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Hello everyone and happy Thanksgiving! Since I finally have time to breathe and relax a bit this weekend, I thought I’d share a recent recipe. I made this mish-mash of a dish on a chilly Tuesday night and it wound up being so flavourful that I felt it deserved to be shared! The star ingredient were the baked sweet potatoes that I seasoned with oregano and paprika. These hearty tots are perfect when cut into thick wedges and served on a bed of bright quinoa salad.

Baked sweet potato wedges and quinoa salad
Serves 4

Baked Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Begin by preheating your oven to 450 degrees. Place 2 large sweet potatoes on a baking sheet and prick with a fork. Bake for about 45 minutes or until soft. Remove from oven and slice into thick wedges. Sprinkle generously with oregano, paprika, sea salt and coarse black pepper.

Quinoa Salad

1 cup quinoa
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup baby spinach

While the potatoes are cooking, add quinoa and 1 1/2 cups water to a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for around 15 minutes, or until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add the onion, garlic and bell pepper. Sautee until soft and slightly golden. In a large bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, dijon and remaining olive oil. Add in the warm quinoa, cooked veggies, walnuts and tomatoes and toss it all together. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the potato wedges over a bed of  warm quinoa and baby spinach for a healthy meal that I guarantee will leave you with a very happy belly!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone xo

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Hello friends!

I am thrilled to tell you that I had my first day of law school today! Very exciting and overwhelming… I have no idea how busy I’ll be (in this new home in this new city at this new school), but I will try my best to continue sharing the recipes I love to make and eat!

In the meantime, please check out my latest post here.

Thank you all for reading,

Robin

xo

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I made this recipe a while back as a contribution to One Green Planet, but it was too pretty not to share with you all. I wanted to make a colourful potato salad that seemed both classic and innovative. I used multi-coloured sweet potatoes from our local farmer’s market and added sweet corn, bell peppers, onions, jalapeno and cilantro. This pretty little dish has both a spicy bite from a touch of cayenne and a burst of freshness from its simple lime dressing. Summer picnic food at its best!

Spicy sweet potato salad (Serves 6-8 as a side dish)

Salad ingredients:

  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes (multicolored if available), peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • Dressing Ingredients
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • zest and juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the sweet potatoes in the vegetable oil, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Bake on an aluminum foil-lined sheet for 20-25 minutes, turning once. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, add the cooked corn, scallions, bell pepper and jalapeno and toss to combine.

To prepare the simple citrus dressing, simply whisk together of all the ingredients.

Add the potatoes and dressing to the bowl and toss everything together. Garnish with fresh cilantro and enjoy!

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Hi all!

Today I am one happy birdie and here’s why: Tonight, two of my very best girlfriends are coming to visit. There will be vodka spritzers, tear-inducing fits of laughter (there always are) and late-night whispering/giggling. Tomorrow, I get to enjoy dinner with my parents (it’s been ages) and on Saturday, Paul and I leave with a friend for an epic cross-Canada road trip! We will be driving west for about 5 days until we end up in Vancouver where I hope to enjoy the scenery and scope-out some good vegan eats. Early next week, we’re visiting family in Victoria, B.C. and then heading to Ottawa to hopefully find an apartment for the fall when I’ll be starting law school (eek!). It’s going to be a whirlwind but I cannot wait!

When we decided to do the road trip, I immediately wondered what the heck I would eat for 5 days in car, travelling through a lot of rural countryside, no less. So, I did what I always end up doing- I packed my own food! I made scrumptious “cheesy” Daiya bites, two types of quinoa salad, and an incredibly addictive trail mix. Hummus and veggies will also be along for the ride as will peanut butter (perhaps my biggest weakness), jam, whole grain bread, plenty of fresh fruit and, duh, potato chips!

I apologize in advance for the upcoming lack of posts and I hope you’re all having a wonderful summer!

Robin xo

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Guys- I’m on a cooking show! And not just any show, but The Hot Plate, a popular internet show hosted and produced by the two lovely ladies, Amanda and April. This was my first foray into cooking on camera, so excuse my sporadic shifty eyes and awkward smiles. But hey, I tried, right? AND this quinoa recipe of Amanda’s is so delicious, I’ll definitely be adding it to my repertoire.

Please have a look and share your thoughts!

Robin xo

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This kind of food makes me so happy- colourful, healthy, fresh and straight from the farm to my bowl! After picking up a beautiful assortment of veggies from a local farmer’s market earlier in the week I couldn’t wait to enjoy them in their purest form. This salad could not be easier to make. I simply chopped up the vegetables and added diced avocado for richness, walnuts for texture and a splash of olive oil and lemon juice to tie it all together. I loved it on its own, but Paul threw the mixture on some bread for a hearty sandwich and tonight I’m tossing it with quinoa for a yummy dinner. Ahh veggies, so versatile!

Fresh farmer’s market salad
Serves 4 

1 orange bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
4 mini cucumbers, chopped
2 tomatoes, seeds removed and chopped
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
juice of 1/2 lemon
drizzle of olive oil
sea salt and freshly-ground pepper to taste

In a large bowl, toss all of the ingredients together and add the olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper. Couldn’t be easier, right?

xo Robin

P.S. Tomorrow I’m off to Toronto Island for a picnic with friends, do you have any must-try recipe suggestions?

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A trip to my neighbourhood organic grocery store inspired me to make this recipe. The ingredients looked so gorgeous, they practically begged me to take them home- thick green spears of asparagus, hearty portobello mushrooms and beautifully-hued bite-sized grape tomatoes. This warm salad was easy to make and satisfying enough to eat for dinner. Plus, it just feels so spring-like with the seasonal asparagus and charred taste from the grill. The veggies were marinated in olive oil, herbs, garlic, dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar, a flavourful bunch if I do say so. The thick slices of portobello are so savoury and filling and the grape tomatoes add a much-needed burst of freshness. I garnished the salad with toasted pumpkin seeds for some extra crunch and served it with grilled crusty bread, perfect for sopping up that delicious marinade.

Warm asparagus and portobello salad
Serves 4

3 large portobello mushrooms, stems removed and thickly sliced
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
1/2 red onion, thickly sliced
1/2 package grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
8 small slices whole grain bread, brushed with olive oil

Marinade

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste

To make the marinade, whisk together all of the ingredient in a bowl until well combined. Taste and rectify the seasoning if necessary. To assemble the salad, begin by coating the mushrooms, asparagus and onions in the marinade and brushing the bread with olive oil (a little sprinkling of sea salt doesn’t hurt either). Grill the veggies over high heat (we used a grill pan for the mushrooms and onions, but it isn’t necessary), until the asparagus spears are just fork-tender and the mushrooms begin to get a golden brown crust, about 10 minutes or so. Meanwhile, grill the bread on the periphery of the grill where the heat is not so high, about 3 minutes per side. Top warm vegetables with the grape tomatoes and pumpkin seeds and serve with the grilled bread. Couldn’t be more simple, couldn’t be more yummy!

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