Vancouver, April 3rd 2016
How you loving the long, light evenings? Pretty sweet right!! I recently finished a 12 day Wild Rose Cleanse– a dietary reset and I feel great! Even though I’m done with the cleanse, I’m sticking with the healthy meals and came up with this recipe I wanted to share: spicy paprika and zaatar chicken served with a refreshing spinach, avocado salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice counter the heat of the chicken. It was pretty tasty 🙂 Enjoy!
The Man and I had a fabulous time in Scotland last week. The weather was, by Scottish standards, absolutely wonderful and we took full advantage of the outdoors. The food where we were staying was fantastic (not a given in that part of the world I’m told) and I had a carrot cake that defies words. Literally mind-blowing. No words.
Needless to say, we were sorry to leave. Lucky me though, I got to bring home a memento of our trip… a cold. Brrrr. My head feels like it’s full of cotton and my throat is permanently dry and scratchy. I’ve already gone through one box of tissues and am tearing my way through a second one.
What’s a girl to do to feel better? Chicken soup! Except I don’t eat chicken. Instead I went out and bought delicious seasonal root vegetables and started free-styling my way to a suitable vegan substitute. The result was this delectable, warm, comforting soup that is guaranteed to make you forget chicken soup all together.
It is hot, hot, hot in Barcelona! We’re lucky the apartment stays pretty cool during the day or else the Man and I would be roasting instead of working from home. Weather like this certainly puts you in the mood for light fare, am I right?
The recipe I want to share with you today is my version of a shaved fennel salad with a mandarin vinaigrette that I did for my plant-based cooking course last week. The course is still going well but I fell behind while I was in Herblay earlier this month and I’ve been so busy with work… it’s been tough getting back on track. There’s only about 5 weeks left so I’m going to be cooking like a mad woman to finish in time.
The fennel, spinach, apple and grapefruit work really together in this dish and the result is not too sweet. (Right now Mom is thinking “Oh, no. I don’t think I’ll make this. Fruit in salad… not for me thanks.” Give it a try Mom, it’s deliciously refreshing, promise!)
So in line with the goal of trying to eat more wholesome plant based meals- I made this rich, luxurious curry. It’s actually a blend of recipes from Naturally Ella and Pinch of Yum . Feel free to amend as desired. I served this over pearl barley which was super delicious- but feel free to use any grain you’d like 🙂
Happy New Year! So to the start the year I have a confession to make. This original recipe was going to be : Stuffed Zucchini with Greek Rice. What happened? Well… I cored open the zucchini and realized I couldn’t stuff them properly and it got messy….so it turned into this! It’s healthy, it’s SUPER tasty and incredibly easy.
I was seriously fancying some Indian- particularly spinach. As I’m on a dairy free diet at the moment due to minor allergies- my palak paneer was out of the question. But I also had chicken- so…. I improvised based on another curry dish I had tried and loved. It is very garlicky and super good!
I really fancied some palak paneer (spinach and paneer curry also known as saag paneer). But not the traditional kind- I wanted the kind made by our Indian restaurant back in France which uses Laughing Cow cheese instead of paneer.
I researched how the traditional palak paneer is made, noted what the spices and methodology were and just went for it. And did this hit the spot?! YOU BET IT DID!