Hummus

Hummus is one of those things that I could just eat by the spoonful.  It's so delicious and great for you, it's on pretty much every single nutritionist's blog out there.  I tossed it into three categories: Snacks, Dressings and Sides because I'll have it with raw veggies. Ingredients: 1 can (15oz) chickpeas 1 1-inch x …

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Quinoa Taboule

Looks like I might've gotten a little carried away with the quinoa and didn't put enough parsley, lol.  Traditionally, taboule is a parsley  salad...plus, it's "supposed to" be bulgar-wheat-soaked-in-lemon-juice, not quinoa-drizzled-with-lemon-juice.  But that's the thing about food, *you're allowed to make substitutions*. I'll be the first to admit that not all substitutions turn out palatable, …

Spinach Salad

Eat spinach to be strong like Popeye.  At the risk of sounding like my mother, I'm going to say, "It's good for your eyes".  Unlike my mother, I'm going to explain why.  It's high in lutein, which is needed to prevent eye diseases like cataracts and macular degeneration (you know, amongst other benefits). I tossed …

Fresh Spring Rolls

Growing up, one of my fondest memories was being in the kitchen rolling these and eating them at the same time: My mom came in one time, took a look around and asked incredulously, “Judy, you’ve been in the kitchen for half the day and you’ve only rolled five??!?!” Dad laughed and replied with, “Don’t …

Vietnamese Vinegar

This is a staple at my house - year-round, we always have a supply of Viet Vinegar in our fridge and either top vermicelli or use it to dip fresh rice paper rolls.

Lentil Salad

This recipe is from one of my former instructors, Susan.  I never had lentils before her class but they were pretty good and I knew I needed to save the instructions!  Lentils are super inexpensive and fill you up with their slow releasing sugar and fibre.  I usually make this salad over the weekend and then …

Chickpea Salad

This recipe was based on one from What's Up Magazine, Summer 2009 issue - the original was awesomely tasty, I just improvised some ingredients I was missing, LOL. Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 1 sweet red pepper 1 sweet orange pepper 1 19 oz can of chickpeas 1 bunch parsley Drizzle of olive oil Drizzle of red …