Peach, Avocado & Cucumber Salad (w/lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese)

July 26th, 2018 | no comments

I just love a good salad. This recipe is light, yet filling, with tons of flavor and rich in nutrients. The addition of cilantro adds a bright flavor and doubles as one of the most potent heavy metal detoxifying herbs around. We tend to limit cilantro to guacamole and salsa recipes, but you can easily add it to any salad or smoothie—just give it a good rinse before adding. I’ve been known to munch on a few sprigs of cilantro just because I know how good it is for my body. I know…total nutrition geek! 

I topped this salad off with Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese with lavender and fennel pollen. It really gives it a unique twist! Not a fan of goat cheese? You can also use feta, blue, or Gorgonzola cheese…or omit the cheese altogether (although I consider that a punishable crime 🙂 ). 

The great thing about this salad is it holds up pretty well in the refrigerator for a couple of days, so if you know you’re going to have leftovers, add the sunflower seeds and cheese right before serving. Also, aim for ripe yet firm avocados. If too soft they will mush a bit once combined with the other ingredients. 

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Peach, Avocado & Cucumber Salad (w/lavender & fennel pollen goat cheese)
This recipe is light, yet filling, with tons of flavor and rich in nutrients. The addition of cilantro adds a bright flavor and doubles as one of the most potent heavy metal detoxifying herbs around. 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 fresh peach, diced with skin on
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 fresh lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into small pieces I like Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese (with lavender and fennel pollen)
Course Lunch, Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 English cucumber, diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 fresh peach, diced with skin on
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 fresh lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-4 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into small pieces I like Cypress Grove Purple Haze Goat Cheese (with lavender and fennel pollen)
Instructions
  1. Add cucumber through sunflower seeds to a large bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix together until evenly coated.
  3. Serve with 1/2-1 ounce of goat cheese on top of each portion!
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts per serving: Calories: 300Total Fat: 25 g; Saturated Fat: 5 g; Sodium: 65 mg; Potassium: 680 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 19 g; Dietary fiber: 8 g; Net Carbohydrates: 11 grams; Sugar: 8 g (no added sugar); Protein: 7 g

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Better-for-YOU Potato Salad

June 13th, 2018 | no comments

When I have a taste for one of my traditional favorites (i.e. potato salad) I like to go on the hunt for a nutritionally-upgraded recipe. At the end of the day, I want something that tastes good AND is good for me. After all, my body is my residence…and who wants to live in a messy house?

Traditional potato salad is made with soybean, canola, corn, or safflower oil- based mayonnaise. These oils are highly processed and create an inflammatory state in the body. Even those boasting of claims such as “made with avocado oil/olive oil” are still merely blends of those oils along with soybean and/or canola oils. They also contain hidden sugar and preservatives! Check out the nutrition label of Hellmann’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise with Olive OIl. Pretty sad if you ask me. The same goes for the Kraft brand of “mayo”. 

My favorite healthy oils are: extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, and avocado oil.

I found this recipe for potato salad using homemade mayonnaise made with avocado oil (you could also use extra virgin olive oil). I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make this mayo….it literally took me less than five minutes!

This recipe suggests using a stick blender (also known as an immersion blender) and blending the ingredients in a mason jar. I totally concur, as I attempted the first round using my regular blender and it didn’t emulsify. Immersion blenders are relatively inexpensive– I paid $35 for my Cuisinart Smart Stick Blender at Bed Bath & Beyond. 

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Better-for-YOU Potato Salad
A simple red skin potato salad (with skin intact) made with homemade avocado oil-based mayonnaise. You can fancy this recipe up a bit by adding chopped hard boiled egg, carrots, and red peppers, along with a scoop or two of cooked lentils or black beans. 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound red skin potatoes
  • 1/3 cup homemade avocado oil mayo You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound red skin potatoes
  • 1/3 cup homemade avocado oil mayo You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh chives, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the potatoes in a pot and cover with cold water. Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil, remove the lid, season liberally with salt and let the potatoes cook for about 15-20 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the potatoes and let them cool completely.
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare mayonnaise (see NOTES section below for recipe). Whisk together the prepared mayo, yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, celery, onion, dill, and chives.
  3. Once the potatoes are cooled completely cut them into cubes and add them to the dressing. Gently toss to coat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for homemade mayonnaise recipe!

