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coleslaw, hold the mayo!

23 Mar

no mayo coleslaw urbanpocketknife

Sometimes I just have a craving for coleslaw, even that awful creamy green super shredded goop satisfies!  I have no idea what makes that kind of coleslaw green but I opted out of finding out how and instead made my version instead.  Left over purple cabbage was sitting in the fridge and I just happen to have purchased a green one that day too…time for coleslaw!

This involves no mayo and is a light vinaigrette dressing instead.  Cabbage stays crunchy so this big salad last us for a few days and tasted great until the last day!

Here’s the recipe…

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blood orange glazed kabocha squash…

31 Jan

blood orange squash urbanpocketknife

A whole lotta squash this winter, I’ve been trying to figure out how we can eat squash every week but still keep it interesting.  From soups, curries, roasted to mashed, we’ve had it every which way!  I thought I’d make a glaze of some sort since honey ginger glazed carrots are such a big hit at our house.

Scrounge through the fridge, something citrusy, something sweet and something spicy!  This blood orange glaze is so easy to make, a few citrus ingredients and ginger for some zest!

Here’s the recipe!

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roasted peppers a la oven broiler…

20 Oct

As much as I would love to flame char peppers over a gas stove, I have a conventional electric one instead.  So, next best thing is to broil these babies up until they are slightly blackened and oh so delicious.  Great as a side but more excellent as an addition to whatever your making.  Add them to sandwiches, pasta, salads and even as a tasty garnish.

Squeeze a bit of lemon and some grated piave cheese and your good to go!  Here’s the recipe…

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green and yellow zucchini masala with arugala…

22 Jul

I discovered a package of masala spice in the back of our cupboard the other day and decided to add it to a zucchini side I was already making.  The flavour ended up being intense!  Super delicious, this one stop spice was all I needed for this simple dish!

Here’s the recipe!

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cabbage-less coleslaw…

30 Jun

Couldn’t be easier, three vegetables that you grate and a dressing that is simple and tasty!  Here’s the recipe…

What you need!
1 small kohlrabi
1 small jicama
3 medium carrots
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce
1 tsp sugar

What to do!

1.  Grate away!  Grate all the vegetables.  The kohlrabi and jicama will have a lot of moisture so take a handful at a time and squeeze out the excess water.

2.  Combine all the ingredients for the dressing.

3.  Drizzle over coleslaw while tossing and voila!  Instant coleslaw sans cabbage!

the universal mushroom…

22 Jun

I often sautee a lot of mushrooms at a time to use in future recipes during the week.  I think they go with almost anything!  On top of steak, mixed in a pasta salad, accompanying some chicken, tossed in a leafy spinach salad…the possibilities are endless.  Since they pack a punch in the flavour department, they’re handy to have to even whip up in sandwiches on the fly!

Here’s my super easy recipe for universal mushrooms!

What you need!
3 packages of different kinds of mushrooms (in this case, oyster, portobello and button)
2 tbsp of dark soy
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Slice your mushrooms into equal pieces.

2.  In a large skillet on high heat, drizzle some olive oil and add in the sliced mushrooms.  Add in the seasoning and sautee until tender.

Fun fact: If you don’t crowd the pan, the mushrooms will not become watery but stay nice and dry!
Second Fun Fact: if you scrape the fins of the underside of the portobello mushrooms off, you won’t tint your food a weird grey colour

anyone can make acorn squash!

11 May

Another simple recipe for a perfectly delicious acorn squash.  Takes 2 minutes prepare and then you just leave it in the oven for an hour.  Pick a squash that feels heavy for it’s size and has no blemishes on the outside.  This amazing veg can stay on your counter for days without going bad!  Here’s a super easy recipe that enhances the sweetness…

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