Here’s to: the fresh outdoors this summer, delicious treats, freshly baked goods, the experience of an abundance of fresh, local produce grown right here in Ontario, the experience of meeting locals and getting to know the community through it’s market, fun with the camera, and to chillin’ by sunflowers with the largest 10 month old “puppy” with a ponytail I’ve ever seen up close. What are some of your farmers market wins this summer, and, what do you look forward to cooking that’s fresh and in season? While you ponder some answers, get the recipe for a salad that was all the rage this summer. See Watermelon and Radish Salad now on Cooking Green Goodness: my farmers market win.
Hello and welcome to Cooking Green Goodness! The truth of the matter is, cooking vegetables is simple. Let’s get inspired in the kitchen with food to make you feel HAPPY, motivated and full of energy. There are methods that can be used to cook vegetables that give consistent results with a minimum of fuss.
In my opinion, all green vegetables, herbs, and fruits are delicious – or can be cooked delicious! Arugula, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, callaloo, spinach, swiss chard and zucchini are among my favourite foods. They’re also great to cook with! This section of my blog is dedicated to showing you how to make everyday meals greener. You will see tasty recipes and discover flavourful combinations you might not have thought possible, and learn about the benefits of a health conscious diet, inclusive of leafy greens and green foods. Cooking Green Goodness is for the person with a goal to incorporate more vegetables, fresh herbs and fruits into their daily diet, and in need of ideas to cook them delicious. At the very least, you might decide to try something new and challenge yourself. Healthy can start right here.
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Meal Planning: Green Foods A – Z
Want to see what a typical day’s meal plan, rich with greens looks like? Here are just a few of the endless and amazing options starting with a healthy and energizing Spinach Orange Mango Smoothie.
If you love fruits and vegetables – juice them! Not crazy about eating fruits and vegetables? Juice them! Here’s what a typical day’s green meal plan could look like, starting with a delectable and energizing smoothie blended with leafy green spinach. With natural juices, you can create endless flavours using all the beautiful raw green vegetables and fruits at your fingertips. This breakfast smoothie contains leafy green spinach, orange, mango, almond milk and a bit of oatmeal to help kick start your day. Click HERE to get the full recipe.
Of all the pastries that exist, puff pastry is a favourite as it’s really easy to work with. Enjoy this quick recipe for healthy sauteed fennel and greens served on top of a crisp, tender crusted puff pastry. Cut this dish into bite-sized pieces for an appetizer to serve many, or pair it with a big salad for a light dinner. See: Puff Pastry with Fennel and Greens.
Look no further than zucchini if you want a vegetable that’s versatile. Penne with Roasted Zucchini, Sweet Corn and Fresh Herbs. The vegetables in this dish are roasted until caramelized, livening up a savoury bowl of pasta.
Zucchini can be eaten raw or cooked and one of the best ways to bring out the flavour is to roast it seasoned and with sweet peppers or onions coated with a bit olive oil. Also see: Zucchini Pizza Bites.
Stuffed Baked Sweet Potato with Broccoli, Swiss Chard And Spicy Chickpea Hummus: Here’s a sweet dinner option that’s meat free and delicious! This meal is great for plant-based foodies, is packed with cooked green vegetables like broccoli and swiss chard, and topped off with spicy chickpea hummus! Click HERE to get the full recipe.
Arugula and Pesto Pizza: What I love about Arugula – other than saying ah-ROO-ga-la – is the taste! Tangy, peppery, and mustard-like is often the description. It’s also delicious on pizza! Try using a kale and walnut pesto as an alternative to tomato sauce. Click HERE to get the full recipe.
Moist, Dense, Chocolatey Brownie Bites With A Secret: There’s more, even DESSERT! Let’s get creative and discover a variety of green foods and cooking methods, like using spinach as a secret ingredient in some incredibly moist, dense chocolate brownies for example. Believe me, you’ll forget you’re eating something healthy!
Inspired? Click HERE to see what’s green and good; my growing list of tasty recipes and the mission to cook all green foods from A – Z, delicious.
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