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baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

Warm September nights of weeks past called for simple, light, and refreshing dinners… I just couldn’t handle standing over a hot stove in the lingering summer heat! This salad was such an easy throw-together-meal (and nutrient packed with the baby kale, spinach, and hemp seeds) that I had to share… and who doesn’t like white peaches?!

baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

What you need (serves 1):

For the salad:
– A few handfuls of baby kale & spinach, or whatever greens you have in your fridge.
– 1 grilled or boiled chicken breast, sliced into strips
– 2-3 tbsp slivered almonds + whatever nuts/seeds you prefer. I had some pumpkin & sunflower seeds so I sprinkled those in there too for added protein.
– 1 tbsp hemp seeds
– 1/2 white peach, sliced into wedges. A pear would also work when peaches are no longer in season.

For the dressing: 
– 1/2 tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
– 1 tsp honey ginger balsamic vinegar**

Directions:
1. Throw greens into a medium sized bowl.
2. Put the oil + vinegar into a small jar, cover with a lid, and shake shake shake (or whisk whisk whisk in a bowl) until the mixture looks uniform.
3. Pour vinaigrette over your greens. Toss.
4. Add the chicken, almonds, and seeds. Toss.
5. Transfer to a serving bowl/dish & garnish with the white peach.

Et voila! In true #singlegirldinner style, I had mine with a glass of chilled white wine :)

baby kale salad with grilled chicken, white peaches, & honey ginger sesame vinaigrette

<3 MC

** (I buy my flavoured olive oils & balsamic vinegars from this fantastic store in Edmonton called EVOOlution. Their staff is incredibly knowledgeable, and they carry such an extensive variety of oils & vinegars with note cards that have suggested pairings, I honestly just want to buy the entire store. It’s dangerous.)

Natural Chaos

ImageElbow Falls, Bragg Creek.

Back in June, Southern Alberta was devastated by catastrophic flooding. I was displaced from my apartment for a week, but thankfully (miraculously?) our street remained untouched. However, Bragg Creek was one of the areas that wasn’t so lucky. In spite of Mother Nature’s wrath, it was so heartwarming to see the strength, generosity, and resilience of this province!

Anyways, it was a refreshing change of pace to get out of the city on such a beautiful day. Summer is on its way out but I’m not ready to let go just yet.

<3 MC

T.H.I.S. Place

My friend recently found this quaint little cafe/dessert spot in downtown Edmonton near Grant MacEwan campus called T.H.I.S Place (10382 105 St).

mc THIS place

It’s super cute (and quiet, if you’re looking for a place to study outside of your usual Starbucks haunts)! My friend & I are super indecisive, which doesn’t help when there are so many delicious flavours to choose from! My friend had the Vietnamese Coffee Popsicle & I had the Chili Chocolate Popsicle. The menu features such a unique variety of hot drinks & home-made popsicles, will definitely need to revisit the next time I’m in town it’s a hidden gem for sure!

<3 MC

Lately

I don’t know where this week went, but I’d say it was a good balance of work and play despite the resulting fatigue. Went to Edmonton in the middle of the week to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and they were superbly excellent :) Here are some instagram snippets from the past few days:

{ Stephens Ave is no Stephansplatz, that’s for sure :S }

{ Smoked Salmon Sandwich & Cream of Tomato Soup @ The Common }

{ My Edmonton essential: Remedy chai lattes <3 }

{ The tree at my parents house – super excited to come home this Christmas! }

{ shiny things at the Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market }

{ I want a pocket watch & a monocle, please }

And now I must mentally prepare for this upcoming week: a quickie in Vancouver, pack up the apartment, keep up with the 35 day yoga challenge, WORK, work Christmas party, move, aaand…. hopefully find some time to do laundry and adequate sleep haha.

<3 MC

hipsters & maple bacon waffles

I had one last weekend of funemployment before starting my new job. Here’s how I spent it:

{ Tallest Man on Earth – SWOON! So. Amaze. }

{ Chez Coras – hollandaise sauce with a side of eggs benny, geez }

{ Eva Sweet @ 104th st City Market – Maple Bacon Liege Waffle }

{ free corn on the cob @ a random cornfest in downtown?! }

{ Peking Duck dinner @ Urban China }

Calories don’t exist on the weekend, amirite? :P

<3 MC

The Fringe

Another Fringe has come and gone. I don’t like to acknowledge it because the Fringe is pretty much the last festival in Edmonton, which means… SUMMER IS COMING TO AN END!

Hope you’re all enjoying the last bits of summer!

<3 MC

Summer Dreamin’

With June only a few more sleeps away, the anticipation for summer makes me feel like a little kid that’s excited for Disneyland and can’t fall asleep. Edmonton summers are the most redeeming part of this city and I’m convinced that if we had warm weather all year round, we’d be the happiest people in the world.

When I was younger, I used to make a “Summer To-Do/Eat” list every year and it’s something I’ve carried with me into my 20’s  – so keeping with my summer list-making habit, here are some things I hope to cross off my list in the months ahead:

1. Hike Mt. Edith Cavell
2. See Moraine Lake
3. Go fruit picking & bake a pie with said fruit
4. Hike The Chief
5. Have a champagne party with Carly, Bev, & Sophie
6. “Re-decorate” i.e. furnish my room … maybe.
7. Take a slightly pre-meditated spontaneous roadtrip somewhere (Portland?)
8. Do a Vancouver (or Portland) food tour
9. Festivals. As many as possible. (Above photo: Netherlands booth at Heritage Days 2011)
10. On that note, try that dang deep-fried Kool-Aid at Stampede, which is sure to be a let down after I hyped it up last year.

This list tends to be a working document throughout the summer, so I’ll likely be adding more things. What are you guys looking forward to this summer?

<3 MC