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Spaghetti Squash—Sans Spaghetti

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash gets its name from the strand-like pieces this non-starchy squash has hidden under its skin. When baked, this squash has a nice bite that can fool or at least appease any pasta eater. Spaghetti squash is a whole food option when looking for a pasta replacement that is not only gluten-free but also grain-free.

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Garlic Honey Mustard Greens

Garlic Honey Mustard Greens

Garlic Honey Mustard . . . isn’t that more like a topping for wings? Not when you’ve got mustard greens. I can’t resist them when I see them in the store or farmers market — bright yellow-green leaves, with delicate frilly edges and a spicy fresh smell. But the first time I brought them home, I couldn’t think of what to do with them, until I thought, “Well, honey mustard is one of my favorite flavors, so why not give that a try?” With zippy lemon and honey balanced with some fragrant browned garlic and earthy walnuts, this recipe is a lightly sweet take on greens I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I do.

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Pick Me Up Truffles

Pick Me Up Truffles

Whole food ingredients, date sweetened, healthy fats and proteins, taste reminiscent of a Snickers bar. No gluten, no dairy, no refined sugars, no nuts. Perfect for that time of day when energy begins to slump and the urge for something caffeine-y and/or sugar-y starts to kick in. I call it the 4pm hour.

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Mediterranean Three Bean Salad

3 bean salad

Protein and fiber rich legumes, green beans, and flavorful herbs make for a fresh and easy lunch that gets better with time!

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What’s for Breakfast? In the Kitchen with Mark Hyman

In the Kitchen with Mark Hyman

Unless you’ve been asleep for a decade, you know Food As Medicine faculty member and CMBM Board Member Mark Hyman, MD, is on a crusade to revolutionize American health. In his latest book, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook, he makes it easy to satisfy our dual desire for healthy AND flavorful food using simple approaches that work for even the busiest people. Join him in the kitchen as he shows us how quickly you can prepare a delicious power-packed protein shake for a busy day — and one for your mom, too. (Awwww — so sweet, Mark!).

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Sun-dried Tomato, Swiss Chard, and Chevré Frittata

Frittata

One of our top innovations at Food As Medicine 2013? Cooks on Call, a kitchen table in the corridor outside the lecture hall, where participants could learn tips and techniques to take home to their heart’s content. We were fortunate enough to have some of America’s top culinary educators behind the table, including Marti Wolfson, Culinary Wellness expert of martiwolfson.com. Here’s her suggestion for an easy, healthy, go-to staple.
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Velvety Mediterranean Gazpacho

Velvety Mediterranean Gazpacho

Rebecca Katz, Chef, Author and Food As Medicine (FAM) Executive Chef, demoed this recipe in her kitchen on stage at the end of FAM last year. It’s become a staple in our summer menus. We thought you’d like it, too!

Some folks like shots of tequila. Well, my choice of a shot is much, much healthier. Take this Mediterranean gazpacho. It makes a hit of V-8 look like amateur hour. The great part about gazpacho is it’s really a vegetable orgy; cucumbers, red bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, red onions, fennel, garlic. At this point readers often scream, imagining they’ll look like a bunch of nine-fingered piano players after all that veggie chopping. Believe me, I know—at culinary school, gazpacho prep is the equivalent of Ninja Knife Skills Boot Camp, where teachers walk around the kitchen with (I’m not kidding) rulers to make sure each veggie is uniformly diced. That’s nuts, and unnecessary; here we toss everything–veggies, spices, herbs, oil–all into Vinny the Vita Mix, add a little olive oil and shazam! It’s party time. I took this to an Independence Day dinner and poured out the cheer into shot glasses topped with a little avocado cream. You know you’re doing something right when everyone corners you for the recipe (I’m an easy touch on that one). This is like a drinking a Virgin Mary. No hangovers. Promise.

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Fresh Cherry Salsa

Cherries– Kewpie dolls with a message

I wanted to create a fast versatile recipe that gives sweet cherries a little sass and attitude. This inflammation fighting salsa is lively and fresh whether it’s loaded into a fish taco, spooned over cooked sweet potato, mingled with cabbage and turned into a slaw, or eaten by the spoonful while wondering what to do next. Enjoy fresh cherries while in season….they will be gone in a blink!

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Sprouts!

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Spring has sprung as nature’s magic unfolds before our eyes. Winter’s barren land is now a carpet of flowers and greens. Shopping at the farmer’s market puts the freshest veggies of the season on your plate but how else can you connect to nature’s rhythm? Sprouting edible seeds! Seeds carry almost everything needed to form into a plant. With a little water, the seed is awakened and life springs into action. Eating sprouted seeds is a way to capture the essence of spring and a plethora of nutrients.

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Strawberry, Fennel and Arugula Salad

Variety isn’t just the spice of life; it’s the one thing that will keep you from falling into a food rut. Salad lovers often tell me they get bored with the same old thing. The danger, of course, is this disenchantment can lead them away from the greens their bodies really need. Enter this salad and the idea of eating seasonally. It’s not just a catch phrase. Each season brings new foods just hitting their peak; in this case strawberries and arugula were just taking their first walks of the spring down the runway. In addition to their incredibly sweet taste, strawberries fight inflammation and tumor growth. Here you’ve got a fresh salad that feels like Pop Rocks going off in your mouth: Strawberries, mint, a lemony balsamic vinaigrette, a topping of sliced almonds. You want variety? This is the salad equivalent of Secret Santa: Lots of surprises, and every one of them a gift.
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