Can you believe it is already December 1st? WHERE has the time gone this year? I must say, that I am not disappointed, as this is my favourite time of the year! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the holidays. I had a wonderful thanksgiving up in Sacramento eating more than my fair share of delicious decadent food! I love how good food and holidays bring family and friends together in celebration. But after my slightly over-indulgent acidic orgy that saw me coat-checking my colon at every turn, I have been doing some much needed detoxing with a lot of green smoothies preparing for the Christmas festivities. I will share some delicious Christmas treats in the coming weeks and then we will detox together in January! So instead of sharing some of my new green smoothie blends this month, I will leave that for next year!
Instead, I will share this delicious vegan lentil and fennel quinoa salad I got from the December Pig Of The Month, Marie-Guy Maynard. This wonderful lady is one of my favourite readers from Canada. I first connected with her on facebook after she had left some great comments on the facebook page as well as here on some of the recipes. Her family are big fans of the raw vegan key lime mousse. We have been wonderful cyber-friends ever since. I swear we were sisters in a former life!
Last month I shared Magali Pès Schmid's (November's Pig Of The Month) Gluten Free Mantecado Cookies, and this gorgeous vegan lentil quinoa salad is our next POTM recipe! I just served this quick easy vegan salad to some friends for dinner and it received rave reviews. This vegan quinoa recipe is incredibly simple, quick and easy, with a delightful freshness and surprising depth of flavour. Marie said she often adds in some feta. I added some chopped raw almonds and it was DIVINE! The salad is yummy as it is, but feel free to make your own! I LOVE vegan quinoa salads and this one is a winner! This dish is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, nut free and soy free -- a fantastic allergy-friendly recipe the whole family can enjoy.
In Marie-Guy's words, "this recipe is inspired (and of course I had to modify it) from a vegetarian cookbook I've had for a long time. It is wonderful as left-overs for lunch the next day. My kids absolutely love it! My eldest, the carnivore, even went back for more at 9pm one night and ate this over his usual "I'm-14-and-need-a-cereal-bowl snack in the evening" treat. I hope you will all enjoy this beautiful healthy gluten free salad as much as we did."
Well, that just about says it all. All I can add is, "This salad is DEELICIOUS!"