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”!
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CARE Recipe: Hearty Pumpkin Lasagna
This vegetarian version of lasagna is as filling and rich as its meat-based counterparts (more so really because of the 10 grams of fiber per serving!). This version is also rich in Vitamin A, calcium, and soluble fiber. The calcium comes from both the cheese and the collard greens. This lasagna also freezes well making homemade lasagna a reality on cold nights when prep didn’t get done over the weekend. I usually have this for two dinners and then freeze the rest. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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”.
CARE Recipe: Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Root Veggies and Brown Rice
Making a roast in the slow cooker is an excellent method for leaner, tougher, and cheaper(!) cuts of meat like chuck. The slow, lower temp cooking method is ideal for tenderizing and breaking down fibers while maximizing flavor. Roast is great for make-ahead protein, too. To keep with our CARE goal of red meat no more than 2 meals per week, enjoy a dinner with the root vegetables you cook it with the night you make it, then pre-portion and freeze left-overs for upcoming meal plans.
CARE Recipe: Cheddar Chicken and Basmati Rice Skillet
This recipe is a staple in CARE. It’s introduced in the first week’s sample meal plan for new members for a reason. It’s easy, so family-friendly, and a great example of how balanced doesn’t have to mean boring. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken and making your rice ahead of time makes this a quick 20-minute dinner option (lean ground turkey could also be used). This recipe also shows you how you can still make savory, comforting dishes with cheese and rice – by balancing the right quality and in the right amounts.
CARE Recipe: Cheesy Turkey Stew with Fresh Papaya
Fresh papaya, in addition to tasting like a tropical dream, contains the digestive enzyme papain. This makes it a wonderful complement to richer dishes that contain legumes and animal proteins. It is also in season during our colder months, bringing a bit of sun to our shorter days up north. This stew also uses cheese and avocado in balanced amounts to add rich flavor and texture, as well as, nutrition (calcium from cheese and mono-unsaturated fat from avocado). In a consistent, long-term therapeutic lifestyle focuses on how to add favorites vs. restrict them.
CARE Recipe: Cornbread Topped Veggie Egg Bake
Leafy and tender veggies can be challenging to have for breakfast. The key is being prepared and having them prepped before your rushed morning routine. Even the most dedicated would struggle to clean, prep, and cook veggies within an hour of waking up. A solution? Breakfast Bakes. These versatile, nutrient-rich, and easy to balance bakes take less than 30 minutes to get in the oven, can be tailored to suit your individual taste preferences, and result in multiple made-ahead filling breakfasts (or brunch ideas or dinners or lunches –you pick!).
CARE Snack: No Bake Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
Let me show you how to stretch your chocolate craving by using chia seeds and real peanut butter in this no-bake, 5-minute, 5-ingredient recipe! We talk a lot about the benefits of high-volume, low-density leafy and tender carbohydrates on our plates, but there are three times when dense might just be better.
CARE Recipe: Cheesy Egg Bake with Buttered Toast and Fruit
This is another go-to breakfast recipe of mine – my take on a classic, yet very easy and fast to make egg bake. I have come to depend on its versatility. Many weeks when I’m rushed on weekends, I’ll quickly get this bake in the oven on Sunday and then simply warmup on rushed mornings.
CARE Recipe: Summer Very Mint Quinoa Salad
I love turning ingredient labels into recipes so played with this one – adding edamame for more protein and came up with the following adaptation of this salad. The smell is absolutely intoxicating as you make this salad. I haven’t tried the store’s version of it to see how close I am to the original in taste, but I think that’s OK.