3/4 cup olive oi1
1 1/2 oz. re-hydrated sun dried tomatoes (not packed in oil)
2 tablespoons roasted red peppers
2 garlic cloves
2 sprigs Italian flat leaf parsley
5 basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 green onion
Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend to a course consistency. The flavour will be better the following day as they permeate the oil. Serve with goat cheese, crudities, crackers or on cold meats. Delicious!
THE UNFORGETTABLE BEAN!
BEANS are the most under valued item. There is a wealth of wholesome, delicious foods out there that are being neglected. One of them is the bean. Use your chicken soup base for this tasty white bean and vegetable soup. I used to think that beans were for granola crunchers. Now I am a convert? Why? Not because those beans were flavourful. They give you protein that you need and the glycemic index is so low that you have the energy to carry on for hours without that energy “crash”. The best thing to get from the fast food malls is chilli. Great for the diabetics and the rest of us as well. YOUR FOOD TIP for the singles: I took out a scoop of these beans with a slotted spoon and heated the white beans as a side dish with my meal. Another plus for beans is that even if you combine them with a protein like chicken (which would be great added to this soup) or beef, you will not get that feeling of needing a big nap afterwards. The digestive enzymes that break these food items down will not have a battle in your gut. You feel fine and you had good nutrition for your body. You can add ingredients to jazz up the flavour of your soup: oregano, paprika, parsley, raz al hanout, ground sumac, za’ater, the list goes on. Your soup will be delicious too!
Super Foods are the nutritional powerhouse. These super foods I will share with you help you stay sharp, improve your eyesight and curtail chronic diseases. The added bonus is that you will lose weight when you change your daily meals and start eating healthy super foods. Calcium rich fatty fish like salmon build bones and feeds your brain with omega3 fatty acid. The right nutrients will improve your immune system. But did you know new evidence suggests these foods can also help you get—and stay—slim?