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Friday, April 15, 2011

Powerhouse Spring Foods & Fajita Recipe

I cannot stress the importance of eating foods that are “in season.”  It is where you will get the most bang for your buck and the most nutrients for your body.  It is wise to eat warmer foods (such as foods that are grilled, roasted, steamed or baked) during the fall and winter when your body’s internal temperature is colder, and cooler foods during spring and summer when your body temperature is warmer.  This will balance out your digestive tract, which is the best way to absorb nutrients.  It is when your body is nutrient starved, that it retains extra weight.  Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the foods that are grown during each season.  The local farms are beginning to open, such as Sang Lee Farms in Peconic , Garden of Eve Farm and Briermere Farms in Riverhead.  Why not take a drive out to visit and see what they currently have for sale.  Here is what you may find:

Spring Seasonal Produce Chart - Northeast

Carrots (late spring)
Fava Beans
Garlic scrapes
Herbs (for example cilantro)

Pea Greens
Strawberries (very late spring)

This is also a great time of the year to begin planting your vegetable garden.  I have weeded and “turned the dirt” of my own garden.  I also started planting some cilantro, which is a one of my favorite herbs. 

Cilantro looks very similar to flat leafed parsley.  However, you can clearly tell them apart by the smell.  According to the book, The World’s Healthiest Foods, by George Mateljan, cilantro “contains numerous phytonutrients with antioxidant power including flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and apigenin and the phenolic acid compounds, caffeic and chlorogenic acid.”  What this all adds up to is some astounding health benefits.  In addition to its antioxidant properties, cilantro is also a blood cleaner.  How cool is this…it can help the body get rid of heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum.  I remember watching a very impressive and interesting video by Jerry Brunetti, a man who cured his own terminal cancer.  He included as part of his protocol eating a handful of cilantro every day. (http://www.nuganics.com.au/2007/07/06/jerry-brunetti-food-as-medicine/)   I try to grow my own cilantro and incorporate it into as many dishes as I can.  A word of caution, cilantro is a medicinal herb and should not be overdone.  If you are using it for medicinal purposes, it is wise to ask your doctor the exact dose that is right for you.  Cilantro is wonderful in many ethnic culinary dishes.  I have a lot of fun experimenting with the herb in my kitchen…..
 I decided to share with you a delicious recipe that contains cilantro.  I use cilantro two ways in this dish, once in the marinade and also as a garnish.  This recipe can easily be gluten-free, depending on the tortillas you buy.  Please read the ingredient list and select tortillas that are organic and contain no genetically modified ingredients.  I used brown rice tortillas for this recipe.  Since there is so much flexibility in this dish, you can omit the meat and make it vegetarian, if you desire.

Fajitas – The Healthy Way
½ cup good quality olive oil
¼ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup chopped scallion
½  tsp. honey
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup fresh cilantro
Sea salt & pepper to taste

1lb boneless chicken breast, sliced or flank steak, sliced for stir fry
1 organic red pepper, sliced into strips
1 organic green pepper, sliced into strips
1 organic yellow pepper, sliced into strips
1 large onion, sliced into strips

Sprouted whole wheat tortillas or brown rice tortillas (if gluten free)
Garnish: Organic tomatoes, avocado, raw cheese, organic lettuce

You can start this recipe either early in the morning or the night before serving it.  Combine all the marinade ingredients together in a glass bowl and whisk until blended.  It will be chunky.  Slice the peppers and onions into strips and put in a bowl.  Slice the meat and put in a separate bowl.  Divide the marinade in half and put half on the onion/pepper bowl and the other half over the meat.  Mix each bowl until items are coated with the juices of the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate.
The next day or later in the day, preheat skillet to medium high heat and add your meat of choice.  Stir fry until meat is done.  Add the bowl of onions/peppers to the skillet and continue to stir fry at medium high heat until the veggies are to your liking.  Arrange on top of tortilla and add toppings or garnishes  of your choice.

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Mateljan, George, The World’s Healthiest Foods, “Seattle: George Mateljan Foundation, 2007”


Liz said...

Looks GREAT! :) and yummy!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.