French Lentils with artichokes, spinach and green beans

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Lentils are one of my favorite legume! I especially love to have this dish after a long bike ride or a long run as all of the macronutrients are replenished in my body!

A good source of fiber, protein, vitamin B1, iron, zinc, potassium, B6, vitamin C, folate, vitamin K!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dried lentils

1 box organic chicken or vegetable stock (or you can make your own)

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic chopped

1 red onion chopped

1 pound green beans with ends snipped

1 bag frozen artichoke hearts

1 bunch spinach leaves washed

1/4 tsp. thyme or if you have fresh several sprigs chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

4 oz. can of tomato sauce (or you can make your own)

1 (16 oz.) can of plum tomatoes chopped

Directions:

Place vegetable or chicken stock in a crock pot, add 4 cups water.  If you do not have a crock pot then place it in a soup pan on the stove. Add lentils to the crockpot and cook on high for about 2 hours or on low for 4 hours. If you are using the stove top method then bring water to a boil and add lentils and allow to simmer until lentils are soft. 

Add olive oil to a saute pan and add garlic and onions. Allow to cook until soft. Add green beans, artichoke hearts and saute until soft. Add spinach and allow to wilt. Add tomatoes and sauce and continue to cook until it is at a temperature to your liking.

Add lentils to a bowl and top with vegetable saute. Enjoy!

 

 

Pumpkin Seed, Squash and Shrimp Saute

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Ingredients:

2 pounds shrimp

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 onion slivered

3 yellow squash- use a spiralizer and slice thin

3 zucchini – use a spiralizer and make zucchini noodles

2 cups spinach

1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1 tablespoon olive oil

Steam shrimp and put aside. Place a pan on the stove and turn the heat on low. Add olive oil and saute garlic until it begins to toast and then add onion and continue to saute. Add zucchini noodles and yellow squash and cook for about 3 minutes then add spinach. Add the vegetable mix to a platter and place shrimp on top then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.

Serves:     4

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Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

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Red drum has become one of my favorite fish. It is offered at Yellow Umbrella in Richmond, VA. These tacos are loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables which have plenty of nutrients including iron, vitamin C,  potassium, vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, folate, and niacin. This is a easy dish to prepare for dinner and kids will love it!

Ingredients:

1 pound Red Drum (I buy mine from Yellow Umbrella

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 lemon

Jalepeno – 1/4 chopped

Garlic – 2 cloves

Onion – 1/4 chopped

Spinach – 1 cup

Corn or whole wheat or gluten free tortillas

Pour the olive oil over the red drum. Squeeze the juice from the lemon on the fish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until fish is flaky.

Saute onion, garlic and jalepeno. Add spinach and put to the side.

Place 4 oz. of the fish on the tortilla. Add the spinach saute. Top with the mango salasa.

Mango Salsa

1 mango chopped

1 jalapeno chopped

1/4 cup onion chopped

3 garlic cloves chopped

1 cup cilantro chopped

1 lime

Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and squeeze with lime. Allow to be refrigerated for about an hour.

 

 

 

 

FORBIDDEN BLACK RICE AND TUNA SALAD

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I love tuna salad without the mayonnaise! Whether fresh or Wild Planet’s pole caught tuna it’s a great source of protein to add to any salad. The colorful vegetables are a rainbow of phytonutrients and in the summer you can find everything local and fresh. With this recipe I added forbidden rice that has a purple black color and is rich in iron and high in fiber and antioxidant nutrients.  It also includes protein! Enjoy this salad packed full of antioxidant nutrients and about 7-8 grams of fiber.

Ingredients:

4 cups spring herb mix

2 cups Arugula

1 red pepper chopped

1 orange pepper chopped

1 yellow carrot chopped

1/2 red onion sliced very thin

3 radishes chopped

8 oz. tuna (or I use two cans of Wild Planet Albacore tuna)

1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

2/3 cup Black forbidden rice cooked

Dressing:

1/4 cup sunflower oil

2 tablespoons For Pete’s Sake Honey mustard

1/8 cup water

1 lemon squeezed

Mix dressing in a jar and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Add tuna to a bowl and all vegetables. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds and dressing!

Serves:2

Calories: 375

Protein:  10 grams

Enjoy!

Chicken Chinese Cabbage Fajatas with Black Bean Toasted Pumpkin Seed Salsa

This dish is full of color and flavor and is super easy. It is packed with fiber, antioxidant nutrients as well as protein and low glycemic index carbohydrates.
You can use the salsa on any salad or just for a dip!
Ingredients:
 3 (4 oz.) chicken breast
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot chopped
1 teaspoon roasted garlic (I use Penzey’s)
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander
ground black pepper
1 lime
1 blood orange
1 head of savoy cabbage to use for wraps
Add a chicken breast to a glass pan along with 1 tablespoon olive oil, shallot, roasted garlic, turmeric, coriander, black pepper, juice of 1 lime and juice of 1 blood orange. Allow to marinade for at least 1 hour in refrigerator. Heat a pan over low heat, add olive oil and add chicken and cook until cooked through.
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Black Bean Salsa:
1 can black beans drained
2 tablespoons toasted pumpkin seeds
1 red pepper chopped
1 orange pepper chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
6 sprigs of cilantro chopped
1/4 serrena pepper chopped
1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
Pepper to taste
1 avocado
Toast pumpkin seeds in 1 tsp. coconut oil.
Place black beans, peppers, garlic in a bowl. Add dressing. Add cilantro and mix. Top with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Place a few pieces of chicken in one of the cabbage leafs and top with black bean salsa!

Cranberry Butter Kale Salad

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Merry Christmas Eve, dear readers!  It’s an unnaturally warm Christmas here and across the east coast, but we know you’re in a festive spirit.

Tina will be heading to a Christmas brunch, and we thought we’d share her contribution.  As always, you can trust that this dish is healthy, so have a heaping helping!  Besides being beautiful (we’re loving the red and green), you’ll get a flavorful boost from these veggies and kale, as it’s full of antioxidant nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  Not only will you get a helpful boost to your immune system, but the fiber will reduce temptation to consume too many of those sweets later.  This combination of veggies is particularly delicious, the kale gives a full-bodied base and the roasted pears topped with kelp granules are a sweet surprise on top.

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This one’s sure to be a hit, so bring it along with you and enjoy the extra after the holiday craziness calms down!

Ingredients:
6-8 cups of curly red and green kale torn into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 orange
1/2 butternut squash cubed
1 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds roasted
jicama (small one sliced thin)
red onion – small sliced thin
fennel – about 1/4 cup sliced thin
pear – sliced thin
Kelp Granules (I use Main Coast Sea Seasonings)
Romano cheese – grated to taste
Coarse ground black pepper

Directions:
Take the cranberries and cubed butternut squash and place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Drizzle with grape seed oil (about 1-2 tsp) plus 1 tsp. honey. Bake until butternut squash is roasted and soft.

Remove from oven and allow to cool

Place sliced pear in baking pan and place in oven and roast at 350 degrees until pear is roasted through about 15-20 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow to cool.

Place kale in a bowl.  Add onion, jicama, fennel, pumpkin seeds, butternut squash and cranberries.  Squeeze the orange over the salad and add olive oil. Mix thoroughly. Add grated cheese. Add pepper to taste. Top with pears and sprinkle with Kelp granules.

Enjoy!