The Niçoise was Delicious

photo 1Third trimester pregnancy has had me craving pretty much the same things over and over again. Avocado rolls and veggie tempura, but I have been trying my darnedest to keep my diet varied and healthy. After eating at a fancy restaurant and seeing their classic niçoise on the menu I haven't able to get it out of my head… I kept seeing them everywhere and any salad with potatoes in it is pretty much ace in my book. So this is my not so specific recipe for a delish and vegan niçoise! Enjoy!!!! photo 3Whatcha Need:

Butter Lettuce

Red potatoes, chopped and steamed until soft

String beans, trimmed and steamed [try to keep them a bit crunchy]

Niçoise or Kalamata olives, chopped [niçoise are actually not my fave]

Red onion, sliced very thin

Roasted red peppers, sliced super thin

Artichoke hearts, quartered [canned is fine, but in a perfect world I would've steamed my own]

White beans, strained and rinsed

Avocado sliced

Dressing:

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1/3 cup of Olive oil

a few splashes of warm water to loosen it up

A healthy pinch of salt

A few turns of the pepper mill

Chives, chopped [I didn't have any, but it would've made the dressing perfect]photo 2You can make enough for 1 or for 10 very easily. There aren't any rules on how you compile this salad!!! Seriously, enjoy putting it together. I'm a fan of the deconstructed plate. I like to lightly dress each component before plating it. You don't need much. There's nothing I hate more than a soggy over dressed salad. Well, maybe ugly shoes… and ugly handbags… and ugly wedding dresses… I think you get the point. Anywho, I plan of eating this salad for like a week. Enjoy!!!

Veggie Sushi in a Snap

IMG_3400I love sushi, like LOVE-LOVE sushi. Being a veggie doesn't mean that I don't get to enjoy my sweet, sweet nori wrapped goodness. Veggie sushi is literally the most delish food on the planet. I can [and have] lived off of avocado rolls for weeks. It's a great food pairing, easy on the digestive system, and so super yummy. I while ago my good buddy Chelsea and I decided to try and make our own sushi. It worked smashingly well. Here's a post from back in the olden days if you'd like to see how that went down!! I love taking the time to make rice and yada, yada… but sometimes you just ain't got no damn time. That's when I pop a bag of Seeds of Change brown rice into the microwave, quickly boil and blanche some thin asparagus, and slice an avocado. Boom. You just have to roll your sushi and enjoy. Seriously. It's crazy easy. If you want to pop a sweet potato in the microwave, cut up some baked tofu, or pea shoots or anything else your crazy brain can fathom!! Get creative!! Have fun!!! Namaste! IMG_3403