Simple Kale and Sweet Potato Salad \\\ Salade de Kale et de Patate Douce Facile

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Since the beginning of January, I have been craving kale like if it was chocolate. That’s very good I think! Well, better than chocolate anyway… This is a really fun kale salad: it is colorful, simple to prepare, delicious and makes for a complete meal. I prepared this many times for my lunches-on-the-go, and it is great.

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Here is what you need per person:

  • 2 cups of kale, washed and shredded into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 sweet potato, baked and diced
  • 1 cup of shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 tofu burger, diced
  • 1 tsp tahini paste
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • sesame seeds to garnish
  • salt and pepper to your taste

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the lemon juice and the tahini paste together until it is well combined. If the mixture is too thick, add a few tablespoons of water.
  2. Place your kale in a large bowl and mix in the dressing. Massage the dressing in the kale to help it be more tender. Add the other ingredients and mix everything. Enjoy!

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Simple right? It’s so delicious! The dressing really brings the kale to another level by adding just the right amount of creaminess. As it is full of greens and protein, this salad really keeps me full for a long time. Plus, it’s super colorful and fun. You can also prepare all the ingredients in advance and just put everything together when you need something amazing to eat. Let me know if you try it out!


Depuis le début du mois de Janvier, mes envies de chocolat ont été remplacées par des envies de kale. Plutôt chouette, non? … et étrange aussi! Cette petite salade de kale est délicieuse, pleine de couleurs, facile à préparer, et parfaite à emporter en lunch. Miam!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin par personne:

  • 2 tasses de kale, lavé et déchiré en petits morceaux
  • 1/2 patate douce, cuite et coupée en dé
  • 1 tasse de choux rouge rapé
  • 1 burger de tofu, coupé en dé
  • 1 c. à thé de tahini
  • le jus 1/4 de citron
  • graines de sésame pour garnir
  • sel et poivre à votre goût

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Mélanger le jus de citron et le tahini pour obtenir une sauce. Si le mélange est trop épais, vous pouvez ajouter quelques cuillères à thé d’eau pour le rendre plus fluide.
  2. Placer le kale dans un grand bol et y ajouter la sauce. Masser le tout pour rendre le kale bien tendre. Ajouter le reste des ingrédients et bien mélanger. Savourez!

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C’est super simple, non? La sauce apporte un délicieux côté crémeux à cette jolie salade colorée. Puisqu’elle contient plein de kale et de protéines, cette salade me donne de l’énergie pour un long moment. J’adore aussi le coté sucré que la patate douce apporte. Finalement, tous les ingrédients peuvent être préparés à l’avance et gardés au frigo pour une salade prête à assembler. Dites-moi si vous l’essayer!

Lazy Stuffed Sweet Potatoes \\\ Patates douces farcies faciles

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I love sweet potatoes! They are so delicious and simple to prepare. I really enjoy their colours, and they are a definite staple in my kitchen. This recipe makes for great lunches and amazing dinners. It is simple, easy to prepare and to put together, full of flavours and you can use the bean filling on toast or just on top of a salad.

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Here is what you need:

  • 1 small sweet potato per person
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of mixed beans
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs tahini
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds

To serve:

  • Lettuce
  • sesame seeds
  • Lemon juice

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash your sweet potatoes and poke them with a fork all around to help them cook more quickly. Place them in your oven set at 350F for 1 hour or until you can push a fork all the way through them.
  2. For the bean filling, place all the ingredients in a pan set on medium heat and let cook until the tomatoes are cooked. Mix well so that the tahini coats everything nicely.
  3. To serve, place some lettuce at the bottom of your plate. Cut the sweet potato in half and place it on the lettuce. Add some beans on top and garnish with some sesame seeds and a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Enjoy!

This is so delicious! I love the fact that I can just cook some sweet potatoes ahead and whip up the bean filling in no time. The beans are slightly spicy, but the flavours are well balanced between the bitterness of the tahini and the sourness of the lemon juice. I’ve been craving this these last few days, so I hope you give it a try!

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J’adore les patates douces! Elles sont si délicieuses et faciles à préparer. J’ adore leur couleur, et on en trouve toujours dans ma cuisine. Cette recette est parfaite pour des lunchs préparés à l’avance ou pour des dîner savoureux. Elle est simple, facile à préparer et à assembler, pleine de saveurs et il est possible d’utiliser le mélange de légumineuses directement sur une salade ou sur du pain. Miam!

