There is nothing like sunshine and warmer weather in Winnipeg after a long winter. Well…this year we were fortunate to have a warmer winter than the previous ones.
I moved to Winnipeg about eight years ago in the middle of winter. Yes, got the boots, the jacket, everything I needed to keep warm. I experience -60 C with the windchill. I used to wonder why Winnipeggers talk all the time about the weather. By now, I consider myself a Winnipegger, so I totally understand. Now, I find it cute when I see teenagers wearing T-shirts when the weather gets above 0 C and in the beginning, I found it strange.
Since spring is here, I decided to share some salad recipes I found in the on-line Chateline magazine. I am definitely going to try them out. Bon appetit!
Beets and greens salad
Swiss chard with lemon and onions
Directions: 1. Toast 1/4 cup sliced skin-on almonds in a large frying pan over medium-high until golden, about 2 min. Transfer to a plate. 2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to frying pan, then 8 cups packed chopped Swiss chard and 1/4 tsp salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until chard is wilted, about 3 min. 3. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tsp lemon zest, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and toasted almonds. Serves 4. Per serving: 77 calories, 3 g protein, 4 g carbs, 6 g fat, 2 g fi bre, 189 mg sodium. Excellent source of vitamin A.
Directions: 1. Cut 2 English cucumbers into french-fry-sized sticks. Transfer to a large bowl. 2. Add 1/4 cup rice vinegar, then 4 tsp each sesame oil and honey, 2 tsp toasted black sesame seeds and 1/4 tsp salt. Toss until coated. 3. Refrigerate at least 20 min before serving. Serves 4. Per serving: 99 calories, 2 g protein, 14 g carbs, 6 g fat, 2 g fi bre, 148 mg sodium.
Directions: 1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium. 2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 1/4 cups orzo, 1/2 cup pumpkin purée and 1/2 tsp dried sage. Stir until orzo is coated. 3. Add 2 cups vegetable broth. Stir often until orzo is tender, about 10 min. Reduce heat to medium-low if needed. 4. Stir in 1/2 cup grated parmesan. Serves 4. Per serving: 299 calories, 13 g protein, 45 g carbs, 8 g fat, 3 g fi bre, 574 mg sodium. Excellent source of vitamin A.
Happy Spring everyone!
Submitted by Margarita Natcheva Rowley, Diversity and Immigrant Student Support