Serves 6 | Ready in 30 minutes
Adding a subtle fresh-from-the-sea flavor, think of kombu as slaw’s secret weapon. British researchers have found that alginate—a unique fiber present in forms of sea kelp like kombu—may reduce fat absorption in the body. (FYI: This slaw will also work with wakame.) Quinoa provides quality carbs while sweet-tart apples add a counterpoint to earthy veggies, and the orange dressing is here for a splash of brightness. For added sweetness, you can include golden raisins or dried cherries. You know we’re easy like that.
Whenever you’re making slaws and other recipes calling for shredded vegetables and fruits, break out the food processor. The machine’s often overlooked shredding blade can take a huge chunk out of meal prep time.
In fine-mesh sieve under running water, rinse quinoa.
In medium saucepan, heat grapeseed or sunflower oil over medium heat. Add quinoa to pan and heat until grains dry out and smell toasty, stirring often, about 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water to pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer quinoa, covered, until it is tender and water has been absorbed, about 12 minutes. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes, and then fluff with fork.
Meanwhile, place kombu in large bowl, cover with cool water and let soak for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and thinly slice.
Slice broccoli florets off stems and into small chunks. Slice off woody outsides of broccoli stems to expose tender insides. Using slicing blade of a food processor or knife, thinly slice broccoli florets. Using shredding blade of a food processor or box grater, shred broccoli stems, carrot and apples.
In large bowl, toss together quinoa, kombu, broccoli, carrot and apple. In small bowl, whisk together orange zest, orange juice, sesame oil, ginger, mustard, maple syrup and salt. Toss dressing with slaw. Just before serving, garnish with pumpkin seeds.
This recipe is part of the A shore thing collection.
Licorice-flavoured fennel, tart apple, and a hint of pleasant bitterness from radicchio combines with a touch of sweet dressing for a refreshingly delicious salad. Fennel contains a number of vitamins and minerals known to be involved in digestion, including vitamin C, manganese, and niacin which helps transform the food you eat into energy. Apple adds sweet crunch and all-important fibre. Know your fennel The fennel bulb we buy at the market is a cultivar variety known as Florence fennel. Fennel seeds, which are sometimes eaten after a meal to ease digestion, and which are also used for cooking, come from the common fennel, which grows wild in southern Europe, Australia, and parts of the US.
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.