Grilled Greek Romaine Steak | alive

In bowl, toss together tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, olives, green onions, and red wine vinegar. Halve heads of romaine lengthwise and lightly brush with oil. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium. Alternatively, heat cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Place romaine halves cut-side […]

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Matcha, Mint, and Cucumber Cooler

In small bowl, place matcha, and with fork or small whisk, gradually whisk in about 1 Tbsp (15 mL) hot water until a smooth paste forms. Gradually stir in remaining hot water and set aside to cool to room temperature. To blender, add cucumber and blend until liquefied, about 1 minute. Into measuring pitcher or […]

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Matcha Pistachio Cake | alive

Line bottom of 6 in (15 cm) springform pan with parchment paper. In food processor, pulse pistachios, dates, coconut, and salt until crumbly. Add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup and process until mixture is sticky and holds together when a bit is formed into a ball. Transfer to prepared springform pan and press into […]

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Sparkling Green Apple Cleanser | alive

Core and slice unpeeled apple. Place all but a couple of slices in high-speed blender. Add spring water, ginger root, mint, lime juice, and spirulina powder. Whirl at high speed until mixture is fully emulsified. Strain through fine-meshed sieve into a tall glass. Stir in sparkling water. Add agave to taste, if you wish. Garnish […]

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How Does Your Herb Garden Grow?

“Romarin. Rosemary.” With a flourish, the vendor offered me a fresh-cut sprig, and I inhaled. Maybe I was responding to the French name, which reminded me of Romeo. More likely, it was the smell, an olfactory world away from the dry, twiggy stuff in our spice rack at home. Whatever the reason, this breath of […]

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Spring Nettles Vichyssoise | alive

Trim off tough green ends and roots from leeks. Cut leeks lengthwise in half and rinse well to remove any grit. Blot dry. Coarsely slice. In large saucepan, heat oil or melt butter. Add leek, onion, carrot, potato, and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until onion is soft. Do not brown. Stir in stock and […]

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BE-ing In Nature | alive

How present are you when you spend time in nature? Too many of us snap a few photos, hop back into the car, and speed off to the next lookout. With a few simple strategies, we can tweak our behaviour in ways that can add great value to our time spent outdoors. The days of […]

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