Blanched asparagus with hemp seed dressing

i love asparagus, any kind, any way, I never met an asparagus I didn’t like! Hehehe, same goes for donuts!! 😉

This recipe is so simple and quick… And you can make it with roasted asparagus, blanched, steamed… Or with any other vegetable like zucchini, broccoli rabe…

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I simply blanched them in boiling water for 2-4 minutes depending on thickness and then shocked them in ice water so they remain bright green and keep their bite. Nice and bright 🙂

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Here is the fun part, the hemp seed dressing, super easy and good for you. Here is what you’ll need:

1/4 cup shelled hemp seeds
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 medium clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon salt + pepper
small handful fresh cilantro

Place all ingredients except cilantro in a high-powered blender and blend on low working to high until smooth. Scrape the sides and blend again. Add the cilantro and blend for a few seconds until nice and incorporated.

Drizzle over asparagus and enjoy!

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I enjoy mine with fresh crusty baguette. Nom!

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Super Simple Edamame and Mango Salad

I love mango, when a mango it perfectly ripe… man, it’s the best!!! So sweet and juicy. I love it anyway, either in fruit salads or savory ones like this one. Last Thursday was a gorgeous day and we spent the whole day in Lakeside Park… lake season is not open yet, so there was nobody there but us, and despite we couldn’t get into the water, it was tons of fun to play in the sand and also catching up on one of the books that I’m reading too.

So when we got back home I didn’t want to go crazy, and I wanted something healthy, fresh and quick. I checked what I had at hand, and this super easy salad came to the rescue. I grabbed a few garlic grissini and and ate it in the backyard  while I watched Alex play outside with the newborn baby guinea pigs.

I boiled the frozen edamame for 5 minutes, according to package instructions, added the cubed mango along with one crunchy, spicy radish.

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And I added some meyer lemon juice, EVOO and pink Himalayan salt to taste, some chopped parsley. Then I grabbed a few lavender flowers as I walked by my lavender bush for added aroma.

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Enjoy!

Light Green Pea Shoot and Dandy Meyer Lemon Salad

We went grocery shopping on Saturday, and while at Costco, I saw them! Yes! Dandy Meyer Lemons!!! Yay!!! Some people may wonder: What’s a Dandy Meyer Lemon? Well… they are a wonderful thing! No, seriously, Dandy Meyer Lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. This unique fruit blends the traditional flavor of a lemon and the sweetness of an orange creating a refreshingly exceptional taste experience. After squeezing them, my hands smelled sooo citrusy for ever… Love them. It’s rich, dark and aromatic juice is much sweeter than a conventional lemon making its distinctive flavor a favorite amongst gourmet cooks and dessert chefs. So I bought a bunch of them!

I also saw these great springy Green Pea Shoots so I also HAD to buy them 😛

Pea shoots are the bright green tender young leaves of a pea plant. They taste faintly of fresh peas. Personally I will tell you that they taste like spring!!! These are also super good for you, since they are very high in Vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting and other body processes. They are also full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and folic acid.

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Green Pea Shoots

This was a match made in heaven… I had to make a salad with them. Let me show you a picture of them together, and yes, these are lemons, not oranges 🙂

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Dandy Meyer Lemon – Green Pea Shoots

It takes literally only a few minutes to put this salad together, I simply pealed the lemons and then sliced them, add them to the shoots and then to give them a little boost I added a little bit of saffron, they did pair very well, also I added some wild flowers and my favorite nuts, hazelnuts for some crunch.

Since this is such a simple salad I went with a super simple dressing too, but I made a larger amount since we eat salads every day in our house.
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Dandy Meyer Lemon Dressing
1/2 tsp of black pepper (more if desired) 2 tsp salt 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 cup Freshly squeezed Meyer Lemon juice
Mix all ingredients into a container with secure lid, tighten lid. Shake vigorously until olive oil and lemon juice blend into one, after about 1 minute of shaking.
So here it is for you: Spring on a plate! Enjoy!
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