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Farmer’s Market Salad

  This yummy spin on a spring salad is packed with nutrients and antioxidants to boost your immune system and help fight disease. Pick up these veggies on your next trip to the Charlotte Farmer's Market and add variation to the salad to appeal to your taste buds! Ingredients: 2 cups sliced zucchini 1 cup yellow wax beans, chopped into 2-inch pieces 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed 1 cup sliced radishes (¼ inch slices) ½ cup turnips halved and sliced in ¼-inch slices 1 cup herb sprigs and leaves—flat-leaf parsley, dill, and basil 1 spring onion, thinly sliced Pinch chopped chives 2 Tbsp toasted sunflower seeds 1 cup of Chopped Beets Dressing: 2 Tbsp flax oil 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon tamari, plus more to taste...

Matcha Green tea Mochi

Japan is famous not only for its culture but also for its cuisine. Due to their healthy eating habits, the Japanese are at a low risk of acquiring diseases, and this Match Green Tea Mochi recipe is an example of why! Matcha Green Tea Mochi Ingredients: 1 cup rice flour 1 cup coconut milk full fat 1 T matcha powder ½ cup coconut sugar 2 T butter 1 t baking powder   Directions: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Spray an 8x8 baking pan with coconut oil. Mix all the dry ingredients, whisking to blend. Add the melted butter and coconut milk and stir well. Put the mixture in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until done in the middle. Cooking perfect rice: Rinse several times until the water is clear....

Black Bean Frittata with Cheddar Cheese

A wonderful brunch presentation or the perfect option for a meat-free dinner. You can also prepare the bean filling and use it as a filling for an omelet. Ingredients: 6 eggs 2 T olive oil ½ t sea salt 1/4 cup scallions, chopped 1 t garlic, minced ¼ cup shredded organic cheddar cheese 1/8 t cayenne pepper ½ cup tomato chopped 1 cup black beans, cooked 1 T cilantro minced ½ t cumin Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cast iron pan with oil. In a cast iron skillet, add oil, sauté scallions, garlic, and cayenne for 1 minute. Add tomato and beans and cook until the liquid evaporates. Add cilantro and cumin, mix well, and set aside. In a bowl, whisk eggs and add...

Oven Roasted Balsamic Beets

These Oven-Roasted Balsamic Beets are delicious and can be simply prepared which intensifies their natural sweetness. Toss them in a tart and syrupy balsamic reduction. Beets are a nutritional powerhouse – they cleanse the body, are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and a great source of energy! Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe great for serving as side dishes, snacks, and tossing over salads.   Ingredients: (Servings: 2, Calories: 77) 1 bunch trimmed beets (about 4 beets) 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 2 pinches sea salt 2 pinches black pepper Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Gently scrub beets, and pat dry. Wrap in foil, and roast until tender (about 1 hour). Let cool, then peel and dice. Place beets in a medium...

Simple Almond Milk Recipe

  Almond milk is delicious and entirely customizable! This simple recipe is perfect for cereal, baking, and drinking straight alongside baked goods. Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing   Ingredients: (Servings: 3, Calories: 60) ½ cup raw almonds 4 cup purified water 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional) Pinch of sea salt Directions: Soak almonds and 1 cup purified water in a blender, at room temperature, for about 6 hours. After the almonds have soaked and using a strainer, drain off water and rinse well under running water. Add almonds back to blender with 3 cups purified water, maple syrup (optional), and sea salt. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Strain with cheesecloth or strainer with fine holes, and pour into a container, squeezing...

Lentil Vegetable Soup

This soup is packed with a hearty punch of flavors and made us full after eating a serving. Substitute Chicken Stock for Vegetable Stock for a vegetarian option. Ingredients: 1 pound French green lentils 4 cups yellow onions (3 large onions) 4 cups chopped leeks, white part only (2 leeks) 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves) ¼ cup good olive oil, plus additional for drizzling on top 1 Tablespoon kosher salt 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried 1 teaspoon ground cumin 3 cups medium-diced celery (8 stalks) 3 cups medium-diced carrots (4 to 6 carrots) 3 quarts chicken stock ¼ cup tomato paste 2 Tablespoons red wine or red wine vinegar Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Feel free to add some of your yummiest veggies to make it your own, such as red...

Broiled Lamb Chops with Rosemary

Rosemary has this incredibly aromatic woody flavor and these lamb chops soak all of that flavor right up! Thanks to our friends at The Institute of Functional Medicine for sharing this recipe that is as delicious as it is easy to make.   Ingredients: (Servings: 4, Calories: 194) 4 lamb chops (lean) 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon dried rosemary ½ teaspoon sea salt ½ teaspoon pepper   Directions: Preheat the broiler. Drizzle oil over lamb chops and rub to coat them. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, and dried rosemary, and season both sides of the lamb chops. Rub spices into chops. Move the lamb to a broiler pan, and broil for 8-10 minutes. Flip once during cooking. When done, lamb should be only slightly pink...

We’re Nuts about staying Healthy – Here’s Why

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t. Nuts are a great way to get a dose of heart-healthy fat, as well as a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals.  The National Center for Biomedical Information states that “by virtue of their unique composition, they are likely to beneficially impact health outcomes.”  Research suggest that regular nut consumption is unlikely to contribute to obesity and may even help in weight loss!  But that doesn’t mean that you should eat handful after handful.  Instead (like most things), moderation is key. Ideally, a serving  should be about the size of a golf ball. All nuts are not created equal. Many are high in fat content. They are one of the natural plant foods richest in fat.  Nuts are beneficial because...