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9 non-lettuce salads you’ll love for summer

9 non-lettuce salads you'll love for summer! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Hello, summer!  If there’s one dish you can’t go a day without during the warmer months, it’s salad.  The bright flavours, lightness and crunch make salads a natural choice for barbecues, picnics and al fresco dinners.

Lettuce and other greens are great, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to look beyond the leaf and add a few chunkier salads to your repertoire.  Think loads of chopped vegetables and fruit, fresh herbs, nuts, seeds and of course a bright dressing to tie it all together.

Here are 9 non-lettuce salads to get you inspired this season.  Try a few this weekend for something new! [click to continue…]

Roasted yellow pepper and tomato soup

Roasted yellow bell pepper and tomato soup | www.ricottaandradishes.com

One of the best things about summer (or late spring, because it’s not even June yet) is the simple pleasures.  They’re all around you right now: a warm breeze on your face, the smell of green grass, longer days with plenty of sunshine.

I like to head to the farmer’s market every few weeks during the spring and summer to pick out a few vegetables, herbs and maybe some cheese. Sometimes I’ll grab a treat to eat or drink while I walk around, like a freshly squeezed orange juice.  There’s no shortage of simple pleasures–food and otherwise–at the farmer’s market!

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Greek yogurt raita

Easy Greek yogurt cucumber raita - perfect as a burger topping or healthy dip! | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  Of course, I’m Canadian, and we actually don’t have Monday off this week like our American friends do (we celebrated our Victoria Day last week – check out my Sunday links roundup of May long weekend eats).  Still, I hope you’re having a great weekend filled with friends, fun and lots of great food! [click to continue…]

What I Ate Wednesday #10: Work It

What I Ate Wednesday #10

Happy What I Ate Wednesday! I don’t know what it is about sharing your food choices for a full day, but it gets me excited!

The best part isn’t posting my own meals (though that’s fun too).  It’s getting to see other bloggers’ eats.  I always get at least one new meal idea from it to use in my own life, which is helpful when boredom strikes or I’m looking to change things up.  Here’s a link to previous WIAW posts via Peas and Crayons if you’re interested in getting inspired too!  Check out my previous WIAW posts here. [click to continue…]

Curry spiced lentil burgers

Curry spiced lentil burgers with raita {vegetarian} | www.ricottaandradishes.com

During the summer, especially when grilling is involved, meat tends to take centre stage. Although I’m not vegetarian in the strict sense of the word, I love experimenting with plant-based recipes. One recipe I haven’t managed to nail down yet is a good veggie burger.

The fact is, vegetarian burgers can be tricky to pull off. Measuring ingredients can be tedious, but when it comes to meatless burgers the wrong proportions can go horribly wrong. Think brittle or goopy or falling apart all over your grill. Not good!

It’s worth seeking out a good basic recipe from a trusted resource and building on it from there.

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Sunday links, Victoria Day weekend edition

Sunday links, Victoria Day long weekend edition

Happy long weekend, fellow Canadians!  Whether you call it the May 2-4, May Run or Victoria Day, this weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer here in Canada.

For those of you who don’t have a stat holiday tomorrow (like our American friends) I hope you’ve had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend nonetheless!

This Sunday’s lineup of links has a little bit of everything: sweet and savoury, vegetarian and meat-centric, breakfast and drinks and more.  All recipes are on the healthier side and are perfect for a warm weather weekend.  Let’s dig in…

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Grapefruit avocado salad

Grapefruit and avocado salad with feta | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Do you ever have days when you just can’t seem to drink enough water? Sunday was the very first really hot day of the year and I found myself guzzling H2O all afternoon and still feeling thirsty.

It was likely a combination of a) the Caribbean-like humidity; b) our lack of air conditioning; and c) the dozens of trips up and down the stairs hauling boxes (we’re moving stuff to a storage locker to make it more spacious before we sell).

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12 healthy food blogs I'm obsessed with (and you should be, too!) | www.ricottaandradishes.com

Hey guys, guess what?  I have a secret!  Want to know what it is?  Ok, here goes…

I’m addicted to reading food blogs.  Obsessed, actually.  I just love scrolling through beautiful food photos, bookmarking crave-worthy recipes and reading other bloggers’ thoughts and feelings about food and life.

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Spicy maple baked tofu

Spicy maple baked tofu | www.ricottaandradishes.com

After posting a couple of chicken recipes back to back, I felt the urge to head in a vegetarian direction this week.  That’s not to say the chicken wasn’t good.  It was supremely tasty!  Try the grilled lemon chicken quinoa bowl or chicken and black bean tostadas this week if you’re looking for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner.

Ok, enough about chicken.  Let’s talk tofu!

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Nice knowing you, April! It was a good run, but it’s time to welcome May with open arms. And a hearty appetite.

There’s lots of stuff going on this month. If you’re in need of some new (mostly healthy) recipe ideas to get you through the next round of festivities–namely Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day– I’ve got you covered!

Here’s what I’ve been digging online this week (plus a few of my own recipes in there for good measure)…

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