Thursday, January 27, 2011

Winter Greens Salad with Sugared Walnuts, Crispy Pears and Pomegranate

For Christmas my mother-in-law gave me the cookbook, Clean Food by Terry Walters.  I haven't read it page-for-page, but I've read enough to know it is chocked full of good information and ingredients. In the introduction, she illustrates how processing food changes its nutritional value using oats as the example listing the foods from least processed to most processed and most  nutritious to  least nutritious, respectively.

Most Nutritious: Whole Wheat Groats--Steel Cut Oats--Rolled Oats--Quick Cooking Oat--Instant Oatmeal--Cold Cereal :Least Nutritious.  She also, in Michael Pollan style, gives some food rules to eating healthy (pg. 7):
All the Colors of the Rainbow
All Five Tastes
A Varied Diet
Locally Grown, Seasonal Foods
Enjoy Your Food and Mealtime

Throughout the introduction, she discusses which foods have the highest nutritional value and presents an interesting section on journaling what one eats in an attempt to see how the food one consumes affects energy levels and how one feels during different times of the day.

I've made a few of the recipes, but especially like the
Winter Greens Salad with Sugared Walnuts, Crispy Pears and Pomegranate
Though the recipe doesn't call for Blue Cheese definitely add some Blue Cheese, Stilton or Gorgonzola!

Even if you are not into "health food" so to speak, this is a really good salad!  Let me know what you think if you end up trying it!

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