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bliss bowl with fresh mushrooms


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An Interpretation of the Freshii Bliss Bowl

Homemade version of Bliss Bowl

I was trying to think of something healthy I could eat for lunch today, and since I had some leftover brown rice from last night I decided to try making a version of the Bliss Bowl from Freshii. Of course, it didn’t taste exactly the same as the dish from the restaurant, but it was still good. Oh, and I don’t order tomatoes or red onions in my Bliss Bowl, but you certainly could add those ingredients if you want to be more authentic.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cooked brown rice

– 1 roasted bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces (I used a jarred version)

– 1/4 cup sautéed sliced button mushrooms (I used pickled mushrooms because it was all I had. It wasn’t great.)

– extra virgin olive oil (to drizzle)

– 1/2 an avocado, chopped into bite-size pieces (good luck with that…)

– crumbled chèvre goat’s cheese (to taste)

– balsamic vinegar (to drizzle)

– salt and pepper (optional)

Warm the rice in your serving bowl if using leftovers. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, and a drizzle of olive oil. Heat in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Add the avocado and goat’s cheese, then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Be light-handed with the vinegar or it will overpower the other ingredients. If you choose to use pickled mushrooms, use less vinegar or your dish will be too acidic. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Enjoy!~

EDIT 09/04/13: I made it for lunch again today, this time with fresh mushrooms. So much better…

bliss bowl with fresh mushrooms

Kale Chips


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Kale Chips (Recipe)

Kale Chips

Kale seems to be really popular these days. It’s probably because this dark leafy green vegetable is full of vitamins and minerals. Honestly though, I don’t think it tastes very good. It has a strong flavour and a tough texture that I just don’t enjoy.

On the other hand, I could eat kale chips by the plateful! They are light and crispy, with a deep earthy flavour. I think they almost taste like roasted broccoli. I’ll have to try making these chips with baby kale instead, the flavour might be a bit milder. I think Loblaws is carrying organic baby kale now.

 

Ingredients:

– 1 small bunch of kale (even a small bunch may make enough chips for 2-3 batches)

– 1 tbsp olive oil (or olive oil spray)

– sea salt (to taste)

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

2. Wash leaves and remove the “spines” (stems) from the kale.

3. Spin the leaves in a salad spinner or pat gently with a towel to remove excess moisture.

Kale

4. Rip the kale into small, chip-sized, pieces.

5. Toss with a small amount of olive oil (or mist the chips with an olive oil spray).

6. Sprinkle with a very small amount of sea salt. Kale is naturally a bit salty, so if you add too much salt the chips will taste bitter.

7. Arrange the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Fresh Kale

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the kale has become dark and crispy.

Making Kale Chips

9. Remove the chips from the oven. Drain on paper towel if needed

Kale Chips on Tray

10. Allow to cool, then eat immediately. I recommend that you do not store leftover kale chips in a plastic bag as they become soggy. I put my leftovers in a bowl and cover with a clean, dry, tea towel.

Enjoy!~

Fairy Water


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Padma Lakshmi’s Fairy Water

Padma Lakshmi's Fairy Water

A few weeks ago Padma Lakshmi was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Padma is one of my favourite TV personalities and her segment on the show was a lot of fun. She cooked a lentil salad from her cookbook, Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet, and made Fairy Water. I was eager to try making my own Fairy Water because I’ve been trying to consume green tea daily, but I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of it. Here is my own version (which was really nice) if you want to give it a try.

Glass pitcher with water

Start with a pitcher of fresh water. I used about 3 cups.

Pouring liquid into a glass pitcher

Pour in steeped green tea. I used about 3 cups of organic green tea.

Water with green tea and apples

Add your flavourings. I used a quarter of an apple cut into thin slices and two cinnamon sticks. Top off with extra water.

Fairy Water

Enjoy!~


(Obviously this video does not belong to me, I’m just sharing it)