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A New Years Intention, Not a Resolution

I don't make New Years resolutions.  I make New Years intentions.

Resolutions have such a weightiness about them.  Making  resolutions focuses on the negative and if you break them, you are a failure.  An intention is a kinder and gentler way of changing your behaviour or habits by reinforcing the positive.  Intentions allow for more flexibility and flow for the way most of us really live.

As a chef, I eat EVERYTHING.  Okay, not everything, I draw the line at insects.  My New Years intention is to eat less sugar, processed foods (not that difficult as I don't eat much in this category but granola bars count as processed), dairy and meat in general.   This translates into a lot of vegetables as the featured star of most of the meals I consume.  As the Executive Chef for Windset Farms, I do eat a good deal of veggies and love them.  It's just that I also love cheese, ribeyes, bread and pasta.  A little too much.  

So today I made some red quinoa with almond milk, apple sauce and cinnamon for breakfast instead of my usual piece of toast and an egg.  It was really tasty and I made enough to last for the entire week.  This is the key to eating healthy for me.  Make lots and either keep it in the fridge for a few days or freeze it for another time.

For lunch I made a celeriac, apple and tuna salad.  I love celeriac and one of the joys of using vegetables as the anchor for a meal is rediscovering some of my forgotten favourites.  I made the dressing with nutritional yeast and dijon mustard which adds a great creamy mouth-feel without the dairy.  I have posted the recipe below.

I intend to enjoy my mostly vegetable diet in the coming year and will keep you posted with recipes and ideas.

Dressing

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
1 small shallot, finely minced
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1/4 cup water
2 T  Dijon mustard
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup tamari soy sauce
1 cup canola or sunflower oil
Puree all the ingredients in a blender.  Yields about 2 cups.

Celeriac Salad

9 0z celeriac, peeled and cut into matchsticks
1 apple, thinly sliced
2 gerkins, finely chopped
1/4 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
1 can of good quality Italian tuna, drained and flaked

Mix all of the salad ingredients with about 3 Tablespoons of the dressing.  Serves two.

 

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