What better way to welcome summer than with this simple salad that is dressed with a delicious vinaigrette. Strawberries - the perfect food for women, - are low in calories and high in iron and vitamin C. Strawberries are also a good source of folic acid, fibre, potassium, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Combine these with green leafy salad mix and you have everything you need for an antiaging health boost.
For the vinaigrette, use a good quality red wine vinegar, as it is important for flavour. Even this ingredient provides heart healthy resveratrol, a red pigment shown to promote cardiovascular health. You can make your own red wine vinegar by opening a bottle of red wine, enjoying a glass or two, and then allowing it to sit for a few days on the counter. The wine will gradually oxidize into delicious red wine vinegar.
6 cups (1.5 L) fresh salad mix
1 1/2 cups (385 mL) fresh strawberries, halved
1 1/2 cups (385 ml) pecan pieces
1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
1/4 tsp (1 mL) dry mustard
1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) minced onion
1 cup (250 mL) extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup (75 mL) red wine vinegar
Mix salad greens and halved strawberries in large salad bowl. Top with pecans and sweet red wine vinaigrette. Serves 12.
source: "Nutrient-Rich Recipes", alive #273, July 2005
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.
This easy, yet impressive, vegan dinner is packed with oven-roasted flavour and proves that creating satisfying weeknight plant-based meals is entirely possible. If working with a small oven with only room for one sheet at a time, you can prepare the tofu and vegetables in batches separately.