Goin Seasonal Week 7: Immunity Boosting Garlic

As a member of the allium family, garlic, along with leeks and onions for example, contain high amounts of sulfur compounds. These compounds not only give garlic its potent smell, and strong flavour, but also contribute to its powerful healing properties.

Garlic is high in selenium, the heart health mineral, especially when grown in organic, mineral rich soil. It is also an excellent source of manganese, and B6, especially important for women. Believe it or not, garlic is also a rich source of Vitamin C.

 

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Benefits of Garlic

  •   Strengthens the immune system
  •   Acts as an anti microbial, anti fungal
  •   Prevents or aids in reducing symptoms of infection (urinary tract, kidney, respiratory, yeast infection)
  •   Aids in digestion
  •   Reduces and regulates blood sugar and blood pressure
  •   Detoxifies the body and aids in removal of parasites
  •   Reduces acne and other skin infections
  •   Increases circulation and body temperature
  •   Improves metabolism
  •   Acts as an anti inflammatory

How to roast garlic + Preparing an organic, free range whole roasted chicken from Dare 2 Dream Farm

Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.

Goin’ Seasonal Week 4: Heirloom Potato Salad with Caesar Dressing & Garlic Scape Pesto

Last year, I had the honour of being a part of the Dare 2 Dream Sandy Loam Produce first ever Community Support Agriculture (CSA) program in Espanola, Ontario. On a weekly basis, CSA members as well as those of you signed up for the Holistic Lacey newsletter received a flyer filled with delicious recipes, tips and nutritional facts. I have decided to share this deliciousness to inspire, educate and encourage everyone to enjoy eating locally and seasonally, and to feel the difference for yourself.

Week 4: Adirondack Red Potatoes 

Red, on the inside and out!

Adirondack Red Potatoes are an oblong, slightly flattened tuber with purplish-red skin and pink-red flesh. They are flavourful and moist and can be enjoyed boiled and roasted.

 

Colourful Potato Salad with Green Beans

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Ingredients

– 6 cups potatoes, washed and cut into 1″ chunks, skin-on

– 2 large shallots, diced, or spring onion
– 1⁄2 cup celery, diced
– 1⁄2 cup fresh parsley or dill, roughly chopped – 3 cups green beans or asparagus, trimmed,

washed and cut into 1/2″ pieces
– 1⁄4 cup fresh chives, chopped (about 20) – 3-4 Free range eggs, boiled, sliced

(optional)

For the dressing: Choose from my favourite simple dressing included last week or for a creamy version, choose my ultimate dairy free creamy cashew Caesar salad dressing.

What in the world is a garlic scape?

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I still remember the first time I saw these beautiful wispy spirals that began to grow out from my garlic plants, planted the previous fall. I immediately did some research to learn more and was amazed (and excited!) about what I could do with them in the kitchen. I will also never forget the moment I harvested it and ate it raw…weooo…hello garlic!

 

Click Here to read more about garlic scapes and how to enjoy them grilled or in hummus + a delicious Arugula Walnut Garlic Scape Pesto recipe!

For your Health….scapes can

  • oxygenate blood
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Boosts immunity; high in antioxidant glutathione
  • lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • garlic scapes, like cloves, and other alliums are known for their anti cancer qualities
  • rich in sulfur; important for health and strength of hair, nails, skin and important for synthesis of amino acids.

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing {vegan}

This is one of my favourite, can’t go without salad dressings. It is so creamy and might just be the best caesar salad dressing I have ever had. The best part is it’s homemade, which means it doesn’t include any of those preservatives or low quality oils and refined sugars found in most store bought dressings.

Next time you are going to a party, offer to make the caesar salad. No one will disagree, since it is usually loved by all. They will have no idea that it’s vegan or made with cashews.

Cashews not only give it the thick and creamy texture, but offer you  a boost of  the amino acid L-trypophan which acts as a natural anti depressant!

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photo from feedmephoebe.com

 

Creamy Cashew Caesar Salad Dressing

 

 

 

Ingredients

1.5 T capers, with liquid

2 cloves garlic (or try garlic scapes for a more mild flavour!)

2 T lemon juice

2 t dijon

1 T apple cider vinegar, preferable Bragg’s raw unfiltered

1 T light miso paste (made from soy beans, can be found at health food store or asian market)

1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours

1/2 t salt

3/4 t pepper

1/4 cup water

1/2 oil

Directions

Soak cashew for up to 3 hours. Place all ingredients, except oil, in a blender and blend until smooth. Slowly begin adding oil. Add more water if required (sometimes the dressing is too thick for the blender.) Add more or less garlic based on your preferences.

Right now I am loving this dressing with fresh, soft, kale leaves, but it is just as great with mixed greens or classical romaine.

Feel free to add croutons or parmesan. I have also been making tempeh “bacon bits” which are amazing and satisfy just as much as bacon. The latter is also an option if you can get good quality.

photo from sondibruner.com

photo from sondibruner.com

Recipe from the Detox: Creamy Sunflower Seed Dip

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I absolutely love this dip for so many reasons. It’s so easy since all you have to do is throw all the ingredients into a food processor. The dip is so creamy and makes you feel as though you are indulging in your favorite ranch and cream cheese dip..minus the dairy.

This dip is raw so it contains all the enzymes needed for digestion. It’s an easy way to include more raw food into the diet and to switch up the hummus dip typically served with veggies.

I love to eat this dip with flaxseed Foccacia, a recipe and new favorite I learned about from Healthful Pursuit’s “The Keto Beginning.”

Why was this dip included in the detox?

Raw sunflower seeds are a rich source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps the body fight off oxidative stress and free radicals. They also contain tryptophan, an enzyme that produces serotonin and relieves tension and promotes relaxation.

It contains fresh lemon juice which is very important when it comes to detoxing and alkalizing the body, and so are fresh herbs (especially parsley!)

Garlic is an important anti-bacterial which helps to strengthen the immune system, fight off infection as well as delivers important minerals like selenium and manganese…among many other health benefits.

Creamy Sunflower Seed Dip

Makes 2 cups

1 1/2 C raw sunflower seeds (soaked for at least 3 hours)

1/2 lemon, juiced

3/4 C water

1 tbsp fresh dill

1/3 C fresh basil mint

1/3 C fresh parsley

1 green onion (for garnish)

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp ground pepper

1/4 C cold pressed olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS : Put all ingredients except the olive oil in a vitamix or high powered blender.

Once the blender is running drizzle the olive oil through the opening in the lid and process until smooth. You may need to stop the blender to scrape down some of the sunflower seeds from the sides. Do that and then just run the blender for another few seconds. Refrigerate the dip for 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Post your comments below once you try it!