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.
These Asian-inspired salmon burgers won’t leave you missing the beef < or > the bun. And keep this fruity and fiery salsa in mind the next time you want to jazz up grilled chicken or taco night. Serrano pepper or chile de arbol would be good swaps for bird’s eye pepper in the salsa. You can even mix some Sriracha sauce into the burgers to further punch up the meal. Skin deep Skinless fish is the only way to go for burgers. A helpful fishmonger will kindly skin fillets for you before purchase. As an alternative to salmon, you can also blend up skinless fillets of arctic char or rainbow trout.
These whimsical weeknight quesadillas offer a great excuse to break out the long-forgotten waffle iron. The smoky, tangy pepper sauce is the perfect sidekick for this dish, but it’s also wonderful when tossed with pasta, stuffed into sandwiches, and slathered on burgers. TIP : When assembling quesadillas, keep fillings centred 1/2 in (1.25 cm) from the edge of the tortilla so they don’t spill over. TIP : Chipotle chiles are dried, smoked jalapenos. Adobo is a slightly sweet red sauce. Put them together in a can and they become a versatile pantry staple to add deep smoky heat to sauces, dips, marinades, and soups. No waffle iron? Then make these quesadillas using this skillet method. Place 1 tortilla in skillet, preferably cast iron, and cook over medium heat until dark spots appear and bottom is crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Turn over and cook until crispy and darkened on the other side. Remove tortilla from skillet and replace with another tortilla. Cook until darkened and crispy on one side, flip, and top with stuffing ingredients. Place crispy tortilla on top, press down gently, cover pan, and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.
This Mexican-Mediterranean hybrid dish gleans its tempered kick from parched ancho chilies, the dried form of poblano peppers known for their smoky quality and sweet to moderate heat. It’s a fantastic saucy, and comforting, appetizer or meal on its own. Serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit of the red sauce, or spoon over cooked grain. Chili choices Experiment with different dried Mexican chili peppers in your dishes. Instead of ancho, other options, each with different heat levels and flavour nuances, include pasilla, guajillo, or morita. Look for them in Latin markets and some supermarkets. For leftover lovers Because the flavours in this dish only deepen with resting time, it’s a definite candidate for serving as leftovers; simply reheat in the oven or microwave. Cheezy choices If possible, compare labels and look for lower-sodium feta options. A ball of fresh mozzarella or bocconcini are great alternatives, or try a block of medium-firm tofu and substitute agave syrup in place of the honey for a vegan-friendly dish.
A good option for both backyard barbecues and healthy snacking, this creamy dip benefits from a little spicy crunch, courtesy of quick-pickled peppers. If you want your dip to have a smoky edge, blend in a chipotle-flavoured salsa. Or forgo the salsa and, instead, blend in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste and a single canned chipotle chili pepper. Extras of the pickled peppers are an exciting topping for burgers, sandwiches, and tacos. TIP : When using prepared chili pepper products such as bottled salsas, examine the ingredient list for items you really don’t want or need, namely sugar and high amounts of sodium.