Orange Pistachio Quinoa

Quinoa is its own little ecosystem, containing all of the essential amino acids that we must obtain through the diet. Put another way, quinoa brings some good nutrients to the table that the body needs to begin repairing itself. Its mild taste makes it a perfect backdrop for this nicely layered crunchy/chewy portable dish, in which olive oil, citrus, vitamin-rich pistachios, and raisins dance delightfully on the taste buds, and herbs (mint, cumin, and coriander) provide a huge hit of taste and anticancer nutrients.

SERVES: 6
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes

1⁄2 cup raw pistachios
1 1⁄2 cups quinoa
2 1⁄2 cups Magic Mineral Broth (page 49) or water
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon coriander
1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1⁄2 cup chopped fresh mint
2 scallions, both green and white parts, finely chopped
1⁄8 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
1 1⁄2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1⁄2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1⁄2 cup raisins


Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Spread the pistachios in an even layer on a sheet pan and bake for 7 to 10 minutes, until aromatic and slightly browned. Let cool.

Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse well under cold running water to remove all the resin.

In a pot, bring the broth and 1 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add the quinoa and cover. Decrease the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer from the heat and fluff with a fork. Spread mixture out on a sheet pan and “rake” with a fork occasionally until cooled.

Transfer the quinoa from the sheet pan to a large bowl. Stir in the cumin, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add the mint, scallions, orange juice, orange zest, olive oil, lemon juice, toasted pistachios, and raisins. Mix well and taste; you may need a pinch of salt, a squeeze of lemon, or a dash of olive oil.

VARIATION: Make this a meal in a bowl by adding 1 cup of cooked chickpeas when you stir everything together.

COOK’S NOTES: Rinse, rinse, and rinse again! Quinoa is naturally coated with a bitter-tasting resin. To get rid of the resin, put the grain in a bowl of cool water, swish it around with your hand, then drain it in a fine-mesh sieve.

Quinoa is gluten free, which makes sense when you consider that botanically, it isn’t a grain at all; it’s more closely related to beets.
STORAGE: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days.
PER SERVING: Calories: 265; Total Fat: 10.3 g (1.3 g saturated, 5.9 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 40 g; Protein: 7 g; Fiber: 6 g; Sodium: 435 mg

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Turmeric and Cinnamon Masala Chai

Isn’t your mouth watering already? Talk about an alluring recipe. Masala is Indian for a spice blend, most notably those used in teas (aka chai). This incredibly comforting libation heals both body and mind; the spices, notably turmeric and cinnamon, have outstanding anti-inflammatory properties. I recommend this chai to anyone whose appetite is waning or who finds him-or herself with a touch of indigestion. Added bonus: the almond milk, besides tasting great, is perfect for those of us who are lactose intolerant.

SERVES: 1
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: 10 minutes

1 ounce water
8 ounces almond milk
1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄3 cup peeled fresh ginger, sliced 1⁄4-inch thick
Pinch of black pepper
2 teaspoons dark amber maple syrup 

In a small saucepan, combine the water, almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Allow the chai to gently cook over medium low heat for 2 minutes, or until small bubbles start to appear. Cover, and simmer for another 3 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the maple syrup, and allow the chai to sit for 5 minutes, then pour into a cup.

STORAGE: Drink immediately

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Cashew Cream

You know that old Sesame Street song that goes, “One of these things is not like the others . . .”? Put a cashew next to butter and margarine and you’ll probably think, “Hey, I know which one of these doesn’t belong.” Think again. By using nut creams—in this case pulverized cashews—I’ve pleased many a client who swears by butter but wants to go dairy free. Not only is the cashew taste fulfilling and delightful, but nuts are far better for you than any store-bought buttery spread made from corn oil.

MAKES: about 3 1⁄2 cups
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
COOK TIME: Not applicable

2 cups raw cashews
2 cups water
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice or orange juice
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Grind the cashews in a mini food processor or nut grinder to give them a head start in the blender. (If you have a Vitamix, you can skip this step.) Put the water in a blender, then add the lemon juice, salt, nutmeg, and cashews and blend until creamy smooth. This takes several minutes, but your taste buds will reap the rewards of your patience.

