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IMAG0225This recipe was my attempt to replicate the kale salad found at my local whole foods market. It isn’t exactly the same, but it is pretty good! I find that the salad is best if allowed to sit refrigerated overnight.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of kale, washed and chopped (about 8 cups)

2 tbsp tahini

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)

1-3 cloves garlic, crushed

enough water to reach desired consistency

Directions:

For the dressing, stir together all ingredients, except the kale and water. Add water to the dressing until the desired consistency is reached (about the thickness of a creamy dressing). Coat the kale with the dressing. Enjoy!

Nutrition (per 1/8 of the recipe or 1 cup):

  • Calories: 92
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Fat: 5.3 g
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Fibre: 2.7 g

 

squash pastaThis dish is rich in beta carotene, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. I made it with buttercup squash, but it would work well with any dense winter squash.

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed buttercup squash (kabocha or butternut works as well)

1 tbsp butter or olive oil

1/4 cup half and half (optional)

1/4 cup grated parmesan

1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

1 tsp ground cinnamon

salt and pepper to taste

4 servings of cooked whole grain pasta (8 cups cooked)

Directions:

Place the cubed squash in a saucepan over medium heat and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the squash is tender.  Drain the water and mash the squash.  Over low heat, add butter or olive oil to the mashed squash and stir. Whisk in the cream, parmesan, cinnamon and sage. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the sauce to your cooked pasta and stir to coat. Serve as a main course with a side of salad or greens, or as a side dish.

Nutrition (per serving or 1/4 recipe of sauce plus 2 cups cooked whole wheat pasta):

  • Calories: 450
  • Carbs: 83 g
  • Protein: 18 g
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Fibre: 9.2 g

roasted root vegetablesRoasted root vegetables are a more colorful and nutritious alternative to mashed potatoes. They are simple to make and are a rich source of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C and fibre.

Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes (orange or white), peeled and chopped

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

3 medium sized potatoes, chopped

3 beets, peeled and chopped

2 parsnips, peeled and chopped

6 cloves garlic, peeled and halved

4 shallots, halved, or one small onion, chopped in large pieces

2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

1 tbsp rosemary

1/2 tsp each salt and pepper

Directions:

Place all vegetables in a bowl. Vegetables should be chopped into 3/4 inch (2 cm) pieces. Toss with oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast in a 400°F oven until tender and browned (about 40 minutes). Stir once or twice during cooking. Serves 8.

Nutrition (per serving or 1/8 of the recipe):

  • Calories: 130
  • Carbs: 25 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Fibre: 4 g

The next time you prepare a squash or carve a pumpkin for Halloween, save the seeds and roast them. Roasted squash seeds are a surprisingly tasty treat.

Ingredients:

Seeds from a winter squash

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rinse the seeds to remove the orange fibres. Pat dry.

In a small bowl, drizzle the seeds with olive or canola oil and sprinkle with salt and herbs. Some suggestions: paprika, oregano, nutritional yeast, chili powder, soy sauce (instead of salt), cayenne, or all of them! Spread on a baking sheet, oiled or lined with parchment paper. Cook 10–15 minutes until slightly browned. Stir a couple of times while cooking. Let cool.

Nutrition (1/4 cup):

  • Calories: 54
  • Carbs: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 2.1 g
  • Fat: 4.8 g
  • Fibre: 0.3 g

This recipe uses two of the main fall harvests available at your local farmer’s market. Squash is rich in vitamin A and apples add a pleasant sweet flavour to this blended soup.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp olive or canola oil

1 onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 carrots, peeled and diced

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 6 cups)

2 apples, cored and chopped (pears work nicely here as well)

6 cups vegetable stock (or enough to cover the vegetables)

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until the onions are soft (about 3 minutes) add the carrots and squash and cook until the vegetables start to brown. Add the vegetable stock and apples. Simmer on low heat until the squash and carrots are soft (about 30 minutes). Add salt and pepper. Purée in a food processor or with a hand blender. With a hand blender, you can purée while it is still hot. In a blender or food processor, wait until the soup has cooled slightly, blend, then reheat to serve. Makes about 12 cups (3 litres).

Nutrition (per 1 cup serving, or 1/12 of the recipe):

  • Calories: 123
  • Carbs: 19 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Fibre: 3 g
  • Vitamin A: 58% DV
  • Folate: 7% DV

Is there a better way to eat a vegetable than in the form of a chip? Kale is low in calories and rich in many nutrients including fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A and  vitamin C.

Ingredients:

One bunch of kale, washed and dried

1 tbsp olive oil

salt (to taste)

Optional: 3 tbsp nutritional yeast

Directions:

With a knife or kitchen shears, remove the leaves from the thick stems. Tear the kale into bite-sized pieces. Toss with olive oil, salt, and nutritional yeast (if desired).

