Keywords; recipe basil pesto, extra virgin olive oil.
Salads can be a little dull, day after week and month; this will certainly brighten your lunch table, and it's so simple.
Banting is the rage right now, and it has serious dangers if you aren't having a green salad every day, and several eggs a week; water soluble vitamins B6, 9 and 12 must be eaten regularly to prevent a toxic homocysteine build up.
To build a beautiful herb garden takes a lot of planning and work but, for me, most of them grow like weeds and we just plant a row of parsley, and then perhaps another of cilantro. It's all a bit higgledy piggledy but it's so simple and easy; fruitful too.
The garden represents your personality, and how much time you have on your hands. Ours is all very rough and ready. Pepperdews and jalapenos are dotted about, potatoes and corn in another; always some legumes. Pole beans and limas grow like weeds in the summer, and green peas in the autumn and winter. It's not very pretty, but it keeps us in abundant, healthy organic fruit and veggies. What is basil you may be asking.
Somewhere there must every summer be a spot for sweet basil; really it grows like a weed.
So, what goes into your pesto? It's simple; a handful of sweet basil, a tablespoon of pine nuts, a good slosh of olive oil and parmesan cheese. What could be easier?
What is pesto? A simple dish made of Sweet Basil, Pine Nuts, Extra virgin olive oil and Parmesan Cheese; so easy to make in your own home. Add a clove of garlic if you like.
Sweet basil will grow like a weed in any summer garden, the scent of the flowers simply heavenly; only the pine nuts are relatively expensive. Our recipe basil pesto should be standard fare in every home periodically.
A traditional salad might consist of lettuce and tomato and few sticks of celery; I like to add a couple radishes and some sprouts are always welcome. In our mid climate, I prefer straight from the garden, but when I lived in Chicago we sprouted right through the winter.
Now, just rustle up some hummus or pesto and you have the perfect lunch.
So that's how it's all done. Deck your lunch table with some freshly baked low GI bread, a block of butter and half a pound of cheese. A bowl of Mexican avocado soup is so easy, if you have a couple of the fruit that need to be eaten today.
It's all about getting those aromatic oils and phytosterols into our diet; these are the kinds of foods that kept our grandparents so healthy; it's part of the reason why they weren't swallowing bucket loads of pills like our generation has to.
Butter is back by the way; it should never have been despatched in the first place. A very strong research meta analysis shows there is not a shred of scientific evidence that changing to margarine has any proven benefit.
Sweet basil is prone to mildew; if you live in a misty climate like ours, one must have successive sowings.
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Providing variety and deeply aromatic flavours is what makes Mediterranean cooking so interesting. A salad, day after day, can get a bit dull, but by use of pesto, or our authentic hummus recipe or olive pate, it's possible to make an exciting meal out of a dull salad in a very short time.
By adding pesto to your meal, you've just added two of the mandatory five colours that we should consume daily, if we want to reduce the chances of getting cancer; olive pate too. Actually new research shows that those who eat 8 coloured foods per day, over twenty years have a 35 percent lower rate of all cause death; that's massive.
other joy of these condiments is that, being rich in vegetable protein
and olive oil fat, they lower the glycemic index of any suspect
carbohydrate; for example on bread, or on the side with a baked potato.
They fit in perfectly with the banting diet.
Only extra virgin olive oil contains oleocanthal that acts as an anti inflammatory agent reducing the pain and inflammation in the body. Use ordinary olive oil only for cooking.
Read more about oleocanthal at the olive pate link above.
Costly? Yes, spend the extra on extra virgin olive oil or spend umpteen times as much having the aches and pains in your body sorted.
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Every family has its favourite; well, having said that, some of us eat salads very reluctantly, and only if it's smothered with mayo. Mayonaise it's okay if it's homemade with olive oil, but the supermarket stuff is make with polyunsaturated oil, and loaded with chemicals; a recipe for inflammation in the body and cancer.
Research shows that folk who enjoy eight coloured foods per day, on average, have a 35% lower all cause of death; and that research was done over a twenty year period.
One day add your recipe basil pesto, another a dollop of hummus; homemade mayonnaise is fine too, but we warned. All these healthy side dressings, devoid of chemicals don't keep. Yes, it takes energy to eat healthily.
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