I am having a blast working my way through this cookbook. I get excited every time I sit down to read it. The nutritional information that Colleen has put into the book is very enlightening.
I mentioned to you guys before that she explains why particular ingredients in each of the color groups are healthy. I have learned so much. Did you know that………Quercetin, found in the skins of apples and red onions, have anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and anticancer properties?
As promised, here are some of the RED recipes that caught my eye that I wanted to share with you!…
Seared Tempeh with Cherry Balsamic Reduction Sauce:
I served this over a bed of steamed greens. It was delicious. For my family of five I will double it next time. The tempeh, which usually is not that popular with the kids, was rationed out!
This was the perfect summertime treat. In fact, I managed to hide a dish of it in the freezer for late-night indulgences!
Cajun Red Beans and Rice:
I ad-libbed a little with this one. My big guy asked if he could try a yellow bell pepper this time instead of me buying a green one. So, of course, I obliged. (I love when they want to try something new)! I also forgot to soak my bag of dried kidney beans, so I popped open the one can of kidney beans I had and a can of pintos. The kids asked if I could make this EVERY day. Hubby liked it, too. Reminded me of my earlier days in the Dirty South. 🙂
Served up with corn-on-the-cob and a side salad:
You guys know I am not a huge beet fan, but this soup revealed to me I CAN, in fact, eat them. I could probably eat my other nemesis, pickles, if they were served with lentils, too. A couple variations I made to my pot of soup was brown lentils (the store did not carry red), dark brown/almost red miso ($6 and half the price of the dark red variety at the health food store) and I omitted the dill (since I’m not a big fan).
“Rule of life #100: Red is the very best color for absolutely positively everything.” – Olivia
And just for fun, here’s a few pics of some of my fave red things: