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Salad for One with Lemon Hemp Ailoli & Smashed Chickpea Croutons

Salad for One with Lemon Hemp Aioli

When I used to teach regular cooking classes, one of the questions I would get all the time was ‘how do I cook healthy food for one?’ It would come from someone who lived alone or was trying to cook healthier for themselves, while still cooking for their less vegetable-y enthusiastic family.

Crushed Chickpea Croutons

I like to think that if I lived alone I would still cook well for myself, but the truth is, I have gotten home, realized I was solo for the night and had popcorn and Netflix for dinner -I totally get it. It’s way more fun to make fun food when you have someone to share in the excitement of it. The same goes for if you’re making beautiful healthy food that no one else is interested in eating; it makes you less inspired to try new, healthy recipes.

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Potato-free Salad

Potato-Free Salad

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against potatoes. In fact, they are one of my favourite foods of all time. When you leave their skin on (and avoid French fries and potato chips), they are full of potassium and fiber. I even wrote a recipe for a bright and cheery purple potato salad last summer that is totally worth checking out.

Potato-Free Salad

The only problem with potatoes (beyond some of the unhealthy recipes that they find themselves in) is sometimes they take the place of veggies that pack more of an anticancer punch. Cauliflower, kale’s pale and flowery but feisty cousin, makes a great replacement for potatoes both flavour-wise and nutritionally. It is full of antioxidants, helps protect cells from DNA damage, has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial effects and helps inactivate carcinogens. Seriously. I see this as a worthy swap, something worth trying out in all of your favourite potato recipes.

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Wintery Spring Salad

Spring is a funny time of year for food. We start to crave fresher flavours – salads, smoothies and more raw food, even if Mother Nature is telling us not to put away our winter clothes just yet. This salad speaks well to this awkward time of year. It is fresh yet hearty and full of raw, lush winter vegetables, allowing us to curb those spring time cravings and still eat locally.

This combination of vegetables could be thinly sliced or grated to create more of a traditional coleslaw, but I like the chunkier dice and slice, which really makes for a juicier salad (I’m looking at you cabbage!). My Mom was actually the first person I saw do it this way, no kale massage, no small slices or dices, no apologies, just bold, beautiful vegetables, embracing their voluptuous fibers. You can taste the confidence. Not pictured – a sweet bartlett pear to bring out the sweetness in the vegetables, just dice it up and toss it in with the rest.

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These vegetables vary in colour and pigment, which means that we are getting a large variety of antioxidants from this salad. On top of that, we have the kale and cabbage, both being from the powerful cruciferous family, offering up their mighty I3c (Indole-3-carbinol), crushing cancer like it’s their job.

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It needs to be properly dressed to come together. This dressing is tart and rich, and it compliments this salad very well. It’s creaminess comes from avocado and soaked cashews (instead of mayo/yoghurt), and it is where the fat comes from too, no need for refined oils (we are all about whole fats whenever possible). Add as much garlic as you are comfortable with, if too much raw garlic makes you feel hung-over (anyone?), just add one small clove and some extra green onions. (more…)