegetarian Passport

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Mini chocolate banana flax cakes

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

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These cakes are soft and dense and have a wonderful rich, dark chocolate flavor, with none of the hidden ingredients or unhealthy fats of traditional desserts.

Mini chocolate banana flax cakes

Makes 6 small cakes

Ingredients:

  • One 1⁄2-cup (125 mL) ramekin, lined with plastic wrap
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chopped bananas
  • 1⁄2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2⁄3 cup raw cacao powder
  • Dash raw vanilla extract
  • 1 3⁄4 cups ground flax seeds

Method:

  1. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine bananas, agave nectar, cacao powder and vanilla. Process until smooth, stopping motor to scrape down sides of work bowl as necessary. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add ground flax seeds and mix well. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes to allow seeds to absorb the liquid and swell.
  3. Using a 1⁄2-cup (125 mL) measure, scoop mixture into prepared ramekin and, using your fingers, gently press to distribute evenly. Turn ramekin over onto a serving plate and tap on the bottom to release cake. Repeat until all of the mixture has been used. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Courtesy Robert Rose Inc., www.robertrose.ca 

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Angel hair beets and greens

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Oct 7th, 2013

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This is a simple way to enjoy a delicious raw pasta dish, using fresh beets.

Angel hair beets and greens

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • Mandoline
  • 1⁄4 cup cold-pressed (extra virgin)
  • olive oil, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt, divided
  • 1⁄4 cup raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp filtered water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 medium beets, greens attached

Method:

  1. In a blender, combine 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil, 2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice, 1⁄2 tsp (2 mL) salt, hemp seeds, water and nutritional yeast. Blend at high speed until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  2. Remove greens from beets, cutting off and discarding stems. Set leaves aside. Using a vegetable peeler, peel beets. Using mandoline, slice beets approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick. Stack slices on top of each other and, using a sharp chef’s knife, cut into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) wide. Place in a bowl, cover and set aside.
  3. On cutting board, roll up beet greens to form cylindrical shapes. Using a sharp chef’s knife, cut cylinders into strips approximately 1⁄8 inch (3 mm) thick.
  4. In a bowl, combine greens, beets and remaining olive oil, lemon juice and salt. Toss until well combined. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes, until softened.
  5. Toss hemp seed sauce with beet mixture. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Courtesy Robert Rose Inc., www.robertrose.ca 

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Beet salsa

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Sep 26th, 2013

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Beet salsa

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 3 beets, peeled & chopped into small cubes from Cook Once
  • 1 whole Jalapeno pepper, seeded & finely chopped
  • 1/2 whole red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2-1/2 tblsps lime juice
  • 2 tsps honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Place beets into a large bowl and add jalapeno pepper, red onion, and cilantro.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, honey and salt.
  3. Add liquid mixture to beet mixture and fold to combine.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving.

Courtesy Marlene MacPherson, www.rogerstv.com/marlenesharvest

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