California Cuisine, Gluten-free, Healthy Menu Options, Salubrious Suppers

Salubrious Suppers

Just in time for the new year: Why just dine when you can eat your way towards good health and enjoy amazing food, all at the same time? ! I became intrigued with ingredients that do more than “no harm”, herbs, spices, vegetables, fruits and proteins that actually improve longevity, energy, digestive health and counter many of the harmful elements we encounter on a daily basis. I decided to incorporate them a deliberate manner in my dishes. The result is “Salubrious Suppers”, delicious meals that do good! The following menus are also gluten-free.

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Baby Shower Party Menu

(loaded with extra folate/iron, beta-carotene and vitamin A)

Amuse Bouche of Roasted Eggplant/ Ricotta / Chickpea Crisps

Roasted Beet / Carrot / Ginger Soup

Arugula and French Lentil Salad / Goat Cheese / Toasted Hazelnuts

Sous-vide Filet Mignon Guava-Red Wine Jus

Roasted Brocollini / Smokey Paprika / Almonds / Garlic

Leek & Sweet Potato Terrine

Ruby Red Grapefruit Bruleé

Avocado Mousse

 

Salubrious Supper Menu

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Korean Chicken Soup with Ginseng, Garlic and Ginger

Ginseng is well known for its curative properties: it is widely used to boost the immune system, build strength and counter fatigue. Garlic is used to treat heart disease, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and ginger helps with digestion and also reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

Massaged Kale / Sweet Potatoes / Pomegranate / Avocado / Walnuts

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Sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins and minerals (a single sweet potato provides over 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, as well as 37% of vitamin C, 16% of vitamin B-6, 10% of pantothenic acid, 15% of potassium and 28% of manganese). Pomegranate has roughly 3x the anti-oxidants of green tea, and Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which significantly boost memory and recall. They reduce inflammation and promote more relaxed, dilated blood vessels, which can turn back the time on heart disease.

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Shaved Asparagus/ Carrots / Ricotta Salata / Lemon

Asparagus is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells; as well as the the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, which means it helps rid the body of excess salts.

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Pistachio-crusted Wild Alaska Salmon/ Coconut-Chile-Bacaopa Chutney

Pistachios contain l-arginine, which can make the lining of your arteries more flexible and potentially reduce heart attack and stroke risk, and salmon, of course, is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and essential amino acids. It is served with a side of Bacopa Chutney, made from a micro-green which studies say appears to help people process information faster and which herbal practitioners have been using for years to promote emotional well-being, endurance and a healthy immune system.

served with

Brocollini /EVO / garlic

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Chiptole Chocolate Flourless Torte

Just a hint of chile (high in capsicum, known for its anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties) and of course, cacoa is from the same antioxidant group as green tea and wine (polyphenols) which improve cardiovascular health.

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