CRANBERRY GREEN BEANS AND CHICKPEAS SALAD Serving: 8 Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 5 minutes Basil and sesame dressing - 3 garlic cloves - 60 ml (1/4 cup) red wine vinegar - 2 tbsp basil leaves, chopped - Salt - Ground black pepper - 125 ml (1/2 cup) olive oil - 1 tbsp roasted sesame oil
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Purée garlic cloves in the food processor. Add the four next ingredients and purée again. Slowly pour in oils while mixing. Adjust the seasonings to taste.
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750g (1 2/3 lb) green beans, cut in 3 2 540 ml cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1 red onion, cut in two and minced 250 ml (1 cup) grilled red pepper, diced 250 ml (1 cup) whole or sliced Fruit d’Or dried cranberries
Cook beans in boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender crisp. Drain immediately and refresh in cold water. Place in a salad bowl. Add other ingredients and pour on the dressing. Toss to combine.
BRAN MUFFINS WITH OATMEAL AND WHOLE DRIED CRANBERRIES Serving: 12 muffins Preparation: 30 minutes Cooking: 20 minutes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
125 ml (½ cup) softened butter 125 ml (½ cup) maple syrup 2 big eggs 7.5 ml (1 ½ tbsp) vanilla extract 250 ml (1 cup) whole wheat flour 250 ml (1 cup) quick cooking oatmeal 125 ml (½ cup) bran 15 ml (3 tbsp) baking powder 10 ml (2 tbsp) mix of sweet spices (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) 2,5 ml (½ tbsp) salt 2,5 ml (½ tbsp.) sodium bicarbonate 250 ml (1 cup) whole or sliced Fruit d’Or dried cranberries 160 ml (²⁄³ cup) milk or soy milk
Preheat oven to190 °C (375 °F). In a large bowl, beat butter and maple syrup with an electric mixer. Add eggs and vanilla extract while whisking. Reserve. In another bowl, combine remaining ingredients except milk. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in two steps alternately with milk. Mix with a spatula just enough to get a smooth paste. Divide the paste evenly in the 12 spaces of a buttered muffin pan. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before unmolding. Serve immediately or reserve muffins in a large airtight container.
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