I had leftover quinoa (a superfood) so I tossed it with olive oil, lemon, avocados, tomatoes, garlic, basil and salt- all which are healthy for you!
Did someone say protein, vitamin c, lycopene, iodine, anti inflammatory properties, healthy oils and yumminess? (those are the healthy properties I could think of off the top of my head. I’m sure there are tons more!)
The UN recently deemed Quinoa as the International Grain of 2013.
Why quinoa? Quinoa is extremely healthy. It’s identified as a super grain because it’s a complete protein; one cup of protein has more protein than an egg! It’s gluten free, a low calorie food, rich in fiber, tastes great, internally cleanses you, has calcium… and the list could go on forever.
Try this Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe with me (click on the photo). I’ll be making it this weekend. It sounds fresh, tasty and easy to pack for lunch!
I got this recipe from treehugger.com and have been eyeing it for months. I finally made it tonight for my boyfriend and his family, which we all loved. It’s healthy (substitute regular pasta for whole wheat pasta) and oh so yummy!
Avocados are a nutrient dense food, has plenty of vitamins such as vitamin B, E & K, and good oils. They’re good for your eyes, skin, heart, and so much more.
Enjoy the recipe!
Linguine with Smoky Avocado Sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
Handful of cilantro
Juice of 1 lime, or more to taste
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne, or more to taste
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, diced
1 serrano chili, chopped finely
1. Cut an avocado in half and brush with olive oil. Grill flesh side down until the fruit is nicely charred. Scoop out the flesh and put it in a food processor. Add a handful of cilantro, the lime juice, salt and cayenne, and one garlic clove. Process to make a purée.
2. Stream in 1/4 cup olive oil to make a sauce consistency. Taste and add more lime juice, salt or cayenne if necessary. Set aside.
3. In a separate bowl mix black beans with finely diced red onion and serrano chile. Add a drizzle of olive oil, a squeeze of lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt to taste. Stir gently and let sit to meld the flavors.
4. Cook linguine until pasta is al dente. Drain and add avocado puree and mix until well incorporated. Spoon bean mixture over the pasta and serve immediately.
My boyfriend and I recently began our journey to ban plastic bags in Stamford, CT. Of course this involves being aware of personal choices with plastic bags as well so I plan on making these!
Find out how to make these from- http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2011/05/greeneasy-knit-produce-bag.html
I just started my first Nutrition and Health course and anytime I see a government food pyramid or government guidelines for nutrition, I tend to be skeptical of it.
The book presented the Healing Foods Pyramid, which “emphasizes foods with restorative benefits and/or essential nutrients in natural forms. The core of dietary intake is primarily plant-based foods, with small amounts of animal foods” (Grodner, Roth and Walkingshaw, “Nutritional Foundations and Clinical Applications”.)
Check out more at http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/meats.htm
I love baked kale chips. They’re pretty addicting and oh so healthy.
They’re easy to make- 5-10 min. prep time and 10-15 min. bake time. Check out the recipe by clicking on the photo.
Tips: feel free to use your hands to rip apart the kale from the stem instead of using a knife. also, toss kale in a large zip loc bag with olive oil to evenly coat the kale.