This recipe is from my sweet friend, Dr. Janet Early. She shares a passion for healthy food that tastes great like I do and she spends a lot of time in the kitchen.
This is an Advanced Plan pasta salad. That’s right, a grainless pasta salad! Give this one a try immediately.
Get the recipe here…
Ginger is a multi-faceted healing plant long known for it’s amazing benefits. The taste of fresh ginger is like nothing else. Most restaurants serve ginger dressing loaded with damaged oils and sugar. This recipe is sugarless and has an advanced plan and core plan option.
1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into ‘coins.’ – (about 10 slices of fresh ginger)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sesame oil
1/3 fresh lemon juice (approximately the juice of one lemon)
1 – 2 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
Core plan option: 1 large carrot, cut into ‘coins’.
Put all ingredients except for the olive oil in a blender. Blend until smooth then add in the olive oil slowly to help the dressing emulsify
This is a great recipe packed with nutrient dense ingredients. You will be pleasantly surprised with this one!
Advanced & Core Plan
4 anchovy fillets (packed in olive oil), minced
Zest from 1 lemon plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 bunch kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces
1 organic egg, hard boiled
grated parmesan cheese, optional
Whisk together anchovies, lemon zest and juice, and oil in a bowl. Season with salt and red pepper flakes. Add kale and toss to combine. Massage the oil mixture into the kale for about 3 minutes. Press egg through a fine sieve into a separate bowl. Mix into kale or sprinkle on top before serving.
• 1 head romaine, kale, green leaf lettuce, or spinach
• 1 large or 2 small beets, steamed or roasted (I purchased steamed and peeled baby beets from Trader Joes)
• 1 large handful pecans
• 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese or chopped grass fed cheese (any kind)
• Baked or roasted chicken, chunked. (Ideally, you can just use leftover chicken from the night before)
• Extra virgin olive oil & balsamic vinegar
Combine and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
1/2 cup chopped, slightly toasted walnuts
1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, sliced (or a 1/4 cup of raisins) CORE PLAN ONLY
1 granny smith apple, cored and chopped
3 Tbsp organic, full fat yogurt or homemade mayonnaise (recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp pepper to taste
Organic Lettuce leaves
In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt and the lemon juice. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of fresh ground pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes (if using), and walnuts. Serve on a lettuce leaves.
This is a power-packed side dish or salad. The nutrition in this dish is out of this world and so is the taste. This is a great recipe for people new to kale, even for those who say they don’t like it. You can customize it to your taste and it is great for packing on the go. Kale is a superfood loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, is loaded with anti-oxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and is a great detox food.
Core & Advanced Plan
• 2 bunches kale, stems removed and chopped
• 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
• 3-4 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste) or almond butter
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon liquid aminos or tamari
• juice of 1 lemon
Optional add-ins: nutritional yeast, chickpeas, raw cashews, slices almonds, sesame seeds, chopped red onions, hemp seeds, etc.
Depending on the size of your kale bunch, you can adjust the quantities. Feel free to add more or less of any of the ingredients – just do it to your own taste.
Put all ingredients in a large bowl and massage the kale with your hands, really working the mixture together and breaking down the kale. It should reduce quite a bit. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.
This salad is full of cancer-fighting, immune boosting, digestive aiding superfoods. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients. This is a salad you can truly feel great about.
• Greens – romaine, baby spinach, etc
• 2 tablespoons hemp seeds (the same amount of protein as a chicken breast + high in Omega-3’s and Vitamin E)
• Sauerkraut – look for the kind made and packed with water, not vinegar. (Sauerkraut contains phytochemicals which help boost the immune system, is a proven cancer-fighter, helps with digestion with it’s high content of healthful bacteria for the gut, etc)
• 1 tablespoon of tumeric (Tumeric has numerous benefits like protection from cancer, natural antibacterial, detoxification, anti-inflammatory, fat metabolism, etc.)
Handful raw nuts like pecans, walnuts or almonds
• 1/2 avocado
• Olive Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar (the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are far too numerous to list here)
Optional Add Ins:
• Chopped Red Onion
• Black Olives
• Kelp Granules
• Sea Salt
• Sunflower Sprouts