Molasses adds a note of complexity to this bright, beautiful salad.
Always a hit with the family, feel free to adjust the amount of chile peppers accordingly. Chile peppers owe their heat to capsaicin. Capsaicin is being studied as a treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders. While I don’t often recommend nightshades such as chile peppers and tomatoes, in moderation, they do offer plenty of health benefits. If your body does not react well to them, by all means, leave them out. This tasty salad will still be delicious!
Seed and chop chile peppers. Peel and roughly chop garlic and ginger. Chop cilantro. Cut basil into ribbons. Thinly slice onion crosswise. Slice cucumber and tomatoes. Cut steak slices across the grain. Juice limes. Tear romaine leaves into bite-sized pieces.
In a blender or a food processor, pulse peppers, garlic and ginger until finely chopped. Add tamari, fish sauce, molasses, cilantro and lime juice; process until well combined. Separate ⅓ cup of mixture for salad dressing, set aside.
Whisk reserved sauce with sesame oil to make salad dressing.
In a large bowl, toss romaine, basil, onion, cucumber and tomatoes with salad dressing.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté steak over medium-high heat for 1 minute per side and toss with remaining sauce.
Divide salad among dishes, top with steak slices.
Preparation: 20 minutes
Marinating is a great way to add interest to chicken.
If you are a fan of dark meat, go ahead and substitute for the chicken breasts. The molasses marinade gives the chicken a lovely, rich sweetness and a beautiful color. This dish pairs well with cooked grains and mixed greens. Blackstrap molasses is rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, manganese, copper, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6 and selenium. Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. Clinical studies have shown that people with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis experience reduced pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. Growing evidence demonstrates the antioxidant properties of miso.
Combine miso, rice wine, turmeric and water; stir in to molasses mixture. Allow to cool.
Set ½ of the marinade aside. Refrigerate chicken in remaining marinade, 2 hours.
Remove chicken from marinade and discard used marinade.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Prepare grains according to package directions, enough to make four servings of cooked grains.
Bake chicken, covered, in an oiled baking dish, 45 minutes or until cooked through.
Garnish with green onions and cilantro.
Preparation: 20 minutes active, 2 hours to marinate and 45 minutes to bake
Amaranth pancakes are nutty and substantial.
Without gluten you won’t get light and fluffy diner-style pancakes. Nonetheless, they have a delicious, cake-like texture that will carry you until lunch. Maybe you’d like to consider making a double batch and carrying a few with you for hearty mid-afternoon snack? Cultivated by the Aztecs 8,000 years ago, amaranth was a major staple of ancient diets in Mexico and Central America. It is now used throughout the world and provides many health benefits. Recently, Amaranth is gaining more attention due to its remarkable nutrition. It is gluten-free and is the only grain with a documented Vitamin C content. It has high protein content, as well as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties; its high in calcium, iron, phosphorus, carotenoids and fiber. Enjoy this beneficial ancient grain along with the other vitamin- and mineral-rich ingredients in these hearty pancakes.