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Asparagus Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing. Post sponsored by Frontier Co-op.

Asparagus Salad with Turmeric Tahini Dressing

See below for more details. I eat a fair amount of salads throughout the year but during the spring, I eat salads nearly every day. This asparagus salad combines all of my favorites: roasted vegetables, a hearty grain, a scoop of salty cheese, and an easy homemade dressing. Frontier asked me to share how I cook with purpose and one of the ways is that we connect with our food and make homemade when we can. Beyond being better in flavor that store-bought, homemade foods help to keep us mindful of what we are eating. Roasted red cabbage, cauliflower, fennel and buckwheat salad – Cook Sophie Cook. Writing this post has taken me forever. I made, wrote and photographed the recipe almost three weeks ago. This procrastination reminds me of writing assignments in my university days where I would sit on my computer for hours staring into a blank Word document, listening to my favourite playlist on repeat through headphones and secretly flicking back and forward to a million other tabs in my browser.


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. Spring Buckwheat Salad. Since Elsa was born, I have been proud of the fact that we live in a worn-down one bedroom apartment with her.

Spring Buckwheat Salad

I suppose it has been a way for me not to feel too grown-up, even though I was the first of my friends to have a kid. “She doesn’t need her own room” has been like a mantra to me. Also, the whole idea of a perfect home gives me the creeps. I have always aimed for an imperfect home (not always to Luise’s liking). One that I can feel relaxed in, stain the sofa with coffee and drop heavy marble boards on the floor (and my toe) without hating myself for it. So why am I rambling about this? We are not there today though. Should I move on to the recipe or tell you a little bit about it first? You might have noticed the bread on the photos and wondered “hey, what is going on there?”. Autumn Glow Salad with Lemon Dressing. Warm Buckwheat and Broccoli Spicy Salad. This is the perfect warm winter salad – nourishing, soothing and so insanely delicious, just like healthy comfort food!

Warm Buckwheat and Broccoli Spicy Salad

The whole dish is based around buckwheat, which you may not have tried before. I hadn’t had it until really recently but I’m now a huge convert and it seems to be taking over from quinoa in my dishes at the moment, which says a lot as quinoa has been my best friend for the last few years! Despite the misleading name buckwheat is actually totally gluten free, and like quinoa it’s a seed not a grain. It’s also super healthy as it’s rich in disease-fighting flavonoids, as well as being full of magnesium, which works to relax blood vessels to improve blood flow and nutrient delivery.

It’s even been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Farro Salad With Peas, Leeks & Pistachios Recipe. Spiced pumpkin, millet & radicchio salad recipe. If you've been a reader of this blog since it began, firstly, thank you!

spiced pumpkin, millet & radicchio salad recipe

That sure is a whole lot of reading you have done over the past year and a half! And secondly you may remember way back at the beginning when I shared a wonderful little independently published cookbook that was co-written by a friend of mine Rosie Percival? If you remember well done, if not, no worries here's a little refresher. So the wonderful ladies behind Martha Goes Green: A Vegetarian Cookbook have just put out a limited edition Seasonal Recipe Calendar and I was lucky enough to be sent one hot off the press. The featured recipes are simple, seasonal & fresh and although they are not gluten-free, many are naturally free of gluten, others can easily be adapted and all are vegetarian.

Now I usually cook with the seasons and well, the cracked wheat salad with spiced pumpkin and currants is the recipe for April. Inspired by a recipe from Martha Goes Green : A Seasonal Recipe Calendar. Preheat oven to 200 C/400F. Warm Citrusy Millet Salad with Roasted Fennel and Kalamata Olives Recipes from The Kitchn. While I love this recipe with clementines, any mandarin orange will do (just remove the seeds before roasting!)

Warm Citrusy Millet Salad with Roasted Fennel and Kalamata Olives Recipes from The Kitchn

If you've never roasted citrus before, it becomes quite soft and super sweet in the oven (don't worry about the skins — they soften right up and lose any inherent bitterness in the oven). Buckwheat, Beet, and Citrus Salad with Crumbled Sunflower Feta. Every day, nutrition clients ask me about different whole grains.

Buckwheat, Beet, and Citrus Salad with Crumbled Sunflower Feta

Spring millet salad with tangy seeded flax dressing - Amy Chaplin. Spring millet salad with tangy seeded flax dressing POSTED ON May 11, 2013 spring salad Millet is a quirky grain: with a sunny yellow color and perfect round shape, it fluffs up perfectly when cooked, but quickly becomes dry as it cools.

Spring millet salad with tangy seeded flax dressing - Amy Chaplin

Recipe: How to Make Shrimp Fried Rice with Rhubarb. Farro Salad with Spring Vegetables and Feta Recipe. Freekeh salad. Cooking is more fun with friends.

freekeh salad

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Author Notes: I love freekeh, the supergrain made from green wheat. Couscous Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries. It's about this time of year that I start getting antsy, culinarily speaking.

Couscous Salad with Butternut Squash and Cranberries

It's still winter and my body craves those hearty dishes of squash and legumes. But I'm also ready for the bright, fresh flavors of spring. This couscous salad with its roasted squash and citrusy vinaigrette bridges the gap. Black Rice, Kale & Aubergine Pilaf. When we make salads in our home, we often do what we call a Family Salad. It basically means that we serve all kind of salad ingredients in separate bowls on the table. And then everyone in the family can prepare the salad after their personal liking. Vitamin Boost Salad. Brown Rice, Grape and Feta Salad.

A quick mid-week update as I had the luxury of having a friend for lunch today. Guest Post from “The First Mess” I had the pleasure of meeting Laura through her blog over the summer and was instantly captivated by her honesty, authenticity, and food philosophy. There is a light about her too, the kind you gravitate to, the light that makes your heart feel full. I’d like to call her a friend in real life, one day. Spring Recipe: Grain Salad with Mango, Sprouts & Creamy Avocado Dressing Recipes from The Kitchn.

Vegetarian Lunch: Black Rice Salad with Avocado and Grapefruit.