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Voici ce dont vous aurez besoin:

  • 1 petite patate douce par personne
  • 1 conserve de maïs
  • 1 conserve de légumineuse mélangées
  • 2 tomates
  • 1 c. à thé de poudre d’ail ou une gousse d’ail émincée
  • 1 c. à thé de flocons de piment
  • 1 c. à soupe de sauce soja
  • 2 c. à soupe de tahini
  • 1 c. à soupe de graines de sésame

Pour servir

  • Laitue
  • graines de sésame
  • jus de citron

Voici ce qu’il faut faire:

  1. Bien laver les patates douces et faire des trous tour autour à l’aide d’une fourchette pour les aider à cuire. Les placer dans votre four à 350F (180C) et les laisser cuire pour 1 heure ou jusqu’à ce qu’une fourchette puisse les traverser facilement.
  2. Pour la garniture de légumineuses, placer tous les ingrédients dans une poêle sur feu doux. Mélanger le tout et laisser cuire jusqu’à ce que les tomates soient bien cuites. Bien mélanger pour que le tahini recouvre bien le tout.
  3. Pour servir, placer quelques feuilles de laitue dans le fond de votre assiette. Couper une patate douce en deux et la placer sur la laitue. Ajouter la garniture de légumineuse sur le dessus. Garnir avec des graines de sésame et du jus de citron. Savourez!

Une vraie recette pour les chefs paresseux! J’adore le fait que les patates douces se préparent très bien à l’avance et que la garniture de légumineuses est très rapide à préparer, tout en étant savoureuse et légèrement épicée. Les saveurs de ce plat sont bien balancées entre la fraîcheur de la laitue, la texture crémeuse de la patate douce et des légumineuse, l’amertune du tahini et l’acidité du jus de citron. J’espère que vous essayerez cette recette!

Simple Aubergine Spread

I really like aubergines or eggplants. The texture is so spongy, it is a lot of fun to cook with because it will absorb any sauce while keeping a nice slightly chewy texture. My boyfriend, on the other hand, is really not a big fan of this ingredient. I really wanted to find a recipe using eggplant that would be good enough for him to appreciate. Well, I found it.

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This aubergine spread is inspired by baba ghannouj, but I removed the olive oil because I thought that the tahini was enough. Anyways, this is super easy to prepare, and you can cook the aubergine ahead of time and whip this up in 5 minutes.

Definitively a crowd-pleaser, this spread is a great substitute for hummus, goes great with vegetables, and is a great addition to any sandwich. Did I mention it was great? You can also add any spice you like to make it extra flavorful.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 large eggplant
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs tahini (sesame seeds butter)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • optional additions: red pepper flakes, fresh garlic, fresh cilantro, roasted sesame seeds, thyme, rosemary, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and anything else you think will work!

Here is what you do:

  1. Wash the eggplant, and cut out the stem. Cut the eggplant in two lengthwise. Score the flesh diagonally. Rub some salt and pepper on the flesh. Rejoin the two halves and tightly wrap the eggplant in foil.
  2. Bake the eggplant for 40 minutes at 350F. Wrapping the eggplant up will help keeping the white color of the eggplant flesh. If you don’t mind the change of color, you can just place the eggplant halves on a cookie sheet.
  3. Once the eggplant is cooked, let it cool until you can handle it with your hands. Unwrap the eggplant and place the two halves in a colander to drain. Once the eggplant is completely cooled, follow the recipe to the end, or place the eggplant in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to continue.
  4. With a big spoon, scrape the eggplant flesh out into your food processor bowl. Be careful, we don’t want any skin in there.
  5. Add the vinegar, tahini, salt and pepper, and process until smooth. Taste and season to your liking. Keep in the fridge in an air-tight container.

This is really good! The texture is more light than hummus while still having that really nice tahini flavour. The best thing is, my boyfriend loved it! Let me know if you try it out and what extras you put in.

Easy Thai Inspired Salad Dressing

While in San Francisco, one of the best salads we had was the Thai Salad from Hot Spud. Nothing fancy, but the spicy peanut dressing was really tasty and delicious.

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So, I tried to make something similar to it, and this is what I came up with.

This dressing is very creamy, adds a ton of flavour, gives you some protein and is a breeze to make. You don’t even need a blender! What else it there to ask for?

I don’t think there is much “Thai-ness” to this, but it is very yummy, so please give it a try!

Here is what you need:

  • the juice of 1 lime (about 1/3 cup) + the zest of it
  • 1 tbs sesame oil
  • 2-3 tbs of crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp tahini butter
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup of water
  • salt

Here is what you do:

  1. Mix the lime juice and zest, sesame oil, hot sauce, tahini and peanut butter together.
  2. Add water until you get the consistency you enjoy most.
  3. Add salt to taste and mix well.

This dressing will keep for about a week in the fridge.

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What I like about this sauce is that you don’t have to make a salad dressing: depending on the amount of water you put in, you can use this as a spread for sandwiches, a quick pasta sauce to eat with noodles and a bunch of greens, a dipping sauce for vegetables, and the list goes on and on.

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For this salad, I use chicory lettuce (also known as curly endive), cilantro, green apples, pomegranate seeds, beets, roasted potatoes and yams, and walnuts: a one dish, filling and tasty salad. Yum!

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Let me know if you try this out and if you like it 🙂 What’s your favourite salad dressing?