Throw in a 60 second salad and you’re in business.
I love Toronto’s Summer farmers markets; with their incredible bounty of fresh and local produce. But when I’m too busy to hustle to the market, or just want the convenience of having my lovely produce delivered, I turn to the awesome selection at RealFoodToronto.com The beets this year, with their luscious tops, are truly beautiful and delicious and I’m on a bit of a beet kick this month. I love the versatility of beets. In the winter they’re an excellent addition to hearty soups and stews, while during the warmer months, they’re wonderfully refreshing to enjoy in salads (both raw and cooked). Beets are packed with incredible nutrients, being an excellent source of folate, a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper as well as a good source of dietary fibre.
According to whfoods.com, beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. The two best-studied betalains from beets are betanin and vulgaxanthin, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione. Betalain pigments are found in other foods (like the stems of chard and rhubarb), but the concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets provides a much greater opportunity for these health benefits. Continue reading
We always have leftover chicken around, either from roasting whole chickens or poaching them for quick delicious broths. This recipe for Lemon Dill Chicken Salad is great way to get extra veggies in your meal and lemon juice gives it a lovely fresh zing!
This recipe was cheerfully created for RealFoodToronto.com and foodies like you!
Katherine Mossop is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner in Toronto with a passion for helping others enjoy real food in a processed world. Whether it’s helping others with challenges in autoimmune disease, mental health, digestion and gut healing and even weight loss, she is dedicated to educating and guiding others to find their own path of health and vitality by emphasizing real whole foods.
Mike has prepared meals for many A-list celebrities including; Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Bruce Willis, and Nicole Kidman. He has cooked in some of Sydney and Toronto’s most acclaimed restaurants (Zigolini’s and The Basement in Australia, Prego Della Piazza and Shark City in Toronto). He has also owned and operated small boutique catering companies over the years. He developed catering firms to offer clients and in-home cook-and-learn experience allowing foodies to cook along and eat their creations.
Mike also appears on-camera and contributes to several magazines and online outlets in his capacity as an ever-hungry chef-at-large.
Whether it be a quiet night at home teaching his 2 daughters how to use the “grown up” knifes, in a foreign country directing a cooking series, or flying his beloved 2-seater aerobatic aircraft, Mikes insatiable appetite for food and adventure continues to drive him to explore and create.
A real fave of mine, crazy simple celebration of the season. Looks like heaven, tastes like a dream. Continue reading