Lunch Today: My Favorite Salad

salad-ingredientsOnce the weather gets warmer, I start turning away from soups and stews and love eating salads, especially ones with interesting flavors and lots of color. This salad has plenty of flavor and color!

My favorite salad offers tons of antioxidants, fiber and even some protein. You can add more protein by serving it with a side of fish or chicken, if you like.

4 cups fresh spring greens, washed
2 cups thinly sliced Savoy cabbage
2 large carrots
1 yellow beet (you could use purple or red)
4 whole green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup very thinly sliced radishes Continue reading “Lunch Today: My Favorite Salad”

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Snack Today: Cilantro Pesto

cilantro-pestoCilantro is a very polarizing herb – people either love it or they hate it. I love it… and with everything! In salsa, in a salad, on chicken or fish, in spring rolls… you name it, I will put cilantro on it.

Cilantro looks like parsley, but it has a much more distinctive taste. It also has a wide variety of nutritional benefits. It is particularly high in immune-boosting vitamins A and C and is a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that may help prevent macular degeneration. It’s also full of fiber, important for lowering cholesterol and general good health.

So, when I found a cilantro-based pesto at my local health food store recently, I had to try it. It did not disappoint. I ate it with crackers, pasta and even dipped my veggies in it.  I concocted my own pesto at home and I enjoyed it even more. Here is the recipe I used. Keep in mind that you can substitute pine nuts, cashews or walnuts for the almonds. Continue reading “Snack Today: Cilantro Pesto”

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