Thursday, April 7, 2011

Broccoli Coleslaw, Kale, Alfalfa Sprout and Mushroom Salad

It has been a busy couple of days, it seems as though everyone in my house is sick except me. I am hoping to continue on this path, so I can devote my time and energy into helping everyone else to regain their health. My husband is under the weather, my youngest child struggles with seasonal asthma and has a viral infection as well, my middle son has strep throat and my eldest child is under the weather. Tis the season! I made a big pot of homemade ginger tea, yummy and I am sipping on it as I write. You can grate your ginger and mix with hot water, or you can mix grated ginger with lemon, honey and hot water.

Some simple meals in a busy household.

Raw Therapy Broccoli Coleslaw
4 Broccoli Hearts
1/4 Red Cabbage
2 Organic Carrots
1/2 Red Pepper

Using the mandolin, cut all the vegetables listed above in small julienne strips with the exception of the red pepper. Cut into small cubes and mix with dressing.

You can eat this salad with homemade dressing (Olive Oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar) or with a cashew mayonnaise. I ate mine with a dressing.

Raw Therapy Smoothie
1 Apple
1 Mango
10 Cherries
1 Organic Banana

Peel apple and core, peel mango, remove cherry seeds and peel banana. Place all items in the blender with a bit of filtered water. You could also add almond milk if you wanted a creamier consistency.

Raw Therapy Kale, Alfalfa Sprout and Mushroom Salad
7 Kale Leaves
1 Cup Alfalfa Sprouts
7 Button Mushrooms
1 Tbsp Raw Honey
2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Sea Salt
1 Tsp Hemp Seeds

Remove kale stems and cut or tear kale leaves into small pieces. Cut mushrooms in rounds and then in half. Add 1 Cup of alfalfa sprouts. Toss with dressing, which is a mixture of olive oil, AC vinegar, raw honey, sea salt. Toss and sprinkle with hemp seeds.

Here are some benefits of a few vegetables that I have been eating a great deal of lately.

Benefits of Kale:
"Kale is one of the most nutritious members of the brassica family. It rates as the vegetable highest in antioxidant capacity on the ORAC scale, and contains more calcium and iron than any other vegetable. A single portion contains twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which helps the vegetable's high iron content to be absorbed in our bodies. One portion also gives about a fifth of the daily calcium requirement for an adult. Kale is rich in selenium, which helps fight cancer, and it contains magnesium and vitamin E for a healthy heart. Kale is extremely rich in carotenes to protect the eyes. It is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants to fight cancers and it contains indoles, which help lower the "bad" cholestrol and prevent cancer."

Excerpt taken from "100 Best Health Foods - The Ultimate Superfoods for Healthy living."

Benefits of Red/Purple Cabbage:
A member of the brassica family, purple-red cabbage is high in nutrients and contains protective plant compounds. These include: indoles, which have been linked with protection against hormone-based cancers such as breast, uterus, and ovarian; sulphorophane, which can help block cancer-causing chemicals; and monoterpenes, which protect body cells from damage by free radicals. Red cabbage is much higher in immunity boosting carotenes than other cabbages -lycopene is linked with protection from prostate cancer, and anthocyanins may protect against Alzheimer's disease. The red cabbage is also higher in vitamin C than pale varieties and is a good source of minerals, including calcium and selenium."

Excerpt taken from "100 Best Health Foods - The Ultimate Superfoods for Healthy living."

What are your favorite kale recipes?