Refreshing Watermelon Salad with a Twist

Sweet, spicy & aromatic, this watermelon salad is light and refreshing and pairs perfectly with a hot summer’s day. The favours were inspired by a delicious watermelon cocktail I had that was served with lime and spicy jalapeño.

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Watermelon Salad Served with Spicy Jalapeños, Lime & Feta

Prep Time: 10 minutes        Author: Milk & Marigolds.      Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1/2 a small watermelon cut into slices or chunks
1/2 to 1 jalapeño, thinly sliced with or without seeds (depending on how much spice you like)
1 lime, zested and half juiced (zest before juicing)
1 small handful of fresh cilantro and mint
1 small pint of blackberries
1/3 cup feta, crumbled
drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper from a height to liking

Add as little/as much of the ingredients as you’d like. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Drizzle over olive oil and lime juice right before serving.

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Carrot Noodles with Peanut Chili Sauce & Crispy Tofu

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Carrot noodles served with crispy golden brown tofu makes for a perfect summer meal while upping your veggie intake. I recommend investing in a spiralizer if you are looking to make your own vegetable noodles. Pressed for time? Most grocery stores conveniently sell fresh or frozen spiralled noodles.

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Carrot Noodles with Peanut Chili Sauce & Crispy Tofu

Prep Time: 30 minutes            Total Time (including marinade): 1 hour + 15 minutes 
Author: Milk & Marigolds.      Serves: 2 large or 3 small

Noodle Sauce Ingredients:
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
1/3 cup natural peanut butter
2 tsp chilli garlic sauce (I used the brand: Huy Fong Chili Garlic Sauce)
1 tsp of minced ginger root
(2 limes) 2 tbsp of lime juice, reserve the remainder of the lime for wedges
1/3 cup water

Tofu Marinade Ingredients:
400 g extra firm tofu (vacuum-sealed without water if available), cubed
4 tbsp tamari (g-free soy sauce)
3 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water

Salad Ingredients:
5-6  (2 lb (900 g) large carrots, thinly spiralized
2 scallions, sliced thinly on a diagonal  
1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro (stems and leaves)

Garnish Suggestions:
crushed peanuts or cashews
lime zest
cilantro or thai basil
roasted sesame seeds
chillies or red Thai peppers

Equipment:
A spiralizer (or store-bought spiralized noodles)
Whisk
Container to hold tofu marinade
Measuring cup
Zester or microplane 
Large non-stick frying pan
Tongs or two wooden spoons

1.Begin by prepping your tofu and any other protein of choice. The tofu should be marinated for at least an hour. Cut the tofu into about 1 inch or smaller cubes. Whisk the marinade ingredients together and combine with the tofu in a container that allows the tofu to be submerged as much as possible.

2.In the meantime, wash and prep your produce. Sprialize the carrots or buy them spiralized if available. Then, thinly slice the scallions on a diagonal, mince the ginger root, zest half of the lime while reserving the other half for wedges. Juice the zested lime (you need 2 tbsp amount) and prep any desired garnishes. Set prepped ingredients aside.

3.Next, prepare the sauce for the carrot noodles. Combine all of the ingredients listed above under “Noodle Sauce”. Whisk until smooth. This sauce will yield more than enough and can be kept in the fridge for up to a week for any leftovers. Set aside.

4.Once the tofu is ready, remove it from the marinade and prepare a large frying pan by setting it to a medium heat. Place a tablespoon or more of oil (I used canola). Once hot, add the tofu and cook for about 4 – 5 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Once the tofu is cooked, add the spiralled carrots to the pan and sauté for just a couple minutes to just slightly soften the carrot noodles. 

5.Then pour over some (not all) of the noodle sauce and gently combine. Add sliced scallions, freshly chopped herbs and garnishes. Enjoy warm or cold. Add more sauce as needed.  

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Simple Pea Pesto

This simple pea pesto pairs beautifully with pasta, is delicious on sandwiches and is great as a pizza sauce base. Frozen peas are a versatile ingredient and contain about 8 grams of protein per cup.

I served this pesto on pasta as I am a pasta lover. My go to brand for gluten-free pasta is @Catellipasta because it tastes just as delicious and flavourful as the real thing.

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Simple Pea Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Author: Milk & Marigolds.
Serves: 4 with pasta (easily scalable)

Ingredients:
Catelli Gluten-Free Spaghetti
1 cup peas (I used frozen)
1/2 cup (packed) fresh basil
2 tbsp lime or lemon juice (I used lime)
1/2 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water
A couple turns of black pepper
Optional: 1/2 tsp chili pepper flakes

Suggested Garnish:
Basil leaves
Parmesan cheese (or vegan alternative)

Equipment:
Measuring cup
Food processor
Fine grater or microplane grater
Kitchen scissors or sharp knife
Spatula

Instructions:
1. Cook the peas (I cook them for 3 minutes in the microwave) and then rinse the peas under cold water. Salt a large pot of water if preparing pasta.

2. Meanwhile, get out your food processor and a fine grater or microplane grater. If you have neither, cut up half a small clove of garlic and mince it as finely as you can.

3. Once the peas have cooled, add them to the food processor along with the grated garlic, salt, pepper and pepper flakes. Do not add the basil, lime/lemon juice, water or the oil as of yet. Pulse until the peas are chopped but still have some texture to them. Use a spatula to scrap the sides of the processor to help evenly distribute the ingredients.

4. Then add in the lime/lemon juice and water and pulse a few more times.

5. Set aside a couple of basil leaves for garish. Roll the remaining basil leaves together and use kitchen scissors to cut the basil up into small pieces directly into the food processor. Pulse a few more times and then slowly add in a little of the olive oil at a time in-between pulses. Pulse until you’ve achieved a desired consistency. I personally prefer mine almost smooth.

6. Use your spatula to scrap out the pesto into a jar or container or use it right away. Mix the pea pesto with pasta, spread it on crusty bread, on a sandwich or use it as a pizza base. Garnish, and salt and pepper from a height.

Note: This pesto contains no dairy, so it freezes well.

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Milk & Marigold’s Chickpea Curry

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One of the best curries I have ever tasted, was piled high with fresh and crispy garnishes. The simplest of garnishes can really transform a meal into a beautiful one, while also elevating and enhancing the recipe’s flavours. Simple pantry items such as chilli flakes or fresh produce and herbs can add texture and brighten a dish in a flash.

This comforting curry is protein-packed and is perfect as a side or as a main when served with rice or warm fluffy naan bread. Read on for garnish suggestions and ideas.

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