M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad

M is for … Melon Cucumber Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 4 tbsp lemon juice
• 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tsp agave nectar
• 1/4 tsp sea salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper
• 1 small honeydew melon, seeded and cut into bite-sized chunks
• 1 golden kiwi, halved and sliced
• ½ English cucumber, cut into chunks
• 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
• 1/3 cup black olives, roughly chopped
• 3 tbsp finely chopped dill
• ½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

Assembly
1. In a small bowl whisk together lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, agave nectar, salt and pepper until emulsified.
2. In a large bowl add honey dew, golden kiwi, English cucumber, red onion, black olives and dill.
3. Drizzle dressing over salad and mix.
4. Finally top with crumbled feta cheese and give one last quick mix and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is one of my most creative salads to date. The combination of fruits and vegetables and it being both salty and sweet was very delicious. I would make this for a dinner party in a heartbeat.

Mediterranean Baked Peppers

Mediterranean Baked Peppers - Candy Coated Culinista

Mediterranean Baked Peppers – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From Canadian Living

Ingredients
• 2 yellow bell peppers
• 1 red bell pepper
• 1 orange bell pepper
• 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
• ¼ tsp dried oregano
• pinch sea salt
• pinch black pepper
• 1/8 tsp grated lemon zest
• 1/3 cup feta cheese, cut into small cubes
• 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
• ½ tsp lemon juice

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. Cut bell peppers in thick slices.
3. In a bowl mix together extra virgin olive oil, garlic, dried oregano, sea salt, black pepper and lemon zest.
4. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
5. Place cooked peppers into a bowl with feta, parsley and lemon juice and plate.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is an amazingly tasty dish that is making me a lover of protein free meals. With vegetarian dishes like this it makes it easy to have more meatless meals in a week.

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans - Candy Coated Culinista

Buttery Balsamic Green Beans – Candy Coated Culinista

Sweet, buttery, tart and salty and on a beautiful vegetable… this can’t get any better.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• Green beans, 2 handfuls
• 2 tbsp Vegetarian margarine
• 1 tbsp Agave Nectar
• 1 tbsp Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
• 1/3 cup Dried Cranberries
• Feta Cheese, to taste

Assembly
1. Using a saucepan; bring water to a boil.
2. Add green beans into a steamer basket cover and reduce to medium heat and steam until just cooked.
3. Place steamed green beans in a bowl and add margarine, agave nectar and raspberry balsamic vinegar and coat.
4. Add dried cranberries and mix.
5. Plate and sprinkle feta cheese on top and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I made this recipe with what was in my panty and fridge and this turned out amazing. I love how some of my best recipes come from just what is on hand at the time. I have already made this simple recipe twice already and I will continue to make this time and time again. The dressing is a great way to get that picky eater to at least take a few bites of a not so favorite vegetable. I did however have to take their portion; because I just knew it all wouldn’t be eaten. A valiant effort was made and it was appreciated.

Feta Hummus

Feta Hummus - Candy Coated Culinista

Feta Hummus – Candy Coated Culinista

I don’t like hummus at all … chick peas and I don’t get along; but I want to like hummus because it’s so healthy. I thought if I can pump up the flavour I may have a chance of liking hummus.

Yield/Serving: almost 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 540ml chick peas
• ¼ cup tahini
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• Juice from 1 lemon
• ¼ tsp ground cumin
• ¼ tsp paprika
• ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
• ¼ tsp black pepper
• ¼ tsp kosher salt
• 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
• 3 tbsp water
• 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• Extra virgin olive oil, to decorate
• Paprika, to decorate
• Green onion, chopped, to decorate

Assembly
1. Rinse off chick peas and pour into the food processor.
2. Add in tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, feta, water and olive oil and mix until a smooth consistency is achieved.
3. Pour into a bowl and drizzle some olive oil, sprinkle a little paprika and green onions on top.
4. Serve with veggies, bread or chips.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The verdict is this definitely tastes better than the other hummus I have had. Do I like hummus now – well I’m still on the fence. The added feta and spices made me enjoy it more, but I still can’t get past the colourless texture or hummus. I am moving in the right direction though to one day enjoying it more.

Greek Poutine

Greek Poutine - Candy Coated Culinista

Greek Poutine – Candy Coated Culinista

When you hear the word poutine what do you think? Of course if you know what it is you think: Canadian. A poutine for the few that have never heard of this is fries served with gravy and cheese curds on top. Everywhere you turn now in Canada the poutine is on the menu at fast food joints, greasy spoons, dives, diners and pubs. We even have a place that only serves poutine called Smoke’s Poutinerie, taking the poutine to new heights with creative ingredients and making it a full meal. I have had one there that reminds me of a thanksgiving dinner with green peas and everything; but I’m going to fess up here, I the Candy Coated Culinista am a bad Canadian. I really don’t care for poutine. I love all the components: fries yum, gravy: who wouldn’t like gravy it’s pack with flavour, cheese: give me any type of cheese and I will eat it but I just don’t like the cheese curds. I’m not sure if it’s the fact that they have un-uniformed shapes, that it’s on the sour side but I don’t want that on my fries. One night I made Mr. C. Chilli fries and I experimented with the idea of Greek Poutine.

Yield/Serving: 1
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 25 min
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• Fries, as much as you like
• A pinch or Greek spices
• Salt, to taste
• Pepper, to taste
• A bunch cilantro, rough chopped
• A bunch of basil, rough chopped
• Feta cheese, crumbled
• Mushroom gravy, from package

Assembly
1. Lay fries out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with Greek spices, salt and pepper and toss.
2. Follow the baking instructions of your fries and bake.
3. In the meantime chop the cilantro & basil and crumbled the feta cheese and set aside.
4. In a small saucepan prepare you gravy.
5. Once fries are done pour into a large bowl and coats with gravy, cilantro, basil, feta cheese and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have made this three times now and it’s slightly addictive for me. Maybe because I try to eat healthy most of the time or because I know it tastes better than any poutine I’ve ever had. It taste fresh and has a distinct Greek flavour which I love. I have a poutine I can now enjoy with all the components. I just had to C.C. it up a little to get me there.

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