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Kale and Quinoa Salad with Apple Lime Dressing

This salad is a combination of so many of my favourite foods right now: kale, quinoa, carrots, fresh in-season fuji apple and lime….so delicious and, it is perfect served immediately or can be stored in the fridge for a day or two; it also makes a great potluck or party dish. I always make it with Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale but it would work with curly kale or any other variety too. I suppose you could use a different variety of apple as well but the Fuji apple has a nice balanced sweet and tart with a hint of floral flavour and, bonus, they are local and in season (here) right now. This recipe serves 4.

Apple Lime Dressing
1/2    large Fuji Apple, chopped
1         Lime, zested
1         Lime, juiced
1         teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2    cup Rice Vinegar
2         teaspoons Sesame Oil
1/4    cup Sunflower Oil
2         tablespoons Honey or Agave Syrup

Toss all ingredients in a food processor or blender and set aside.

Kale Quinoa Salad
1        large bunch Lacinato Kale, stems removed, coarsely chopped into about 1 inch strips then hand torn*
3/4   cup Quinoa, rinsed well then cooked in one cup fresh water
2-3    large Carrots, shredded
1/2    large Fuji Apple, chopped
1/2    cup raw or toasted Almonds

Hand tear the chopped kale into a large bowl. *Hand tearing bruises the raw kale making it softer and ready to eat without cooking, if you are planning on storing the salad in the fridge to serve later you could skip the hand tearing as marinating in the dressing will also soften the kale.

Add warm cooked quinoa, shredded carrot and the vinaigrette, toss until coated.

Add chopped apple and almonds, toss to combine again and add fresh ground pepper to taste.


Quinoa Chocolate Cupcakes with Goat Cheese Honey Frosting – flour-less, gluten-free and dairy-free!

Okay friends, here it is….

I made these lovely chocolatey treats for my class (22 five and six year olds) and friends on my birthday.  The batter recipe is one I perfected a long while ago for a chocolate flour-less cake but it works just the same for cupcakes.   They were a huge hit with anyone who had one (or more).  Many people have asked for the recipe, most not believing they are simply made with quinoa.  No Gluten, No Flours, No Dairy and as little sugar as I think I can manage.  The frosting is made with powdered sugar but I can’t seem to make a decent frosting without but a little sugar sometimes isn’t such a bad thing.  I love them as mini cupcakes, they are a perfect pop in your mouth size this way and I don’t feel guilty at all eating two or three!  Enjoy!

Medium pot
2/3         cup Organic Quinoa
1 1/3      cup Water

Food Processor or blender
1/3         cup Almond Milk (sub other milks you like)
4              large Organic Eggs
2              teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4         cup Sunflower Oil
1/2         cup Goat Butter, melted and cooled

Medium bowl
1 1/2      cups Organic Unrefined Sugar
1              cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/2      teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2         teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2         teaspoon Sea Salt

Rinse quinoa well and strain with fine mesh strainer.   Bring rinsed quinoa and water to a boil, cover and reduce to minimum heat until water is absorbed then remove from heat and let stand covered for a minimum of 10 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and allow the quinoa to cool completely.

Heat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of the cups of two 1 dozen non-stick cupcake pans or use cupcake wrappers.  You can also make mini cup cakes (makes approximately 3 ½ dozen minis).

Combine the milk, eggs and vanilla in a food processor or blender.  Add the cooked cooled quinoa and blend until really smooth.  Add the oil and melted butter and blend some more.

In a medium bowl, mix together the sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt then add the quinoa mix and combine well.  I actually just mix in my food processor but I wouldn’t suggest doing this step in a blender.

Scoop the batter into the cupcake pans until almost full and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake bounces back when lightly pressed.

Remove from the oven and cool completely in the pan before serving or frosting.

Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month

Chocolate Goat Cheese Honey Frosting

Large bowl
Hand blender
Rubber spatula
4oz         Soft Creamy Goat Cheese,  room temp
1/2         cup Goat Butter, room temp
1/4         cup Organic Honey
1              teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1/3         cup Organic Powdered Cocoa
1/2         cup Organic Powdered Sugar (or more depending on desired consistency)
1              tablespoon Almond milk

Cream butter and cream cheese together in a mixing bowl, slowly add your honey as you continue to mix. Then slowly, bit by bit add the cocoa and powdered sugar, alternating between the two. Add vanilla and almond milk until desired consistency is achieved. I like mine light, fluffy, if you like yours a bit more stiff add more powdered sugar or cocoa to firm it up a bit.  More powder sugar would make it sweeter; more cocoa would make it darker.

Frost cupcakes when cooled however you like, I make a frosting bag with wax paper.

Store frosted cupcakes in the fridge or freezer.