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Joyful Rainbow Salad

26 May

IMG_1028I know… it’s hard to say “eat the rainbow” and NOT think of those tiny sugar pellet candies. This would be the healthy non-food coloring version, hence the word “rainbow” sandwiched between “joyful” and “salad.” Hit up your own garden or favorite farmer’s stand to create this quick burst of delicious energy.

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, chopped

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 bunch carrots, chopped

1/3 small red onion, coarsely chopped

1 jar green olives (pitted and stuffed with garlic)

1 jar kalamata black olives (pitted)

fresh basil and oregano to taste

1 tsp olive oil to coat

Directions:

1. Mix ingredients and enjoy!

2. May also add: radishes, broccoli, sugar snap peas, kale or other greens, feta cheese, balsamic or red wine vinegar–whatever inspires you!

For more food inspiration, check out these recipes. Yum!

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Pulled Chicken Taco Salad

28 Oct

IMG_1779Anything I can top with guacamole makes me happy. Use this pulled chicken recipe in chicken chili, over spaghetti squash or in butter leaf lettuce for tacos or collard greens for a spicy wrap.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless, skinless antibiotic and hormone-free chicken breasts

3 cups salsa (I like Whole Foods 360 Hot Salsa or Green Mountain Gringo Hot Salsa)

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

1 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp coriander

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

20 turns of cracked black pepper

Toppings: black olives, guacamole, sliced avocado, pico de gallo, cashew cheese, or broccoli slaw

salad greens (arugula is a nice choice for an extra peppery kick)

3 red bell peppers, sliced

 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place chicken in a Dutch Oven. In a bowl, mix the salsa, garlic, red onion, cilantro, chili powder, coriander, cinnamon, sea salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper and place it on top of the chicken. (You can also make this in a slow cooker on low heat and cook for 6-8 hrs). Bake for 90 minutes.

2. Take out Dutch Oven, remove chicken, place on plate and shred with two forks. Place shredded chicken back in the Dutch Oven and bake an additional 45 minutes. (If using a slow cooker, place back in for another hour on low).

3. Serve on salad greens, bell pepper strips and use toppings such as broccoli slaw, black olives, guacamole, pico de gallo, cashew cheese or sliced avocado.

 

Serves 7-8

 

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell

Cilantro Lime Scallops with Mango Salsa

9 Sep

So, I originally created this recipe for a guy I was interested in. Of course I had a “trial run” with my friend, Lynn, to make sure it was as delicious as it sounded in my head. The recipe was a success! (The guy? Not the right one.)

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Ingredients:

Scallops:

1 lb sea scallops

1 lime, juiced

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 tsp crushed dried red chile flakes

1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

Mango Salsa:

1 mango, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 red bell pepper, diced

2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

1 lime, juiced

pinch of cayenne pepper (more if you like it spicy)

salt to taste

Salad:

4 cups romaine lettuce, spinach or arugula

2 avocados, chopped

8 slices of nitrate free turkey bacon

1 bunch asparagus, steamed and cut into 2 in. lengths

6 carrots, chopped

1/8 cup macadamia nuts, crushed

Directions:

1. Chop asparagus into 2-inch pieces, steam for 3-5 minutes, blanch with cold water, pat dry and set aside for salad.

2. Place scallops in sauté pan with olive oil, lime juice, red chili flakes, cilantro, salt and pepper. Let sit for 10 minutes. Cook over medium low heat for 5 minutes each side or until scallops are opaque.

3. While scallops are sitting and marinading, bake bacon for 20 minutes at 350°. Drain grease or pat dry with a towel. Chop and set aside.

4. To make salsa, combine all salsa ingredients in a dish and mix well.

5. Combine all salad ingredients together and top with scallops and salsa.

Serves 4-5

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Bell

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Tuna Salad with Cashew Mayonnaise

9 Jul

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Summer is the perfect time to give your oven and stovetop a break and enjoy a lovely picnic with family and friends. The vegan Cashew Mayonnaise is a healthy dairy and egg-free alternative for this easy summer dish.

Ingredients for Tuna Salad:

2 5 oz cans no sodium added albacore tuna packed in water, drained

5 celery stalks, chopped

2 cups red grapes, cut in half

1 cup kalamata olives, pitted and cut in half

1/4 cup raw pecan pieces

sea salt to taste

black pepper to taste

fresh dill to taste

1 bunch collard greens, stems removed

Ingredients for Cashew Mayonnaise:

1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours

1/4 cup water

1 large lemon or 2 T lemon juice

1/4 t sea salt

1/2 t garlic powder

black pepper to taste

2 T extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

1. Place all of the Tuna Salad ingredients (except for the collard greens) in a large mixing bowl.

2. To make the Cashew Mayonnaise, place all Cashew Mayonnaise ingredients (except for olive oil) in a food processor. Blend ingredients and slowly add in the olive oil to form a creamy mayonnaise consistency.

3. Place the Cashew Mayonnaise into the Tuna Salad and mix until coated.

4. Wash and dry collard greens. Cut stem out with a knife. Overlap leaves slightly. Place tuna salad on bottom third of collard green, cold bottom portion over, fold sides in and continuing rolling until wrap is formed.

Serves 4-6 individuals