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: 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: 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

RECIPE: Simple Mushroom Risotto

Looking for a simple, savory, filling winter dish? This number makes a great side item to pair with steak, pork or chicken, but it’s hardy enough to be served as the main course!
Easy to make and serves ~ 6 people. Keeps in the fridge all week long.
Mushroom Risotto
 INGREDIENTS:
1 cup cooked farro (can also use bulgur, brown rice, quinoa or orzo)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 Tbsp sesame
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
1 cup chopped spinach
1/2 sleeve of goat cheese sleeve (~3 0z)
1 Tbsp olive oil
Lemon juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 dashes paprika
INSTRUCTIONS:
In a medium sized pot add farro to 2 cups boiling water, cook until water is gone (~ 10-15 minutes or until grain is tender and strain remaining water).
While cooking bulgar, in small skillet on medium heat add sesame and coconut oil and mushrooms. Cook until tender.
In a large glass container combine all ingredient and stir until well mixed.
Serve warm.

RECIPE: Chard Wraps

Looking for the convenience of a wrap with 10 x the nutrition!? This is the recipe for you!

Plenty of menus offer a “healthy wrap” in their Lite Bites or Healthy Options section.

News flash! Most tortillas are loaded with lard, additives and preservatives (to keep them from molding and help them get crispy and brown perfectly!)

Turn any tortilla package over at the grocery store. Look at the ingredients. Now ask yourself, what the heck is THAT doing in my diet?

We scratch our heads wondering why so many people are stricken with cancer, dementia and obesity. Yet we continue to pump ourselves and our kids FULL of hazardous ingredients.

An EASY way to make a wrap super healthy is to use a swiss chard leaf in lieu of a tortilla.  Sure it may take a few go rounds for your family to get on board.  But every transition seems odd at first. (Think station wagons without car seats, choosing wheat instead of white bread or wearing a helmet while biking and skiing).  Soon it becomes your norm!
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INGREDIENTS:

Rainbow Chard or collard greens

Humus

Veggies

1. De-vein several rainbow chard leaves or collard greens (cut stalk out for entire length of leaf) creating a leaf half

2. Smear humus, mustard or salsa on a leaf half. option to add brown rice or quinoa to add bulk

3. slice your favorite veggies (cucumbers, carrots, peppers) and place in wrap

4. option to drizzle with Siracha vinegar or sprinkle with spices

5. roll wrap up. place a toothpick to hold together or use humus to adhere

I make several of these (~10) each sunday and place in glass container in the fridge to draw from all week!

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RECIPE: Greens & Beans Salad

Need a protein-packed, vivacious, vitamin-rich, super-easy salad?

Have I got the one for you! In less time than it takes you to remove your eye make-up, you can whip up this healthy dish!

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups organic mixed greens, spinach and arugula (or greens of your choice)

1 avocado, diced

1 can organic garbanzo beans, rinsed and strained

1 can organic black beans,  rinsed and strained

1/4 red onion, diced (optional)

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds (optional)

Combine all of the above together and then drizzle with your favorite dressing. Or try this delish dressing

Put a bird on it (egg or chicken), or roll it in a wrap.

Make a large bowl to scoop from all week!

Arugula, Bean and Avocado Salad