CARE Recipe: Quick-fried Shishito Peppers (Japanese Pub Food)
Shishito peppers, until recently, were hard to find in markets. However, today they can be found in most grocery stores including recent sightings at Costco.
CARE Recipe: Blueberry Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
This on-the-go recipe puts the maple right into the batter allowing you to enjoy a mess-free, warm breakfast option even on those hard-to-get going mornings.
CARE Recipe: Apple Walnut Salad
Apples contain fibers and polyphenols that help regulate the breakdown of carbohydrate and slow the absorption of sugar from the digestive tract. They are also rich in prebiotic fibers which act as food for our healthy native strains of gut bacterial. Proof that ‘super foods’ don’t have to be super fancy!
CARE Snack: Pineapple and Pears with Cottage Cheese and Cashews
Cashews, often deemed indulgent, are a rich dietary source of monounsaturated fat and copper which is essential in energy production, antioxidant functioning and bone formation. Enjoyed in moderation, they contribute to increasing our overall intake of nuts which studies have confirmed can lower our risk of heart disease, lower the risk of developing gallstones, and lower our risk of gaining weight! Participants in a study that consumed nuts 2x per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than those that never ate nuts. Enjoy (in moderation)!
CARE Snack: Dark Hot Chocolate
Although it’s true that dark chocolate contains beneficial bioactive compounds, we like this evening snack for its theanine (in the chocolate) to help induce relaxation– perfect for those cold winter nights. This hot chocolate is balanced and very subtly sweet compared to commercial preparations – but that’s why we love it. Sip it knowing you are supporting your health through balance and before you know it you will actually prefer its simplicity.
CARE Recipe: Salmon Dill Spread on Toast
This recipe is great with either canned salmon or left-over salmon from the night before. What is unique to canned salmon is the cost savings and convenience to use when preparing mid-day meals like lunch. Canned salmon is high in omega-3 fatty acids and also has a high calcium contents if bought with the bones and skin (sounds much more ‘advanced’ than it really is, you can’t tell at all once mixed).
CARE Recipe: Vegan Creamed Spinach Pasta with Peas
Legume-based pasta (like garbanzo, black bean, and soy) is an incredible way to continue enjoying pasta while getting much more nutrition than just carbohydrates provided by flour-based varieties. This recipe pairs legume-based pasta with our Faux Alfredo Sauce (white bean sauce) to make a plant-based protein-rich, fiber-rich (which equals FILLING) meal. Enjoy with endless varieties of leafy and tender veggies!
CARE Recipe: Roasted Chicken and Apple Pomegranate Salad
This salad is as pretty as it is nutritious. Pomegranates have various bioactive compounds that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties against cancer cells. The arils are also a wonderful source of vitamin C and potassium needed to regulate blood pressure. The prebiotic and soluble fibers also help regulate the native strains of gut bacteria. This is a lot of health activity from something we just call “lunch”!
CARE Recipe: Roasted Parsnip, Apple, and Onion Soup
Try roasting a medley of roots and fruits first, then blending them to velvety soup. Any roasted root vegetables can be made into smooth soup, including carrot, beet, potato, or a mix of parsnip, apple, and red onion. Parsnips look like ivory carrots, and when roasted, they are ethereally sweet, nutty, soft, and perfect for soup. They’re also just as good simply roasted and eaten that way. For a balanced plate, pair with an easy green salad dressed in lemon and garlic and your choice of an extra lean piece of protein.