This fresh and delicately textured dish is perfect as an appetizer or a light lunch. The salmon provides a good hit of protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Freezing salmon makes it easier to slice paper-thin.
1/2 lb (225 g) sushi-grade, skinless salmon fillet
2 tsp (10 mL) rice vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp (10 mL) chopped fresh chives
2 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced
Pinch of salt (optional)
2 Tbsp (30 mL) salmon roe (optional)
1 cup (250 mL) diced honeydew melon (about a quarter of a melon)
Mixed microgreens or baby arugula, for garnish
Rinse and dry salmon before wrapping in parchment paper and placing in freezer for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, in bowl, stir together rice vinegar, lemon zest, and olive oil until homogenous. Stir in chives and green onion. Season with pinch of salt, if desired, and set aside.
Remove salmon from freezer and let thaw about 10 minutes. With sharp knife, cut salmon into very thin slices. Arrange several slices in single layer over four serving plates and spoon a little dressing overtop. Scatter salmon roe, if using, and melon over salmon and drizzle with more dressing. Let sit in refrigerator for 15 minutes before garnishing with microgreens. Serve on its own, or alongside thin toasted slices of pumpernickel or whole grain bread.
Each serving contains: 178 calories; 14 g protein; 11 g total fat (2 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 5 g total carbohydrates (4 g sugars, 1 g fibre); 129 mg sodium
source: "Melon Madness", alive #370, August 2013
These crab-stuffed portobello mushrooms can do double duty as a fancy starter for a casual dinner party or a light main course on any given night. Meaty and umami-rich portobellos serve as a holder for a light-tasting seafood salad. Gills begone Even though the gills of mushrooms are edible, they will darken and discolour everything they touch. Besides, after you scrape out the gills, you’ll have more room for stuffing. And don’t discard the stems; they can be saved and used when making veggie stock.
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“Germans do potatoes in general very well,” says Canadian expat Chris Gilles, who now lives in Munich and has celebrated many an Oktoberfest there. “Knödel seem kind of rubbery. You don’t really think it’s potato when you first see it, but it’s tasty.” But he might be surprised to find that this alive -inspired version of Bavarian potato dumplings is made with a combination of potato and cauliflower, because as anyone who’s eaten cauliflower gnocchi knows, the low-carb vegetable is a great way to lighten up starch-heavy foods (and Biergarten menus). Happy Knödelfest! The original version of these snacks are so popular that it even gets its own food fest: Knödelfest, which happens in September in Austria, about a 1 1/2-hour drive from Munich. If alive threw a Knödelfest, these dumplings would definitely be on the menu, served simply as snacks with sliced radishes and fresh parsley or dill, or topped with butter, beer gravy, or mushroom sauce. The dumpling test You can test one dumpling by shaping it and then boiling it before shaping the rest. If the water is lower than a boil and it still falls apart, add more starch to the batter before shaping another ball and testing again.
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