Easiest Summer Salad Ever!

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Seriously! 1 can of chick peas – rinsed well 1 can of black beans – rinsed well 1 bunch of cilantro – chopped 4 large roasted red peppers – diced Toss together! Told you it was easy! Cook your own beans if you choose, healthier, but canned is still faster than the drive thru. Watch the ingredients on your roasted red peppers (peppers, water, vinegar, salt, sugar nothing more). You may choose a little less cilantro to start. I love it (used to hate it!) It is so beautifully aromatic. This bunch was from our CSA, so wonderful. Season as you choose, maybe a little red wine vinegar or balsamic. Maybe some fresh lemon. Or just enjoy it as is. It will keep in the fridge for a few days and tastes even better the second day I find ūüôā

Happy 4th of July!

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Wishing all our American neighbours a wonderful Independence Day! Loved this tribute to the flag.

Doh!! Sorry to all, that’s what I get for trying to post from my phone. Here is a picture of the flag that I thought was great!

Happy Monday!!

It’s a beautiful day looking out my window so I’m hoping to get a run in on the trails today. See if I can get another glimpse at the trilliums before they are gone for another year.

Starting my day with a banana-raspberry-kale and walnut smoothie made with coconut water…how are you starting your morning? I have a feeling on this holiday Monday some of you could use at least the coconut water. Great source of hydration and electrolyte replacement…especially if the night before included one too many alcoholic beverages!

I’m excited to be back on track!

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Green? Smoothie Recipe

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My “green” smoothie…how are you starting your day? 2 kale leaves, 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries, 1/4 cup of walnuts, 1 cup of water & 1/2 cup of Fruit D’or’s cranberry-blueberry-cherry juice. Blend well (I use my NutriBullet) and enjoy!!

A Favourite Thing…

This is one of my favourite “packaged” foods. I pick it up at Costco for $6. It contains brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, chicory, dried cranberries and roasted pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas). There is a poppy seed dressing as well, but you don’t have to use that. As far as packaged dressings go though, it’s not horrendous.

I use the mix in green smoothies, as a salad, and I’ve also cooked with it.¬† I absolutely love it’s versatility.

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Coconut Milk Shrimp with Fresh Ginger

This is a quick, easy, tasty dish…if I do say so myself!

The Ingredients:
¤1/2 of a 165ml can of coconut milk
¤1/2-1 Tbsp of fresh grated ginger
¤Approx 1/2 lb of cooked shrimp, tail removed
¤something to serve it on, rice noodles, spaghetti squash, wild rice with quinoa

The steps:
¤Depending on how your shrimp started, you want to make sure they are thawed, de-veined, de-tailed and drained. Place them in a pan on medium heat, you can wait one or two minutes to see if any extra water comes out and just use a paper towel to soak that up.
¤Add in your coconut milk and fresh ginger.
¬§Bring to a simmer and allow to sit on a low simmer for about 15-20 mins. The shrimp will tighten up, but you don’t want them to become rubbery or dried out. If it looks that way, add some more of the coconut milk.

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¤In the meantime prepare your rice or noodles. I also like this on spaghetti squash, but that has to be made ahead if time.
¬§The coconut sauce will thicken a little. It won’t be Alfredo, but it is tasty and I don’t feel so heavy after this meal.¬†

This serves two, plus a little extra as a main dish so the amounts are approximate. As always, use your taste to balance it out how you like. I can be a little heavy on the ginger!

Some tips on using coconut milk:
When you are looking for coconut milk, check your ingredients! You want coconut and water. That’s it! You also need to refrigerate it. It has a very short shelf life, about 2 days after it is opened, which is why I tend to buy smaller cans. Also, it will be hard in the can when you take it out of the fridge, just place it in a bowl of warm water to bring it to a liquid state again.

We have found a brand of rice noodles called “Wai Wai” that we really like. They only contain rice and water and therefore aren’t slimy like some of the ones that have gluten added.

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This was served over a mix that we buy from “TruRoots” which is their sprouted rice and quinoa blend. Pretty tasty!