Summer Salad

Summer is almost here! At least up north!

The rise in temperature and humidity demands a change in my feeding habits.
I have to put aside the hearty roasts and casseroles for something lighter.

I have to say that I’m excellent for cooking breakfast, snacks or desserts but healthy meals… I have a lot to learn!

Opening the fridge, I had to work with what I had, which was not much. Lettuce, an orange pepper, broccoli and some blackberries. The day before I made a salad with those  ingredients with some olive oil as a dressing, it was awful.

I asked my roommate for advice, she a genius! And I set out to do the exact same salad, which seems really good in theory, the problem was the dressing…

We figured that a sweet dressing would work really well with the blackberries. She looked up a simple recipe on the internet and we adapted it!

Salad dressing :

some olive oil
a couple of drops of balsamic vinegar
a splash of maple syrup (or honey, but I’m a real fan of maple)
some garlic
some fresh parsley and thyme
and I ended up adding some sesame seeds

It was delicious! Sweet and fresh, but filling. Just want I needed on a warm summer night.
I had the exact same thing for lunch the next day and enjoyed every bite of it!

 

So long and thanks for all the fish!!!

(Farewell quote from Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

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Homemade energy bars

Recently, I found the desire to eat a little better, not that I’m eat junk. I noticed that I ate a lot of sweet snacks not very good for me. I do have a terrible sweet tooth.

I was looking for some energy bar recipes and I found one that seemed to agree with my tastes! I am very difficult when it comes to food!

You can find the recipe here:  http://www.foodiewithfamily.com/2011/08/30/homemade-larabars/
I find this site really interesting and the recipes look awesome, I am definitely going to try some more in the near future! The slow cooker Chicken Tikka Masala seems delicious.

They are made of 4 ingredients

  • Dates
  • Almonds
  • Chocolate
  • Peanut butter

You mix everything up in a food processor, spread on a baking sheet line with paper, put in the fridge for 2 hours and Tah-dah!

Very easy to do. I tasted them and they are delicious.

This is not totally in the line of eating better but it’s a first step away from factory chocolate and bars full of i-can’t-even-pronouce-that-ingredient.