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Colourful Quinoa Salad

23 Jun
Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

Salad with quinoa, cucumber, tomato, carrots and green onion.

  • 1 cup quinoa, cook as instructed
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup english cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Uncooked quinoa.

Uncooked quinoa.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

Finely chopped english cucumber, tomatoes and green onions; and a carrot.

1. For a warm salad, combine all the ingredients immediately after the quinoa is finished cooking. Enjoy!

2. For a cold salad, allow the quinoa to cool before combining all the ingredients and chill for at least an 1 hour in the fridge.

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Chicken Salad Rolls

29 Apr
Freshly made salad rolls with chicken, basil, carrots and cucumbers.

Freshly made salad rolls with chicken, basil, carrots and cucumbers.

Salad rolls are traditionally served cool and hence ideal for summer time. They are also light, refreshing and healthy.

  • rice paper, about 15 sheets
  • (rice) vermicelli noodles, boiled as instructed and then thoroughly rinsed with cold water, drain well
  • 1lb ground chicken*
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • a few tbsps soy sauce
  • 1 tbsps honey
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • one small onion, finely chopped
  • one carrot, cut into match sticks
  • cucumber (same amount as carrots), cut into match sticks
  • juice of half a lime
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • a few fresh basil leaves

*Instead of chicken, try grilled shrimp or thinly sliced bbq beef or pork. For a vegetarian style salad roll, visit Frugal Feeding.

Rice paper.

Rice paper.

1. In a bowl, combine carrots, cucumber and lime juice. Add a sprinkle of sea salt. Allow mixture to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

Cucumbers and carrots with lime juice and sea salt.

Cucumbers and carrots with lime juice and sea salt.

2. In a wok on high heat, add in oil, garlic and onions. Cook until onions are soft, then add in chicken.

3. Use a wooden spoon to break up the ground chicken as much as possible. If chicken appears dry, add a splash of water.

4. When the chicken is almost done, season with honey, ground pepper and soy.

5. Choose a shallow dish with sides that is  large enough to fit the rice paper. (A pie plate works nicely.)

6. Fill dish halfway with hot water.  TIP: have a kettle of just boiled water ready on the side and once the water in the dish begins to cool, top up with more kettle water.

7. Gently place one rice paper sheet into water. The rice paper will soften in a few seconds. Once this is achieved, remove from the water and onto a plate or cutting board.

Rice paper with vermicelli noodles.

Rice paper with vermicelli noodles.

Rice paper with vermicelli, chicken, carrots and cucumbers.

Rice paper with vermicelli, chicken, basil, carrots and cucumbers.

8. Add a small handful of vermicelli noodles, a scoop of the ground chicken and a few of the marinated carrots and cucumber. Place the filling a little off center.

9. Tear a few pieces of basil leave and add to the filling.

Rolling the rice rolls.

Rolling the rice rolls.

10. Begin by rolling the portion of the rice paper nearest the filling. Roll about halfway and then fold the sides inward towards the center. Finish rolling. The rice paper is naturally sticky so it will seal itself.

11.  The first salad roll is finished. Repeat steps 7 to 9 to make the remaining rolls.

12. Chill salad rolls in the fridge before serving. Store in an airtight contain so that the rice paper does not dry out.

Assembling the salad rolls is very simple but a little time consuming. This task may be fun for kids.

Coconut Thai Curry Noodle Soup

19 Mar
Coconut Thai (red) curry soup with noodles and zucchini.

Coconut Thai (red) curry soup with noodles and zucchini.

The following recipe serves two.

