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ABC Salad

This yummy colorful salad is as easy as your ABC’s (ha ha.) It is light and refreshing, hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you to Dr. Benjamin Maring, Kaiser Permanente Food for Health!

Avocado, beets, and citrus are the key players in this salad. And, it’s almost as simple as ABC (you still have to roast the beets while you prepare the remaining ingredients). ABC Salad provides healthy fats, vitamin C, antioxidants, some fiber and stunning colors!”

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Ingredients
  • 3 medium, or 6 small, beets (a mix of colors is nice)
  • 1 orange
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus a little extra for the beets
  • Handful to toasted, chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts)
  • A few mint leaves, minced
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Trim beets of their stems and stringy roots. Halve the larger beets. Wrap the beets tightly in an aluminum foil packet with a drizzle of olive oil and small pinches of salt and pepper. Place them on a baking sheet in the oven and roast for 30 minutes.
  2. While the beets are in the oven, cut the peel and pith away from the orange and separate out the segments in a medium bowl. Squeeze any remaining juice into the bowl. Add the vinegar, remaining olive oil, nuts, and herbs.
  3. Let the beets cool down for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. Peel them with a paper towel, cut them into wedges, and add to the bowl.
  4. Halve the avocado and remove the pit. Scoop out small chunks of avocado with a spoon and add them to the bowl. Season everything to taste with salt and pepper.


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Canyon Ranch Spa Style Cornbread

Here it is y’all, a perfect crumbly goodness of cornbread brought to you by Canyon Ranch. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have!

 

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Ingredients
  • 5 tablespoons cane sugar
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
 
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking pan with canola oil spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the middle.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool. Cut into 24 pieces.
 
NOTES 
Honestly, 24 cubes out of a 9 inch pan was a bit small for our tastes. We made larger squares because the calorie count was still less than a full sized corn muffin, but you could also add a dollop of batter to 12 mini muffin wells (either 1 or 2 batches) to make small pieces for portion control. All things in moderation — including moderation.


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Sanivan Summer Miso Soup

This is an excellent choice to make, just because it’s soup doesn’t mean you have to wait until winter to eat it (hint: it’s in the name.) It is summer yummy and easy to make, enjoy!

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“This summer Miso Soup recipe is popular with the guests of Sanivan Holistic Retreat, a relaxing bed and breakfast retreat amid the beautiful surroundings of the Catskill Mountains in New York, where guests relax, learn to cook healthy meals, practice yoga, and explore the Catskills.” <- Meow.

 

Ingredients
  • 8 cups of water
  • 4 sheets of kombu sea vegetable
  • 8 tablespoons of organic miso soybean paste
  • 1 whole organic tofu, firm
  • 3 medium size carrots
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 whole bunches of scallions
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh/or powder turmeric
  • 1 tsp. of fresh ginger
  • ½ cup of dill
  • 3 Tbsp. of lemon juice
Directions
  1. Boil 8 cups of water with 4 sheets of Kombu Sea Vegetable, reduce to simmer. 5 minutes later, take out the Kombu sheets, and slice them into ½ inch squares and return them to the simmering water.
  2. Take 8 Tbsp. of Miso paste into a bowl. Add some warm water and mix allowing it dissolve into a soupy consistency and add to the water mixture and stir.
  3. Cut the Tofu into 1 inch square cubes. Add to the miso soup mixture.
  4. Chop carrots, celery, scallions and add to miso soup mixture.
  5. If using fresh ginger and turmeric, chop very small and add to miso soup mixture.
  6. Last but not least, turn of the heat, add dill and lemon juice. Enjoy a very healthy and hearty miso soup.


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Cucumber Papaya Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

This is a refreshing salad, it’s easy to make and the best part is you can let it sit and marinate, so it will taste even better!

 

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“This recipe for Cucumber Papaya Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing is a guest favorite at the New Life Hiking Spa, a nationally recognized affordable destination spa located in the beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont.  Chop the ingredients, dress quickly and let marinate for 30 minutes while you take a brisk walk, and come back to a delicious lunch.”

Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled or un-peeled, de-seeded
  • 1/2 cup diced dried papaya
  • 1/4 cup non-fat plain yogurt
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove chopped fresh garlic
  • Coarse ground pepper to taste
Method
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl, mix, let sit for 1/2 hour and enjoy!


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Five Onion Bisque

Thank you Canyon Ranch for this beautifully healthy soup, its equally delicious as it is surprisingly filling.

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Ingredients
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 medium sweet Vidalia or imperial onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Maui onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped well-rinsed leeks, white part only
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup non-alcoholic champagne
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • fresh basil leaves for garnish
  • 18 sourdough croutons for garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread the garlic cloves on the sheet and bake until very soft, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a 4-quart stockpot. Add the Vidalia and Maui onions and slowly cook them until caramelized, or a golden brown in color, about 30 to 40 minutes. Add the leeks and scallions and cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Add the roasted garlic and champagne and cook until almost dry. Add the stock, salt, and pepper and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat. Add the chives and allow to cool slightly. Spoon the mixture into a blender and puree while adding the sour cream.
  5. Pour the puree back into the saucepan and reheat it to serving temperature. Garnish each serving with basil leaves and 3 sourdough croutons.
Notes
In place of toasted croutons, try making low carb parmesan crisps instead — they are tailor made for this bisque.


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Spicy Kale with White Beans and Garlic

Courtesy to this recent website I have discovered this fabulous recipe and it is called Spa Index. That’t it, spa index. Can you believe how simple that name is? What’s even better is the recipes on there, this one in particular. ENJOY!

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This quick and flexible vegetarian Spicy Kale with White Beans and Garlic serves just you or entire family! Garlic and Parmesan cheese provide savory flavors and balance the bitterness of Kale. Beans provide a source of protein. Vinegar, kale, and red pepper flakes all help in to digest the heaviness of beans. Although processed food is contraindicated in Ayurveda, we find canned beans easier to digest.

Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 clove Garlic (raw)
  • 1 lbs Kale
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (Chili)
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (Mineral Salt)
  • 1 cup White Navy Beans, from canned, drained
Directions
  1. Steam Kale until soft in a small amount of water, watching carefully to avoid burning the kale.
  2. In a separate pan, sautee garlic in olive oil.
  3. Once the garlic is roasted add white beans and kale.
  4. Continue heating until beans are thoroughly hot. Remove from heat.
  5. Add red pepper flakes to taste, garnish with Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of vinegar and salt if desired.
  6. Continue to heat through until nice and hot.
  7. Serve in a bowl with an additional sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and toasty croutons on top for crunch.


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APPLE CRANBERRY SALMON SALAD

Okay, okay I know what you’re thinking, this woman is crazy for suggesting I try apple, cranberries AND salmon in one dish. Together. Tossed in a salad. It is actually quite refreshing and the fruits in the salad give it that extra oomph. Thank you Canyon Ranch for posting this recipeapple-cranberry-salmon-salad-canyon-ranch

 

 

Ingredients

½ cup Mongolian BBQ Sauce
4 4-oz salmon fillets
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp honey
¼ tsp sea salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 lb Gala apples
½ lb Granny Smith apples
½ cup chopped fresh cranberries
2 Tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

Instructions

  1. Combine barbecue sauce and fillets in a shallow glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  2. Combine lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper in large bowl.
  3. Core and thinly slice apples using a sharp knife. Add to the lemon-honey mixture and toss together to coat. Add cranberries and tarragon and toss well.
  4. Preheat grill or broiler.
  5. Grill or broil fillets for 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until opaque at the center. Do not overcook.
  6. Break apart fillets into bite-size pieces. Add to the apple-cranberry salad and toss well.