Caprese salads are simple, delicate, and full of flavor. The vegan version of this Italian antipasto is no exception. The presentation is beautiful too, a neatly packaged tomato shell with a sprout garnish.
You can easily multiply this recipe and serve as appetizers or eat them both yourself for lunch. Either way, enjoy this simple, beautiful, and tasty salad.
Jason combines romaine lettuce, tomatoes, endive, cucumbers, carrot, red bell pepper, green onions, baby spinach, olives, and microgreens or sprouts, but you can use almost any combination of fresh organic produce you can find. Add extra crunch with hemp seeds, nuts, or sunflower seeds. Top it off with an amazingly savory dressing. Voila!
Black beans and rice have been a staple of many developing countries for generations. Recently, these have gained renewed popularity as Americanized Mexican restaurants have popped up in the United States and throughout the world. Black beans and rice are now fancied up in burritos, chimichangas, and savory salads that are more than a little tempting.
When picking out avocados at the store, pick ones that are soft enough to yield to some gentle pressure, but aren't too soft and squishy. Avocados that are overripe have brown meat, and these will be mushy to the touch. Underripe, hard avocados will ripen within a few days at room temperature; avocados should not be put in the fridge until they are ripe.
Fluffy, nutty brown rice and flavorful beans make for a delicious, vegan meal that balances complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and some potent antioxidants. This recipe will leave you full and satisfied without slowing you down. The natural fiber results in a steady supply of energy while the spices boost metabolism and improve digestion and circulation.
Fennel is grown for its thick and crunchy base. It is refreshing and slightly sweet and has a strong flavor that is similar to the taste of anise. Fennel comes from the same family as celery and parsley, the Umbelliferae family. It is made up of a white or light green bulb with loose stalks that are topped with green leaves. At the top of these leaves, flowers can grow and produce seeds. Every part of the plant is edible and nutritious.
Tomatoes also have coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid to block nitrosamines, which are cancer-causing compounds naturally formed in the body and are also the strongest carcinogenic (cancer-causing) part of tobacco smoke. Tomatoes are also high in vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, which is another way tomatoes are helpful for preventing and fighting cancer and disease.
Watercress also helps to protect against heart disease. The beta carotene in watercress is an antioxidant that has been scientifically linked to lowering rates of heart disease. The high amount of vitamin C and magnesium, also heart-healthy nutrients, contained in watercress help keep the heart strong.
The always funny and always clever Jason Wrobel takes gluten-free rice penne and whips it into a delicious artichoke basil pasta. This dish is rich in omega 3s and antioxidants like lycopene, but it's the flavor that truly shines. Hold onto your socks. This recipe is bound to knock them off.