Nutrition Facts: Calories: 220Total Fat: 14 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Sodium: 140 mg; Potassium: 580 mg; Total Carbohydrate: 22 g; Dietary fiber: 4 g; Net Carbohydrates: 18 grams; Sugar: 2 g (no added sugar); Protein: 2 g

 

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Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Bean Pasta

January 8th, 2018 | no comments

I don’t know about you, but regular pasta tends to send my blood sugar shooting through the roof! How do I know? Because I get hungry an hour or so after eating it. This means it caused my blood sugar to initially spike and then plummet…triggering what I call “rebound hunger”. Other foods that can have this effect are white potatoes, white rice, sugary cereals, cake, candy, sugar-sweetened beverages (including those fancy, overpriced coffee drinks), and pretzels.

If you find yourself shying away from pasta for the same reason, or if you are simply trying to improve the overall quality of your food choices, I think you will really like this recipe! It was created by my friend Carla IaFelice, who is a Wellness Consultant for Heinen’s Grocery Store. It uses Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine, a high protein, high fiber, low glycemic solution to regular wheat-based pasta. It has only two simple ingredients: organic edamame and organic mung beans. That’s it! One serving of this pasta offers 22 grams of protein…as much as one 3-ounce chicken breast. Pretty impressive!

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Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Bean Pasta
This high protein, high fiber, low glycemic pasta dish uses just five simple ingredients and is bursting with savory flavor. Created by my friend Carla IaFelice, who is a Wellness Consultant for Heinen's Grocery Store, it is a perfect meal option for those evenings when you are super pressed for time. Pair it with a nice leafy green salad and you've got a real nutrition powerhouse meal on your hands. 4 Earthfoods per serving: ♥♥♥♥
Course Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 jar julienne sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, cut into ribbons
Course Dinner
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1 box Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame and Mung Bean Fettuccine
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 jar julienne sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, cut into ribbons
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to directions on package.
  2. In a separate pan, sauté tomatoes, garlic and onion until slightly caramelized. The oil from the jar of tomatoes should be ample, but you can add a little more per your taste.
  3. Drain pasta and toss with sautéed vegetables. Gently fold in basil ribbons and add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
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Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad Jar

December 26th, 2017 | no comments

Tuna salad is an easy and economical lunch solution…but unfortunately, the mayonnaise that typically dresses it, is full of preservatives (calcium disodium EDTA) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 oil (soybean oil). No thank you!

My version of tuna salad uses a simple five-ingredient homemade Avocado Mayo: avocado, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, sea salt, and cayenne pepper. I also like a bit of crunch to my meals, so I added chopped celery, apple and red onion. A sprinkle of organic cranberry raisins gives it a nice kiss of sweetness!

I’m a little picky with my tuna too. Safe Catch Tuna is a sustainably caught, omega 3-rich tuna that is tested for mercury content and meets the company’s purity standards— which are even more strict than the FDA mercury action limit.

Instead of bread, I like to serve my tuna salad on Flackers crackers or with a combination of sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, jicama slices, sliced radishes and sweet mini peppers. 

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Cranberry Apple Tuna Salad Jar
Tuna salad is an easy and economical lunch solution. My version uses sustainably caught, low mercury tuna, dressed with a simple five-ingredient homemade avocado mayonnaise and mixed with chopped celery, apple, red onion, and a sprinkle of organic cranberry raisins. Toss it all in a mason jar and lunch is served! 1 Earthfood per serving: ♥
Course Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado Mayo (see Recipe Notes below) You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 5 oz. can Safe Catch Wild Tuna
  • 1 tbsp. organic dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small apple, diced with skin on
  • 1/2 small celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Course Lunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
serving
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. Avocado Mayo (see Recipe Notes below) You could also use Chosen Foods Avocado Oil Mayo
  • 5 oz. can Safe Catch Wild Tuna
  • 1 tbsp. organic dried cranberries
  • 1/2 small apple, diced with skin on
  • 1/2 small celery stalk, diced
  • 1 tbsp. red onion, diced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Spoon into mason jar, secure lid, and store in refrigerator. Serve with a side of Flackers crackers or boost up your Earthfoods and serve with a combination of sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, jicama slices, sliced radishes, sweet mini peppers sliced in half and cleaned. Use the veggies to scoop salad out of jar!
Recipe Notes

Click HERE for Avocado Mayo recipe.

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