A Side of Quinoa

17 Apr

Quinoa
If you happen to be looking for a quick and easy (and delicious AND healthy) side dish to bring to Easter Dinner this weekend, or you just like the idea of a quick and easy (and delicious AND healthy) side dish in general, this recipe is for you!

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(Serves 6)
2 cups of Quinoa
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
3 green onions, finely chopped (white and green parts)
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup toasted almond slivers
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 good pinches of salt
2 good pinches of pepper

I cook my quinoa like pasta. I add 2 cups of quinoa to a large pot filled with boiling water. Allow the quinoa to boil for about 10-12 minutes. Drain the quinoa in a fine sieve, gently shaking out excess water. Allow the quinoa to cool slightly. Return the quinoa to the pot, or a large mixing bowl, and add the remaining ingredients, mixing well. This makes a great and flavourful side dish to roasted vegetable, fish, or poultry.

 

Fresh Restaurant

16 Apr

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As a kid, we used to go for burgers every week. As a result, I still find that I crave burgers on a weekly basis. And if I’m looking to get my burger fix while still trying to be healthy, I go to Fresh Restaurant. Fresh is a fantastic vegetarian restaurant in Toronto. They have amazing salads (I LOVE the Tangled Thai), hearty rice and noodle bowls (the Beach has been my favourite for years) and awesome veggie burgers (I usually get the Standard Burger with cheese).

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But no burger is complete without the right sides. Onion rings have always been a favourite, and in my opinion, no one makes them better the Fresh. They coat their onion rings in quinoa, giving them an incredible texture and crunch. You can also pretend that the quinoa makes them super healthy ;)

Roasted Carrot Avocado Orange Salad

15 Apr

Roasted Carrot Salad
I love salads with warm components. Who says everything in a salad has to be raw?! I think it’s great to have a roasted element. Root vegetables are perfect for this. Potatoes – both regular and sweet, beets, squash, I’ve used them all and enjoyed them in salads. The salad I’ve been obsessed with over the last few months is a roasted carrot salad. Paired with avocado and orange, it’s super scrumptious.
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In Bloom

11 Apr

in bloom

Fresh cut flowers are one of my favourite things. They make me happy, and instantly add beauty to a room. I decided to pair some of my favourite Spring blooms with the ideal vase I’d like to put them in:

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5 Favourite – Kitchen Accesories

10 Apr

5 Favourite Kitchen
I LOVE kitchen gadgets and accesories. Anything that makes my favourite hobby (cooking) easier, better, faster (or more colourful) is a win in my books. Here’s a round up of my 5 favourite kitchen things:
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