Summer Lentil Salad (French Lentils, Cucumber, Tomato & Herbs)

All summer long I have been creating different types of summer salads–figuring out how many ways I can use zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, etc… This recipe is a variation of another lentil salad that I created. I changed it up by adding local, seasonal cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh herbs. Salads can be quite diverse and when adding…

Cleansing Salad

This is a spring-inspired recipe. It contains no added sugar, fat, or salt. All the ingredients have cleansing properties and blend well together. You can use either red or golden beets. Red beets will turn the whole salad red. Golden beets do not bleed. Ingredients 1 large apple, shredded 1 small beet (red or golden),…

Lemon-Mint Quinoa Salad (Minty Quinoa Salad)

The Spring season inspires me to create dishes that feel “springy”.  Lemons are cleansing and refreshing; mint and cucumbers are cooling. Quinoa is a wonderful ingredient–and is on sale this month at Mother Earth’s, so I decided to use this as well.  I tested it out at work recently and the customers seemed to really enjoy it….

Lentil Salad with Kale

This is another way to prepare lentils, if you’re looking for an alternative to soup. The small lentils (French and black) hold their shape when cooked, so can be used for salads. This dish can be eaten cool or warm. Ingredients 1 cup dry French lentils, rinsed and drained 1½ cups water ½ vegetable bouillon…

Health Benefits of Lemons

It’s Springtime! A great time for cleaning and cleansing. Lemons are commonly used in cleanses and are also well known for their medicinal power–and many uses. Lemons are alkalizing for the body: Lemons are acidic to begin with but they are alkaline forming on body fluids helping to restore balance to the body’s pH. Lemons are rich in vitamin…

Foods That Cleanse

Various foods contain cleansing properties and can be easily added to your everyday diet. These foods can be considered the best “cleanse” choices: Artichokes contain antioxidant plant compounds called caffeoylquinic acids, which are used to treat hepatic (liver) disorders because they stimulate bile flow. Bile helps the body to digest fats, and efficient bile flow clears the…