Today I’m happy to announce we have a new guest post by a new favorite of mine, Monique of Barely Vegan! Monique and I first connected through a Facebook blogger group and fell in love with her gorgeous website and simple and healthy vegan recipes. As a vegetarian and health fanatic, her recipes quickly captured my heart! But don’t fret just yet my meat-loving readers. Monique does an excellent job balancing her vegan recipes with healthy, lean meats as well. Today she’ll be featuring her delicious kale, apple, and coconut smoothie (an excellent breakfast alternative!) and a chickpea salad with curry ginger dressing that’ll have all your coworkers jealous.
So today I have a Kale, Apple, & Coconut Smoothie for you!! Yaaay for more kale! I use coconut water, not coconut milk in this recipe. I think the coconut tastes great with the apple and carrot. Try to find good quality coconut water, with pulp if possible. The quality will definitely make a difference in the taste. If you can find a fresh coconut and crack it open for this smoothie, go for it!
Now this Chickpea Salad with Curry Ginger Dressing is sooooo good! I love chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans, because they have a mild flavor, so they don’t overpower other flavors in the dish like other beans would. The sauce has a nice Moroccan flair with the cinnamon and cumin seeds I use in the recipe. In the cooking video for this recipe you’ll see that I use cinnamon sticks, but that’s only because I ran out of ground cinnamon. Using cinnamon in a savory dish may sound a little weird to Westerners, but cuisines from several different countries use cinnamon in savory meals. It’s very common and VERY tasty, so please don’t be temped to omit it from the recipe. Give it a try. I’m sure you will love it and start putting cinnamon on everything!!
Well, that’s what I did that first time I had cinnamon in a savory meal, several years ago. I think it was a chicken stew with apricots and cinnamon. At first I was like ????. But after tasting it I was hooked on this different combination of sweet and savory flavors.