Recipes! Part Two

Time for part two!

From Meals That Heal Inflammation, by Julie Daniluk:  PESTO WHITE BEAN BOWL

Have already made this one twice. It’s so clean and fresh, and you just feel really good about yourself after eating it. I definitely recommend using raw bok choy, snipped into little pieces with kitchen scissors, as the green. Red quinoa works well for the grain. For the grain I also tried toasting millet in a little oil and boiling with organic butter and pink rock salt. The first time, we tried butter beans, the second, white kidney beans—but any bean will do.


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From a magazine I don’t recall the name of right now:  JERK CHICKEN

I was never a big fan of making chicken—that is until recent months when I’ve had the time to figure out how to make it in interesting ways. This is one of them. I skipped the pineapple salsa, but it looks good (and pineapple is good for implantation, they say). The salad is dressed with a dressing made from fresh raspberries—a nice complement to the spicy chicken.

jerk chick

jerk chicken


From The Anti-Inflammation Diet and Recipe Book, by Jessica K. Black:  TANGY CRUSTED SALMON

This is a nice and easy and interesting salmon dish, perfectly paired with asparagus. Be careful not to bake it too long.

tangy salmon

tangy crusted salmon


From Meals That Heal Inflammation, by Julie Daniluk:  DIJON CHICKEN

This is ridiculous-delicious. Very rich and satisfying. Pair with a lightly dressed and crispy-crunchy California-style salad.

dijon chick

dijon chicken



Enjoy! And click here for Part One.

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  1. Julia

     /  March 11, 2014

    Wow! You’ve been busy! Looks so yummy and healthy!

  2. Yum! Such great inspiration. I think I’ll make the bean and pesto dish tonight.

  3. Mmmmmm. So hungry… that white bean bowl looks amazing and I can’t stop thinking about it! Must try!

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