Seasonal Superfood Recipe
A hearty, immune boosting blend of nutrient rich super-foods is in order after a late summer cold. I don’t know why they say to “feed a cold”, but my appetite seems to agree. Following my hungry, vitamin seeking gut through Whole Foods, I picked up some organic Wild Rice & Red Quinoa to go with my farm fresh veggies at home, that came in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share box.
As with all the recipes I post, I advise using whatever ingredients you have on hand that make sense. It’s what I do when putting these recipe ideas together, using seasonal farm fresh fruits, veggies & herbs. Seasonal farm fresh means the most nutritious and the most delicious!
Seasonal Superfood Recipe
- 1 cup of organic Wild Rice
- 1 cup of organic Red Quinoa
- 1 cup organic red & yellow bell pepper
- 1/2 cup chili peppers (optional)
- 1 cup organic cherry tomatoes
- 2 small onions
- 3 cloves fresh organic garlic
- 5 fresh organic basil leaves
- 1 large organic avocado
- 2 teaspoons white & black sesame seeds
- Add 2 cups Wild Rice & Red Quinoa with 4 cups water, cook until done.
- Chop veggies into bite sizes and when grain mixture is done cooking, add veggies and herbs with a
- Tablespoon water and stir. Warm on low (to preserve delicate nutrients) until onions turn clear.
- Top with sliced avocado and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Give thanks….. and enjoy!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food!” -Hippocrates
Helping our bodies to facilitate the creation of new, healthy cells is the best remedy for any illness. Battle bacteria and viruses that make us feel sick with nutrient rich, whole foods.
Vitamin C is well known to prevent or treat the common cold but did you know that 1 cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly 3 times as much Vitamin C as an orange? 190mg per cup! A cup of chopped green bell pepper has less vitamin C than its sweeter sister, but at 120 mg, it’s a great way to load up on Vitamin C! The hottest ticket in town however is the chili pepper! A half-cup of chopped chili peppers delivers a whopping 107.8 mg of vitamin C! Capsaicin found in chili peppers can help break up congestion, and defiantly gets my nose running!
Protein supports the body in building antibodies that fight off infection. With 40% more protein than brown rice, wild rice is a nutrient dense, low calorie food that is rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. Red quinoa, once known as “the gold of the Incas” for increasing the stamina of Incan warriors, is also an extremely valuable source of protein (12-18%)! It is complete with all nine essential amino acids and a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron.
Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral, healing properties that fight illness and infection and build a healthy gut flora, which rids the body of toxins, bacteria and viruses. Avocados stimulate the immune system and are full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that reduce inflammation.
Open sesame— for powerful disease-fighting phytonutrients! Anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, antioxidant boosting and vitamin E enhancing sesame seeds are an excellent source of copper, a very good source of manganese, and a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, vitamin B1 and dietary fiber. There is a wealth of evidence proving that sesame seeds are a powerful weapon in managing some of today’s prevalent health disorders. However, I simply think they look pretty sprinkled on my avocado slices.
What exciting, fun ways do you use food as medicine? We’d love to hear from you!
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