These seemingly sophisticated rolls are perfect for party fare or as a light lunch. They are best served fresh, but keep well in the fridge for a day or so. You can also use smoked mackerel or trout and even try grilling the zucchini strips. Extra sun-dried tomato spread is excellent when strewn over crackers or rolled up in sheets of nori.
1/2 cup (125 mL) shelled unsalted sunflower seeds
1/2 cup (125 mL) oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 shallot, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) cayenne pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) flat-leaf parsley
4 medium zucchinis
6 oz (165 g) smoked salmon, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) roasted red pepper, sliced
2 cups (500 mL) arugula
Place sunflower seeds in bowl, cover with cold water, and soak for about 4 hours.
Drain sunflower seeds and add to food processor or high-powered blender along with sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne, and 1/4 cup (60 mL) water. Blend into slightly chunky mixture, making sure to wipe down container’s sides with spatula a couple of times throughout. Pulse in parsley.
Slice ends off zucchini and use flat-blade vegetable peeler or mandoline to make long, wide strips.
Add dollops of sunflower seed mixture to one end of zucchini strips and top with equal amounts of salmon, roasted red pepper, and arugula. Tightly roll up zucchini strips and stab toothpick through the middle to keep rolls together.
Each serving contains: 111 calories; 9 g protein; 5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 10 g total carbohydrates (5 g sugars, 3 g fibre); 262 mg sodium
source: "Squash It!", alive #383, September 2014
Made from chickpea flour, chickpea pasta has a similar taste and al dente texture to regular pasta, but with a lot more dietary fibre and protein. That makes it a healthy base for this colourful vegetable-forward pasta salad with tasting notes of the sunny Mediterranean. Hummus serves as a surprising backbone to a creamy dressing. Stir it up When preparing chickpea pasta, stir it a couple of times during the first minute of cooking and then start taste-testing the noodles a couple of minutes before you hit the recommended boiling time on the package. They can turn mushy quickly. And expect a lot of foam, so skim it off with a spoon, as needed, during cooking.
The idea is pretty simple: start with adding a dressing to a jar and then layer on various ingredients such as crisp veggies, buttery fish, and greens. Bingo … salad in a jar that’s ready to go when you are, with not a limp green in sight. Perfect for weekday lunches and healthy quick dinners. Wild salmon or Arctic char are good stand-ins for rainbow trout. Lentil love When preparing lentils for a particular dish, consider adding extra to the pot of simmering water. Cooked lentils freeze well and can be used as an easy plant-based protein addition to future salads.
Inspired by its creamy Italian cousin, this vegetarian take on panna cotta swaps out the cream and gelatin for coconut milk and agar agar. Odourless and tasteless, agar-agar is a plant-based thickener derived from seaweed. It’s also a wonderful source of iron, fibre, and magnesium. If you plan on transporting these desserts, pour panna cotta into small jam jars. Once set, screw lids on top and place garnish in separate container. Once you reach your destination, simply garnish and serve.
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.