The Lukewarm Salad

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

One of the things I love best about this time of year are all the root vegetables that are highly available and so delicious! It’s not always easy to eat fresh, vegan and gluten-free and have something that warms up the body on these colder days.

At our house, salads have always been popular. I don’t particularly like eating them during the colder months, but since my son loves them so much, I decided to heat it up a bit!

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Here was our delicious “Lukewarm” salad. Some of the vegetables in here were raw, while others were semi-cooked. By only slightly cooking the vegetables, we get to retain most of their nutrients and because some veggies were semi-cooked, it warmed up the dish making it feel nice and cozy as well as delicious.

This meal took me about 20 minutes to make and I served it with organic baked potatoes…just because I love potatoes so much!

To make this “Lukewarm” salad, you will need:

1/2 a Napa cabbage
1/2 cup Butternut squash
3 small Red beets
1 Avocado
3/4 brick Smoked tofu
2 cloves Garlic
15 ml Olive and 30 ml (or to taste) sunfour oil
15 ml Apple cider vinegar
15 ml Nutritional yeast
5 ml (or to taste) Herbal salt

1. I started by peeling and cutting the beets and cooking them for about 10 minutes. Once cooked, I shredded and added them to the salad bowl.
2. I shredded a quarter of my butternut squash and cooked it for about one minute in olive oil and garlic. I also added it to the salad mix.

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3. I cut the organic smoked tofu into small pieces and fried it up for about 4-5 minutes in the leftover olive oil in the pan from the shredded squash.
4. I cut my napa, tossed it in the bowl and added the dressing.

For the dressing I added 2 quantities of sunflower oil for 1 quantity of apple cider vinegar. I topped it all off with some Red Star nutritional yeast and herbal salt to taste.

All that is left to do is mix it all up and ENJOY!!

Love & Light

Vegan “Comfort” Pizza (gluten-free)

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

Although we are considered to be a little bit of a health-nut family, we also like our comfort food! Here is one of our favorites ways to enjoy that fast-food feeling while staying healthy. It’s our amazing Vegan “Comfort” Pizza. It takes about three minutes to make, smells delicious when cooking and tastes even better than it smells! The best thing about it is, after your meal, you know you’ve done good for your family.

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1- Start by setting your oven at 425, taking out a pan and the number of slices of bread that you want to make as pizzas.
2- Spread your favorite tomato sauce on the breads or simply take out a frozen tomato, mash and use. Personally I like to use the sauces from Simply Naturals.
3- Add to your pizza any and all the vegetables that you have, while making sure to use the onions last. This way they cook a little bit more and they look great!
In this particular recipe, I used gluten-free bread, red & orange peppers, daikon, red onions and I topped it off with shredded carrots.
4- I put it in the oven and let it cook for about 15 minutes.

I always serve my pizza with some organic olive oil and in this case we added our homemade fries and green beans, both my sons favourite.

With the cooking time included, it took me 20 minutes to make. It’s a great way to serve fast-food and keep your family healthy.

Enjoy ❤️

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Soft Apple Ice Cream

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

I love to create an on-the-spot yummy treat that everyone can enjoy, that fits great with the theme of a meal and that stays true to all my healthy criterias. Since it was Thanksgiving this weekend, I wanted a special desert that would fit with our gluten-free vegan meal, still respect what I consider a to be a Thanksgiving desert and be ready in a jiffy. This is what I came up with…

Yummy!

Our special version of Apple Ice Cream.

 

 

All you need are these three ingredients; apples, agave nectar and cinnamon (preferably organic).

Here is the recipe:

1- Peel, core and cut one apple per person.
2- Lay out the apple quarters on a cookie sheet and freeze over night.
3- When you are ready to serve your desert, pull out your apple quarters and process them through your juicer. No juice will come out, but you will create a soft-textured apple ice cream. Yummy!
4- Spoon a small quantity into a fancy cup, top with a touch of agave nectar and cinnamon and Voila!

Although this recipe doesn’t really follow proper food combinations (because it is fruit after a meal), I really love it! Instead of serving it immediately after the starch-filled meal, consider offer it an hour or so after your last service. It will leave you and your guests feeling great and without worry of bloating.  All foods should always taste great and be healing!

Love & Light!

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