Three years ago I ordered fresh veggie spring rolls (also called summer rolls) at Granville Island Farmer’s Market in British Columbia and my life was forever changed. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but really – they rocked my world. How can something as simple as fresh spring rolls taste so good? It’s just some raw veggies and mung bean vermicelli noodles wrapped in rice paper. If you’ve followed my log for a while you probably know that I have a thing for raw food. While these salad rolls aren’t entirely raw, they truly are my kind of food – fresh, filling, and packed with flavor….
Salads & Snacks
This crisp, hearty, tangy, and vegan Caesar salad is a refreshingly healthy take on the old classic. While I can certainly live without a Caesar salad, Tanner can’t. When we go out and Caesar salad is on the menu, he’s ordering it. Every single time.
Since we don’t eat out that often, I never even thought about transforming the “old classic” into a healthier plant-based alternative. However, when Tanner brought a bottle of a Caesar salad dressing home a few weeks ago (just so that he could make Caesar salad more frequently), I really wanted to come up with a healthier alternative. Having Caesar salad as an occasional treat in a restaurant? OK. Turning it into a staple with a store-bought dressing? Not so OK….
If there’s any food I could make with my eyes closed, it’s fries. Old classic French fries and crispy sweet potato fries. No, I’m not addicted to them. I’ve just prepared them so many times that I have a very set formula for making the recipe. I’m not sure you can even call it a recipe – you just throw a few things together and bake the potatoes into a crispy perfection. Yes, bake them….
I never used to make veggie chips at home. All the peeling, slicing, oiling, baking, and flipping just seemed too intimidating and time-consuming. Why wouldn’t I just go to a store and pick up a bag of veggie chips instead?
Well, that’s exactly what I intended to do for a dinner party my husband and I hosted a couple of weeks ago. Except that as I browsed through the healthy aisle of the grocery store (looking for baked rather than deep-fried veggie chips, ya know), all I could find was a little tiny bag of veggie chips filled with air that cost $6!
So I headed back over to the produce section , picked up a few different veggies – beets, sweet potatoes, yams, Brussels sprouts, and kale – and made my own veggie chips at home. I’ve done a lot of experimenting with these veggie chips to achieve a crisp chip-like texture and can assure you that they are delicious! They definitely stand up to any gourmet store-bought variety for a fraction of the cost. And have I mentioned they are also healthy?…
Have you ever tried making your own crackers? Your very own crispy, crunchy, raw multi-seeded crackers? To be honest, I never thought of crackers as something worth making at home. The idea of preparing the dough, rolling it out, cutting it into shapes, baking it, and then doing the dishes afterwards – all for a mere pantry staple – never seemed particularly appealing to me. I mean, crackers are just crackers. You still need to make something to go with the crackers, like a dip or salsa. And who has the energy to do that after whipping up an entire batch of crackers? Not me.