Blanched Kale, Apple, and Avocado Salad

Braised Kale and apple salad, the star of the meal

Braised Kale and apple salad, the star of the meal

One dilemma of winter is how to eat fresh vegetables without eating cold raw food. For many people, it cuts out the main source of vegetables in their diet, salads. Well, my friends, salads don’t have to be raw. In fact, braising vegetables can help increase your ability to absorb the nutrients packed in leafy greens. So can adding oil and vinegar (salad dressing) since some nutrients are only extracted in acidic environments such as hard minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, and others need fat to carry them into the bloodstream such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. So a room temperature, ever so slightly predigested (cooked) salad can be a perfect nutritious addition to a meal. Continue reading

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Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup

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Ginger Roasted Squash Apple Soup (with Anise star as garnish)

Though the Harvest season is well over and done, there is no way I could get through this cold blistery weather without this soup recipe at least once a month.  With so many winter spices, it warms the tummy and the soul.  Here I used the delicious Kabocha squash (which I recently found out is also called the “buttercup squash”) and apples that are still fresh, but other than 1 or 2 bruises, you don’t want to eat any longer.  Continue reading