Bella’s Carrot, Orange, and Fennel Soup

SERVES: 6
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 35 minutes

Here’s where a cook learns to ad lib. For years, I’ve made carrot ginger soup for my cancer patients when their tummies are a little off. One day, I came home to find my husband, Gregg, in a similar state; he felt a little foo in the belly, but nonetheless hungry. I went to the pantry to whip up some soup, only to find there was no ginger to be had. But there was fennel. “Fennel is good for the stomach,” thought I, and into the pot it went. Gregg soon sat down, took one taste, and started raving. A few weeks and tweaks later, I found that adding cumin, cinnamon, and allspice really brought this soup home. I named this recipe after my dog, Bella, because she’s quite possibly the only dog on the planet who prefers carrots to bacon; for every four carrots that went into making this soup, one went into Bella’s mouth. Otherwise she howled. (Sigh.)

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 cup chopped fennel
Sea salt
3 pounds carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 teaspoon orange zest
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
Pinch of red pepper flakes
8 cups Magic Mineral Broth (page 49)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoon maple syrup
Cashew Cream, for garnish

Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion, fennel, and a pinch of salt and sauté until golden, about 4 minutes. Stir in the carrots, orange zest, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, red pepper flakes, and 1⁄4 teaspoon of salt and sauté until well combined. Pour in 1⁄2 cup of the broth and cook until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the remaining 71⁄2 cups broth and another 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and cook until the carrots are tender, about 20 minutes.

In a blender, puree the soup in batches until very smooth, each time adding the cooking liquid first and then the carrot mixture. If need be, add additional liquid to reach the desired thickness.

Return the soup to the pot over low heat, stir in the orange juice, lemon juice, maple syrup, and a pinch of salt, and gently reheat slowly. Taste. Does it need a squeeze of lemon, a pinch or two of salt, or a drizzle of maple syrup?

Serve garnished with a drizzle of the Cashew Cream.

COOK’S NOTE: Put liquid ingredients in the blender first, and then add the solids to blend more efficiently. The pressure builds up when blending hot liquids and can blow the lid right off the blender chamber, so always place a dishtowel over the blender lid before you hit the power button to prevent spin art on your kitchen wall (and possibly burns).

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Roasted Ginger Salmon

WITH POMEGRANATE OLIVE MINT SALSA

MAKES 4 SERVINGS • PREP TIME: 10 minutes plus 20 minutes to marinate • COOK TIME: 15 minutes

All I can say is get out your camera, cause when you make this dish, you’re going to want to take a
picture of it before you serve it. It’s just that pretty, with the peach of the salmon, the ruby red jewels
of the pomegranate seeds, the vibrant green of the parsley. The taste is no less sensational, the citrus
and herbs playing wonderfully off the salmon’s healthy blend of omega-3 rich fats. This one will
energize all your senses.

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 orange
Zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely minced fresh ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, pinbones removed
Sea salt
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup Pomegranate Olive Mint Salsa

In a small bowl or glass measuring cup, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, orange zest, lemon zest, olive oil, ginger, and cayenne. Place the salmon in a baking dish and season each piece with a pinch of salt. Pour half of the marinade over the salmon and turn to coat well. Cover the baking dish and marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Remove the salmon from the refrigerator, uncover, and add 2 tablespoons of water to the dish. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, just until tender and opaque and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the fillet registers 120°F.

While the salmon is cooking, combine the reserved marinade and the mustard in a small saucepan over medium heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Pour the reduction over the fillets. Spoon 1/4 cup of the relish on top of each fillet, and serve immediately.

COOK’S NOTE: Like Goldilocks and the three bears, fish has to be just right. Too much time in the oven or on the grill leaves your fish too dry. Too little time and you will have raw fish. As with many other proteins, fish continues to cook for several minutes after you take it off the heat. This is called carryover cooking. Let an instantread thermometer be your guide and pull your fish away from the heat at 120°F. By the time you’re ready to serve it, your fish will be perfect.