Serves 3 or 4.
This salad packs a protein punch with loads of flavour to boot. Orzo is a type of pasta that is light and chewy—not as heavy as other types of pasta. Orzo comes in whole wheat and gluten-free varieties.
Sungold cherry tomatoes are the best choice for this chicken salad; they are orange in colour with a sweet flavour and low acid content.
Preheat oven to 400 F (200 C).
Place chicken breasts in bowl and liberally sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place chicken breasts on small parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until juices run clear (about 15 to 20 minutes). Cut cooled chicken into 1/2 in (1.25 cm) thick slices.
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook for 6 to 8 minutes over a rapid boil. Strain off water, toss orzo in 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil and lay on medium-sized parchment paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
For dressing, in small bowl whisk remaining oil, garlic, basil, shallot, thyme, vinegar, and sun-dried tomatoes; whisk until just combined.
Toss cooked chicken slices, orzo, spinach, tomatoes, and 1/4 cup (60 mL) dressing. Garnish with goat cheese.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.
Cauliflower has been having a moment lately, and this salad proves exactly why. Tender caramelized cauliflower is crowned in a glorious sweet and savoury crumble that will ensure it a place on your table all month long. Of all tree nuts, pecans have the highest concentration of flavonoids, which offer beneficial anti-inflammatory effects, and they also protect your cells from oxidative damage. Crumble perfection This crumble topping is too good not to use it on other preparations. Sprinkle over a carrot ribbon salad to add some extra pizzazz, use as a glorious garnish on a soup or stew, or consider generously spooning over your next vegetable “steak” to add some delicious textural variation.
This gloriously comforting dish gets its creamy lusciousness from a can of white beans. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand instead of broccoli. Pass the pasta Instead of regular pasta, consider serving this sauce over zucchini noodles, carrot noodles, or cooked spaghetti squash.
This nut-free take on classic queso dip is everything you want and more. Paired with chips, crackers, or crudités, this creamy, zesty, smoky, and oh-so-satisfying dip is easy enough to whip up for a cozy snack or as an appetizer for company. Go nuts! If you’re okay to eat nuts, try substituting sunflower seeds with 1 cup (250 mL) raw cashews.