Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Chickpea, Feta, Mint, Chili Salad

I bought an organic mint plant at the grocery store the other day! And was so jazzed because A. Mint is my favourite herb and B. It was a total steal at 1.99!

Since I'm on a budget with my groceries, I've been scouting out deals and found chickpeas on sale for 99 cents a can, I'm like yeah I'll take a few of those.

I'm a major follower of everything Jamie Oliver, so when I googled chickpea salad and one of his blogger's recipes came up, I was in! If you know Jamie Oliver well you know he almost always includes a chili of some sort in his dishes, and this one was no exception! They also did a cool thing of warming up the chickpeas so that the dressing would infuse more into it, I thought it made a big difference!

1 can of chickpeas (460g)
10 cherry tomatoes chopped
half a cucumber, cubed
1/2 garlic clove, minced
2 tbsp red onion, chopped
2 tsp chopped red chill (or I used 1 tbsp of chili-garlic paste)
1 lemon, juiced
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 tbsp honey
Fresh mint, chopped
Feta cheese, crumbled

Heat up chickpeas in a skillet with a few tbsp of reserved liquid, cook just until heated through. Mash 1/5 of chickpeas and then dump everything in a mixing bowl.

Combine lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, honey, chill and garlic (or garlic-chili paste) in a small bowl. Chop veggies and add to chickpeas, then add in dressing and toss to coat. Let sit in fridge to marinate for at least 2 hours.

Chop ribbons of fresh mint (about 10-12 leaves) and sprinkle over salad, crumble feta on top and serve!

*I added 1/2 a clove of garlic as well as substituted the chili for garlic-chili paste, I also added honey because I just find adding some sort of sweetness to salads makes it so much better and it goes well with the chili and mint, I also added cucumbers!!*

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Roasted Broccoli! Guest Post from Chris Wimmer (Health Smart Living)

Hey Everyone! We have a special guest writer for this week, Chris Wimmer from He's sharing one of his favourite recipes for roasted broccoli. His blog has a myriad of recipes that all look so unique a well as healthy! Some stand outs we spotted were: Buffalo Chicken Quinoa and Kale Fried Rice! There is also extensive info about how to juice and grow your own hydroponic veggies! So cool!

So welcome, Chris!

Broccoli…This is my great food challenge and would guess others share this challenge with me. While I know broccoli is packed with v itamins and fibre, I still have bad memories of getting a big head of broccoli on my plate as a kid. These memories have made me hesitate to ever try cooking it at home. However, as an adult I've learned a few simple recipes that make broccoli not only tolerate but actually delicious. Today I'm sharing a super simple yet tasty Roasted Broccoli recipe.

Why I love this dish. Pre-cutting the broccoli into bite sized chunks makes it super easy to eat (or scarf) . Sawing through bit chunks of veggies is a turn off for me. The small pieces of broccoli also gives you more spaces for the toasted panko/parmesan to stick and work its roasting magic.

We are going to our annual summer visit to my parents next and I can't wait to show my mom that I will finally eat broccoli.

Roast Broccoli Recipe

1 pound broccoli; trimmed into bite sized florets
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated parmesan
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Put broccoli, olive oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Set aside for later.
Spread bread crumbs on a cookie sheet and toast at 425 degrees of 2 minutes. remove bread crumbs and add to mixing bowl.
Spread broccoli mixture across the cookie sheet and roast for 8 to 19 minutes.
Remove from oven, move to serving dish, and mix in 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.

Chris Wimmer is from where he blogs about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your health.

Thanks so much Chris for the cheesy and delicious looking broccoli recipe! We're always looking for ways to amp up our cruciferous vegetables and this looks like a perfect way to do it!!