“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

-Virginia Woolf

    Certain ingredients are needed if you wish to prepare a delicious life. If the shelves of your personal pantry are bare, replenish them with items that will ensure your happiness and joy. When you have ingredients that have reached their expiration date, discard them. Feed the body and stimulate the soul with ingredients that are fresh and lively, and will help you create your own state of fulfillment.

    When we become mired in the day- to- day routine of performing the most necessary and immediate of tasks, we often lose sight of our unique selves. It is easy to bypass the very things most essential for our own survival, when we are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else.

    Remembering to eat healthy foods, drink plenty of pure water, make exercise a priority and surround ourselves with positive influences, such as music, love and laughter, can help minimize stress and provide a sense of balance and peace.

   Eating natural, whole foods is a potent step in replenishing a stress ridden body. Dark, leafy greens and bright green vegetables can help strengthen the immune system, while internally cleaning, clarifying and detoxifying. Greens impart positive energy to the body and can help lift spirits made weary by the demands of daily life.

   Green foods such as broccoli, are a delicious source of strong, grounded energy. Introducing more green foods into the diet may help crowd out less nutritious food cravings, and support the system in a more healthy manner. Refreshing, renewing, green foods may possibly benefit the body by  purifying the blood, reducing cancer risk, improving circulation and enhancing  liver, gall bladder and kidney function.

   Live well  by tasting all the rich, satisfying flavors of preparing a delicious life.

 

Blissful Broccoli Salad

Serves 4-6

1 large head organic broccoli (washed and chopped into florets)

4-5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3-4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 cups sugar snap peas (washed and cut in half or thirds)

¾ cup golden raisins (optional)

1 tablespoons drained capers

¾ cup chopped olives (use your favorite, kalamatas are quite nice)

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh dill

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

¼ pound feta cheese or ricotta salata, crumbled

 

Fill a saucepan with enough water to cover broccoli. Bring water to a boil over medium high heat. Add broccoli and cook until tender, but still crisp, approximately 5 minutes. Should be bright green. Drain well. Place broccoli in a large bowl and toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and herbs. Toss gently. Season with a bit of salt and pepper if desired. Add sugar snap peas, capers, raisins, is using, olives and cheese. Toss again and taste. Re-season with salt and pepper if desired.

For more information on Robin Glowa, HHC, AADP, “The Conscious Cook,” go to www.theconsciouscook.net.