From: Food Republic
From: Gluten-Free Goddess
From: Woman and Home
Day One: The Cornbread
Day Two: The Stuffing:
From: Barefoot Contessa
A combination of any of these dishes will make for a great vegan Christmas dinner. If you’re dining with both vegans and non-vegans, you could make a dish or two along with the non-vegan recipes that will be adorning your holiday dinner table, that way there’s something for everyone. Happy holidays!]]>
If you wish to grow plants in a window-sill, you should have a window box. Ensure that the window-box has a depth of at least 20 centimeters. It should have drainage holes at the bottom.
You can choose to have wood, plastic or metal boxes. Wooden boxes are water-retentive, plastic boxes are convenient for usage and metal boxes are appealing. Incase of a metal box; ensure it is lined with cardboard. Make sure the box is large enough to accommodate the roots and it is secured well.
Invest on the right compost which is light and has good absorbent properties. For lettuce, plant the seeds about 5 centimeters apart in the compost filled box. One way to water the box is to place the window box in a water container and allow the upper surface to dampen.
In case you are doing it in the conventional way, ensure you spray water until water leaks out of the drainage holes. You can improve the quality of the compost by adding rice worms and tea decoctions.
Lettuces must be placed in shade, but most salad plants such nasturtiums have to be placed in sufficient sunlight. Herbs like mitsuba and mint however require less sunlight.
If you are growing plants in a balcony you can choose from a range of salad plants. You can grow radishes, French beans, spring onions and tomatoes. Cucumber plants are creepers that require support to grow. Water them frequently as that enhances the taste of the veggies.
Salad leaves can be grown during spring and harvested in autumn. For a regular supply of salad veggies, have plants at different growth stages. Wrap the window-box in a paper bag and place it in shade till the seeds to germinate. When the saplings are about an inch high, the bag is removed and the box is exposed to sunlight.
The saplings can be used for salad garnishes when they are about 2 inches high. Instead of lettuce you could also grow sunflower greens and buckwheat.
For fast results, you can sprout sunflower seeds. The seeds take only about a day or two to sprout and are rich in nutrients. Broccoli, red Clover and Alfalfa are sprouts that can be easily grown. You could also grow legumes like, peas, aduki beans and chick peas.
Bush Basil, Chives, Pennyroyal and Winter Savoury grow well in boxes. If you have a sunny window sill you could try growing Cayenne peppers. You could also grow sprouts which are excellent salad ingredients.
If you have space constraints while growing sprouts, you could adopt a tiered system of trays where you can grow sprouts one over the other. Sprouting jars with mesh lids that allow easy draining of water are also excellent choices for sprouts.]]>
Greens are a common ingredient in most salads. While they are very healthy, just greens may not necessarily make for an exciting dinner salad. Basic greens can be made more textural, colourful and appealing by adding more variety to the salad. Prepared mixed greens can be purchased from the market and used to make salads as they have the properties to extend the life of the greens by more than a week.
Salads can be made completely of greens, but adding vegetables will make your salad taste different. Vegetables such as frozen peas can add flavour to salads when tossed into them. They made salads tastier and make them appear as a delicious vegetable dishes rather than your everyday bowl of greens. A gourmet salad can be made quickly by adding slices of frozen carrots, marinated artichoke hearts or canned asparagus. Black olives and pickled, canned beets also make for interesting options.
Colourful fresh vegetables can be added to supplement the frozen or canned ingredients. Make sure that you choose the vegetables with less water content. Radishes, green onions and bell peppers hold well and can be prepared days before you make the salad while cucumbers and tomatoes must be chopped right before they are served.
The appeal and flavour of a plain salad can be improved effectively by adding some protein. Salads can be transformed into a great meal rather than a boring food by the addition of protein due to the flavour present in proteins. While your family may usually be forced to eat salads, you will notice fewer complaints when protein is added to their dinner bowls.
Prepared croutons can be used to add crunch to your salad. You can find them in a variety of sizes and flavours and they promise to add value to the dish. Seeds can also be sprinkled to your salad for more flavour. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are high in minerals and vitamins and add crunch as well. Even nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios are great additions.
A salad dressing can either be the best or the worst ingredient in the dish. Adding too much will take away its natural flavour while adding too little will just leave you with a pile of ingredients that do not much to excite your senses. Prepared dressings can be used as a quick option as they last for a long time in your fridge. Vinaigrette dressing is a great option as it is the ideal natural, simple and quick one.
It is important to make sure that you are using fresh ingredients for your salad and that all the ingredients are added in the right proportion.]]>