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Inappropriate

I feel like this post is almost inappropriate tonight. The whole country is gearing itself up for the rugby semi-finals tonight. I’ve read online that the Rugby World Cup may be partly responsible for lowering vegetable prices – everyone is eating takeout so the demand has lessened. And then there is me – eating a salad as my main meal. But this is no ordinary salad – this has got to be the best salad I have had this Spring. It is fresh, filling, delicious and a complete meal in a bowl.  Broccoli, snow peas, peas & chicken are tossed in a tangy Asian-inspired dressing and then sprinkled with toasted almonds and cayenne pepper. Delicious. I recommend you try it!

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Double Pea Spring Salad Recipe
(adapted from Warm Snow Pea & Chicken Salad at EatingWell.com)

(serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 250g chicken breast
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 broccoli
  • 100g snow peas
  • 1/2 cup peas

Dressing:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Toppings:

  • 1T sliced almonds, toasted
  • dried capsicum flakes (optional)
  • cayenne pepper (optional)

Method

  1. Bring chicken stock to a gentle simmer in a pot. Add chicken and cook until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the snow peas into strips and cut broccoli into bite sized florets.
  3. Cook peas by microwaving for 2 minutes in a tablespoon of water. Alternatively, boil in water until heated through and bring green.
  4. Place dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until smooth, place aside.
  5. Heat 1 teaspoon of sesame oil over a moderate heat in a fry pan.
  6. Add garlic and ginger to fry pan until fragrant (about 1 minute)
  7. Add broccoli and snow peas to fry pan. Cook for about 5 minutes until the broccoli is tender crisp and heated through.
  8. Meanwhile, drain chicken and tear into pieces.
  9. Add chicken, peas and dressing to fry pan when broccoli is cooked. Mix to combine.
  10. Serve and top with toasted almonds and dried capsicum flakes. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper if you enjoy a little heat.
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Meet My Oven

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Meet my oven. He likes to incinerate things. Everything. Even when you set the thermostat to 25 degrees celsius.  Needless to say these pita chips did not end up on my dinner plate.

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Even though the chips were a big fail, the dip turned out to be a winner. After the success of my tostadas the other night, I felt like sticking with the Mexican theme. I tried a Black Bean Dip Recipe from Food.com. This would be great for entertaining because all the method involves is throwing the ingredients in the blender until mixture forms a light, creamy and very tasty dip. The jalapeno gives the dip a bit of spice and it tastes really nice with sour cream. I served my dip in a whole wheat pita pocket with tomato, cucumber, baby spinach leaves, sour cream and cheese. No doubt it would taste awesome with corn chips.

Mexican Black Bean Dip Recipe (adapted from Black Bean Dip Recipe from Food.com)

(yields 1.5 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3t tomato paste
  • 2TBSP water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2t lime juice
  • 1/2t cumin
  • 1/8t cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2TBSP jalapeno
  • salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander, to garnish (optional but very good)

Method

1. Place all ingredients apart from coriander in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
2. Scrape dip into a bowl and garnish with fresh coriander

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