1 seeded and diced cucumber (cut as explained in ­directions)
7 cups romaine lettuce
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 cup thinly sliced radishes
¼ cup shredded raw sweet potato
¼ cup shredded raw beet
¼ cup green onion, thinly sliced

Ingredients for dressing:

2 tablespoons rice or white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon sesame oil
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¹⁄8 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

1. Cut cucumber into four strips (so that each is in the shape of a dill pickle spear); remove seeds. Dice cucumber strips.

2. Combine the cucumber, lettuce, orange sections, radishes, sweet potato, beet, and green onion in a large bowl.

3. In a smaller bowl, mix vinegar, orange juice, sesame oil, sea salt, and black pepper. Whisk until blended. Pour over salad, tossing gently to coat. Serve immediately.

Recipe tip:

If you prefer fruit to raw sweet potato and beet, you can add diced kiwi, strawberries, and/or blueberries instead.

 

Tuna Zest
Serves 1–2

Ingredients:

1 can white Albacore tuna in water, drained
½ avocado, smashed
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice, or to taste
Pepper, to taste
¼ cup fresh basil (optional)

Directions:

Mix all ingredients. Eat as is or serve on a slice of whole-grain bread or over a bed of lettuce or spinach.

Recipe tip:

You can also enjoy this tuna dish with whole-grain or gluten-free rice crackers. Served this way, it makes a great dish for your kids!

 

Apple Cinnamon Chicken and Rice
Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Freshly squeezed or bottled lemon juice (optional)
1 tablespoon raw sugar or honey
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
Dash cinnamon
Salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Prepare brown rice according to package directions.

3. Warm oil in skillet over medium heat. Add chicken breasts, browning lightly on both sides. (If desired, squeeze lemon juice over chicken as it browns for extra flavor.)

4. Mix the honey into the unsweetened applesauce. Place the browned chicken in a casserole dish, and top evenly with the applesauce and cinnamon. Add pinch of salt and pepper to taste; cover and bake for 35 minutes.

5. Serve with steamed brown rice.

Recipe tip:

This makes a great dinner for the whole family. If you don’t want the chicken to be sweet, simply omit the raw sugar or honey.

 

Taste of Truth

You will never regret making time to renew your strength.

 

*This except first published 1/8/2013