In the oven: Set the oven to 350ºF. Spread the kale pieces in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes, until crisp (be careful not to burn them).

In a food dehydrator:  Spread the seasoned kale pieces in a single layer on the dehydrator racks. Dehydrate for about 4 hours (until crisp).

Nutrition (per 1/6 of the recipe):

  • Calories: 55
  • Carbs: 6.7 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g
  • Fat: 2.8 g
  • Fibre: 1.3 g

You may be able to find crackers similar to these at your local gourmet grocery store (for about $7/box). However, I discovered not too long ago that they are very easy to make at home. This is just a basic recipe, so feel free to be creative with your choice of nuts, seeds and fruit (the crackers pictured are made with figs and pumpkin seeds).

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp flax seeds

2 tbsp sesame seeds

3/4 cup seeds and/or nuts (I used pumpkin and sunflower seeds)

3/4  cup dried fruit (I used chopped figs and cranberries)

2 cups of milk (or milk alternative such as almond milk)

1/4 cup molasses

Directions:

Mix the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. In a separate container, stir together the milk and molasses. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry  and stir just until moistened. Turn the batter into a greased loaf pan (or two very small loaf pans). Bake at 350°F for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the pans and let cool to room temperature on a cooling rack. Wrap the loaf in plastic wrap, or place in a sealed container and refrigerate overnight (you can skip this step, but it will make slicing the crackers much more difficult).

The next day, preheat the oven to 250ºF and slice the loaf thinly (ideally about 3-4 mm) using a sharp knife. Lay the slices on a cookie sheet and bake until crisp (about 30-40 minutes). Cool and store in a sealed container up to 3 weeks. Makes about 100 crackers, depending on the size of your loaf pan and how thinly you slice them.

Nutrition (per 4 crackers, if 100 are made):

  • Calories: 100
  • Carbs: 15.4 g
  • Protein: 3.4 g
  • Fat: 3.2 g
  • Fibre: 1.8 g
  • Magnesium: 49 mg (12% DV)
  • Iron: 1 mg (7% DV)

This recipe was inspired by my aunt, who never fails to impress with her elaborate and delicious meals. Prepare these grilled delicacies on a grill or BBQ for a perfect complement to chicken, fish, or vegetables. I highly recommend using in-season peaches, as they will give the best flavour and texture.

Ingredients:

2 large ripe peaches, halved and pitted

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp  sugar, honey, or maple syrup

ground black pepper, to taste

optional: 2 tbsp crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

Dissolve the sugar in the balsamic vinegar. Set aside.

Preheat the grill (or BBQ) to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate and place the peaches on the grill cut side down. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the flesh is caramelized. Flip the peaches over then brush with the balsamic mixture. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer the peaches to a serving dish and drizzle with the remaining balsamic mixture. Sprinkle with fresh black pepper and crumbled blue cheese (if desired).

Nutrition (per peach, without cheese):

  • Calories: 80
  • Carbs: 19.5 g
  • Protein: 1.4 g
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Fibre: 2 g

There is something about eating food off of  a skewer that makes it more fun. This method of preparing fruit salad also gets rid of the need for utensils at a bbq or picnic.

 

Ingredients:

Fruit, cut into bite-sized chunks.

I used: pineapple, orange, apple, mango and strawberries.

Directions:

Layer the fruit pieces onto a skewer in any pattern you like. If you won’t be eating them right away, squeeze some lemon or lime juice on them (to prevent browning or apples and bananas).


 

This recipe was adapted from the “Reebar Modern Food Cookbook.” White beans give hummus a much creamier texture than chick peas and roasted garlic provides a mellower flavour than raw. 

Ingredients:

2 cans (15 ounces each) white kidney or cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 garlic bulbs

Juice of one lemon

4 tbsp fresh chopped sage (or 2 tsp dried)

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (if you leave out the pine nuts, it is still good)

1 tsp salt

3 tbsp olive oil

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

Directions:

To make roasted garlic: Cut off the top of a garlic bulb. Pour a bit of olive oil into over the exposed cloves and wrap the bulb in tinfoil. Cook at 400°F for 20-30 minutes until the cloves are soft and a sweet, garlicky aroma wafts from the oven (check periodically). Allow to cool.

Hummus: Squeeze the roasted garlic flesh from the skins. Blend all of the ingredients (except water) together in a blender or food processor. Add water until a desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Makes about 2 cups.

Nutrition (per 1/8th of the recipe, or about 1/4 cup):

  • Calories: 145
  • Carbs: 12 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Fibre: 3.2 g