Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad

Citrus Fennel and Avocado SaladAccording to Vegetarian Times,  avocado and grapefruit are a common salad combination in Spain and France. Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad is like capturing sunshine in a dish!

Our featured recipe couples the citrus fruits of navel oranges, and ruby-red grapefruit with zesty arugula, the unique flavor of fennel, and creamy avocado. It also has a homemade vinaigrette that includes extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, Italian parsley, and the unique flavor of fresh thyme leaves.

dill and fennel flowersAre you wondering about fennel? Well, fennel is a bulb shaped vegetable with tall, thin, wispy, fronds that have the appearance of dill.

Though the two are from different plant spices. Dill is from the celery family, and fennel is from the carrot family.

Apart from the crunchy rather spicy vegetable, the fronds can be used in salads as well.

Fennel is a firm and crunchy vegetable, and has a flavor much like licorice and anise. Sometimes in the market, the produce worker will refer to fennel as anise, though it is not. Just like comparing yams and sweet potatoes, also very different from one another.

Now for our featured recipe: – Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad – and here is what you will need.

1 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon fresh thyme, remove leaves from stems

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 large pink grapefruit, peeled and pith removed, cut segments into 3’s

1 large navel orange, peeled and pith removed, cut segments into 3’s

1 fennel bulb, quartered and thinly sliced, reserve fronds (optional)

4 cups arugula

1 ripe avocado peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks

lemon and olive oil dressingMix first six ingredients in a large bowl, and set aside.

grape fruit with peel removed grapefruit segmentsPrepare fruit, fennel, leaving avocado last so flesh doesn’t brown.

Using a knife remove peel from both the orange and grape fruit. Be careful while cutting away at the peel, so as to remove as little of the fruit as be possible.

Next slice away any white pith, again removing as little fruit as possible.

Arugala and Fennel in a salad bowl with dressingAdd the arugula and fennel to the vinaigrette and mix until well coated.

Citrus Fennel and Avocado Salad - image2On individual plate’s spoon salad mix and top with 1/3 cup grapefruit segments and 1/3 cup orange segments. Next add 4 to 6 chunks of avocado. Before serving add a few cut fronds to the plated salad. Prepares about 4 salad plates.

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Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sautéed Vegetables

Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sautéed Vegetables

I had been doing some errands and noticed it was time for lunch. To save some money and not eat out, I thought about what we had in the refrigerator. There was some left over Garlic Lemon Rotisserie Chicken, and some fresh produce I bought a few days back. I had an idea for a lees than 20 minute from chopping and cutting to sauteing and plating.

A part from saving some money, and not buying an inflammation causing , not to mention junk fast food, I made a healthy delicious fast food of my own.

The other ingredients I used were Brussels sprouts, sweet peppers, garlic, walnuts, and avocado oil. You can’t get a good meal from any fast food place with these ingredients. Will maybe if I had been close by to the Whole Foods Market.

I used red and yellow sweet peppers. The red for heart health and the yellow for joint health. Also the Brussels sprouts smash out cancer cells, as well as detox your liver because they are green, and walnuts have a healthy fat that is great for the cells in your brain, so walnuts for brain function.

The avocado oil also is great for brain function and supporting all the cells in your body. Without fat your cells would age and die faster. Consider the fat around your cells, like the air bag in your car that explodes upon a car accident. The air bag protects you, just like fat protects the cells from free radicals.

Here is what you will need:

1/2 cup rotisserie chicken, any flavor, chopped 1 inch pieces

3 meduim cloves garlic, diced

2 red sweet peppers, seeded and diced

2 yellow sweet peppers, seeded and diced

5 Brussels sprouts, end removed and diced

1/4 cup whole walnuts, chopped

1/8 cup avocado oil

 

Preheat a large ceramic coated skillet with the 1/8 cup avocado oil. Next add garlic and saute just until brown. Next add peepers, Brussels sprouts and walnuts, stir in and continue  to saute. Wen you note the peppers have turn a brighter color, add chicken and stir a few minutes just to warm the meat.

Plate and add a little sea salt for flavor , if you desire.

I didn’t add and salt as the garlic was sufficient for great flavor.

close-up of Rotisserie Chicken, Walnuts and Sautéed Vegetables

This is my idea of fast food – What is yours?

 

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Warm Brussels sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad

Warm Brussels Sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad

The high fiber that Brussels sprouts contain can lower cholesterol by binding with bile acids that the liver produces from cholesterol for digesting fat.

The vitamins and minerals found in Brussels sprouts, include vitamins C, E, and A, and the mineral manganese.

Brussels sprouts are high in vitamin-K  about 273.5% per 8 ounce. Vitamin-K promotes healthy bones, prevents calcification of body tissues, and also helps as an anti-inflammatory agent, and also essential for brain and nerve function.

Studies have shown it can ward off cancer with only 4 servings a week compared to 10 servings a day of any other vegetable that isn’t part of the family of cruciferous vegetables.

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Warm Brussels sprouts and Dilled Potato Salad   

1 lb. baby potatoes, washed, skins left on

10 oz. Brussels sprouts, sliced

6 min-sweet peppers, seeded, diced

4 tbsp. avocado oil, divided

1/3 cup almonds, slivered

1 tsp. dried dill

¼ cup balsamic vinegar infused with pomegranate

½ tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Wash potatoes and roast in oven 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside.

Slice Brussels sprouts and sauté in heated pan with 3 tbsp. avocado oil.

Add slivered almonds and continue to sauté for 4 to 5 minutes.

Add mixture to potatoes. Set aside.

Wash peppers and remove seeds. Dice and add to salad mixture.

Mix in 1 tsp. dry dill. Add balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp. avocado oil and mix until well incorporated.

Next add 1/2 tsp. salt and mix in well.

Plate and serve with your favorite meat.

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