I think one of the keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to have a few go-to recipes to pull out of your sleeve when all else fails. One that everyone in the family loves, one that is easy and fast. This is the first one that comes to my mind when the question of “what am I going to make tonight” pops into my head. It’s become a family favorite. We normally eat this bun-free, but feel free to add your favorite roll. We like it with a dipping sauce on the side, like sriracha-aioli for the adults, or simple aioli for the kids. We’ve eaten this with quinoa, simple salads, sautéed kale, or featured here with the roasted cauliflower and radicchio salad.
Cilantro Turkey Burgers
Flavor packed alternative to burgers made with red meat.
Put this on chicken or fish, a dip for veggies or potatoes, or make this a base for your salad. You can’t go wrong with the creamy texture and flavor that the fresh herbs and garlic bring to this sauce. As you often hear me say, throw in any fresh herbs (a kitchen staple!) that you have on hand. Tarragon gives a subtle, savory twist. Rosemary creates earthiness. Basil, parsley, and dill for freshness and bite. Mix and match and don’t be shy. This sauce is the secret for turning an otherwise boring, say, chicken breast and potatoes dinner, into something much more!
This is a really great way to turn leftover roasted cauliflower into the next day’s salad. Just add some liver-cleansing radicchio, blood-purifying parsley, and a quick homemade dressing and you’re covered.
Simple meals are often the best, and this is no exception. Add a hard boiled egg, toss it with some greens, and call it a meal. It also makes a satisfyingly filling side to your main dish.
Roasting the cauliflower makes it nutty and sweet, a good balance with the fiber-rich chickpeas. Roasting them both makes the dish easier to digest, just an added bonus! This is one of those recipes from “my toolbox” that I keep pulling out, it’s so good. Thanks Gweneth from “It’s All Good” for the inspiration!
This is my go-to salad dressing every summer. A handful of fresh herbs is all you need to transform your usual salad into something more creative, fresh, and satisfying. I make this differently every time, depending on which herbs I have on hand. I will give you the basic recipe, but feel free to add whichever herbs you have. You can’t screw it up, trust me!
Have you ever noticed how dark in color fresh herbs are? That’s because of their high concentration of phytonutrients. They are nutrient powerhouses in small form, packing more nutrition per ounce than it’s larger leafy green friends. They also have a wide-range of disease fighting properties. Here’s just a few things herbs can be helpful for:
Basil: The essential oils of basil have strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It has been used in traditional medicine to treat digestive complaints, arthritis, appetite stimulation, and kidney support.