  • 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk
  • 2 to  3 tbsps thai curry paste (depends on your spice preference)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp oil (canola, vegetable, sunflower, etc.)
  • zucchini, thickly sliced (any type of vegetable can be used, eg. sugar peas, asparagus, spinach, bok choy, bean sprouts, napa cabbage, snow peas, carrots, bean sprouts, shitake mushrooms, baby corn, string beans, etc.)
  • a handful of cilantro, washed and tied
  • half an onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp of lime zest
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 to 4 cups of low sodium broth (chicken, beef or vegetable)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsps soy sauce
  • your choice of noodles, enough for two people (e.g. thin rice noodles, vermicelli, yakisoba noodles, udon noodles, etc.) TIP: soak the noodles in boiling hot water to remove any starches and oil. Soaking time depends on the style of noodle.
  • green onion, 2 sprig, finely chopped (optional)
  • sliced almonds (optional)

1. Heat  a large deep pot on high. Once hot, add in oil, onions, garlic and lime zest.

2. Cook until garlic is brown, then add in coconut milk, thai curry paste and brown sugar. Combine well.

3. Add in broth and an equal amount of water and the cilantro and soy sauce. Bring to a gently boil. Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.

4. Remove the cilantro bundle.

5. Add in noodles and zuchinni.

6. Once noodles and zuchinni are soft, turn off heat and add in lime juice and green onions.

7. Dish out into two large bowls and if so desired, garnish with (toasted) sliced almonds.

There is a lot of variation in this recipe. Here are some suggestions: add 1 to 3 tbsps of fish sauce; sautee in some tofu, pieces of chicken or whole shrimp; simmer the soup broth additionally with lemon grass and ginger; add a splash of sesame oil at the end.

Diced Tomato Cucumber Salad

30 Nov

A refreshing diced tomato cucumber salad.

  • 6 small delicious tomatoes, finely diced (use good quality, fresh, vibrant tomatoes since they are one of the main ingredients of the salad; the tomatoes pictured above are kumato (brown) tomatoes from Canada).
  • 1 english cucumber,  diced into a similar size as the tomato
  • juice of one lime, roll the lime before cutting in order to release more of lime’s juice
  • a generous sprinkle of sea salt
  • a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Kumato variety tomatoes, english cucumber, lime and olive oil.

Combine together all the above ingredients and serve immediately. I like to use this salad more as a topping rather than a side to a main course.  For example, as a cool, refreshing veggie garnish on tacos or on top of some warm fluffy plain brown rice.  This is also an ideal salad to serve during the holidays because of the red and green colour combination.

Crunchy beef tacos garnished with a plain yogurt and a homemade diced tomato english salad.

Oriental Style Noodle Soup

26 Oct

Noodle soup with green beans, tofu and spices.

  • 1 pack of thin rice noodles, soak the rice noodles in hot tap water for about 30 minutes (another type of oriental style noodle is good too but I like the rice noodle because it is starchy and makes the soup broth thick; if you also enjoy thick creamy soup broths and don’t have rice noodles handy, add a couple tablespoons of corn starch to the broth)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp each of sea salt, black pepper, paprika (adjust the amount of seasoning to your own preferences.)
  • 2 tbsps of sugar (adjust the amount of seasoning to your own preferences.)
  • 4 to 5 tbsps of soy sauce (adjust the amount of seasoning to your own preferences.)
  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger
  • 3 cloves of garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • a handful of green beans, trimmed and cut in half (or substitute with sugar or snow peas)
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 cup of medium firm tofu, cut into bit size cubes
  • 5 to 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable or beef stock
  • sesame oil

Green beans, tofu, lime and sesame oil.

In a large pot, on medium high heat add in the olive oil, garlic, ginger, lime zest and onions. Cook until the onions have wilted.  Add in the sugar, salt, paprika and black pepper.  Combine well, then add in the broth as well as an equal amount of water and a few generous swigs of soy sauce. Depending on the amount of noodles, feel free to add in more (or less) broth, water and soy.  Turn up the heat so the liquids boil as quickly as possible.

Soup broth with spring onions, garlic, ginger, lime zest, soy sauce and spices.

Once the liquids are boiling, add in the tofu. Once the tofu has been heated through add in the green beans.  Drain the noodles thoroughly and add in the noodles. Once the noodles are soft, add the lime juice and a light drizzle of sesame oil.

Asian inspired broth with rice noodles, tofu and green beans.

If so desired, garnish each noodle soup bowl with a sunny-side-up egg. Serve immediately.