For me when it comes to food, nothing says SUMMER like a beautiful, fresh SALAD!
Here are some of my fav salads from the Veggie archives.
Hope you enjoy one or all of them soon.
(this post includes some handy tips for salad do’s and don’ts)
(a winner in one of my recipe contests! so delish)
(if you like fresh dill, try this one for sure)
(from a recent post, in case you missed it. I ♥ this salad!)
What is your favorite summer salad/food/recipe?
If you can, do share a link.
Happy Summer, it’s almost here!
How’s this for a yummy looking salad?
After recently reading the much-talked about Wheat Belly diet book; I’ve been experimenting with cutting down on wheat in my diet.
Although I am not gluten-intolerant, there appears to be a lot of health benefits for cutting back on wheat and also all refined forms of carbohydrates. I’ve effortlessly lost 5 pounds since I started my wheat-reduction experiment, about a month ago.
But it is a transition, especially when some of my fav foods include bread, pasta, muffins… So when I found out about The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by one of my favorite cookbook authors: Judith Finlayson I was very happy!
Judith has done a great job (again) with her latest cookbook.
Not only does this beautiful cookbook provide 125 gluten-free whole grain recipes with everything from soups to desserts (and with full color photos throughout) it is also an excellent resource for anyone who is following or considering a gluten-free diet . Or like me, just attempting to cut down on foods containing wheat and gluten.
There is a detailed and very helpful section at the beginning of the book, that features listings for many popular gluten-free grains such as: quinoa, wild rice, amaranth, kasha….and many more. Including tips for cooking and storing the various grains and nutritional information.
Judith Finlayson focuses on healthier choices to wheat in our diet, not just substituting other (less than desirable) starches as is the case with too many other gluten-free cookbooks that I’ve looked at. These are healthy and delicious recipes that make transitioning from wheat and other foods containing gluten, easy and fun.
I’ve made a few recipes from this cookbook already and this salad is my fav to date.
Just yummy and so colorful too.
I’m a big fan of beets. They are a veggie that IMO don’t get enough credit/use when it comes to adding them to a variety of recipes, especially salads. You will love this salad, especially if you love beets!
Would make a great addition to a picnic, potluck or BBQ menu!
See the complete recipe on page 2.
Tasted a delish commercial coconut milk ice cream this past week (I’ll be reviewing that product soon) but it also got me thinking about making my own coconut milk ice cream, at home.
Here’s the review of the Hamilton Beach ice cream maker that I use, works great!
Have you tried coconut milk ice cream?
If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a treat. Every bit as rich and delicious as dairy types.
Bring on summer and ice cream, all kinds!
I don’t know about where you are, but here in Interior BC it’s COLD again!
It was down to 1C late afternoon yesterday. For here, at this time of year, that is very cold.
I’m making a lot of soups as we wait out this current weather.
This is one: Slow Cooker Red Lentil, Chickpea and Coconut Soup, that I found over at the Kitchen Treaty blog. It’s nice and hearty. Full of healthy and delish ingredients and made in the slow-cooker. Can’t get much better than that.
Click through for the full recipe and to see another photo of this soup.
My photo above is an “action shot”. Look closely, you can see the steam rising and the soup bubbling.
A few minor changes I made:
-I used 2 T. olive oil instead of butter
- 3 C. of pre-cooked chickpeas instead of canned type. Next time I’d cut back on the chickpeas, 2- 2 1/2 C. would be plenty IMO.
-I cooked soup on HIGH for 4 hours, instead of on LOW as the recipe is written.
Hope you enjoy the recipe, stay warm and let’s hope that SPRING arrives to stay and soon!
PS: How’s your weather and what’s your favorite soup?
Mine is Veggie Beet Borscht (click through for recipe)
Have been on a bit of a smoothie “kick”recently, having a different one every day for breakfast, for several days now.
It’s been another opportunity to test my new Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender/Chopper (click to read my full review of this product) blending a variety of fruits and veggies. It did not disappoint!
Even adding chunks of carrot, large pieces of spinach…it all came out smooth, creamy and ready to drink and not having to scoop out little tiny chunks of unprocessed “hard stuff” LOL.
I feel light and energized when I mix up a healthy smoothie in the morning.
One of my fav combos so far is quite simple but delish:
-large handful of organic baby spinach
- scoop of unsweetened organic yogurt
- 1/2 of an organic red apple
-2 drops of liquid stevia
-unsweetened almond milk.
Yummm….and what a gorgeous green this drink is too!
What’s the ingredients in your fav smoothie?
Do you drink smoothies in place of a meal on a regular basis?
I haven’t posted a recipe in a while but I HAVE been cooking and baking a lot.
Today is no exception. On the menu: Slow-Cooker Veggie Beet Borscht (new recipe from my upcoming cookbook), Bread Machine Rye and Fennel Bread (also from my upcoming cookbook) and Pineapple Cupcakes.
I’m getting hungry just typing this LOL.
I’ve also been on a bit of a “muffin kick” .
I bought some wonderful organic blueberries at our local food co-op recently and made up a batch of yummy blueberry muffins.
These are from my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians and they include the goodness of oat bran in them.
Adding coconut to top them is an idea I got from another muffin recipe. You can skip this step if you don’t like coconut. But it does add a nice crunchy topping, without the calories of streusel- types of toppings, with extra sugar, butter….
See following page for complete recipe.
What’s your fav muffin and if possible, do include a link to the recipe!
Happy Weekend and Happy Baking!
Here’s a recent post from my product review blog: My Real Life Reviews with some important information about questionable processing methods/ingredients used in a number of popular nutritional/snack bars. Also includes links to some homemade alternatives for making your own snack bars that are: easy to make, healthier, oh so tasty and cheaper too.
And another “eye-opener” on this topic from: Natural News
It really is worth the time and effort to make as much as you can ”from scratch” whenever possible and for so many reasons!
If you have a good recipe for a homemade snack/nutritional bar, please share a link if you can!
Happy Snacking, AND Buyer Beware!
The month in Canada that usually heralds the last, cold blast of winter. On the plus side, February is also the month of ♥ and Valentine’s Day! And what better way to celebrate than to make some oh so easy, homemade chocolates for you and those you love.
I have quite a collection of chocolate heart boxes from over the years. Some so beautifully decorated, they are like works of art. I find it hard to discard/recycle these. So much better to fill them up again, with yummy chocolates from the kitchen.
The following is a recipe from my cookbook: Not Just for Vegetarians that was also featured in my craft book: A Year of Crafts, years ago as a Valentine’s project. They are very easy to make but still decadent and delish.
See page 2 for complete recipe.
PS: In case this sounds familiar, I previously posted this recipe etc.. at my Happy Break blog last year.
Here’s the link to that original post. Thought it was worthy of an encore today.
This wonderful photo courtesy of Flickr