Take inspiration from your local salad bar to turn your take-along (or at-home) lunches into a cafeteria-style feast—hold the hefty price tag.
Head to your nearest salad bar and glean inspiration. Many salad bars list the ingredients, giving you a bit of insider knowledge to mimic the dishes at home.
Preheat oven to 350 F. To ovenproof ceramic or glass pot with lid, add beets and a splash of water. Cover and bake until tender, about 1 hour. When cool enough to handle, remove skin from beets and cut into manageable (bite-sized) pieces. Reserve.
To medium bowl, add onion, or pack into large Mason jar. In small saucepan, bring vinegar, water and sugar to a boil. When liquid boils and sugar is dissolved, immediately pour over onions. Cover and set aside for at least 10 minutes, or up to 1 month if stored in refrigerator.
Add pickled onions to large bowl, reserving pickling liquid. Add kale to onions and massage with your hands until kale darkens in color and begins to tenderize, about 15 seconds.
Take 1/4 cup reserved onion pickling liquid (refrigerate remaining liquid for another use) and add to small bowl or lidded Mason jar, followed by oil, mustard, tamari and garlic. Shake or whisk to combine. Add dressing and roasted beets to kale. Toss everything together until well incorporated. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 5 days, until ready to serve.
In food processor, pulse garlic until finely minced; add tomatoes, walnuts, oil, vinegar and oregano or basil. Blend until a thick paste forms.
To large bowl, add tomato mixture along with rice or quinoa and chickpeas. Toss everything together until well incorporated. Store covered in refrigerator for up to 3 days, until ready to serve.
To bowls or to-go containers, add portions of Kale and Roasted Beet Salad with Pickled Onion Vinaigrette and Sun-Dried Tomato, Brown Rice and Chickpea Salad.
Halve, pit, slice and peel avocados, then add on top of bowls or to containers along with a hefty squeeze of lemon to retain color. Sprinkle with chili flakes.
This recipe is part of the Plant-based prep school collection.
Tourtière is, for me, the dish that best represents Québec. It can be traced back to the 1600s, and there’s no master recipe; every family has their own twist. Originally, it was made with game birds or game meat, like rabbit, pheasant, or moose; that’s one of the reasons why I prefer it with venison instead of beef or pork. Variation: If you prefer to make single servings, follow our lead at the restaurant, where we make individual tourtières in the form of a dome (pithivier) and fill them with 5 ounces (160 g) of the ground venison mixture. Variation: You can also use a food processor to make the dough. Place the flour, salt, and butter in the food processor and pulse about ten times, until the butter is incorporated—don’t overmix. It should look like wet sand, and a few little pieces of butter here and there is okay. With the motor running, through the feed tube, slowly add ice water until the dough forms a ball—again don’t overmix. Wrap, chill, and roll out as directed above.
My love of artichokes continues with this classic recipe, one of the best ways to eat this interesting, underrated, and strange vegetable. Frozen artichoke hearts are a time-saving substitute, though the flavour and texture of fresh artichokes are, by far, much superior and definitely preferred.
Cervelle de canut is basically the Boursin of France, an herbed fresh farmer’s cheese spread that’s a speciality of Lyon. The name is kind of weird, as it literally means “silk worker’s brain,” named after nineteenth-century Lyonnaise silk workers, who were called canuts. Sadly, the name reflects the low opinion of the people towards these workers. Happily for us, though, it’s delicious—creamy, fragrant, and fresh at the same time. Cervelle de canut is one of my family’s favourite dishes. It’s a great make-ahead appetizer that you can pop out of the fridge once your guests arrive. Use a full-fat cream cheese for the dish, or it will be too runny and less delicious.