Baked Honey Ginger Shrimp and Raw Asian Salad

Eating healthy can be delicious and this recipe will make you a believer.  Enjoying spicy ethnic food with friends is one of life’s joys and this dish has a nice kick.  Eating whole foods, free of chemicals is important to living a healthy vibrant life.  When we cook at home, we know exactly what is going into our meals and that our food is promoting our well-being.

The ingredients in this tasty meal are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Cabbage and ginger aid the body in the digestive process while the lime promotes weight loss, cleanses the blood and improves the absorption of minerals.  This recipe gives you a healthy dose of garlic to help rid the body of toxins.  Shrimp is full of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc and copper which supports a healthy body.  The ginger is an anti-inflammatory food that soothes the gastrointestinal system and gives the dish zest.

Baked Honey Ginger Shrimp and Raw Asian Salad

Serves 4
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Baked Panko Shrimp
16 ounces medium sized wild caught shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 eggs
2 cups Panko*
salt & pepper

Honey Ginger Glaze
1/2 cup raw honey
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos
2 tablespoons Sriracha
2 green onions, thinly sliced

Baked Honey Ginger Shrimp and Raw Asian Salad

Raw Asian Salad

1/2 a small head of purple cabbage, grated
1 small bunch of kale, chopped
2 medium carrots, julienned
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red pepper, thinly sliced

Ginger Acocado Dressing
1/2 cup avocado oil
2 limes, juiced
1 tablespoon ginger, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons ground mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced

Garnish: 3 tablespoon sesame seeds

Baked Honey Ginger Shrimp and Raw Asian SaladMethod:

Preheat the oven to 400 ºF

Season room temperature shrimp with salt and pepper.   In a small bowl beat the eggs.  In a second small bowl place 2 cups of Panko. Dip shrimp into the eggs and then into Panko. Coat the shrimp by pressing the Panko onto the shrimp.  Place shrimp on a baking sheet.  Cook for 20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.

While the shrimp bakes, combine salad ingredients together in a large bowl.  Whisk together dressing ingredients.  Drizzle dressing over the salad and toss to combine.  Garnish with sesame seeds.  Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, combine the glaze ingredients and warm on low heat.  When the shrimp are done baking, toss them in a large bowl with the glaze until evenly coated.  Garnish with sesame seeds.  Serve immediately.

Baked Honey Ginger Shrimp and Raw Asian Salad

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumbs.  They can be found at the grocery store in the ethnic food isle.  Panko comes in gluten-free varies for those that are gluten intolerant.

**Always use organic ingredients when possible.  Choose wild caught fish over farm raised varieties.

 

Start A Food Revolution

Start a food revolution in your community. On May 15, 2015 Jamie Oliver is bringing awareness to his global campaign to put food education back in our schools and educate children on food in a fun way. There are many ways in which we can get involved.

Start A Food Revolution

1. CLICK HERE to sign the petition to get food education back on the school curriculum. 

2. You can get involved with a local school to get kids cooking. Jamie is filming an online cooking lesson, available to schools. Sign up your local school to get the video and get cooking on May 15th.

3. You can become an ambassador! Ambassadors are the spark of enthusiasm that can turn this into a local movement by connecting the dots of support. The Food Revolution aims to give those who have been working tirelessly a platform to share their knowledge with the local community and open up opportunities for even more people to learn about real food through participation. If you would like to become an ambassador, please sign up here.

4. Plant a garden at home to teach your children where food comes from, how to cultivate the land and make food prep fun. Here are some tips on how to start a vegetable garden.

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3 Cheese Grilled Avocado Pesto Melt

A light and delicious sandwich that will have the whole family asking for seconds. Great for meat lovers or leave off the turkey for the vegetarians in your life.

What You’ll Need:

Avocado Pesto
1 avocado
1 bunch fresh basil
1/3 cup Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
2 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Sandwich
whole grain bread
sliced turkey (optional)
spinach
avocado
crumbled goat cheese
Swiss cheese slices
butter

 

What You’ll Do:

In a food processor or blender combine all avocado pesto ingredients. Pulse until smooth. Set aside.

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Butter one side of a slice of bread. On the other side of the bread spread a generous amount of the creamy avocado pesto. Place one slice of Swiss cheese on top of the pesto. Add the goat cheese crumble. Layer on the sliced turkey and avocado. Place another slice of Swiss cheese on top and a bed of spinach. On the top piece of bread butter one side and spread the avocado pesto on the other side.

3 Cheese Grilled Avocado Pesto Melt

3 Cheese Grilled Avocado Pesto Melt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grill over medium-high heat until golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

Stephanie Weeks

How To Start A Vegetable Garden

Growing up with a backyard garden and frequenting farmers markets on a weekly basis was one of the best things my parents ever did for me. They taught me a useful skill when they showed me how to start a vegetable garden. From a young age I knew where my food was coming from, how to cultivate the land and a great deal of patience. Not all of us have a green thumb; however, starting your own garden may be easier than you think.

It is important to know that in 1946, over 50% of the produce consumed in America was from our own backyards. Today, more and more of our food is shipped to our grocery stores from thousands of miles away. The worst part is that in order for the food not to spoil, it must be picked before it is ripe. A tomato that is picked before it is ripe is missing 400 micronutrients as compared to a vine reopened tomato. This is one reason we are the most over fed and undernourished country in the world. Today, our food is lacking essential nutrition. Learning how to start a vegetable garden could dramatically impact the health of your family and the nation.

How To Start A Vegetable Garden

Start small. Even if you live in an apartment, you can grow some of your own food. When looking at how to start a vegetable garden, begin by planting a variety of herbs in a windowsill or grow a tomato plant in a planter on your deck. I guarantee that you will be able to tell the difference in the flavor of food you grow versus the items you buy in the store. If organic or heirloom seeds are used along with organic practices, you will be consuming the freshest, most nutrient dense and chemical free foods. Plus, growing your own food will dramatically reduce your grocery bill each month.

A key to success in learning how to start a vegetable garden is watering the plants properly. When planting your garden if the soil can be rolled into a ball, the soil is to moist for planting. If the dirt crumbles through your fingers it is ready for planting. When planting seeds bury them only as deep as their diameter. When you water your plants, the water should not pool on top of the soil. A good rule of thumb is to water for two seconds and then assess if more water is needed. Containers dry out faster than plants in the ground. Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the container you are using so that if you happen to over water the soil can naturally drain. Be sure to water daily in the summer time. The soil should be moist to the touch but not muddy.

Another option to explore is the mini-farm grow boxes Mike Adams of Natural News invented. The Health Ranger has designed a small portable box that makes it easy for the gardening novice to start producing food in their home. The best part is that he shows us how to inexpensively make the mini-farm grow boxes ourselves. These food boxes do not require electricity and many of the items used to make the grow boxes can be found around your house. These food boxes take the guess work out of watering your plants, it comes with a nutrition guide and nutrient packets to produce highly nutritious foods for your family. For more information on these mini-grow boxes, visit FoodRising.org

If you are planting a garden outside the Farmers Almanac has a great resource that outlines the best planting dates for seeds. You can find that resource here.  It’s time to start putting these tips of how to start a vegetable garden to use. As your veggies begin to sprout and you prepare wonderful homemade meals with the family, be sure to share your stories and photographs with us!

Here is a picture of me and my mom getting ready to plant our garden.

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