5 Steps to a Perfect Salad

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1) Include fresh herbs.
Any and all of them.  Throw in some basil, parsley, cilantro, mint…it will totally take your salad to the next level.

2) Make sure you have something crunchy.
Try toasted pumpkin seeds, raw slivered almonds, kimchee, raw carrots, radish, cucumbers, jicama or cut up kohlrabi (a completely forgotten and super yummy veggie).

3) Season that baby up!
Use quality sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and make sure you really work your dressing into the greens.  Even distribution is key (and that way you won’t need to use as much)!

**Our secret to the perfect dressing is 2 parts good quality oil + 2 parts acid (vinegar or citrus) + 1 part Dijon mustard.  A little S & P and you’re good to go!

4) Always include something unexpected.
Try sliced banana, blueberries, granola, seaweed snacks, scrambled eggs, or any leftovers (like curry or stir fries).

5) Go for a chop-chop.
Put it all on a board and take out your aggression by chopping all of your ingredients into easy, bite size pieces.

For even more salad inspiration check out all the salads from #SaladFest2013

What are your favorite salad ingredients and dressings?  Share the love down below.

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Your Thanksgiving Menu

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (and this year it falls on Channukah! Even more holiday fun), so it’s time to start planning your menu or thinking about what show stopping dish you’ll be bringing to your pot luck feast.

To help make this year’s holiday cooking as simple and FUN as possible, we are providing a completely comprehensive, tried and true recipe guide.

Firstly, when it comes to the bird this is all you need to know.

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For side dishes & dessert (which are the best parts anyway), follow this fool proof menu…

Gluten Free Quinoa Stuffing

Dijon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Cauliflower Parsnip & Apple Puree

Cranberry Citrus (Awesome) Sauce

Gluten Free Apple & Pear Crumble

Spiced Pumpkin & Dark Chocolate Cupcakes


In our Healthy Basics Cookbook you can find other perfect recipes (for the Holidays or any time) like…

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Balsamic Collards with Pine Nuts

Roasted Veggies topped with Vanilla Roasted Nuts (uh-mazing)

We’d love to see what you make!  Inspire us, and the rest of the Cooking Camp Crew by posting your pics on our Facebook page.  

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Gluten Free Orange & Sage Quinoa Stuffing

This recipe has all the flavor a classic Thanksgiving stuffing…but won’t leave you with a raging gluten hangover.

Because so many of our Campers avoid “the glu” (our sometimes code-name for gluten) we wanted to give you a Thanksgiving option that has all the flavors and fixins’ you’ll  find in a traditional stuffing but give it a totally whole-grain, healthified makeover.

Preeeetty sure we nailed it with this one.  What do you think?

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Gluten Free Orange Quinoa and Sage Stuffing
Servings: 6-8
Time: 40 minutes

  • 2 cups quinoa, well rinsed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp dried sage OR 2 tablespoons chopped fresh
  • 1 tsp dried parsley OR ¼ cup chopped fresh
  • ½ cup of walnuts, roughly chopped and toasted
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups mushrooms, chopped (can use white button, baby bellas or any kind)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for cooking plus more quinoa
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

*Note: save a little parsley, zest and walnuts for garnishing at the end

Directions

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot.  Then add your quinoa, a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper.  Cover and reduce the heat to a simmer, then cook the quinoa for 15 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed (quinoa will continue to bake in oven so it’s okay if it’s a little wetter than usual).

In a separate pan heat extra virgin olive oil on medium-high heat.  Sauté onions with garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.

Add celery, mushrooms and herbs and season generously with salt and pepper.  Continue to cook an additional 5-6 minutes (until mushrooms begin to brown).

Toss cooked veggies and herbs into a baking dish with quinoa, orange zest and walnuts and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Garnish with an additional sprinkle of parsley, zest and walnuts and serve.

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Wellness Wonderland’s {Sweet, Salty, Spicy, Simple} Breakfast Salad #SaladFest2013

We are super into Wellness Wonderland founder, Katie Dalebout’s, idea of turning breakfast upside down and making a BREAKFAST SALAD.  We, too, love our green smoothies, but we also love to chew…this is a perfect solution.

