Thursday, May 10, 2012

This one starts with my Easy Vegan Pesto!

  • 1 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves (basically 2 packs of those bunches you get at the supermarket)
  • 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
  • 1 or 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
▶ In a dry frying pan, gently toast pine nuts until they start to brown. Stir them fairly often so they don't burn.
▶Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender or Magic Bullet. I press my garlic through a garlic press first, to ensure I don't get any chunks of raw garlic in my finished sauce.
▶ Pulse and blend until you have a smooth sauce. You may need to add a bit more oil to get the right consistency.
❉ ✼ ❉ Easy Vegan Pesto is also amazing on a very non-vegan steak! 
Or on pasta, chicken and asparagus too! ❉ ✼ ❉
To make this delicious and nutritious salad, you will first need to get yourself this nifty tool! It's a julienne peeler or if you want to be really fancy, get yourself a spiral slicer or julienne slicer. Any of these will work!
Then you'll need:

  • 5 Medium Zucchinis
  • 1 Pint Organic Cheery Tomatoes
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Handfull Sunflower Sprouts
  • 2 Tbls Easy Vegan Pesto
  • Salt & Pepper
▷ Use your julienne peeler, spiral slicer or mandoline to cut all your zucchinis into noodle like strips.
▷Slice tomatoes in half, length wise.
▷ Cut avocado into cubes.
▷Season with little bit of sea salt and as much pepper as you like.
▷Toss well with 2 tablespoons of my Easy Vegan Pesto
▷Add individual servings to bowls and top with a few sunflower sprouts.

This keeps in the fridge for a day or two. 
✻ ❉ ✼  I used my leftovers in an omelet and it made for a delicious breakfast! ✻ ❉ ✼

Saturday, May 5, 2012

These are a fast and delicious lunch option

  • 1 Can Crab Meat
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • 1 Small Yellow Mango
  • Sunflower Sprouts
  • Boston Lettuce (also called Butterhead or Bibb Lettuce)
  • 1/2 a Lime
  • Chipotle Mayo (recipe below
It all starts with delicious Chipotle Mayo! There are two ways to make it:
The Easy Way:
Add 1 to 4 chipotle peppers and a little bit of the adobo sauce (it's what the peppers are in) to approximately 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of your favourite mayo, and blend well in a blender. I used 4 peppers because I like it very spicy, but use less if you're not a spice freak like me!
The Healthy Way:
Follow THIS recipe for delicious home made mayo and then add 1-4 chipotle peppers, and a little bit of the adobo sauce to it and blend.

- Now add about 1 teaspoon of your spicy mayo to 1 can of drained crab meat and mix well. Use more if you find the mixture too dry.
- Cut your avocado and mango into cubes.
- Squeeze some lime all over your avocados and squeeze any remaining lime into the crab mixture.
- Place 2 pieces of lettuce down, back to front to form a 'cup'.
- Add a heaping spoonful of your crab mixture to the cups.
- Top each cup with diced mango and avocado and a few sunflower sprouts.

Et Voila! You've got yourself a healthy and tasty lunch!!
Hope you like :)