RECIPE: Your New Favorite Pasta Salad

I’ve spent a lifetime sampling various offerings on buffets, smorgasbords, picnics and potlucks.  Never have I left raving about a pasta salad.  There is an orzo salad with basil, tomato and feta I can get down on, but this pasta salad is far better!  Healthy, simple and colorful, what more could you want?  Oh, yeah it’s low carb, paleo-friendly, and gluten*, dairy and egg-free. Boom.

In an large bowl combine:

6 -12 oz of cooked and shelled edamame

1/4-1/2 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes

4 – 6 sliced mushrooms, raw

1-2 cups pasta of choice (black bean rigatoni and red lentil pasta pictured here)

1/3 – 1/2 cup Annie’s Shiitake mushroom dressing* (uses soy sauce that has wheat)

Optional dash of red pepper flakes

pasta salad

*If going gluten-free, instead of pre-made dressing use the following:

1/4 cup olive oil and / or combo sesame oil

4-5 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

4-5 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce

2 dashes of sea salt

1/2 tsp minced garlic or garlic powder

 

RECIPE: Gorgeous Fruit Salad

When my husband and I lived / worked in New Zealand, we thought it funny when the Kiwi’s described their foods, especially desserts, as “gorgeous”.  We’d only used that term to describe appearance, not taste. Well world, have I got a gorgeous (looking and testing) simple, summer salad for you!  Bring it to any and all social gatherings!  It will be the most beautiful dish at the soiree.  If you want to keep it local and seasonal, swap strawberries for apples (which are technically a fall / winter fruit, but because we’re Americans, we eat fruit from any season all year long)

(Side RANT: Apples are on the Dirty Dozen, meaning they are one of the most heavily sprayed-with-pesticides fruit available–so buy the organic ones, especially if you are feeding kids.

DDT, you know that pesticide they sprayed on fruit, that was banned in the USA in the 1970’s because all the birds were dying? Guess who the world’s largest exporter of DDT is? Yep, ‘Merica. We sell it to other countries, who then spray it on their crops, then sell those crops back to us, with heaping doses of toxic chemicals. And we all wonder why cancer, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s in on the rise?)

kiwi salad

In a bowl combine the following:

1 quart of strawberries, sliced OR 3 fuji apples, cubed with lemon juice

1 pint organic blueberries

2 kiwi fruit peeled and sliced

Gorgeous!

RECIPE: Spinach & Grape Detox Smoothie

Grape Detox Smoothie 2

Over-do this Memorial Day Weekend? Or maybe want a delicious get up and go smoothie that “undoes” decades of “over doing” it?

Red grape skins have polyphenols, which may slow or prevent many types of cancer.  Turmeric delivers powerful anti-inflammatory and healing properties.  Ginger root is cleansing and calming, while Whey protein keeps you sated all morning long.  Wheatgrass, optional, is detoxifying and healing, but does bring a strong earth like flavor, so know that before adding it!

Cinnamon is basically magic.  It wards off diabetes and heart disease, lowers cholesterol and also includes antioxidants that can combat cancer and early aging!

Makes enough for the whole fam or to have a 2nd serving later in the day when you start to droop.

In a Blender Combine:

1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
1 handful Organic Spinach
1/2 frozen banana
7 red grapes (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp whey protein ( Like Tera’s Whey)
3/4 inch ginger root (could do 1 Tbsp powder)
1 dash turmeric
5 dashes cinnamon (go big)
1/2 -1 tsp Wheat Grass powder* (optional)

RECIPE: Chard Wraps

Needs something you can grab in a hurry? Detoxing but tired of veggies and salmon? Trying to figure out how to eat right/well/cheap/satisfying?  The wraps are a great low-carb, gluten-free, alkaline, wheel food, paleo-friendly, whole 30, detoxing option. Make a batch and then pull ’em from the fridge all week.

 

INGREDIENTS:

Chard Leaves, 5-6

Organic Rotisserie Chicken, 1/2

Avocado, 2

Humus (optional), 10 Tbsp

Lemon Juice, 1 lemon

Cayenne Pepper, a dash

You’ll can use toothpicks or skewers

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

De-stem / divide chard leaves in half

Smear ~  1 Tbsp humus on to each leaf

Add 1-2 avocado slices to each leaf

Add shredded / pulled chicken pieces to each wrap

Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on each wrap

Add sea salt and a minimal amount of cayenne pepper to each wrap

Roll wraps and/or pin with a skewer

RECIPE: Strawberry Banana and Ginger Smoothie

Here’s a twist on an old favorite.  It’s great for breakfast, lunch, a snack or dessert.  Cool and crisp with the perfect amount of sweetness. No refined sugars and lots of fiber to keep you satisfied and your digestion functioning well.

 

Strawberry Banana and Ginger

In a blender combine:

 

2 cups of almond milk (or 1 cup milk and 1 cup water)

5 frozen strawberries (or fresh, even better)*

1 frozen banana*

1/2 – 1 inch cube of ginger root

1 dash of cinnamon

 

*could add 1/4 cup of ice and use unfrozen fruit as well

RECIPE: Simple Spring Salad

Some people taste soap when they eat cilantro.  Stinks to be them!  This salad is easy to make and is a crowd pleaser! (Unless you’re the soapy cilantro type)

Spring salad

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups spinach

2 cups arugula

1 avocado, diced

1/2 can corn  OR even better, the kernels from 2 roasted ears of corn

3 celery stocks, chopped

1/8-1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1 bunch cilantro to garnish

(optional 1/4 cup chopped jicama and 1/4 cup chopped red onion)

 

And I like it with this simple salad dressing:

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/2 lemon squeezed

1 tsp yellow mustard

1 tsp maple syrup

salt and pepper