Parsley pesto will make any ordinary green salad divine. By combining the joys of a herb, with nuts or seeds, olive oil and Parmesan cheese you can make the most extraordinary appetizer.
Best of all, once you have the ingredients, it will take you only five minutes to put this party winner together.
Commercial salad dressings are loaded with solvent extracted polyunsaturate oils, preservatives and flavour enhancers; bad stuff from beginning to end.
The only bad news is that it doesn't keep. Make it, enjoy your salad, and finish what's left on a slice of bread tomorrow for lunch. You could freeze it, but it'll get lost.
My most favourite pesto is with sweet basil, but we add parsley to everything. Or, combine them together in one dressing for your greens.
Let's be honest, getting nine coloured foods down every day can be a trifle difficult. But by using delicious, imaginatively made dressings you can enjoy half a dozen of those anti cancer phytochemicals in one salad.
Personally, I refuse to count. Food is a joy to me, and to worry about whether I have enough cups of this, grams of that, calories, and so on, is soul destroying. Throw in the spinach, make a salad with as many greens as you can, with parsley pesto, of course, enjoy a bowl of mixed fruits, or a morning cocktail of orange, grapefruit, lime and mandarin.
Yes, it takes a bit of time, but a lot less than you may be spending in the future caring for the ravages of the dreaded big C. I was shocked this week when a woman told me that her oncologist said it's no longer a matter of if you will get cancer, but when you contract the dreaded lurgy.
For heavens sake, forget weighing and measuring, just get on and enjoy your food. And don't buy anything from the supermarket that your grandmother wouldn't recognise as food.
Parsley pesto asks who inferred that healthy choice foods can't be delicious?
So, here are the ingredients. Mix and match according to your own taste buds. A recipe is after all only the basis for your creative cooking self. Look at it as a first lesson at the easel with a master, and then go on and be your own gourmet chef. Really, it's not difficult, if you're not afraid to experiment and screw up occasionally.
Use only fresh greens, now. None of that bottled garlic or broth cubes, please.
Okay, so you did have to measure out a few of the ingredients. Once you've done it a few times, you'll soon find you can just throw in a couple handfuls of this, and good slosh of that, and so on.
Freeze your parsley pesto so that it can be used immediately in any soup you are making.
Whatever is left at the end of the meal, pour into ice cubes, filling only half way as it expands. Once frozen, pop them out and into a zip lock bag. Add them to any soup or stew that you are making, near the end to preserve the delicate parsley pesto flavour. It doesn't need cooking.
Chicken bones broth is entirely natural and devoid of chemicals; well, if you have organic chickens; it's perfect for any soup with added parsley pesto for flavouring.
Put on your glasses and actually read what's in that little cube of broth that you can buy at the supermarket. You'll be shocked, or should be; it's loaded with chemicals, so called safe, but in my book one of the main reasons that almost everybody seems to be getting cancer and diverse autoimmune diseases these days.
Make your own; it's a piece of cake. Start by keeping all the chicken bones from the carcass, next time you have a roast, and freeze them. Mutton, or pork bones are good too.
When you have a good pile, then boil them for half an hour, or better still pressure cook for ten minutes. Follow the very simple instructions at chicken bones broth.
Sweet basil and parsley contain an essential oil called eugenol that is a cox inhibitor. That means they are anti inflammatory. You can read more about it at early symptoms of arthritis. Protect your body against pain by regularly enjoying parsley pesto, and a few sprigs of basil on your salad.
Then there are a host of vitamins. Do you bruise easily? Parsley is the richest vegetable source of vitamin K. Parsley benefits abound.
Nothing much needs to be added about the ingredients. Perhaps you didn't know that olive oil has proven anti inflammatory properties. Most of us more than a few aches and pains. Don't take anti inflammatory drugs, eat these anti inflammatory foods every day; they won't give you a hole in the stomach like brufin does. Did you know that some twelve thousand people actually die every year in the USA from an abdominal bleed, directly caused by NSAIDs? Add to that the cardiovascular disease they cause and you have a host of iatrogenic disease.
Anti inflammatory foods like parsley pesto, daily in your diet, are the secret to better health.
Seven colours make up the rainbow; the green in parsley pesto is the most common.
Nutritionists followed a large group of people who ate, on average, eight and half coloured foods per day for twenty years. They had a 35% lower all cause of death. That's massive.
Don't count your colours, don't become a health nut neurotic, just enjoy your them at every opportunity. Eggs Florentine for breakfast, Helen's fifteen euro salad for lunch, and roasted butternut squash for supper? Throw in prunes or beetroot for quick constipation relief, and a bunch of grapes and you're more than home and dry.
It's time to change from black and white to the rainbow of coloured foods; perhaps start with parsley pesto. It's so easy to make and is so delicious.
Healthy choice foods give you a excellent chance of avoiding bucket loads of pills every day. Rather, let your food be your medicine. A green salad with this parsley pesto gives your body the best possible protection against degenerative disease.
It's rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, the two carotenes that prevent macular degeneration too. Five million Americans are needlessly blind because they won't eat their greens.
Add an ear of corn in season, or a boiled egg for the zeaxanthin; then you get the benefit of more choline too.
After a condiment like sweet basil or parsley pesto; homemade hummus is my favourite with a salad.
Both raw and cooked greens are important in our diet too. This salad for lunch with hummus and feta for protein, and olive oil for fat, and an easy, delicious sourdough bread on the side, spread with butter and gooseberry jam recipe, make a meal fit for a king.
We either choose to eat crap and then, astonished, create when we feel so poorly; or we can select only from the healthy choice foods to feed the family and enjoy abundant energy.
Incidentally, nothing makes a more piquant and tasty sandwich than bread and butter, and a thin slice of cheddar smeared with parsley pesto.
With the aid of a bread machine, it takes me less than five minutes every morning. Using the site search function, you can find my favourite sourdough bread; it's much easier on the tum.
One hundred percent whole wheat is a rich source of choline, along with eggs.
Incidentally, to lower the GI of any starch, just add fat and protein to it.
I hope you understand the term glycemic index; it's the secret to low stress, easy weight loss.
Understanding carbohydrate count chart and glycemic index is the way to go.
Not that weight loss is ever easy. Retraining your tongue to get you off refined starches and sugar isn't going to be easy. Less painful than all the degenerative diseases afflicting Western society, mind you.
It's important to enjoy healthy choice foods if we want to remain healthy and out of the clutches of doctors, but there lurks a fanaticism called orthorrhexia that lurks in the wings; Bernard Preston calls it health nut neurosis.