SERVES 6 / READY IN 30 MINUTES
Smoked coconut chips are delicious on just about anything. Sprinkle them over rice dishes, grilled vegetables, and even stir-fries. If you don’t have flaked coconut, substitute toasted sliced almonds or pine nuts mixed with the seasonings
Make the coconut chips: Preheat oven to 325 F. In medium bowl, combine oil, tamari, liquid smoke, smoked paprika, and salt. Whisk to blend. Add coconut and gently toss to evenly coat. Scatter thinly and evenly on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes. Gently stir and flip with spatula. Continue baking until golden, 4 to 6 more minutes, flipping and stirring often to prevent chips from baking unevenly. Watch carefully, as coconut can quickly burn. Remove and cool thoroughly. Chips will crisp up as they cool. They can be stored in tightly covered container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Make the green goddess dressing: In blender or food processor, combine green goddess dressing ingredients. Blend until creamy, adding a little water as needed to make it pourable. Add a little more tamari or lime juice to taste, if desired. You should have about 1 cup of dressing. Dressing can be stored in tightly covered container in refrigerator for a couple of days.
Make the salad: Grease barbecue grill and preheat to medium high. Lightly brush husked cob of corn with oil. Place on grill and barbecue, turning cob often, until it is lightly charred and kernels are tender, about 5 to 8 minutes. If corn is charring too much, lower heat on a portion of grill and move cob to indirectly heated side of grill. Remove corn from grill to cool when tender.
Cut lettuce heads in half lengthwise. Lightly brush cut sides with oil. Place cut side down on preheated grill and barbecue just until cut sides are lightly charred, about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on intensity of heat from barbecue. Using tongs, remove lettuce from grill and place cut side up on serving platter. Shave chunks of grilled corn over top and scatter with tomatoes and green onions. Drizzle with 1/2 cup green goddess dressing and sprinkle with half the coconut chips, reserving remaining dressing and chips for another time.
Pears and chocolate make for a very natural friendship and play together beautifully in this plant-based, dairy-free cake. This cake is dense and rich, with a medley of spices, and enhanced by just a hint of espresso powder, which allows that chocolate flavour to shine through. In addition to slices of pears being laid on top, this cake employs some pear purée to add moisture and sweetness to the slightly nutty texture provided by the whole wheat flour. Pear primer A firm pear such as Bosc, recognizable by its distinctive dusty brown skin, is perfect for this dish. When eaten raw, Bosc pears are crisp and not too sweet. When baked, this variety softens up and its flavours are enhanced, but it maintains its characteristic long-necked, graceful shape. Unlike a Bartlett pear, which turns from green to bright yellow when ripe, Bosc pears don’t change much in colour when ripe. Give it a little nudge with your thumb near the neck of the pear and it will give slightly—that’s how you know you’ve got a ripe one. Compared to other pears, Bosc will still be quite firm.
Many flavours that complement pears—sage, ginger, maple syrup—also go well with butternut squash, so it makes sense to bring the two together. For this autumn salad, mixed greens are tossed with marinated squash ribbons that serve to dress the salad with spicy, gingery brightness. A juicy yet firm medium-sweet pear, such as red Anjou, works well here, and its vibrant red skin makes a pretty plate alongside butternut squash. The finishing touch is a sprinkling of crispy sage and maple syrup-toasted hazelnuts. Refrigerator tip Treat butternut squash ribbons as you would a dressing, keeping them in the refrigerator until ready to use. They will last a few days in the refrigerator, and you can have them on hand to dress small amounts of lettuce. If, rather than making one large salad, you want to serve individual amounts of this salad, just dress a few leaves with some ribbons; cut up pear and fry sage leaves as you serve.
Luscious figs loaded onto hearty flatbread make a satisfying breakfast or brunch. They’re sweet and delicious when paired with savoury cinnamon-flavoured crunchy pumpkin seeds and tart goat cheese. And, with a dough enriched with whole wheat flour, hempseeds, and nigella, these flatbreads are sure to be satisfying. They’re also chock full of fibre and protein, and with 6 mg of iron, you’ll be on your way to 31 percent of the recommended daily value. A freezer favourite By making dough in advance and freezing, you can make these individual flatbreads part of your routine for days when you don’t have much time. Simply portion dough individually right after mixing, allow it to rise in the fridge for 8 to 10 hours, and then freeze in individual containers. To thaw an individual ball of dough, 24 hours before you wish to use it, remove the container from the freezer and allow it to thaw in the refrigerator. At least an hour before baking, allow dough to come up to room temperature outside of the fridge.