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Happy Spring everyone!

To celebrate, here is a picture of the flowers that are on my table right now:

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It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something here, and I’m glad to be back!  I don’t like posting things just for the sake of posting.  I like to wait until I really really have something to share to post it.  And gladly, today is one of those days!

All over the internet, people are posting their lovely spring articles with glorious fresh things, so I wanted to join in!

Fresh things are springing up all over outside (and are short-lived, because the rabbit who visits our garden has been eating a lot of them)!  They are starting to trickle into the stores, but sometimes it can be hard to wait for that very first week where new seasonal spring vegetables are available.  Both of these easy recipes include ingredients that you’ll be able to find in the store right now!

Don’t know when fresh produce is in season?  FoodlandOntario produces a really nice availability guide, which will demystify seasonal produce completely!

Spring is such a special time.  At the first sign of spring, we all chuck our jackets and reclaim the outdoors (even though in reality it’s 12C, and if it had been 12C out in September, we would have been wearing a coat).  But 12C in April feels different from 12C in September.  Because it’s a promise of 25C later.  That’s why it feels warmer. 😉

What are your spring projects?  I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to!  This spring, I am going to be spending more time in our garden.  Historically, I’ve tried to plant different plants each year to see what would grow for me.  My green thumb is not consistently green (I made a food-scrap leek flower this year, and was quite pleased), but neither is it all brown ( even though I still can’t make an avocado pit sprout, despite my half a dozen attempts).  So, I’m always glad that my rhubarb is trustworthy and will make it through, even if all the other garden tenants get nibbled by a rabbit (I’m always too glad to see him to ever want to do things that would make him stay away.  Even if he massacred my tomato plants last year.  I forgive him).

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Onto the soup and salad!

5-Minute Spiced Tomato Soup

Prep: 1 Minute

Cook: 4 Minutes

Serves: 2 – 3

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Diced Tomato (no added salt)
  • 1 tsp Basil (dried)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp Dried Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Parsley (dried)

Instructions:

  1. Empty the can of tomatoes (with the juices) into a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add in the remainder of the ingredients except the vinegar and non-dairy milk.
  3. Heat, stirring frequently, until it is warmed through and simmering nicely.
  4. If you prefer a thicker soup, allow it to simmer a few minutes longer.
  5. Remove the soup from the heat.  Using an immersion blender, puree the soup to the desired consistency.
  6. Add in the vinegar and serve garnished with crusty bread, parsley and hemp hearts. (Or whatever you like!)

This is the busy person’s answer to tomato soup in a can.  When you don’t have time to simmer something for 100 years, this is the ticket!  And it tastes a million times better (added bonus: no glucose syrup that usually lurks in the canned tomato soups).  Stocked with vitamin C, fiber and a little spice, it’s an easy week day lunch friend that’s sure to satisfy.

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Chopped Salad 2 Ways

Prep: 15 minutes

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 head Green Cabbage (sliced very thinly)
  • 3 medium carrots (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Green Pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1/8 large Spanish onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 Gala apples (peeled, medium dice)
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin seeds *
  • 1 tbsp Hemp hearts *
  • 1 tsp White sesame seeds *
  • 2 tsp Sunflower seeds *

* = optional

Instructions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large serving bowl and garnish with seeds/raisins as desired.
  2. Why 2 Ways?  Two options to dress it:
  • 1/4C Vegenaise, salt, pepper, parsley to taste. (Toss thoroughly).
  • Homemade Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette by Angela Liddon of Oh She Glows (this is my no-holds-barred utter favourite homemade vinaigrette.  I’ve made it three times in the last month alone.  It goes on anything).  Make sure to let it sit on the salad for a little while to soften the cabbage a bit.

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Let me know in the comments below what your favourite spring dish is!  Or, leave me a message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Pinterest!  Follow me on those platforms for more frequent updates and odds and ends!  I really like hearing from everyone!

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It’s been great chatting with you!  Take care, and have a great day!

~ Lindsay

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