Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Your diet has a large impact on nitric oxide (N-O) production. Beets, spinach, kale and any leafy greens are rich in nitrates. As you chew these foods the good bacteria in your saliva converts the nitrates into nitrites. Once in the stomach, the digestion continues acting on the nitrites and converts them to nitric oxide, among other compounds.

The antioxidants contained in these vegetables react with the nitrogen dioxide produced by the digestion process, scavenging the oxygen molecule, to reduce it to still more nitric oxide. Once completely digested, the N-O is then absorbed through the intestinal tract and pasted into the bloodstream.

Why should all of this be of interest to you? Because nitric oxide circulates through your body helping to keep it alive.  Your heart uses it to keep pumping vital nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.

N-O is also produced in the lining of our arteries, but as we age the body does not produce as much nitric oxide. Studies show as you complete your 4th decade of life, your body is only making about half, if not less then half of what it made when you were 20.

That is why it is important to eat a variety of nitric oxide containing plants, and our featured recipe fits the bill.

Our featured recipe is: Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette, and here is what you will need.

Sweet Cilantro Lime VinaigretteWe’ll start with the vinaigrette. 

1 cup packed cilantro

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup lime juice ( 1 small lime)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of minced garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of powered garlic

2 – 3 teaspoons of coconut sugar (optional)

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend or process until smooth.

Place into a jar with a tighten lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

For the salad you will need:

2 cups red kale, about 3 steams

1/3 cup beets, steam, and diced ( 1 small beet or 3 baby beets)

2 -3 tablespoons pine nuts

3 – 4 tablespoons goat cheese

Remove leaf parts of kale from steams and wash under fresh cool water. Next cut kale into smaller bite sizes portions with a pare of kitchen shears and arrange on a dinner plate.

You have the option to use canned beets (preferably organic grown), dicing the sliced beets into 1/2 inch squares. If you chose to use fresh beets, slice the beets, about 1 inch slices, and place into a steamer, until slightly soft. Remove, and cool a bit, and dice into 1/2 inch squares, making a 3rd of a cup. Arrange the beets over the kale.

Next add the pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzle with Sweet Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, and enjoy with slices of olive bread (we used an olive bread made with olive oil and black olives, no canola oil) or your favorite bread .

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A wonderful bread recipe that uses the whole orange, not just the zest or orange extract. If you would like to know the health benefits of the orange peel link here to read about it: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

Here is what you will need:

Orange Cranberry Bread  Ingredients

2 small oranges

1 cup orange juice

2 eggs, large

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

3 cups flour

1 cup cranberries, chopped fresh

The ingredients are for baking the batter in a 9 X 9 inch baking pan. To make muffins or cupcakes cut each ingredient in half (makes 12 muffins).

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

whole oranges and orange jucie in processor

 Wash oranges and cut into pieces. Remove seeds.  Place orange pieces and orange juice into food processor.

oranges processed

Process until oranges are finely chopped. Add eggs and butter; process for 3 seconds until combined. You could replace the butter with 1 cup coconut oil.

Orange Cranberry Bread ingredients in bowl ready to mix

Sift the remaining 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Next pour processed orange and juice into the center of the dry ingredients, add cranberries; stir until moistened. Do not over mix.

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As was stated at the on set, you can make muffins by cutting the ingredients in half or use the recipe as is and pour the batter into a parchment lined 9 x 9 baking pan.

Place in oven and bake for 30 to 45 minutes (for bread) or 15 to 20 minutes (for muffins)  until a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted. Cool in pan 10 minutes remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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Here’s a look of how a fresh whole Orange Cranberry Bread looks like on the inside. This cake is packed with 100% of your daily need for vitamin-C. Link here to read more about: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

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To top the muffins, combine one 8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature) with a few drops of orange food coloring and 1 teaspoon of orange extract. Using a pastry pipe, pipe orange cream cheese over each muffin. Chop 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh cranberries and spoon over cream cheese on each muffin. Enjoy!!

Link here to read: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

 

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