Easy AND Healthy Pie Crust!

I am going to share with you a very old family recipe from my great aunt who was a nutritionist many years ago at a fancy prep-school. I’m not sure where she got it from but it has been the “go-to” crust in our family for decades. To have a crust recipe without lard and/or hydrogenated oils that still tastes awesome and is quick and easy to make is a real find…in my opinion.ingredients

Recipe for 1 pie:

2 Cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 Cup Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons cold milk

1) Mix flour and salt together with a fork in a pie plate
2) In a separate bowl, whisk together milk and olive oil until well combined
3) Add wet to dry in pie plate, combine with fork and/or hands and press into plate until it is all an even thickness
4) Use fork to poke holes
5) Bake 425° for 15 minutes

pressing in pie plate and sticking with fork

It is not the fanciest crust but I like the rustic nature of it and when it is yummy and healthy, who cares 🙂
pic of crust

Here are a couple of pics of my fave rhubarb pie which I will post the recipe for soon. The first pic shows after it has been baked and before the filling is added.

July12_2013_4a rhubarb pie pic

Enjoy!

Awesome Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing

 

Awesome Spinach Salad with Warm Feta Dressing

This is one of my favourite salads. It is easy, healthy and the combination of warm, sweet and salty make it a delicious staple in our family. The kids even like it! I got the recipe from my sister who is a fantastic cook but I am not sure where it originated from. When I find the source I will note it.

Ingredients
1 Bag of pre-washed baby spinach (preferably organic)
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Red onion
1 Large handful of crumbled Feta cheese
2 Tablespoons Red wine vinegar or Sherry Vinegar or rice vinegar (I have tried them all and they all work well)

1) Wash spinach and spin or let sit to dry a little
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2) Crumble a large handful of feta and set aside
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3) Slice onion into 1/4″ slivers
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4) Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in skillet Image

5) Sautee onions in oil until carmelized (about 7 minutes) ImageImage

6) Place onions hot from the pan onto the spinach
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7) In the same pan, add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, heat and ad your crumbled feta. Also ad the vinegar and heat until feta is melted and mixture is bubbling. ImageImage

8) Drizzle mixture over spinach and onion while warm. Toss and serve immediately. Image
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Note: Feta in this picture is not melted quite enough. There should not really be visible lumps of feta, although it is still yummy!