This creamy dip will be your go-to for dunking vegetables or for spooning over roast chicken or root vegetables as a sauce. Compounds found in fennel have been shown to stimulate the production of T-cells in our body, which, in turn, may help improve our immune response to infections.
If you would like to stay on the white theme, try serving this dip with an array of white vegetables such as endive leaves, jicama sticks, daikon rounds, steamed nugget potatoes, and cauliflower florets.
Place large, rimmed baking tray on middle rack of oven before preheating to 450 F (230 C).
Prepare fennel bulbs by chopping off stalks and setting aside for later. Trim off bottom of bulbs and, using a mandoline or very sharp knife, slice bulbs widthwise to create thin strips. Thinly slice shallots in the same manner as fennel bulbs.
In large bowl, place sliced fennel and shallots and drizzle with grapeseed oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine before scattering over hot baking tray in an even layer. Roast fennel for 10 minutes. Give vegetables a stir and continue to roast until they’re just starting to brown and tender but not crunchy, about another 10 minutes. Set aside to cool enough to handle, about 20 minutes.
While fennel roasts, pick fennel fronds from reserved stalks, roughly chop, and set aside.
Roughly chop cooled roasted fennel and shallots into small bite-sized pieces. Place in medium-sized bowl along with lemon zest, lemon juice, yogurt, and 2 heaping Tbsp (30 mL) reserved chopped fennel fronds. Stir to combine and taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed.
Transfer dip to serving bowl and garnish with drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of some of the remaining reserved fennel fronds. Serve alongside your favourite vegetables or crackers for dipping.
This take on “Texas Caviar” with the addition of quinoa lends an added punch of protein. It’s full of antioxidant-rich red vegetables and is a great source of iron, potassium, and dietary fibre. Savour it like a salad, spoon it over tacos, or scoop it like salsa; the variety of textures, flavours, and subtle spice makes this a party-perfect dish. Use those stems Cilantro stems are edible and, more importantly, highly flavourful—so don’t throw them out. Make sure they are well washed, as they can be sandy. Avoid any tough stems at the bottom of the plant, but use the tender part of the stem and chop it up, just as you would with the leaves.
Refreshing flavours with a spicy zing—and, at 15 g per serving, a whopping load of protein—come together in this classic ceviche. Rockfish, often sold under the name Pacific snapper, is high in selenium—an 85 g serving provides 44 percent of the recommended daily value of the mineral, which has a role in preventing infection and cell damage, as well as in the proper functioning of the thyroid. Rockfish is also a good source of healthy omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Ceviche tips Keep an eye on the fish while it is “cooking” in the lime/lemon juice; 30 minutes is usually optimum to achieve a “just cooked” texture. You can extend that to an hour or more, but after about 2 hours, you’ll find that the texture will change and become “overcooked.” Waiting to add the tomatoes and avocado just at serving time keeps flavours fresh and distinct.
Crunchy, with sharp and satisfying flavour, this hearty salad is a great accompaniment to tacos (including the ones in the next recipe). Cabbage is high in fibre and vitamins C and K. Higher consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as radishes and cabbage is linked to lower rates of cancer. Make ahead Unlike a typical green salad, this one can stand up to an hour or two in the fridge, so if you want to make it ahead of time, go for it. The cabbage will soften up and some water will be released; just drain any excess before serving.
These taco-inspired lettuce wraps are full of vibrant flavour tempered by subtle heat, all topped off with a zingy tomatillo salsa. Shredding the chicken helps to make a small quantity of chicken feed a crowd, and the texture pairs well with the light wrapper. The bright salsa features heart-healthy tomatillos, which contain phytochemicals called withanolides, which studies have found can help inhibit cancer cell growth. Quick shred If you have a kitchen mixer with a paddle attachment, you can use it to quickly and easily shred chicken for taco lettuce wraps. After chicken has rested, add it to the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Reserve any pan juices that may have accumulated in the baking dish. Turn mixer on to a low-to-medium speed and process the chicken for 30 seconds to 1 minute, so that chicken is just separated, being careful not to overprocess. Add in cooking juices and mix through with spoon. To shred chicken by hand, use two forks to gently pull meat apart before combining with pan juices.