These protein- and fibre-packed wraps are equally good for workday lunches or a quick dinner on a harried weeknight. The mung bean pâté can be made up to five days ahead of time, and extras can be frozen for future use.
2/3 cup (160 mL) dried whole green mung beans
3/4 cup (180 mL) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1/3 cup (80 mL) walnuts
2 Tbsp (30 mL) water
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne
4 large whole grain wraps
1 block (about 200 g) firm tofu, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 mL) thinly sliced roasted red pepper
2 cups (500 mL) baby spinach or other greens of choice
Place mung beans in large bowl, cover with water, and soak for several hours or overnight.
Drain and rinse mung beans. Place them in medium-sized saucepan along with 3 cups (750 mL) water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes, or until very tender. Drain mung beans, rinse, and let cool.
Place mung beans, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, water, shallot, garlic, lemon juice, and cayenne in food processor container and blend until smooth, pastelike texture forms. Wipe down sides of container a couple of times throughout.
Spread a generous amount of bean pâté on whole wheat wraps and top with equal amounts of tofu, roasted red pepper, and spinach. Tightly roll up wraps and slice on the bias. Inserting a toothpick will help to keep the rolls together.
Each serving contains: 455 calories; 21 g protein; 16 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 61 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugars, 12 g fibre); 546 mg sodium
source: "Little Green Giants", alive #366, April 2013
While sablefish’s texture and fat content stand up admirably to the heat of the grill, this firm fish is also delicious poached. For this recipe, sablefish’s luxurious taste is combined with a light fragrant broth of lemongrass and ginger punctuated with the heat of Thai chili. Sustainability status Sablefish, also known as butterfish or black cod, is a rich and satisfying fish, plentiful in omega-3s and sourced sustainably from the Pacific Northwest. Skin and bones Sablefish has large pin bones. Ideally, your fishmonger will remove them, but if not, before you begin, locate them along the fish’s centreline and, using a pair of needle nose pliers, grasp them firmly to remove. You can leave the skin on for this recipe, which may help the fish hold together a little better while cooking, but it can be tricky to peel the skin away from the cooked fish and discard before plating. I opted to remove the skin first and simply keep a close eye on the cooking time, being careful to remove the fish from the poaching liquid before it flakes apart.
These mildly spiced salmon tacos served with sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds will bring a party together. Make a small quantity of salmon go further when you pair it with a fresh red cabbage slaw featuring citrus and cilantro. Drizzled with some bright lime yogurt, the flavours come together perfectly. Sustainability status Wild salmon from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska are considered among the most sustainable, as the fishery is subject to limited harvests. With salmon stocks in decline, supporting managed fisheries such as these can help maintain populations into the future. That may also mean eating salmon less often than we do now. Salmon is a favourite Salmon is the most popular variety of fish in Canada and the second most popular in the US.
B12-rich mussels are a very good and economical source of protein and iron. Steamed mussels are a classic way to enjoy seafood—and so is this rich, aromatic broth of tomato, fennel, and saffron. Be sure to allow saffron to fully infuse to get the full flavour benefit, and finish off the dish with the fragrant fennel fronds. Sustainability status Farmed mussels are considered highly sustainable due to their low impacts on the environment. They are easy to harvest, require no fertilizer or fresh water, and don’t need to be fed externally, as they get all their nutritional requirements from their marine environment. Mussel prep Selection: Look for mussels with shiny, tightly closed shells that smell of the sea. If shells are slightly open, give them a tap. Live mussels will close immediately. Storage: Keep mussels in the fridge in a shallow pan laid on top of ice. Keep them out of water and cover with a damp cloth. Ideally, consume on the day you buy them, but within two days. They need to breathe, so never keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Cleanup: In addition to being sustainable, farmed mussels tend to require less cleaning than wild mussels. Most of the fibrous “beards” that mussels use to grip solid surfaces will have been removed before sale. But if a few remain, they’re easily dispatched: grasp the beard with your thumb and forefinger and pull it toward the hinge of the mussel and give it a tug. Afterward, give mussels a quick rinse and scrub away any areas of mud or seaweed, which, with farmed mussels, will require minimal work.
The delicate flavour of shrimp is highlighted with just a touch of lemon and a hint of mustard, while radish and celery give some fresh crunch to this dish. Eat it in lettuce cups, on top of greens, or served on whole grain bread for a filling snack. Sustainability status Both wild and farmed shrimp can be sustainable depending on where they’re caught and how they’re raised. See our article “Sea Change” for more information about choosing ethical shrimp.