Grab a spoon (yes, a spoon!) and dig into this vibrant and refreshing smoothie bowl. It’s your answer to the 10-minute breakfast and getting in a veggie serving before noon. You can blend in either a raw or cooked beet, with the latter being a better option if you’re using a blender without much horsepower. Granola or muesli is another topping option.
1/4 cup (60 mL) milk or milk alternative of choice 1/2 cup (125 mL) cottage cheese or vegan cottage cheese alternative 1 small red beetroot, peeled and chopped 3 mint leaves (optional) 2 Tbsp (30 mL) ground flaxseed 1 tsp (5 mL) orange zest 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cinnamon 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen strawberries 1/2 frozen banana, chopped 1 Tbsp (15 mL) coconut chips 2 Tbsp (30 mL) chopped walnuts 1 Tbsp (15 mL) dark chocolate chips (optional) 1 tsp (5 mL) maple syrup
Into high-speed blender container, place milk, cottage cheese, beet, mint (if using), flaxseed, orange zest, cinnamon, strawberries, and banana, and blend until smooth and thick. Pour into serving bowl and top with coconut chips, walnuts, and chocolate chips (if using). Drizzle on maple syrup. Tip: Bowl prep To keep your thick smoothie from turning into smoothie soup, serve it in a cold bowl. Place your serving bowl in the freezer for 30 minutes or longer before making a smoothie. Also, go for a bowl that’s deeper than it is wide. The smaller surface area means slower melting.
This happy jumble of vegetables is not only beautiful to look at but also scrumptious. Try to use a rainbow of different colours for the most striking salad presentation. Feel free to replace the dried apricots in the dressing with another dried fruit you may have on hand. Dried cranberries, dried cherries, or golden raisins are all delicious alternatives.
In ancient China, black rice was called “forbidden rice” because only nobles were allowed to eat it. Luckily, today we mere mortals can harness its salad-perfect, slightly sweet, and nutty taste. Bright and fresh, this salad isn’t only flavourful with a winning mix of textures; it’s packed with nutrients, too. Mango tango If possible, use Ataulfo mango for this salad. Its honeylike flavour and custardy texture can’t be beaten. You’re looking for a bit of softness when pressed to indicate ripeness.
Your #mealprepgoals just got easier to nail. Quinoa, black beans, and tempeh provide a triple threat of plant-based protein in this large taco-style salad that holds up remarkably well. The quinoa will absorb the vibrant, flavourful dressing and still be perfectly tender by the time your next meal rolls around. You can toss on some cubed avocado, queso fresco, and/or broken baked tortilla chips for crunch just before serving. Raise a toast To add a deeper flavour to quinoa, consider toasting the grains before boiling in water. Simply heat a couple teaspoons of oil in heavy-bottomed saucepan, add dry quinoa, and heat, stirring often, until the grains are a couple shades darker and emit a nutty, toasted smell; then add your water. Plant-based redo For a plant-based option, you can top salad with slices of grilled tempeh or navy beans instead of chicken. To infuse dressing with savoury, cheesy flavour, minus the dairy, you could use nutritional yeast.
Salmon and spinach are the nutritional stars of this dish. Salmon provides an impressive array of nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and B vitamins. These help reduce inflammation and aid in bone and muscle health, as well as promote proper heart and brain function. Spinach is a great source of insoluble fibre and, thanks to a plant compound called lutein, may help boost your eye health. Salmon parcels may be prepared up to the point just before baking and refrigerated in airtight container for up to 6 hours.