In an effort to get the kids to make good food choices I encourage them to "eat a rainbow" everyday. Since I have been keeping to my new year's resolution for healthy eating I have been a lot more conscious of my colors too. The green and orange are pretty common (lettuce and carrots) but in order to get all of the vitamins and minerals we need, the other colors supply a lot...
Red: red peppers and tomatoes
Orange: carrots, sweet potatoes and dried apricots
Yellow: yellow peppers and summer squash
Green: lettuce, green peppers, parsley and celery
Blue: totally stumped me here...couldn't find anywhere to cook with blueberries!
Purple: Eggplant (and black beans count too)
And as an added bonus...from the brown & grey group: Mushrooms, the only vegan source of vitamin D which we are all in dire need of after a long dreary winter! Also, the darker the vegetable the more nutrients, so kale and spinach are awesome!
Delicious vegetarian dish that is so hearty the meat won't be missed. Tomatoes, garlic and cheese swim through the pasta with a crunchy pine nut mix on top.
Tender marinated and grilled flat iron steak with an Argentinean parsley-cilantro sauce on the side. Served with smashed baby red potatoes. *
Mildly spiced (but add more heat if you like!) with rich Cajun flavors of tomatoes, bell peppers, andouille sausage and thyme in a rice base.
Island flavors of allspice, jalepeno, molasses and garlic in the marinade and grilled to perfection, with mango salsa on top. Served with confetti corn muffins. *
Delicious honey-orange sauce oven tender roasted pork. Sprinkling of orange and rosemary on top. Served with rice pilaf. *
Spicy Sticky Coconut Chicken
Creamy and tender Asian chicken in a complex sauce over cauliflower "rice".
Asian Chicken Salad
A unique spin on paleo. Roasted chicken shredded with homemade ginger mayonnaise, scallions, cabbage and almonds. Delicious atop a salad or by itself (or if you're not paleo...roll it up in a tortilla for an amazing wrap).
Items marked with an * can substitute Garlic Kale with Golden Raisins for the starch listed, or you can add Kale to any order for $2 per serving.
Salads and Soups and more:
Chicken, bacon, tomatoes, eggs and bleu cheese atop crisp greens. A meal in itself!
Dried apricots, almonds, red peppers and spinach fill this flavorful salad.
Mushrooms, tender beef and tons of veggies fill this rich and hearty soup.
A family-sized portion of freshly washed and cut veggies (red, yellow and orange bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, jicama, and celery) come in 2 large reusable containers. We have found that having this colorful, ready-to-eat snack at eye-level in the fridge makes veggies an easy choice when looking for something to munch on. Veggies are $25 and last all week.