Seasonal Salads Recipe

Preparation Time: 20 minutes for each salad
Cooking Time: for Sweetcorn and Potato Salad: 25 minutes
Each Dish Serves: 6 to 8

Pineapple and Turkey Salad

Pineapple and Turkey SaladCut a fresh pineapple lengthways but make one part deeper to hold the salad, leave the green leaves on this portion. Cut away the hard core and dice the flesh over a basin so no juice is wasted.

Dressing

  1. Blend 1 tablespoon olive or salad oil with 2 tablespoons pineapple juice, add 1 teaspoon French mustard, 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Cut approximately 450g cooked turkey into dice, the same size as the pineapple, add to the dressing with a 1 deseeded diced red pepper, 3 tablespoons browned flaked almonds, 3 tablespoons diced cucumber and 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds.
  3. Add the diced pineapple to the turkey mixture just before serving the salad, spoon into the pineapple case, top with browned almonds.

Chicory Waldorf Salad

Chicory Waldorf Salad

  1. Arrange white chicory and red radicchio leaves around the edge of a flat dish, Blend equal quantities of diced celery, unpeeled dessert apples and deseeded black and white grapes together.
  2. Toss the ingredients in well seasoned yoghourt, add halved pecan nuts or walnuts and spoon into the centre of the chicory and radicchio.

Sweetcorn and Potato Salad

Sweetcorn and Potato Salad

  1. Cook and dice potatoes; cook frozen sweetcom.
  2. Blend equal amounts of mayonnaise and yoghourt together with a few drops of Tabasco sauce, a very little tomato purée, a little paprika and seasoning.
  3. Add small spring onions or cocktail onions, a generous amount of chopped parsley and chives; stir the potatoes and sweetcorn into the dressing.
  4. Serve well chilled or warm.
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Vitamix 1782

I Can’t Stop Using My New Blender!

Today is a big day for me, because my Vitamix 1782 TurboBlend just arrived this morning. I’ve had plenty of blenders in the past, but I’m especially excited for this one because it’s my first Vitamix. In case you don’t know a whole lot about countertop blenders, Vitamix probably makes the best blenders on the market. They’re commercial grade, high powered, durable, and long lasting machines that are loaded with neat settings and features. They’re a smoothie enthusiasts dream!

The one and only down side to my Vitamix 1782 is that it’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. At $354 dollars, it’s a bit pricy. But it has some of the best blender reviews I’ve seen, and for good reason. This thing is a BEAST. It can hack through anything without so much as a blip.

This afternoon, I decided to put it to the test. I had already made my usual morning protein smoothie, and it performed flawlessly as expected. But I wanted to find out how strong the two speed, two-peak horsepower motor really is. I took some rough ingredients, namely some frozen vegetables, an entire broccoli stock, a carrot, and some other things, and blended them up on high. The 1782 TurboBlend hacked it all up with no problem. It’s advertised to spin at a whopping 240 mph. I’m thinking about taking the motor out and putting it in my Toyota!

Aside from being pretty fun, my experiment proved that my new blender can chop through pretty much any edible substance. I can’t fathom ever needing to blend a rougher combination than what I put in there today. I expect it to hold up over the years too, especially because it comes with a five year warranty.

I didn’t know it before I bought the 1782 and read about some of its features, but excess heat that lower grade blenders can make may damage or kill off some of the enzymes and nutrients in your shake. The 1782 doesn’t produce any excess heat, so it doesn’t have any negative effect on your ingredients.

The container is 64 oz, which is definitely sizable enough for me. It included a cookbook which I thought was a really neat bonus. I haven’t tried any of the recipes out of it yet, but they look good!

So far, I’m definitely super happy with my new blender. I have been using it pretty much nonstop so that should tell you something about how much I love it. If you need to get a new blender at some point, I highly recommend this one. It’s the best blender I’ve ever used!

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My Top 10 Favorite Healthy Summertime Snacks

I loooooove snacks. I always find myself munching on things in order to keep from being hungry between meals. And because I’m always snacking, it’s easy to just grab whatever is around to satisfy my hunger. But over the years, I’ve found that grabbing just anything can backfire on my health and fitness goals. And I always seem to grab the sweet stuff. So, I’ve learned to be prepared as much as possible and try my best to have my favorite snacks in the house or in my purse. Now that summer’s here and swimsuit season is in full effect, I’m snacking a little bit smarter and lighter. Continue reading →

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Renewed Recipes: Carrot and Ginger Soup with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower

Sooooo… I may have cheated a little bit with this recipe, but the easier the better, right!? I’m all for making things quick, easy and yummy. This recipe definitely fits that criteria. I also just realized I put up a lot of recipes that have to do with sweet potatoes. I might really love them. Let’s begin so we can get your taste buds wrapped around this amazing and SUPER easy Carrot and Ginger Soup with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cauliflower. Continue reading →

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Hello, I'm Vegan

New Beginnings: Switching to a Plant-Based Diet

Happy 2013, everyone!

I didn’t dive right into writing posts about resolutions, goals, challenges and making 2013 “the best year” right away. Simply because, as of a few years ago, I don’t really believe in resolutions. I believe in setting goals and following through with a plan to achieve them, whatever time of year. Not just in January. Most resolutions I always hear are so lofty and often unrealistic. It pushes me further away from making them and just sticking with my own meaning of doing things with no fear, doing the best I can in everything I do, and living every day to the fullest. And it is always my hope that those who choose January to make very big resolutions are able to stick with them and succeed. Continue reading →

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