This nutrient-dense, colourful take on traditional “toad in the hole” is an easy-to-prepare meal the whole family will love. Served with a large salad or steaming bowl of soup, it’s an economical entrée that’s as comforting as it is delicious.
1 extra-large russet potato, peeled
1 extra-large sweet potato, peeled
2 Tbsp (30 mL) coconut or camelina oil
2 leeks, well rinsed, trimmed, and finely shredded (soft green parts only)
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
4 large free-range eggs
1 Tbsp (15 mL) chopped parsley or cilantro
3 Tbsp (45 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat broiler. Grate both potatoes and squeeze out as much liquid as possible with hands and then pat grated spuds dry on a paper or tea towel.
Heat oil in large cast iron skillet. Add shredded leeks and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots, spreading entire mix in skillet. Sauté over medium heat for a further 10 to 12 minutes or until potatoes start to turn golden brown.
Place pan under broiler and cook for a further 5 minutes or until potatoes start to turn nicely brown on top—do not let them burn.
Remove from broiler and carefully make four holes on top of the hash.
Break an egg into each hole and sprinkle chopped parsley and cheese on each hole; season with pepper. Place lid over skillet, place it back on the stove-top burner, and cook for about 4 minutes, or until eggs are set and cooked to your preferred level of doneness.
Each serving contains: 289 calories; 11 g protein; 14 g total fat (8 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 32 g total carbohydrates (6 g sugars, 5 g fibre); 195 mg sodium
source: "Easter Eggs-travaganza", alive #390, April 2015
Lime juice and ginger add a tropical whiff to this French-Japanese mashup, where seaweed tendrils and Dijon mustard bring out the umami flavours in mushrooms and eggplant. The ingredients might seem to be strange bedfellows, but they work. The result is somewhere between a quiche and a soufflé, with a gluten-free eggplant crust featuring punchy mustard and citrus. This makes for a hearty vegetarian main for brunch, lunch, or dinner with a side salad, or a filling side dish. Fresh or dried If you don’t have fresh thyme and parsley, use 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme (divided) and 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dried parsley. The flavours won’t be as pungent, but a little flavour is better than none.
These are the perfect two-bite appetizers. Though the first bite likely won’t “wow” you, the more you chew, the more the salt from the dulse soaks into the avocado and tomato. Wait for it. You can also turn these into breakfast à la avocado toast by substituting a piece of your favourite bread for a slice of baguette. What’s in a name? Theoretically, this should be called a “DLTA” because of the avocado (dulse, lettuce, tomato, and avocado). And if you left out the lettuce, you’d have a “DTA.” A DTA would arguably be a better overall eating experience, since lettuce slightly waters down the rich and creamy result and makes it harder to keep the tomatoes from sliding off the top of the crostini. But the juicy lettuce is actually helpful, since it spreads the salt from the dulse throughout the entire bite, making the “wow” moment come sooner. Besides, neither DLTA nor DTA is as fun an acronym as DLT.
This triple-threat recipe is made with (up to) three types of seaweed. Wakame is essential for the pesto, but kombu boosts the umami punch of sautéed garlic and cherry tomatoes, while kelp noodles are a low-carb substitute for flour-based noodles. Because kelp noodles can be hard to find (you’ll likely need to order them online), feel free to use your favourite boxed linguine, zucchini noodles, shirataki konjac, tofu, or yam noodles instead. You can also leave out the vongole (clams) to keep the recipe plant-based, or use mussels, which are usually more affordable than clams. Both clams and mussels are generally sustainable, as, like seaweed, they’re farmed without feed or antibiotics, unlike many farmed fish operations. Double-duty pesto Make a double batch of seaweed pesto, and enjoy it with eggs, scrambled tofu, or toast.
Spicy popcorn? You bet. This Japanese seven-spice blend combines salty and spicy notes for a healthy snack. If you don’t make your own togarashi, check the container before adding it to your popcorn to make sure it doesn’t contain salt. For an even simpler recipe, skip the togarashi and just grind a few pieces of nori and a pinch of salt in a blender or spice grinder to sprinkle on your popcorn instead. If you’re fresh out of nori, you can always grind wakame, arame, or dulse instead, leaving out the pinch of salt for dulse or any seaweed you taste and find already salty. Shichimi togarashi This customizable spice blend generally features sansho pepper, a.k.a. Japanese prickly ash, a green peppercorn with a citrusy taste, along with seaweed flakes, chili pepper, and dried citrus peel—often yuzu or mandarin orange. If you can’t find sansho, look for Sichuan peppercorn, which has a slightly stronger mouth-tingling effect. You can buy dried orange, mandarin, or tangerine peel. Or you can dehydrate your own, in which case you might as well dehydrate a 1/8 in (3 mm) thick piece of fresh ginger along with the peel. If you can’t handle a lot of chili pepper heat, reduce the pepper to your taste.