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Vegan Broccoli Balls. Super-healthy superfood salad with white Cheshire cheese. Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring!

Super-healthy superfood salad with white Cheshire cheese

We love this gorgeously colourful salad which combines cheese, fruit, nuts and vegetables. So simple to make and it tastes as good as it looks. Enjoy x Serves 4 Ingredients. Super Clean Broccoli Salad with Creamy Almond Dressing. Quinoa Broccoli Salad with Tangy Goat Cheese - The Healthy Foodie. This past week-end, we celebrated summer (or what few days of it we’re getting this year anyway) by having a little impromptu family picnic at my mom’s place.

Quinoa Broccoli Salad with Tangy Goat Cheese - The Healthy Foodie

We spent the entire day under the warm sun, right by the poolside, enjoying good food and good times in good company. This beautiful Quinoa Broccoli Salad was one of my [many] contributions to the feast. It had been so long since I’d last had quinoa, I had totally forgotten just how much I loved it. I just can’t seem to get enough of how each little grain feels like it pops in your mouth as you squish ’em between your teeth. One thing’s for sure, quinoa is the grain, or seed, or whatever it is that it actually is, that has the coolest texture of all. And it was JUST what this salad needed, too: another awesome texture to add to the already extensive array that it has to offer. Just look at all the beautiful ingredients that went into the making of this salad! Healthy, summer feeling: broccoli, basil + avocado toss. Summer breezes really do make me feel fine.

healthy, summer feeling: broccoli, basil + avocado toss

Maybe that’s a bit hokey, but it’s completely true. The celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday translates to a long weekend, big time summer kickoff around here. Families will go up north to the cottages for the first time this year, barbecues in backyards are prevalent, hikes, fireworks, cold patio beers and other libations abound, commemorative mugs with pictures of the Queen adorn the gift shop windows in my town; happy feelings. The warmth, sun, singing birds and lovely breezes draw us all outdoors, ready to enjoy each other’s company and stay in that precious light, later and later into the evening.

This seasonal shift brings me to salads and other cooler preparations for food. Another note on salad eating: the default mode of extra flesh-baring in the summertime has me gravitating towards raw foods for sure. So I give you a big bowl of broccoli. Chop the broccoli into very small florets. Broccoli, White Bean + Ricotta "Meatballs" With Herbed Tahini... Healthy holidays: caraway + horseradish broccoli quinoa salad » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season. I am dead-set on a holiday decor extravaganza at my house this year.

healthy holidays: caraway + horseradish broccoli quinoa salad » The First Mess // healthy vegan recipes for every season

I’ve got some sweet garlands, birch trunks, old hydrangea blooms sprayed with GOLD, the lights, lanterns, a boxwood wreath, lime green osage oranges, grapevines, spruce cuttings, pine cones, and some jute rope and pretty ribbon to finish it off all nice. That’s just the outside stuff. It’s kind of soothing clipping branches and jamming them into frozen boxes of dirt in the name of merry-making. It’s definitely frivolous, but in the moment it feels way too important. Also, having a hot drink in your snuggy gear after–that feels way important too.

I need the light-hearted distractions of twinkle lights, gold spray paint and bow-tying this time of year. Detox Salad. One of my favourite things to do after visiting Whole Foods is to re-create salad bar foods or specialty products at home for much less money.

Detox Salad

Or at least, that’s my good intention until I get home and I can’t remember the ingredient list! Not last night. :) Thanks Eric! After we dined – Eric on pizza and me on the hot & cold salad bar – I picked up the ingredients for the Detox Salad and vowed to make it when I got home that night. Cheezy Broccoli Fritters. Fabulous Fritters.

Cheezy Broccoli Fritters

Fabulous Fritters. Fabulous Fritters. (Go on, say that three times fast.) These Cheezy Broccoli Bean Fritters are tender and moist on the inside, crisp crumbly crust on the outside. They kinda actually melt in your mouth. The bright green broccoli is rustic and hearty, yet minced into tiny velvety bits that caramelize as they cook. Healthy Fritters! My fabulous fritter kick continues. Ingredients Note: Many of you have asked about nutritional yeast. For the hemp seeds, the same is true - Whole Foods carries them. Substitutions? Cheezy Broccoli Bean Frittersvegan, makes 7-9 fritters 4 cups minced broccoli (from whole florets) 1 1/2 cups cannellini beans, drained from one can 1/4 cup vegan Monterey Jack (or cheddar) cheese shreds 1/3 cup nutritional yeast 2 Tbsp hemp seeds 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp hot sauce 1/2 tsp garlic powder salt and pepper to taste for frying: 1/4 cup safflower oil bread crumb coating: panko or fine plain bread crumbs To Make: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Spicy Roasted Broccoli with Almonds. Marcella's Broccoli and Potato Soup recipe on Author Notes: This is one of those soups that relies on the caramelization of the onions.

Marcella's Broccoli and Potato Soup recipe on

Don't rush it, accept the fact that it takes time and depending on the sugar content of the onions may take even longer. Obviously this recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan's in her book Marcella Cucina. (less)Author Notes: This is one of those soups that relies on the caramelization of the onions. Mustard roasted broccoli pâté with leeks + lemon. Hypothetically speaking, if I had some sort of restaurant or space that served food to people that were A) willing to hang out with me and B) willing to pay for it, I would serve a version of this–on a big wooden board with lots of pickled veg, warm olives, a pot of mustard, really good bread, maybe some radishes and other crunchy roots.

mustard roasted broccoli pâté with leeks + lemon

I could pair it with some other little veg-based charcuterie-ish concoction (I’ve been working on a few). There would always be a broth-y soup AND a puréed one with baller garnishes. There would be solid brown liquor representation and homemade, super warm-spicy ginger beer on draft. And salads that totally wouldn’t suck.