This is a great addition to an alfresco lunch or a light and lovely afternoon snack. Sumac gives this salad a pop of peppery bright flavour that brings out the sweet fruitiness in the berries. The cucumbers temper the heat in the spicy almonds.
Tip: Persian cucumbers are small and thin-skinned, and with fewer seeds than English cucumbers. Substitute one large English cucumber for three Persian ones.
Harissa is a spicy and aromatic chili paste made from chili peppers, paprika, and olive oil. Often used in Middle Eastern and North African cooking, it lends a spicy, smoky flavour to dishes. It’s most commonly found in ready-made jars, tubes, and cans. Look for it in Middle Eastern markets or specialty food shops, but if you can’t find it, use your favourite chili paste or hot sauce.
Using fingers, coarsely break cucumbers into chunks. Place in bowl with berries. Sprinkle with cilantro, sumac, and salt. Let stand for 15 minutes to blend flavours.
Meanwhile, toss almonds with harissa (if harissa is too thick, thin with a little olive oil), then roast in preheated 375 F (190 C) oven until fragrant, 5 minutes.
Thin yogurt with milk to make it easier to drizzle.
Place berry mixture on platter. Drizzle with yogurt and sprinkle with spiced almonds. Taste, and sprinkle with more sumac, if needed.
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.