Adding a subtle fresh-from-the-sea flavour, think of kombu as slaw’s secret weapon. British researchers showed that alginate—a unique fibre present in forms of sea kelp such as kombu—may reduce fat absorption in the body. Quinoa provides quality carbs, sweet-tart apples add a counterpoint to earthy veggies, and the orange dressing is here for a splash of brightness.
The slaw will also work with wakame. For added sweetness, you can include golden raisins or dried cherries.
Whenever 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. Place 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) water in pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer quinoa, covered, until tender and water has absorbed, about 12 minutes. Set aside, covered, for 5 minutes and then fluff with a fork.
Place kombu in bowl, cover with water, and let soak for 10 minutes, or until tender. Drain and thinly slice.
Slice broccoli florets off stems into small chunks. Use knife to slice off woody outsides of broccoli stems to expose tender insides. Using slicing blade of a food processor or chefu2019s knife, thinly slice broccoli florets. Using shredding blade of a food processor or box grater, shred broccoli stems, carrot, and apple.
In large bowl, toss together quinoa, kombu, broccoli, carrot, and apple. Whisk together orange zest, orange juice, sesame oil, ginger, mustard, honey, and salt. Toss dressing with slaw. Just before serving, garnish with pumpkin seeds.
This recipe is part of the The Marine Green 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.