Appetizer | Meatless

Cranberry Walnut kale salad with goat cheese dressing

By on March 13, 2015

Hello nice weather and positive temperatures!  Everybody seems so merry and smiley lately and it might be thanks to Mother Nature.  It’s not summer yet but after so many -25C or -30C in Toronto, let me tell you that +2 is worth jumping all over!

Gorgeous blue sky, snow melting, does it put you in a spring/summer mood?  Of course it does!  I love it and now I can say Bye to soups and Hello colorful salads!

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

 Last year, I tried kale and I really fell for it!  Since it’s a chewy salad, I chop it off really small.  I use to pound it with the meat tenderizer but I skip that task and it’s just fine.  I add some nuts for crunchy-crunchy, some cranberries for some sweet taste.

Aaaaand… Wait for it (**drum roll**), I make that super simple, quick and easy goat cheese dressing.  Kale dressed in white and creamy love.  I mean, you have to try it to believe it! So simple and yet so crazy amazingly good!

True story: (Don’t tell El Cubano I told you) He likes his green salad dry, so without dressing.  Not his thing.   Well, as he wishes.  The other day, he said he was ready to try some kale (you know he’s not big on veggies and all… we talked about that). And TA-DA!  He loves this recipe with the dressing!  It’s that good.

Cranberries-Walnuts kale salad with goat cheese dressing

My little super-hero who is 4 loved it too!  He wanted some for his lunch but I didn’t have any left over without the nuts but good to know!  Isn’t he amazing eating kale and spinach?  That’s my boy!

On another note…

Lately, I have been having a hard time balancing life and blogging, as you can see.  It’s not always easy and blogging is a lot of work.  I needed to relax and not think about it for some time.  So little by little, I’ll be back.  Also, the sun is here more often.  I just don’t know how to take pictures without natural light.  I tried and I have horrible pictures….

Anyway, hope you are still reading and you’ll be back soon!

Kale salad goat cheese dressing

 

Cranberries kale salad with goat cheese dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Keeps well in the fridge for 2 days, even after adding the dressing.

Ingredients

  • - 2 cups -packed- of chopped kale
  • - 1/2 cup of dry cranberries
  • - 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • Dressing:
  • - 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • - 2 tablespoons of goat chees
  • - Salt to taste
  • - Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. - Rince your kale. Dry. On a chopping board, chop the kale. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. - Add the dry cranberries and walnuts.
  3. - For the dressing, pour the olive oil in a ramekins, add the goat cheese and stir until smooth.
  4. - Add salt and pepper to taste
  5. - Pour on your salad and toss.
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Healthy energy bites, the perfect snack

By on April 24, 2014

It is raw, it is vegan, it is peanut-free, it is gluten-free, it is dairy free, it is for YOU!

As I was telling you, we indulged a lot during our vacations.  When you come back from a holiday break, your body is totally off and so is your appetite.  At least for me.  I am hungry earlier and my stomach is calling for more food!

Aaaand here comes my little healthy bites.  Look at those guys.  It has raisins, sunflowers seeds, spiced up with cinnamon and the crunch of popped quinoa!

Raisin quinoa energy bites

Don’t you want to steal one?  Or 2?  I am telling you, there are addictive!

I just told you about popped quinoa, it is such a perfect find!  I make a little jar to always have some, I added some in my yogurt, salads and now those bites.  You HAVE to try it!

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My big secret about crème brûlée…

By on January 28, 2014

I think it is about time that somebody demystify this recipe!  That amazing crème de la crème with a caramelized topping.  Mmh… I am sure you want one now and I will help you to make that happen.   Promise.

When I tell people who I prepared a crème brûlée, they are always ”wowed” and think I am a super chef because of that.  And sometimes because I am French too.

While I am happy to take that credit and those compliments, I have to share the secret with you, it is way too simple.  My go-to-recipe is FROM a book!  Of course, I am like you.  I am not going to reinvente the wheel, specially when it is just perfect.

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Here is a quick way to satisfy a vegetarian friend: Quinoa crust tart

By on January 26, 2014

One of my friend is allergic to wheat and she has become a vegetarian.  I was super exited to have her for dinner for a little girly chit-chat since we do not see each other that often!  But wow… she had me challenged!  That was great actually, I came up with a new recipe and she got really impressed.

I decided to share my little secret as you may have a vegetarian friend too and trust me this  tart will be enjoyed.

For my friend, I had prepared small vegetable tarts on a quinoa crust.  I was quite simple, tasty and it looked nice.

Quinoa

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