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Avocado Salad

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I used to hate avocados but over the last few years I’ve started to love them.  They taste nice, and are great in healthy fats.  This recipe comes from the Green Door, an amazing vegetarian buffet-style restaurant in Ottawa, Canada.  This salad is super easy and so delicious!

Ingredients:
2 ripe avocados
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic (or 2 smaller…you can never have enough garlic!), crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp umeboshi vinegar

Directions:
1.  Place the onion and garlic in a bowl.
2.  Pour lemon juice and umeboshi vinegar over the onion and garlic. Let marinate for 10 minutes (or until the onion has wilted).
3.  Peel and slice the avocados.
4.  Just before serving, add the olive oil to the marinated onion mixture.
5.  Pour over avocados.  Mix gently.

*Umeboshi vinegar can be found at health food stores such as the Wheat Berry.

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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Currently finishing up my LLM and thus being a student, pasta is a staple in my life.  But then again, who doesn’t like pasta?! I tend to be a stickler for following recipes, mostly because I feel like if I don’t follow one, I’ll mess it up.  But this is a recipe where really, anything goes!

Ingredients:
1/2 package dried spaghetti pasta
1 lb (500g) lean ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sugar
3 cloves garlic (finely diced/garlic pressed)

Instructions:
1.  Use a large frying pan (big enough for all your beef + tomato sauce).
2.  Set the stove to medium and let the frying pan heat up.  Add the ground beef and chop it up/stir every now and again until it is all browned.
3.  While the beef is cooking, put all your spices into a bowl.
4.  Also while your beef is cooking, bring a pot of water to boil.  Once boiled, add the spaghetti and turn to low-medium.  Follow the instructions on the package for time (typically 10 minutes).
5.  Once your beef is brown, drain the fat from the frying pan.
6.  With just the beef in your frying pan, add the can of tomato sauce, and add all your spices.  Stir.
7.  Once your pasta is cooked, drain it, and then serve on a plate with the sauce on top!
8.  Add a little parmesan cheese if you’re feeling really adventurous.

* This recipe is great because you can adapt it however you want.  Add whatever vegetables you want to the sauce (such as mushrooms).  And if you’re not happy with the spices, just add more!