Monday, May 27, 2013

Vegan Niçoise Salad

This recipe is adapted from Renée Loux's book The Balanced Plate. I found out about Renée when I became interested in raw foods. She is a very inspiring healthy eating, healthy living woman. 

I have been making variations of this salad for a long time. Tonight was the best one- so I just had to share it with you. Add in or take out the fresh veggies that you love- you won't be disappointed.



Niçoise Salad
-romaine lettuce (washed and chopped)
-1-2 organic tomatoes
-green beans
-kalamata olives
-red potatoes (skin on, chopped into cubes)
-2 cobbs of fresh corn, cut off the cob
-1/2 of a bunch of asparagus, chopped
-1/2 of an avocado 
-fresh tarragon leaves
-chopped parsley

**Please note that I didn't put amounts with some of the ingredients. Add in however much you would like to eat! I had a lot of leftover corn and asparagus when I cooked the amount listed above. 

Dressing: 
-2 1/2 tablespoons pine nuts 
-1/2 of a tomato, chopped
-1 clove of garlic, chopped
-1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
-1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
-3/4 tablespoon Dijon mustard
-1 tsp maple syrup
-1 tsp soy sauce
-1 tablespoon brown rice vinegar
-ground pepper

Directions:
1) Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until tender and drain. Steam the green beans until tender. Sauté the asparagus and corn in coconut oil until tender and cool slightly. 
2) Blend all of the dressing ingredients in a blender until smooth. 
3) Toss the romaine, green beans, potatoes, tarragon, parsley and chopped tomatoes in some of the dressing until coated. Put on a plate and add olives and cubed avocado. 
4) Scoop the sautéed corn and asparagus in the centre and drizzle with more dressing. 
5) Season with fresh ground salt and pepper and enjoy!!!! 

Much love,
Gat xx

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

It's so exciting to see some fresh, local produce at the market. Last week I picked up some rhubarb and was inspired to make a healthier strawberry-rhubarb crumble. This is the perfect summer dessert and so easy to make. It also helps that your house will smell like sweet, coconutty, deliciousness. 

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble
Filling:
-1 bunch rhubarb
-1 large package of strawberries
-maple syrup
-1 tablespoon coconut flour
-1 tablespoon ginger marmalade
Topping:
-3/4 cup of oats (not instant)
-1/2 cup of coconut flour
-1/3 cup of coconut oil (melted)
-sea salt
-1/4 cup sucanat (sugar) 
-tsp of cinnamon 

1) Chop off the ends of the rhubarb and cut into 1-inch pieces. Clean strawberries and cut into slices. Pour a tablespoon or two of maple syrup over the fruit. Sprinkle with about a tablespoon of coconut flour (or cornstarch). Add 1-2 Tablespoons of ginger marmalade and mix together well. Pour the mixture into an oiled baking dish. 

2) Mix together oats, coconut flour, melted coconut oil, a sprinkle of sea salt, sucanat and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes or until bubbly and browned on the top. Enjoy!