KAAREN’S RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
My husband Gene and I enjoy salads year round. With a bit of creativity, they need not be boring.
Here is a simple layered salad that not only is packed full of nutrients and beneficial fiber, but has a variety of tastes and textures guaranteed to appeal to even the pickiest eaters.
Feel free to substitute any ingredients available seasonally and/or add any of your personal favorites.
Kitchen Sink Salad
1/3 cup each of the following:
Shaved raw crooked neck yellow squash
Shaved raw zucchini
Shaved raw red pepper
Shaved raw apple
Shaved raw carrots
¼ cup shaved raw golden beets
¼ cup shaved watermelon radish (any radish available is fine)
¼ cup sliced celery
¼ cup sliced mushrooms
¼ cup sliced rinsed pitted low sodium black olives
1/3 cup diced fresh tomatoes
3 cups chiffonade mix of Little Gem lettuce, Spring Greens Lettuce/Baby spinach/Baby kale
Marinated Fresh Mozzarella :
Combine all below well and then add in 6 0z sliced fresh mozzarella
3 tbls finely chopped fresh basil
4 tbls extra virgin olive oil
2 tbls fresh lemon juice
4 tbls balsamic vinegar
2 tbls. Heinz ketchup (See the Heinz Health & Wellness line)
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Marinate above for 30 min or more. Toss all salad well and then fold in Marinated Mozzarella . Add balsamic to taste.
Accompany with sourdough bread if desired.
To see more recipes like this please check out my two books “Eat Your Way To Health” and ” Ageless Beauty From The Inside Out” at www.healingessences.com
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Here’s a quick and easy recipe for all you black bean lovers….
SPICEY BLACK BEAN STEW
Cilantro aka Chinese Parsley /coriander,has been a staple in cuisines around the world with it’s use dating back centuries. If you enjoy Mexican food, you’ve tasted cilantro in guacamole.
Here are a few of cilantro’s many health benefits:
Recent studies show that cilantro attaches to heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and mercury in the bloodstream acting as a “bio absorbent”. This process, called chelation, helps our bodies eliminate metals from our systems through our excretory systems, to cleanse and purify our tissues, organs and blood. Cilantro leaves contain the bioactive components, flavonoids, saponins and fibers capable of absorbing and chelating heavy metals.
The leaves of the cilantro plant also have potent anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial effects as well as the significant chelating properties mentioned above.
Researchers have found that cilantro may provide many other health benefits in the form of reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and seizure severity, as well as raising energy levels and promoting healthy hair and skin.
In Traditional Asian Mediciine, cilantro has a predominantly cooling and grounding effect and has been known to contribute to detoxification pathways within the body by stimulating the liver. By stimulating the liver and increasing bile production, cilantro helps contribute to the overall lowering of LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
With it’s many health benefits, unique taste and versatility, cilantro can be an easy, low cost addition to incorporate into your wellness plan.
A Votre Sante,
PS Stay tuned for easy, delicious cilantro recipes in the coming weeks.