Thanksgiving Salad

For this upcoming Canadian thanksgiving I looked up a Canadian recipe for salad (you guessed it, made with maple syrup) which goes well with other items on your table. It is called Roasted Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Mustard Dill Vinaigrette. The title pretty much gives away the ingredients, I know, but you would not know how to make it before visiting the link on Food Network!I followed the original recipe (linked above) only modified it slightly by increasing the amount of kale to 5 cups and skipping agave nectar in the sauce. I was super happy with the result – very autumnish colors, filling yet light and refreshing with a sweet-sour taste.

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!


What to do with extra homegrown zucchini

It is said that two zucchini plants produce enough zucchinis for a family of four to eat as much as they can for the entire summer. This year I grew three zucchini plants for the two of us, which meant way too much of it if we were to stick only to our traditional Persian style zucchini stew.

Almost every single morning I checked on my vegetable garden I found a new baby zucchini turned into a huge heavy one almost before my eyes. So, even with all I gave away to family and friends I still had to come up with new creative ways to consume this delicious vegetable. Read the rest of this entry »


Fried fish & cranberries

This colorful fish dish is improvised by my sister and besides tasting deliciously sour, helps lift your spirit, especially when accompanied by spinach-avocado-grapefruit salad (see picture below).

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Strawberry & Baby Spinach Salad

This is another pretty looking, common salad which is nice to have while strawberries are still in season.

Ingredients:

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Mixed quinoa with zucchini

I recently saw a cook book with some 200 hundred recipes for quinoa! I am going to buy it soon, but from what I figured out by skimmed through, it looked like a combination of white red and black quinoa would go with absolutely anything you could imagine: be it salads, side dishes or main dishes , with fried and grilled meat, chicken and fish.

All I want to say is that quinoa is good for your health. It is pretty and it knows no limit! I already posted the most basic type here. And what I am about to share is something I learned from my sister, tried successfully and served as a side dish with grilled salmon. The combination was just wonderful. Read the rest of this entry »


Massaged Kale Salad

Massaged Kale Salad, a nutritious magical and delicious salad with many verity of recipes. Here is the one I prefer over the others.

Ingredients: (for a small bowl like the one shown in the picture) half a bunch of Kale, or about 6-7 leaves, washed, drained, and torn into small sized pieces. Yellow mango, 1 medium to large, skinned and diced. Sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp. Olive oil, 1 tbsp. Honey, 1 tbsp. Lime juice, 1 tbsp. Salt 1 tea spoon. Read the rest of this entry »