Stirring cricket powder into an African stew is a natural, given that crickets were an African staple long before they became trendy in the West. Adding a couple of tablespoons to this delicious dish not only increases the protein content but also kicks up the nuttiness a notch.
The larger the beans, the longer the soaking and cooking time. Cover with enough cold water to extend above beans by 2 in (5 cm). Set aside at room temperature overnight for no longer than 12 hours. For a shorter soak, place beans with 1/4 tsp (1 mL) baking soda in pan of cold water with 2 in (5 cm) to spare. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside for 1 hour. Thoroughly drain and use as per recipe.
Skip the dried beans. Replace the 4 cups (1 L) water in this recipe with just 1 cup (250 mL) and continue with recipe, cooking vegetables until tender. Then add a 19 oz (540 mL) can of white kidney beans, along with its juices, and heat through.
In large heavy saucepan, heat oil. Add onion and sauteu0301 until it begins to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and sauteu0301 for 1 more minute. Stir in soaked and drained beans. Sprinkle with seasonings and fold in along with diced tomatoes, 4 cups (1 L) water, peanut butter, and cricket powder. Bring to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove lid and stir in diced yam, sliced carrots, and jalapeno. Return to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 to 20 more minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender but not mushy. Stir in shredded collards and simmer for 1 minute or until wilted.
To serve, ladle into bowls and sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro. Delicious served over rice or with dosas.
This recipe is part of the Micro Mini Maxi Superfoods collection.
A tribute to the bounty and beauty of nature, this chocolate bark is studded with nuts, seeds, and berries and flavoured with the warming spices of ginger and cinnamon. Adding sweet paprika and chili also gives an interesting kick to a winter favourite. Cut back on the red pepper flakes if you prefer a less spicy version. Chocolate contains tryptophan—an essential amino acid—that helps our brain produce serotonin. Eating chocolate is a delicious way to get a mood boost, which can help lift our spirits when sunlight levels are low. Food of the Gods In the taxonomy of plants, the cacao plant, from which chocolate is derived, is called Theobroma cacao. Theobroma comes from Greek for “food of the gods.” Cacao comes from the Mayan word for the plant.
Up your omega-3 intake with these easy-to-make salmon parchment pockets. The sockeye fillets are first rubbed with a marinade of juniper berries, citrus zest, and garlic before being enclosed in parchment. Juniper has a strong and piney flavour and lends a unique tang to this dish. It also contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. Be sure to capture the juices that arise during steaming. No mortar and pestle? Crush juniper berries by laying them between two sheets of parchment and bashing them gently with a rolling pin.
Escarole is a bitter green that stands up to heat and is suitable for grilling, braising, or using in soups. In this salad, it’s broiled with radishes before being dressed in a sweet, garlicky dressing that cuts the bitterness. Escarole is high in folate (vitamin B9), important in red blood cell formation, and vitamin A, important in immune function and eye health. Like kale and other cruciferous vegetables, it’s also very high in vitamin K, which assists in blood clotting. Bitter green substitutes If you can’t find escarole, use frisée (also called curly endive), mustard greens, or radicchio. Romaine also stands up to heat well and makes a good substitute, but it lacks the characteristic bitterness of the others.
In Japan, it’s a custom to eat kabocha squash on the day of the winter solstice as a symbol of good health. In fact, kabocha squash contains cancer-fighting antioxidants such as beta carotene and lutein. It’s also full of fibre and vitamins A and C. We’ve made a roasted version dressed in a sweet and tangy marinade that’s sprinkled with sesame seeds before roasting in the oven. The remaining marinade, full of ginger, tamari, and red pepper flakes, is used as a dressing to further flavour the squash. Know your squash You’ll recognize kabocha squash by its dark green rind and round shape. Its yellowish-orange flesh is sweeter than other types and has been likened to a cross between sweet potato and pumpkin. The rind is quite hard but is edible when cooked. Wash squash well and take care while cutting. You can microwave the whole squash for 4 to 5 minutes prior to cutting to help soften the rind and make things a bit easier.