This is an ambitious meal, definitely for a day when you have some time to spend in the kitchen.
Your efforts will be well rewarded, though. Moist and flavorful, the turkey basks in a delicious and well-balanced sauce. Many healing ingredients comprise this meal. Fennel is closely related to parsley, carrots and dill. It has played an important role in the traditional food culture of France and Italy, dating back to ancient times. Supporting many of the body’s systems, fennel is particularly helpful for cardiovascular and colon health.
Roughly chop onions, fennel, mushrooms and chard. Peel and mince or press garlic. Grate ginger.
Grate ginger. Juice limes. In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, ginger, tamari, lime juice and pepper. Marinate turkey in this mixture for 1 hour.
Meanwhile, start rice; bring 2¼ cups chicken broth and 1 can coconut milk to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir in rice and ½ teaspoon salt; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove from heat, set aside.
When the marinating hour is nearly up, preheat oven to 350°. Oil a large, ovenproof skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
Remove turkey from marinade, discard marinade. Dust with coconut flour and fry about 1 minute on each side.
Cover and bake until turkey reaches an internal temperature of 170°, or about 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
For the sauce, whisk together fresh ginger, tamari, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, almond butter and 2 tablespoons water. Set aside.
Sauté green onions and garlic in coconut oil over medium heat. Add fennel and mushrooms, continue to cook, stirring frequently until mushrooms soften. Add broth and chard and cook until bright green. Toss veggies with some of the sauce.
Serve veggies and turkey over rice, with a drizzle of sauce.
Preparation: 1 hour and 45 minutes
This is a delicious, creamy soup that benefits the whole body.
Broccoli is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, and has many benefits for all the body’s systems. In this cookbook I am focusing on anti-inflammatories, and other ingredients that have a direct benefit for cognitive support, but it is worth noting that broccoli also enhances detoxification and has antioxidant benefits. It also supports digestion, cancer prevention, and cardiovascular systems. Almonds reduce risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, set aside. Chop onions, celery and parsley. Peel and press or finely chop garlic. Chop broccoli, peel and chop stems as well.
In a Dutch oven or soup pot, sauté onion, garlic, tamari, thyme, marjoram, salt and pepper in olive oil over medium heat until onions are soft. Add broccoli and celery and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for 5 – 7 more minutes.
Add stock and almond butter, increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, simmer until broccoli is nearly done, careful to not overcook. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly.
Using an immersion or countertop blender, puree soup, and stir in coconut milk.
Serve soup garnished with parsley.
Preparation: 1 hour
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
Have you ever eaten a cooked radish?
They are a surprising addition to this stir-fry, which also uses the often-overlooked radish greens. As members of the cruciferous vegetable family, radishes protect against cancer by providing phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The sweetness of the onion is a nice balance to the peppery radishes. Stir-frys are great, because they are unendingly versatile and cook up rather quickly. Chopping the veggies can take some time, but if you plan ahead you can chop extra veggies for another meal and keep them in the fridge ready for stir-fry any time!
Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions.
Cut radishes into quarters or eights if they are large. Save greens, rinse well and set aside. Peel and thinly slice ginger and garlic. Finely chop onion. Thinly slice sirloin.
In a medium bowl, mix curry powder, salt, pepper and turmeric. Toss with sirloin, mix well to coat evenly.
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sirloin in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned on bottom, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add another tablespoon butter to skillet, reduce heat to low and cook ginger, garlic, onion and radishes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon honey and increase heat to medium; cook until radishes are glazed, about 2 minutes. Add tamari and balsamic vinegar and simmer until thickened, about two minutes. Add radish greens, snow peas and ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until greens are wilted. Toss in beef to rewarm.
Serve over a bed of sprouted rice or quinoa.
Preparation: 30 minutes