Read your news paper if you like but, DON’T EAT THEM!
I see that a lot of people have a habit of storing their vegetables, especially their greens, in newspaper. This is not a great idea, the ink used in newsprint is highly toxic and once it gets on your greens, it is impossible to wash it off.
The best way to store greens is to wrap them in a kitchen towel or a paper towel and then put them is a box or plastic bag before putting them in the refrigerator. The same thing goes for your herbs like coriander, mint and basil.
I love way one of my suppliers sends me the greens – wrapped in leaves, instead of newspaper!
The secret to a tasty dish
More than culinary techniques or recipe, what really makes or breaks a dish is the freshness of the ingredients. When working with fresh, high-quality ingredients, you need to do very little to make them shine and taste great. Continue reading Don’t judge those FATS too soon!
Monday 1st July
Satisfying lobia and crispy vegetable salad with antioxidant-rich pomegranate dressing. Made with lobia (black-eyed peas) which contain a good amount of protein, fiber and vitamin B9 (folate). Also contains potassium, which is so important for the proper functioning of every cell in our bodies and is critical for the proper functioning of our heart and other muscles. A good source of other minerals such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and iron. Soaking black-eyed peas for many hours makes them a lot more bioavailable and increases their nutritional content.
Tuesday 2nd July
Zuppa di verdure – One of my most favorite dishes in Italian cuisine. Since it requires so many varieties of vegetables it is always hard to make in small quantities, happy that it is not an issue now. It is the most popular item in Italian menus around the world, along with pasta. Minestrone, meaning soup! Serving with a “creamy” double bean sage side and ragi crisps.
Wednesday 3rd July
Indian Jewel Salad. Tomatoes, cucumbers, pomegranate, semi-ripe mango and coconut together with yummy sprouts: Mung bean, moth beans, chenna, micro greens of sunflower and coriander. Sprouts are considered superfoods because of their high nutritional qualities. Loaded with protein, fiber, iron, calcium and other nutrients, sprouts are also high in bone-friendly and heart-healthy vitamin K. I am hoping you will feel the symphony of flavors while you chew on this salad. Enjoy! As always, please chew well..
Thursday 4th July
Stuffed and baked green bell pepper with masoor dal, red rice, greens in a tangy tomato sauce. Served on the side with a crispy salad and a simple dressing made of olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Inspired by the Hungarian stuffed peppers made by my land lady from former Yugoslavia 20yrs ago! It is tasty served warm or at room temperature.
Friday 5th July
Goa-inspired salad made with green papaya, carrots, semi-ripe kobbari mango, red and yellow bell peppers and sprouts of mung and sunflower in a “creamy”, sweet and spicy coconut, kokum and coconut vinegar dressing. It is so satisfying both for its intense flavors and from the richness of the spicy cashews (made in house!). Served with seaweed “kismur” and raw food crackers
Juices each evening are
made with various combinations of organic carrots, beets, green mangoes, amla,
pomegranate, cucumbers, dosakais, spinach, sunflower sprouts, dark leaf
lettuce, sorrel, moringa leaves, lemon, ginger etc.
Morning smoothies are
all made with difficult-to-obtain organic superfood berries, protein-rich and
heart-healthy chia seeds, bananas and mangoes to give the sweetness as well
as the potassium from banana that your body needs to balance out the sodium
you eat through salt and other sodium rich foods.
Juices and smoothies are
freshly-made and delivered on Saturdays also.
- High in unhealthy saturated fats which can lead to heart disease, diabetes and weight gain.
- High in calories (empty calories with little or no nutrition).
- Frequently fried and containing the dreaded trans fats. Formed when vegetable oils are fried with. Here’s more facts about trans fats: Continue reading A slice of summer
- Gives you the nutrients you need to prevent and even reverse many diseases, including chronic ones
- Live a longer and much healthier life. So not just adding “years to your life” but adding many more happy, productive and disease-free years! Continue reading Mango mania and more