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Curried Mango Chickpea Salad

Welcome back to Monday; I hope you had as great a weekend as I did! I spent most of Saturday grocery shopping with my mom, then went to a yoga class, and read a book for a while in a charming café. On Sunday I ran the Beaches 10K “training run” in the east end of the city. Unfortunately, with my parents being away this weekend, my options for transportation there were streetcar (notoriously unreliable on Sundays) or bike; I picked the latter! It was a mere 20K bike ride each way but I powered through :)

My time was 51 minutes; not too shabby for heading into the wind half the time. I got a random woman to take of picture of me in front of the finish line as per my tradition. The weather was gorgeous and the scenery beautiful; I really enjoyed myself. I also liked how they gave you options for your “race souvenir”. Instead of adding to my drawer of race shirts, I got a cool key chain!

After the race I headed to a raw vegan restaurant I had wanted to try. My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach so I saved half my meal for dinner. I’ll be posting a review of this spot in the very near future, but until then here is a sneak peek of my meal:

Bangkok Doc noodles

Pack your bags because today’s recipe is going to take you, or at least your taste buds, on adventure! With exotic Indian spices and sweet mango, you just may think you’ve landed in India. Except if you already live in India, in which case you’ve saved yourself a serious case of jet lag.

This simple and delicious chickpea salad has warming Indian spices, crunchy walnuts, and crispy veggies; your palate will never be bored. I enjoyed this mixture with organic baby spinach stuffed in a sundried tomato rawrap from Live Food Bar here in Toronto, although you could use any wrap you fancy (whole wheat, rice, or even collard leaves)! If you’re more of a fork and knife diner, use it as a salad topper or eat it alone as a side dish. It’s really up to you!

Curried Mango Chickpea Salad

Yield: Approx 3 cups

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. sweet onion, chopped finely
  • 3 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 15oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 1 mango, pit removed and chopped finely
  • 1/4 c. walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander (or 2 tbsp. fresh cilantro)
  • 3 tbsp. plain soy yogurt OR veganaise
  • 1/2-1 tbsp curry powder, to taste
  • 1/2-1 tbsp garam masala, to taste

Instructions

  • Drain the chickpeas and rinse well. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl and smash roughly with the back of a fork. Smashing the beans is optional, but adds a great texture.
  • Chop vegetables, mango, herbs, and nuts, and add to the bowl. Stir to mix contents.
  • Add yogurt/veganaise and spices gradually until desired taste is achieved.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve in a sandwich, a top a salad, or as a side dish.

Note: If you have the time and muscle strength to do so, I would recommend mashing about 70 percent of the chickpeas before mixing together the ingredients. The mashed chickpeas add a nice texture and will hold together much better; the less that falls out of your wrap the better! Also note that this salad tastes best after it ‘marinates’; don’t be tempted to over-season as the flavours come out more prominently on day two.

Enjoy your Monday, and I will see you back on Wednesday for a review of one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto!

Question of the Day: What did you do this weekend?

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Dad

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I have big shoes to fill.

My Dad has been always been a superhero for his family and community. He has built us sandboxes, planned our birthday parties, and exhausted gallons of gasoline and patience to get us water-skiing and wake-boarding at the cottage. He had hauled his barbecue just about everywhere to volunteer his grilling skills for various community fundraisers. He has chaired numerous committees and boards in order to improve his neighbourhood. He has sacrificed sleeping-in to coach early-morning lacrosse; he does all this with a smile.

Tons memories spent with my Dad come to mind over the years. We used to watch Whose Line Is It Anyway together on television (he would be howling with laughter, I’d be scratching my head too young to understand the humour). He took me to Vancouver with him on a business trip, and we got upgraded to first class. He would always take the brunt of the work during early morning canoe rides at the cottage. He also taught me how to read, and drilled multiplication tables into my head until I could understand them.

My Dad has always been my number one fan. He’s been there for every school play, cross country event, and dance recital. He proofreads all my assignments willingly and gives great feedback. He motivates me in everything I do, and encourages me to be myself. The best advice he ever gave me was, “to thine own self be true”.

These are all super-human feats, no doubt about it. My Dad has always gone above and beyond the call of duty; I am extremely humbled to be his daughter. Love you, Dad!

Why is your Dad awesome?

Hey there!

ImageThat’s me in the middle, and the look on my face pretty much sums up how I’m feeling right now! This picture was taken during a 5K race that my friend and I (she’s the redhead on the far left) ran together. It was a blast!

So here’s a quick intro; my name is Suzanne. I’m 20 years old and I have a huge passion for healthy living. I love to do yoga, run, cook, and spend time with friends and family. I’m always on the go and try to carve out time each day for the things I love. I have found that doing the things I love is instrumental to my health, both mind and body, so this blog is a place where I will get to share that with you!

So kick your feet back and enjoy. I hope you’ll stay awhile :)

P.S. If you have a blog similar to mine (or even not so similar), post a comment!! I would love to follow you :)

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