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Garlicky Grainy Dressing 

Delicious and quick vinaigrette dressing for any type of leafy green. These are approximates and adjust to taste;

1/4 cup grape seed oil

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar 

1 tablespoons minced garlic (or about two cloves crushed, I’m a little lazy and used jarred) 

1 tablespoon Old Style grainy mustard 

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Shake in mason jar, or whisk well pour and serve. If it sits for a while make sure you stir/shake it again as the mustard sits to the bottom. 



Balsamic Glazed Pecans

Balsamic Pecans

Was working all weekend but Caitlin was coming for brunch so had to make something somewhat fancy to make up for my Longo’s bought quiche (though it was delicious). Made a nice spring mix salad with lemon poppy seed dressing, sliced strawberries and these delicious nuts on top!

1 cup pecans
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic
¼ cup brown sugar
A sprinkling of coarse sea salt

Bake pecans on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. When there are a couple minutes left, in medium sized frying pan, over medium-high heat boil oil, vinegar, and brown sugar together. Stirring constantly until thick and kind of frothy. Took me about 2 minutes. Take pecans out of the oven and add to the frying pan, stir until evenly coated. Pour onto parchment paper and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool. Break up for salad topping, or eat them as a snack! Recipe is easy to double or triple… haven’t tried it any bigger than that! Enjoy!

Lentil Salad

Lentil SaladThis nutritious and delicious salad is easy to make and a great way to get protein in without meat, and its loved by my non-vegetarian husband.


1 can lentils (rinsed and drained)

1 can peaches and cream corn (rinsed and drained)

1 tomato deseeded and diced

2 green onions chopped

¼ cup feta cheese crumbled

2 cloves of garlic minced

Juice from ½ lemon

1 tablespoon of lemon juice

2 tablespoon olive oil


Mix everything together and stir well. Let chill for a couple hours. Its that easy! Enjoy!

Cucumber Chickpea Salad

Chickpea Cucumber SaladI was planning on making this great lentil salad as a side dish for our veggie burgers last night but didn’t have any corn so I made this up and it turned out quite good, and just in time for summer – this will be a new go-to for a light and healthy side:


1 English cucumber, cut into bite size pieces (I cut them in ½ moon)
1 cup rinsed and drained canned chickpeas
1 tomato diced (recipes always call for deseeding, but I never do… so its up to you)
½ purple onion diced into tiny pieces
2 cloves of garlic minced
¼ cup feta cheese crumbled
½ lemon squeezed
2 tbsp olive oil


Cut up the cucumber, tomato, onion and garlic mix together with the chickpeas and feta in one bowl. Squeeze lemon, and pour olive oil over the salad and stir together. Best if you let sit in the fridge to absorb the flavours. Enjoy!