Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad

July 19, 2016
Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad
Chickpea, Swiss Chard & Basil Salad

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.Arthur Rubinstein
Ah, this salad. This is one of my favourites that I’ve literally been making for years. So many years in fact that you (those dear readers of mine who have been with me from the start) may have even seen it here before – as I had posted this recipe in the early days and it was removed when I shuffled posts around and removed some that I no longer felt were representative of where I was at the time. That’s right – way back in the days when I was just starting to have fun here – with time to spare (or the illusion of time amongst all of the existing pressures I was under). It’s crazy how long ago that seems, and I was just reminded of this while visiting a dear old friend this past weekend.
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Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad

July 6, 2016
Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad
Grilled Corn, Tempeh + Summer Vegetable Salad

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.Albert Einstein
This salad is the result of last week’s trip to the Farmer’s Market here in Vancouver, where I was pleasantly surprised by the haul I got for the seemingly very little money I spent. The produce this year is just incredible, from the berries and cherries to the greens and veggies that are overflowing everywhere. We’re still eating tidbits from the market trip almost a week ago if you can believe it, and I’m itching to go back for another crack at this delicious bread and more importantly, this hand made local butter – just a few of my favourite finds from the last visit.
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Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles

July 2, 2016
Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles
Cumin Spiced Lentil Hummus with Chives & Chiles

I failed my way to success.Thomas Edison
Hey everyone! I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful holiday weekend. This recipe is a new one created using lentils from GRAIN, grown by my best friend and business partner’s dad Bob Wallace in Tyner, Saskatchewan. I simply had to share it here as it is a lovely fresh take on everyone’s favourite dip. Once again, it’s evident that I’ve struggled to post regularly here (at least I did not pass the one month mark!), but please stay tuned as summer is here, complete with more time to create, play, and connect.  
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Roasted Chickpea & Potato Salad w/ Thyme + Mustard

June 6, 2016
Roasted Chickpea & Potato Salad w/ Thyme + Mustard
Roasted Chickpea & Potato Salad w/ Thyme + Mustard

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama
This easy combo is one that could be made pretty much any time and any season – as it is comprised of ingredients that are usually stocked in any whole foods kitchen. The difference you’ll get when summer comes is all those amazing local potato varieties that will add something different to this soon-to-be-classic salad each time you try it! Use any colour baby nuggets you can find here, as you can’t go wrong with any of those nutrient-loaded starchy gems :).
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Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

May 23, 2016
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Sweet Corn + Beluga Lentil Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

“What will happen to us?” I asked. “There will always be us,” he answered. Patti Smith
This weekend was just a little bit special. Not because we did anything particularly ground breaking – unless you consider painting walls and sweeping the top of our old garage a particular thrill! With three glorious days and zero work scheduled this long weekend, I’d been looking forward to this long weekend of hermit-hood more than anything I’d planned in recent memory. With life these days being a whirlwind of working several projects, keeping up with fitness goals, and still trying to stay on top of the needs of the ever evolving family – I love being at home in my down time, with my family, getting shit done.
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