Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Nina Bars Redux - Buckwheat and Kamut

Hi folks.  This is a remix of the Nina Bar recipe from a while back.  I've had a lot of positive feedback on the Raspberry Buckwheat Pancakes and figured I'd find a recipe or two to work some buckwheat into.*   I've also recently ended my love affair with Agave nectar.  (Sniff.)  I won't get into the details, you can google "What's wrong with agave" and find plenty of information for yourself.   The short of it is that I live in Canada where maple syrup is free flowing, less processed, and higher in minerals.  Also, as the gods would have it, agave is actually higher in fructose than high-fructose corn syrup (what?!) which contributes weight gain and blah blah blah.  So, here's a slightly tweaked Nina Bar for you, gluten free, vegan, and tasty as can be.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

I'm not normally a huge lover of cauliflower.  As a kid, I only saw cauliflower at Christmas and Thanksgiving, served alongside carrot sticks and celery with cold white dips.  Who would go for that when you could suck black olives off your fingertips?  As an adult, I usually pass on it at the market, associating it with gas (that's right, I'm talking about farts again), and assuming that it must be low in nutritional value.  How nutritious can a white vegetable be?

Recently, however, it was brought to my attention that cauliflower makes a killer stand-in for certain grains like bulgur and couscous.  As I've been trying to cut down my wheat intake and up my fresh veg intake, I figured I'd give it a shot.  The result is this simple tabbouleh which is currently knocking my socks off, cauliflower and all.  

AND, as luck would have it, cauliflower actually IS good for you.  Really good for you.  It contains several phytochemicals that are known to be cancer-fighting agents.  It's insanely high in vitamin C.  It's loaded with fiber while being low in calories.  It's a good source of minerals like manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium.  And yes folks, as is the case with most vegetables, a large percentage of its calories come from protein.  (All calories come from either protein, fat, or carbohydrate.)  In fact, 43.3% of the calories in cauliflower come from protein.  Stick that information in your pocket and use it to chip away at the protein myth!