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Warm Cannellini Salad With Prosciutto

Warm Cannellini Salad With Prosciutto. Healthy protein source and a great brown bag lunch alternative!

Warm Cannellini Salad With Prosciutto. Healthy protein source and a great brown bag lunch alternative!

Warm Cannellini Salad with prosciutto

Serves : 6       prep time: 15 minutes                     cook time: 25 minutes

I have made this recipe for parties and cooking demonstrations and it’s always a success. The prosciutto really takes the beans to new height.  Great salad for a brown bag lunch.  

4 to 6 slices prosciutto (3 to 4 oz.)

3 tablespoons Olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon snipped sage

4 cups fresh arugula, bite size or mixed greens

1 -19 oz. can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained 

1/8-teaspoon salt

1.     Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange prosciutto in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for about 25 minutes (until you become familiar with the process, keep checking on the prosciutto after 15 minutes) or when it appears crispy (do not move prosciutto during baking). Remove from oven. Crumble with hands when cool. Set aside.

2.    In a small saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook oil until it begins to brown. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice, sage, and salt, set aside.

3.    Arrange arugula on serving platter and top with beans then prosciutto. Drizzle with warm dressing. Serve immediately.

Tip: make prosciutto crispy on the stovetop by placing it in a skillet in a single layer and cook on medium heat until crispy. Remove from skillet and let cool. Crumble with hands.

Dark Leafy Greens To The Rescue

 

 Health benefits of dark leafy greens   

With today’s pace and high levels of stress, many of us suffer low energy along with assorted other maladies and health conditions. As we age, we may develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol or acid reflux. Even those with no prior weight challenges may notice an expanding waistline. 

Dark leafy greens to the rescue

This spring, make room for some dark leafy greens among your flower gardens. Dark leafy greens – including Swiss chard, dandelion greens, collard greens, arugula, turnip greens, bok choy -- yield an abundance of health benefits you won’t want your body to miss out on. These powerhouse greens offer hefty doses of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

In addition to fiber, dark leafy greens supply nutrients such as folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin E and minerals - magnesium and potassium, nutrients often in short supply in the diet of many individuals. Consuming just 1 ½ cups cooked per week contributes significantly in promoting, and maintaining good health and managing nutrition related conditions.

Here is the rundown on their function in the body and health:

Folate is abundant in  green leafy vegetables. The name folate is derived from the word foliage. A deficiency of this nutrient can result in anemia, diminished immunity, and abnormal digestive function.

Vitamin A plays a major role in eye health, cell reproduction, growth and the immune system. In leafy greens vitamin A is in the beta-carotene form, which the body converts to active vitamin A as needed.  In animal products Vitamin A is already in its active form.  

Vitamin C is often associated with citrus fruits but surprisingly leafy greens offer a substantial amount as well.  Vitamin C protects against infections, is an antioxidant, maintains collagen and helps absorb iron from food.

Vitamin K is essential for the blood clotting mechanism.  Individuals on blood thinner medication need to manage the intake of these vegetables.  

Vitamin E is an antioxidant and guards the body against free radicals that can damage lipids and lipoproteins. This can create inflammation and cell damage associated with the aging process and chronic diseases.

Magnesium has many important functions in the body. It is essential for strong bones and teeth; proper working of muscles and nerves including the heart and a strong immune system. It also works to fight inflammation.

Potassium plays a major role in maintaining fluid balance. Studies show that diets with ample potassium are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.  

Fiber content of dark leafy greens is impressive as well. They contain about 4 -5 grams of fiber per 1 cup cooked. Fiber keeps the intestinal tract healthy.

In addition to their vast array of nutrients, these dark green leafy vegetables are easy to grow and prepare. Enjoy those colorful green leaves from your garden or the supermarket shelf.  Take advantage of the nutritional contribution of these flavorful vegetables and take pride in feeding your body well.

Cooking Tip:

While many leafy greens are fabulous tossed in salads, sautéing them in olive oil, garlic, lemon, and herbs brings out a rich flavor. Check out my version of sautéed spinach with raisins and pine nuts.  Adapted from my cookbook Delicious Simplicity Recipes for Today’s Busy Life.

 Sautéed spinach with raisins and pine nuts. Easy, simple and delicious.  

 Sautéed spinach with raisins and pine nuts. Easy, simple and delicious.  

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Anna Tourkakis is a nutritionist, author and founder of Eating From Within Nutrition. She provides nutrition advisory services and healthy eating programs to companies and individuals to help clients manage health conditions and maintain healthy eating lifestyles.  Anna can be reached at anna@eatingfromwithin.com

T. 781 334-8752; www.eatingfromwithin.com  

Beans with Swiss Chard

Beans with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes. A delicious way to get more fiber in your diet.  This recipe is ideal for a wrap sandwich or tossed with whole-wheat pasta.Beans with Swiss chard and tomatoes

Beans with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes.

Serves: 2       

 1 small bunch red Swiss chard, leaves only.

1- 15 oz. can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained or home cooked

1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes 

¼ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon chopped basil

¼ teaspoon hot pepper flakes

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet. Add garlic, cook for one minute. Add Swiss chard and sauté over medium heat, 2-3 minutes.  Salt to taste. Add tomatoes and chicken broth and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add beans, basil and pepper flakes; simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to serving dish and sprinkle with Parmesan.

Tip: Kale, escarole or spinach make great substitutions for the chard.  Red and green Swiss chard can be used interchangeably.