The temperatures have reached uncomfortable levels here in Vancouver, and it leaves me no choice but to consume mostly salads.
I stumbled across a yummy Meatless Monday recipe and threw in a few extras to switch things up a bit. Filling, flavourful and healthy, I present to you the Buckwheat Waldorf Salad (or something like it).
Buckwheat Waldorf Salad
1 cup (250 mL) buckwheat groats
2 cups (500 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth (or water with a stock cube thrown in)
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1.5 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced red cabbage
3 handfuls of greens roughly chopped (I used a spinach/kale blend)
1 apple finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
2 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp (30 mL) Red wine vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
1 shallot, finely chopped (or the white bits of two green onions)
1/2 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add buckwheat, shaking pan often, for about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes, pull from heat and let cool. They may look like they’re still swimming but they’ll soak all that up.
…Go away for a bit (tidy up, prep the rest, or in my case go to pilates).
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add pine-nuts and pumpkin seeds and heat until toasted, shaking pan often.
In large bowl, toss together all ingredients. In small bowl or jar mix dressing ingredients. Toss dressing with the salad. Voila.
We’ve subscribed to Meatless Mondays! I was eating meatless on many nights of the week when I was single, but it when you live with a man, the need for meat at every meal seems almost mandatory. If I ever made anything vegetarian, I never seemed to fill him up enough and by 8pm he’d be ravaging our cupboards for a snack.
But not only is this butternut squash soup EASY, its made in the crock pot (did I say easy?), but its very hearty (or “meaty” as my boyfriend described it). I also made chunky homemade croutons to round it all off.
The weather is getting cooler and calls for soup! This one is super easy, and very satisfying – creamy and flavourful with a little bit of heat. Enjoy!
- 2 14 ounce cans premium coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons of Thai curry paste – I used red
- 1 cube of Knor chicken stock
- 3-4 cups of water
- 2 chicken breasts, chopped into cubes
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 can of bamboo shoots
- 1 red pepper thinly sliced (takes a little time but it’s worth it!
- 2 green onions finely chopped (reserve some of the greener parts for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 Tsp of ginger
- half of a 250g pkg of brown rice vermicelli noodles
- chopped cilantro to taste
Pour all of the contents of the two cans of coconut milk into a large pot on med-high heat with the curry paste. I found two tablespoons provided enough flavour with just a little heat (think of it scaled down from a full on thai curry) feel free to add more or less if desired. Dissolve the chicken stock cube in the water and add to the curried coconut milk (I started with 3 but added the 4th at the end when the noodles had soaked up a lot of the liquid). Once the liquid has reached a simmer, add the raw chicken until cooked, then add the carrot, pepper, green onions, and bamboo shoots, fish sauce, lime juice and ginger. Let simmer until peppers reach desired done-ness (5 mins give or take). Lastly add the noodles (break them in half with your hands, it makes it easier to eat and stir later) and turn off the heat. The noodles should be ready quite quickly, but feel free to let it all sit until you’re ready to eat. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle green onion and cilantro on top.
If you feel like adding a few more unique ingredients you can try this recipe from Chef Michael Smith, which I used as inspiration for this one
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