“So this week’s recipe is a breakfast salad. I know what you’re thinking, salad for IMG_3548breakfast? Healthy girl’s gone cray cray. But two things: a) it’s the same thing as a green smoothie (a very typical breakfast) just blended & b) savory breakfasts are actually pretty common. I got thinking about how breakfast sandwiches are mainstream, why not salads?

Now don’t get me wrong, I like a green smoothie for breakfast as much as the next guy and completely agree that starting your day with superstar greens is stellar for your body and energy, however sometimes you just want to chew!

So this is pretty much a fruitless green smoothie in salad form. I know what you’re thinking. Salad in the morning? No way, I want something sweet.

Gotcha covered, this salad is actually sweet without containing any fruit or sweeteners.

It may seem a little strange not having typical breakfasts foods in the morning like oats or fruit but really our bodies don’t need much in the morning (if anything at all) except simplicity.

And just a quick note: the health benefits of this guy are off the chain…

The bitter arugula, the cleansing lemon and cayenne, the healthy filling fats of the avocado, the warming blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon…literally everything in this is amazing for you in so many ways, start googling.

& one more thing this best part of this salad is that you can really tailor it and make it your own. Think of this as your base and dress it up however you’re feeling in the morning, like you would yogurt.”

katie dalebout breakfast salad

Quadruple S {Sweet Spicy Salty Simple} Salad 
aka THE Breakfast Salad
Servings: 1
Time: 10 minutes

  • About four cups chopped arugula (get in there with your knife and really go to town chopping it small)
  • 2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Squeeze or two of fresh lemon
  • Half of a large avocado (or a full small one)
  • Alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts (any kind of mild sprouts)
  • Pinch of Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • Dash or two of cayenne (optional depending on how spicy you like)
  • Shredded coconut

Optional sweet breakfast toppings:

  • Hemps seeds
  • Sprouted blanched almonds (that’s what I had in the photo
  • Goji berries (or any dried fruit)
  • Lucama
  • Cocao nibs
  • Sliced banana
  • Favorite granola
  • Nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Dulse flakes (also in photo)

Directions

Add everything to your salad bowl and toss well to combine.

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Katie is a yogi, ‘Spirit Junkie’, coach, and most importantly, a blogger. She adores the all things wellness and loves writing and talking about holistic health & happiness on her blog, her weekly Podcast WWRadio, and in her daily life.
If you’d like more inspiration from Katie visit her in wonderland or on her Instagram,Facebook,Twitter, and YouTube. Be well…

 

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Italian Tuna Bean Salad #SaladFest2013

SO SAD!  We can’t believe that Salad Fest is almost over.  quinn and robyn_nutritional yeast

Consider this recipe our encore.

We strangely didn’t get any tuna salad recipes so we wanted to jump in and make sure you guys were covered for that.

This Tuna Salad is super healthy– no mayo whatsoever.  Just light, fresh ingredients that make a perfect lunch (throw it on a sandwich) or dinner (have it with a salad or some grains).

This is an HCC classic that is in our Healthy Cooking Camp: Healthy Cooking Basics Cookbook.  Grab your copy HERE and you’ll see our top 5 swaps for ways to makeover this recipe and make it totally your own.

HCC_tuna bean saladItalian Tuna-Bean Salad

Servings:  2-4
Time: 7 minutes

  • 1 15-ounce can of Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of Italian tuna (preferably jarred and packed in oil), oil drained
  • 2 tablespoons pitted, halved and very thinly sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Zest and juice from half a lemon (if you’ve got one of those sad, juiceless lemons, use both sides for juice)
  • A couple good pinches of salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • A few glugs of olive oil

Additional add-in options

  • 1 tablespoon of capers
  • Spoonful of dijon mustard
  • Chopped roasted peppers
  • Couple spoonfuls of lacto-fermented vegetables

Directions

Mix everything but the olive oil in a small to medium sized tupperware (for easy storage later).  You can mash the beans and/or tuna a bit as well. Add the glugs of olive oil, mix it lightly and enjoy!

This is delicious on top of a salad by itself or with tahini dressing.  You can also create a sandwich on toasted bread with some spicy greens like arugula or watercress, a schmear of tahini and roasted peppers.

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We’re Robyn + Quinn and we’re the founders of healthycookingcamp.com.  Our mission is to take you from totally confused to total connoissuer in your kitchen.  Follow our adventures in food and fun on Twitter and YouTube.

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