Chicken Avocado and Watercress Salad

Chicken Avocado and Watercress SaladUpland cress is high in phytonutrients, such as iodine, iron and phosphorus, as well as antioxidant vitamin A and C. It also has 14.76 mg of lutein per four (4) ounces, which is great for eye sight.

Upland cress has a peppery flavor much like arugula, and will add zing to your favorite sandwich or salad recipes. It is also reported that Cress soup can cleanse the blood in the Spring after a long cold winter. Cress is often recommended in cholesterol lowering and weight reduction programs, making it an alternative medicine.

Collage of Chicken Avocado and Watercress SaladOur featured recipe has a wonderful vinaigrette, Sweet Onion and Apple Vinaigrette.

To start you will need the following:

Sweet Onion and Apple Vinaigrette

½ cup rice vinegar

1 tbsp. grated sweet onion

¼ cup peeled and finely Gala apple

4 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. sugar

3 tbsp. avocado oil

When grating the onions and apples use the small holes of the grater.

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Next wash 4 cups of Upland cress and set aside.

Dice up 1 mango into 1-inch chunks, or optional to use packaged thawed mango chunks, about 1 cup. Next peel and pit one firm, but ripe avocado, and slice.

Shred 1 1/2 cups of chicken meat or cut off in chunks from a fresh made rotisserie chicken.

Arrange cress onto plate, and top with mango chunks, meat, and avocado slices. Next pour or spoon on the vinaigrette.

Chicken Avocado and Watercress Salad - close-upServe and enjoy this dense nutrient salad.

Take Note

According to Power Your Diet, cress contains under 1/2 mgs of oxalic acid per 100 grams of leaves. Oxalic acid occurs naturally in some vegetables, which can crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. If you know that you have oxalate urinary tract stones it is advisable to avoid eating vegetables belong to the Brassica family.

Being a Brassica family vegetable, cress may also contain goitrogens, which may interfere with thyroid hormone production and can cause thyroxin hormone deficiency in individuals with thyroid dysfunction.

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Baked Apples Apple Pie


Baked Apples Apple pie

Apple picking season is at its peek in mid-September and October. With so many varieties to choose from, more than 2,500 varieties in the United States alone – which apple is the right one for baking?

You want an apple with flavor and firmness. A good baking apple will have a tart, acidic flavor and will bake down to a soft consistency but not mushy.

And these apples would include the Granny Smith, Braeburns, Johnathon, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious and Honey Crisp.

If the color of the apple isn’t a vibrant red or an even shade of green don’t worry their flavor and crispiness is still the same as a so called first grade apple.

With that said, lets gather our ingredients and get to baking…

Baked Apples Apple Pie 

5 large apples – mix or match (Granny Smith, Johnathon, Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp)

1 8-9 inch pie crust, pre-made or home made

½ cup of sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. nutmeg

1 tbsp. butter cut in 8 small pieces

Pre-heat 375 degrees

  1. Core and hollow out 4 apples.
  2. Dice the apple flesh from cored apples, plus the one remaining apple; peeled and cored first.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine diced apples, cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg. Fill each of the 4 apples with the prepared mix. Place two small pieces of butter in each apple.
  4. Next roll out your pie crust cut into strips and create a lattice on top of each apple, slightly allow strips to lap over sides of apple opening.
  5. Place apples on a 13 x 9 baking dish. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve.

Enjoy with a side of real vanilla ice cream

A Baked Apple Apple Pie with a side of real vanilla ice cream 

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Bourbon Spiced Pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples (includes a video)

Bourbon Spiced pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples

1 pkg. McCormick seasoning mix (has no added chemicals or preservatives, all natural dry spices)

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

3 lbs. pork tenderloin

½ cup orange juice, divided

1 ½ lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled, dices 1-inch cubes

2 Fuji or Gala apples, peeled, cored and quartered

Heat Oven to 425 degrees

Mix seasoning and brown sugar; reserve 1/3 cup. Mix ¼ cup of orange juice with brown sugar mix. Set aside.

Line a 9X13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and arrange tenderloin over foil. Pour season mix over meat evenly.

In a large bowl mix apples and sweet potatoes with ¼ cup of orange juice and reserved brown sugar mix, stir in to coat apples and sweet potatoes. Arrange apples and sweet potatoes around tenderloin.

Place in oven and roast for 25-30 minutes or until meat has an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Remove, allow to cool 5 minutes, plate and serve.

Watch the Video of Bourbon Spiced Pork with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples…

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