From Abbey: “This is one of my favorite salads I’ve created because of the zucchini. Most Greek-inspired salads call for cucumber. But one time, I replaced the cucumber with zucchini and it was a big hit with my family. Why? Because I had made it the night before and it wasn’t soggy the next day like it can get with cucumbers!”
Tag Archives: digestive
CARE Recipe: Kale and Pistachio Pesto (Lightening Fast Topping to Dinner Protein)
This bright green pesto is packed with flavor and nutrients. Nutrients like lutein and vitamin A, especially important for eye health. Use to dress extra lean protein (like fish or super firm tofu), spread on a sandwich, or add to any combination of cooked grains/roots and leafy and tender vegetables for a fast and delicious salad.
CARE Recipe: Kale Pistachio Pesto Salad
This flexible salad can be made denser for fall/winter depending on which grain you use. Heartier long-grain rice, bulgur, or spelt add welcomed comfort, while grains like quinoa and couscous keep it lighter.
This salad also uses our Kale Pistachio Pesto, packing it with flavor and nutrients. This bright green pesto is packed with flavor and nutrients (like lutein and vitamin A, especially important for eye health).
CARE Recipe: Cauliflower Quinoa Tabouli
In addition to incredible volume to help keep you full, this salad provides a remarkable amount of bioactive compounds. Cauliflower is a member of the brassica family known for their powerful cancer-protecting properties. Parsley is rich in immune-supporting Vitamin C and green onions contain immune and liver boasting sulfur-compounds. Olive oil is a source of desirable monounsaturated fat and, given that all ingredients are enjoyed raw, this salad is a strong natural ‘digestive’.
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 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: 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 Beverage Idea: Faux White Wine
You know how alcohol is an acquired taste? There is usually something a little bitter (like tannins) or pungent in these beverages that we come to anticipate. When finding alcohol alternatives, I like to experiment with combinations of flavors that I might not exactly love at first sight – but I acquire a taste for it. This makes it more satisfying to me than just replacing my wine with a glass of juice. I still want that distinct taste that makes me sip it, slow down, and relax. Here is one combination that I enjoy. And in the spirit of CARE, the herbs are also therapeutic to the digestive system. This beverage supports your native strains of bacteria rather than stress them (as alcohol does).
CARE Recipe: Mollie’s West African Peanut Soup
A CARE member brought a copy of this recipe to me after her family just fell in love with it. It is remarkable how a staple like peanut butter, or other nut butter, can be blended into soup stock transforming it from “the usual” to absolutely unexpected. I added tofu for additional protein compared to the original recipe. This makes this vegan soup an unexpectedly rich source of calcium. Adapted and balanced from Robin Asbell’s recipe in the Star Tribune which she adapted from “The Moosewood Cookbook”.