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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Finger food | Meat and fish | Meatless

French savory spinach Crêpes

By on October 15, 2014

Hellooo!  Today, I’m talking about a recipe inspired by my French culture and it’s awesome!  What’s so great about that recipe?  So many things!
– Kids and adults love it.
– Meat lovers and vegetarian eat it.
– You get to eat your green.
– It’s perfect for dinner and makes a great lunch for school or work.

french savory spinach crepe

 Saying it’s inspired by my French culture is not totally right nor fair… to my son!  My little superhero loves to watch Popeye and  asks me regularly to buy spinach at the grocery store. I know, I am a super lucky mom as not all the kids asks for spinach, broccoli and green beans at the store.

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Meatless

Roasted veggies salad with pesto vinaigrette

By on July 24, 2014

Although summer is acting up a little this year, it’s still summer so we should enjoy it.  Everywhere but specially in your plate!  Think marinated veggies then roasted, think bright green salad, some barley al dente and the flavor of basil in the vinaigrette.  It’s a whole season in a bite.

Marinated roasted veggies

The marinade definitely gives an acidic taste to the veggie that will be soon balanced with the pesto flavor.  The tender veggies and the barley are the perfect match to the baby romaine.  You would love a bowl of this tossed fresh salad.

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Appetizer | Meatless

Spinach and quinoa stuffed portobello mushrooms

By on July 5, 2014

And we are talking quinoa and spinach in a creamy sauce!

Loaded with protein, a great vegetarian meal, yes meal because the mushrooms were that big.  If you are sharing one, it can be an appetizer.   It is topped with goat cheese and it is giving such a kick to the dish.

You will love the freshness and strength of the goat cheese is really the perfect addition and balance to the mushroom and its stuffing.

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

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Appetizer | Meatless

Zucchini-pesto fritters

By on June 5, 2014

Here a great recipe to add to your little one lunch bag, picnic menu or weekday menu!  I love simple yet tasty recipes and those fritters are meeting my requirements.  The pesto really adds a great flavor, it tastes like summer!

Zucchini fritters

Sometimes, it is just what we need, a simple idea.   Don’t you stare at your fridge sometime wondering what you will make for dinner?   Darn, there is nothing you say!  While the fridge is actually all stocked up.

When the inspiration is not there, I always make sure that there are some greens on the table!  Dang, here a green something in your plate!  My son loved it, it said it was like a cookie.

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