The other day I posted a gorgeous purple cabbage and blueberry smoothie on my Facebook. It was met with much skepticism and derision (yet, might I add, more discussion than any post in recent memory). So today I have another tasty smoothie for you. What you need to know is that it can be a bit like mixing paint…putting many beautiful colours and flavours together like this:
May result in something not quite so pretty (but amazingly tasty), like this:
I want to take a moment to thank all of you who follow, comment, and interact. It’s very gratifying to share this wonderful planet with you. You’ll notice in the coming days and weeks that I will continue to have lots of food posts, but the “walk” and “live” parts of WalkEatLive will be given a bit more space as well. It’s also my plan to do some more promotion and review of resources I use, like cookbooks, tools, resources, workout gear, and places and things to see and do. I hope you’ll stick with me on the journey.
Posted in Breakfast, Food in a Hurry, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Herbs, vegetables
Tagged almond milk, basil, blogging, colourful food, new, smoothie, Toronto
This weekend we were treated to above-normal temperatures, and found an abundance of locally-grown greenhouse greens at the market. It put us in a salad sort of mood.
While some ingredients aren’t local, we have tried to strike a balance.
In a large salad bowl, combine:
Zest and juice of one lemon
10ml/2t Dijon mustard
(Did you know Canada was a world-leading producer of mustard seeds?)
1l/4c washed mini greens and herbs (parsley in our case)
1 diced avocado
1 diced zucchini
2 cherry tomatoes
90g/3oz diced goat cheese
Toss lightly and enjoy!
Posted in cheese, Cooking, Food in a Hurry, Healthy Eating, Herbs, lunch, Recipes, Salad, vegetables, Vegetarian
Tagged Canada, Dijon, farmer's market, goat cheese, lemon, salad
Call them what you will, one of the best ways to stretch your grocery bill is to incorporate leftovers or things that need using up into your lunch.
We’re off to run a couple of errands before the Super Bowl and we were smart enough not to eat the two extra lamb chops in the grocery store package (on sale last week and held in the freezer). We broiled the lot last night and sliced the leftovers for lunch. They’re served on a bed of local baby greens and cukes, both hothouse-grown.
For the dressing:
1/4 c / 60ml homemade wine vinegar
2T / 30ml olive oil
1oz / 30g crumbled feta
1T / 15ml Dijon
1T / 15ml dried oregano or basil
6 dry-cured olives, chopped
Sprinkle on top:
1T / 15ml chopped sundried tomatoes
Posted in cheese, Cooking, Dairy, Food in a Hurry, Gratitude, Healthy Eating, Herbs, lamb, Recipes, Salad, Uncategorized, vegetables
Tagged easy, feta, lamb, leftovers, local, Ontario, salad, Superbowl
For us, today is meal-planning and market day. We mostly plan dinners, eating leftovers the following day, or a salad or soup. At the end of the week we take stock: what didn’t we make? What made too much and needs to be used up?
Last week we tried a recipe for bacon and leek risotto. Even reducing the arborio by half, it was more than a meal’s worth for the two of us. So we tucked away the leftovers in the fridge with all good intentions. Here we are, Saturday, and that little package of risotto either must be used or thrown away. Sure, it could form the basis of a creamy rice soup. Or it could get buried in some casserole, or formed into patties and browned until slightly crisp on the outside, given that it has absorbed the liquid and sort of, well, solidified. But all that seemed boring.
What about breakfast? I sautéed an onion, four mushrooms and a stalk of celery (all sliced or diced) with any leftover fresh herbs from the fridge, chopped. Then I tipped in the risotto (about a cup, for two) and a chopped tomato that was on its last day. A quick stir, and then I cracked in two eggs. On low heat with a lid, it took just 5 more minutes for a tasty medium poached breakfast bowl to be ready for each of us.
A grind of pepper on top and we are off to a healthy, happy start to our weekend!
Posted in Breakfast, Cooking, eggs, Healthy Eating, Herbs, vegetables
Tagged brunch, Canada, December, leftovers, risotto, use it up, zero waste
One of the great things about this time of year is the fantastic selection of vegetables. Although it isn’t tomato season quite yet on the coast, everything else on this tray came from our garden: red onions, pattypan squash, and turnip. Diced with our own oregano and a splash of olive oil and vinegar, we roasted this tray for 30 minutes at 400F, then let them rest in the oven 30 minutes or so while we boiled water and made pasta. Half the batch formed our pasta topping, so then today…what to do with the leftovers?
We diced a potato and cooked it in 2c water until tender (about 6 minutes). To this we added the 2c roasted veg, and an equal amount of 1% milk (plant milk would work just as well). Heat until piping hot and serve with a sprinkle of smoked paprika and basil on top.
Posted in Breakfast, cheese, eggs, Gratitude, Herbs
Tagged Alberta, breakfast, British Columbia, Canada Day, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontatio, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon