Mango and Pecan Salad

March 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

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The beauty of a salad shines through when you assemble them on an individual serving plate. When you make salads in a big bowl, chances are the smaller bits will sink to the bottom. The visual appeal of food is just as important as taste and can easily enhance the dining experience. When creating your own salads, keep in mind the taste, colour and texture when combing ingredients.

Prep time 10 minutes

Ingredients
3/4 cup (185 ml) chopped spinach
3/4 cup (185 ml) mixed greens
1/2 mango cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tbsp (30 ml) goat’s cheese (optional)
1/8 cup (35 ml) pecans
dressing

Arrange the ingredients on a plate in the order listed and toss with your favorite dressing.

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Apple & Peach Crisp with Pecans

October 18, 2011 § 2 Comments

Apples are very popular in my house. My kids like taking apples to school because they don’t get squished in their bags and ruin their homework. My daughter loves tart green apples which she eats in a tradition Indian style, cut into slices and sprinkled with salt and chilli powder, while my son and I prefer sweet crisp apples. With over 7500 varieties available in the world, there’s an apple for everyone’s palate.

Apple crisp is an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth and use the apples that are in season. I was lucky to find the last of the local organic peaches and included them in my crisp. If you don’t have peaches, you can double the quantity of apples.

Preheat oven 375F
Cooking time 80 minutes
Serves 6

Ingredients:
5 medium apples
5 medium peaches
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/8 cup (30 ml) water
1/2 cup (125 ml) sugar
1/2 tsp (2 ml) cinnamon

1 cup (250 ml) oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) all purpose flour
1 cup (250 ml) chopped pecans
1/4 cup (65 ml) sugar
1/2 tsp (2 ml) salt
1/2 cup (125 ml) butter

Directions:
1. Peel, core and slice apples into 1/2″ pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

2. Slice the peaches and cut into 1/2″ pieces. Add to the mixing bowl with the apples.

3. Add lemon juice, water, sugar and cinnamon to apple and peach mixture. Mix and set aside.

4. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Using a fork break down the butter until small lumps form and incorporated into the dry ingredients.

5. Transfer the apple and peach filling into a medium-sized casserole dish.

6. Top the apples and peaches with the oat and pecan mixture and level with a spatula or spoon.

7. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees F for 50 – 60 minutes or until the apples and peach begin to bubble and the oats turn golden brown. Serve by itself or with vanilla ice cream.

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