Wilted Spinach Salad

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: February 2, 2018
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: about 15 minutes

Very quick to make and to be served immediately. I discovered this is a love it or hate it salad. The ingredient making a difference is the sesame oil. I love it, my daughter hates it. The other intriguing frill is that the dressing is heated, and poured on hot, slightly wilting the spinach—hence the name. Anyway, it gets a two-thumbs up from me for taste as well as ease of preparation.

Wilted Spinach Salad

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Sunny Salad

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date: December 27, 2017
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time needed:30 minutes

A really good vegetable salad suitable as either side dish or main dish.

Sunny Salad

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Spinach Dill Dip

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date: December 4, 2017
Yield: 3 cups
Time needed: 25 minutes

I have never come across a dip like this and I am still not sure if I love it or hate it. It is an insight on how to make a dip without sour cream. Most of the time goes into prepping the vegetables for the food processor. Once everything is peeled, quartered, crushed, chopped, and grated, it takes only a few minutes to combine. But remember to allow an hour to chill the finished product before serving.

Spinach Dill Dip

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Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with Eggs)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 9, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 20 to 40 minutes, depending on choice of grain

Although this is listed in the Breakfast section of The Recipe of Love, it is also suitable as a side dish with any meal.

I have altered the instructions in two ways. First I reconciled the instructions with the list of ingredients. Although the list of ingredients calls for only ½ cup of spiced butter, the instructions called for 2 full cups.

Also, in my experience cracked wheat ordinarily takes only 15-20 minutes to absorb the water over a simmer heat. I am sure if I left the saucepan on a boil for 35-45 minutes as the original printed instructions dictate, I would be setting off smoke alarms big time as the wheat burned black in a dried-out pot.  Also a covered pot and a lower heat saves energy and keeps the kitchen cooler. So I have revised those instructions to match my actual practice.

Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with eggs)

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Spicy Mixed Bean Salad

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried:March 31, 2016
Yield: 6 servings
Time needed: About 20 minutes + chilling time (1-2 hours) Also see prior preparation

Prior prepartion needed (if using freshly cooked beans)
Time to soak beans 1 hour to overnight
Time to cook beans: 2 hours
(Best to cook each type of bean separately to preserve the colour contrast.)

Nothing like a colourful mixed bean salad to brighten up the table. A good potluck contribution. As you can see it is a dish that needs planning, especially if you choose to cook the beans yourself. But no one step takes much time. I set the beans on to soak one night, cooked them the next day, then made the salad the day after. With a slow cooker, one can set the beans on to soak in the morning, cook them in the slow cooker overnight and make the salad next morning to chill for the evening meal.

Spicy Mixed Bean Salad

Spicy Mixed Bean Salad

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Baby Spinach and Orange Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Source: 12 Months of Monastery Salads
Date tried: June 22, 2015
Yield: 6-8 servings
Time needed: 20-30 minutes

A two-in-one recipe as you get the Honey-Mustard Dressing as well. I have always loved the combination of spinach and oranges and this dressing sets them off very well. Prepare the dressing first and set aside until ready to serve.

Honey Mustard Dressing

Honey Mustard Dressing

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