Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bell Pepper and Romaine Salad Experiment

The ingredients needed for this are as follows:

3-4 Red or yellow peppers or a mixture of the two
1 Head of romaine or 2 romaine hearts
1/ 2 Red onion
3-4 Tomatoes
1/2 Cucumber
1 cup Mushroom I used Crimini's
1/2 tub Sprouts your choice

2 Bell Peppers
5-6 individual leaves of fresh Rosemary I have a rosemary bush so the leave's are quite big so I just pick off a few rather than removing a whole branch.
2 Twigs of fresh Thyme remove herb from stem
1 Lime Fresh Squeezed you could use lemon; I like the taste of limes.
2 Tblspn. Coconut oil
1 Tblsp. Extra virgin Olive Oil
 2 - 3 Tblspns of Water to help blend depending on your blender of course I have cheap Oster.
1Tsp Fresh Cracked Pepper
1tsp paprika for added color and taste
Pinch of Sea salt for taste

This made enough dressing to really saturate this bowl of salad and the flavor was refreshing with the crisp peppers and then the dressing highlighting that flavor it was basically a take on a twist on a Caesar salad and a Greek Salad which turned out rather nice.  Remember fresh is best with herbs especially for salads and if you use dried use 3 times less as it is way more potent. 

One last tip if the smell of your dried spices is going  flat time to replace them they are old and going stale and will just make your food taste well not like they did when you first bought them.

 Take two of the peppers and set aside for the dressing;  the other ones get rid of seeds by topping and bottoming and then and chop into large pieces like you would for a Greek salad same for the cucumber and tomato and then a large dice for the red onion, slice the mushrooms and the sprouts well they just get tossed in. Rough chop the Romaine once washed and spun and then place in a bowl .

Toss all of the fixings together blend the above ingredients listed for the dressing combine them and enjoy letting it sit for a short time is fine romaine will stand up to a bit of soaking and it allows the dressing to coat everything really well.

P.S. Coconut oil really makes this dish POP.  I will be writing a very positive article on the brand I use soon as it was a gift and will need a disclaimer incorporated which I do not have with me here at work.  I suppose you could substitute it with a nut butter if you wish; though why would you want to with the health benefits coconut oil has to offer.

P.S.  Any of your vegan salads can have awesome protein added to it with Chia seeds, Hemp Seeds, nuts, and of course more green leafy veggies like Kale for instance.

God Bless & Peace.

One last thing by incorporating more RAW veggies and fruit to your lifestyle it will make your body work more efficiently for you and will also help with your skin complexion and bowel health and of course has been known to reverse the aging process all you baby-boomers/ THIS DOES NOT MEAN PIE.  Remember your body is usually dying on the inside before you will see signs of the arising issue on the outside start your cleanse today colon cancer is one of the number one killers of men and woman around the globe why not take the easy cleanse by increasing your raw fruits and veggies today and fresh green juices.

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