Braised Red Cabbage

When it comes to holiday meals, I have always enjoyed side dishes far more than the main protein on offer. This is a very good thing, now that we are following a primarily plant-based diet! I absolutely love the blend of sweet and savoury in this dish. Garlic helps ground the sweetness of the apples and cinnamon adds a bit of extra sweetness without a whole lot of extra sugar. I have found that adding a bit of maple syrup at the end of the cooking time on the onions and the garlic helps caramelize them nicely. I have used smoked salt in this recipe, but plain sea salt would be delicious also. This dish also has the added benefit of being inexpensive to prepare. Everything I have used (save perhaps the smoked salt) can be easily sourced at your local market, and cabbage definitely ranks as one of the…

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Kale and Navy Bean Soup

Savory is an herb that I first discovered when we moved to Newfoundland in 2009. I re-discovered it when we moved to Halifax recently, as it is locally grown here in Nova Scotia. I used Summer Savory for this dish, which has a slightly lighter flavour than its Winter Savory counterpart. I would have to agree with the Vegetarian Flavor Bible's assessment that it contains earthy flavours similar to mint, pepper and/or thyme, perfect for a Kale and Navy Bean Soup. If you don't have access to savory, thyme is the recommended Vegetarian Flavor Bible substitute. Kale is one of my favourite leafy green vegetables, it is hearty and full of flavour. Kale is full of antioxidants and glucosinolates, which help with cancer prevention, and is also anti-inflammatory. It helps the body to detoxify and supports cardiovascular function. Kale has gotten a bad rap over the past few years for…

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