Vitamin D – the Sunshine Vitamin! We have the ability to make our own Vitamin D when exposed to sun; which is unlike any other nutrient. When it comes to food Vitamin D is a nutrient particularly dependent on very specific foods such as salmon, tuna, eggs, yogurt, to name a few.
QUICK AND TASTY VEGGIE BURGER
Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Makes: 6 patties
1/2 cup dry buckwheat (toasted or untoasted)
1 cup water
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp tahini, sunflower, almond or cashew butter
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp mixed Italian herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
½ tsp sea salt
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 carrot, grated
Garnish: chopped green onions
In a medium size saucepan, add buckwheat, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to simmer, covered. Toasted buckwheat (kasha) will take about 5 minutes to cook, while untoasted will take about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Whisk together the tahini and vinegar until smooth and thick. Add the flax, herbs, salt and pepper; stir to combine. Add the grated carrot and cooked buckwheat; stir to combine.
Form into patties and place on a lined baking sheet. Bake in oven about 20 minutes, or until crisped on the outside.
Serve on a bed of green vegetables or salad. Toppings of your choice can be added.
(Health-promoting version of this popular salad)
Prep time: 15 minutes. Serves: 4
4 cups salad greens
3 oz cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large tomato, diced
¼ cup chopped onions
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, sliced
½ cup diced cucumbers
Chopped anchovies, optional
Dressing: 1 tbsp of your favorite vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients and top with dressing.
EASY INDIAN-STYLE LENTILS
Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 10. Serves: 4
1 large size onion, peeled
4 large cloves garlic
4 tbsp vegetable broth
2 tsp ginger powder
2 cups fresh diced tomatoes (or canned)
2 (15 oz) can lentils
8 cups fresh torn spinach or 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
1 tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp salt
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Dice onions and mince garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes (to bring out their health-promoting properties). Sauté onion in vegetable broth for 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and lentils. Simmer, covered, for 5 – 7 minutes. Add spinach and continue cooking for 2 more minutes.
QUICK ORANGE TREAT
Prep time: 10 minutes. Serves: 4
1 tsp grated lemon rind (zest*)
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp honey
8 tbsp plain or low-fat yogurt
4 large oranges
Garnish: Orange zest
In a small bowl, whisk lemon rind, lemon juice and honey until the honey is incorporated. Add yogurt and whisk thoroughly. Peel and separate the idividual sections of the orange. Be sure to remove the membrane covering each section. Cut the sections into thirds crosswise. Place in 4 individual dessert bowls. Spoon sauce over the oranges. Garnish with orange zest.
*Use an organic lemon and orange zest, if possible.
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