Why settle for the same old tuna salad sandwich when serving this iconic midday repast in whimsical bean cups is a surefire way to add the fun back into lunch. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak more nutrient-dense legumes into the diets of all generations of a household.
Serve alongside cherry tomatoes. Both the bean cups and tuna salad can be made up to four days in advance, but should be assembled the same day they are being served.
Choose a canned tuna that comes with a side of sustainability by opting for companies that catch their fish using pole-and-line or trolling methods instead of nets. As a bonus, this tuna is often richer in important nutrients, including mega-healthy omega-3s.
Preheat oven to 350 F (180 C). Place beans, flour, parsley, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and oil in food processor container and blend until a paste forms. Divide mixture among 12 standard-sized greased muffin cups. Using fingers, form each into a cup shape so that bean paste rises up the sides. Bake for 20 minutes, or until cups have set but are still slightly moist. Let cool for several minutes before unmoulding.
Place tuna in large bowl or container and flake with fork. Stir in yogurt, celery, apple, green onion, curry powder, and lemon juice.
To serve, spoon tuna salad into bean cups.
In this enchilada riff, we stuff everything into a roasted poblano pepper shell, rather than tortillas, to pack an extra veggie serving into your meal and trim the starchy calories. If you can’t find poblanos, which are mild, dark green Mexican peppers, you can substitute green bell peppers. Flour power Made from nixtamalized corn (corn soaked in limewater), masa harina flour adds a touch of corny flavour to enchilada stuffing or a pot of chili.
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.
Serving saucy lentils in squash halves is a sure-fire way to elevate your plant-based menu. And, yes, the whole bowl is edible, skin and all. If desired, you can add dollops of Greek yogurt or sour cream. Spice of life Garam masala, a blend of spices traditionally used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin, and coriander. It’s great on roasted meats and vegetables.
“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.