Fiddlehead Fern and Artichoke Freekah Salad

 

Freekeh salad with fiddlehead ferns and artichokes~ astackofdishes.comBehold- the latest ancient grain to start popping up on menus- Freekeh. For those who are not in love with the texture of quinoa, you may have found something to get excited about. Freekeh has a similar consistency to wheat berries, but a slightly less chewy texture- and a delicious taste.

Compared to brown rice and quinoa- a half cup serving of Freekeh has slightly less calories, more than twice the fiber (6 grams!)  is high in protein and also offers calcium and iron. It’s also rich in lutein, which is important for eye health, and it falls into the low GI category. The glycemic index is only 43, compared to 83 for rice- making it an excellent grain for moderating blood glucose levels.

I had been hearing a lot about this new grain on the block from some of my dietitian friends, so I was excited to receive a sample from Freekehlicious (who has not compensated me, nor asked for this post).

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The grains have an interesting greenish color, which I found to be very beautiful. They cooked up easily and have great body and texture to them. For those dieting it can offer that nice chewy bite that makes you feel like you’re eating something substantial and tricks your mind into being more satiated. 

Now that we’re finally into Spring, the thought of hearty grains is less appealing, so I made a light and tangy dressing and piled on some herbs to give it a bright taste. [Read more…]

Chili Crab Salad on Watermelon Carpaccio #Sunday Supper

crab salad- A Stack of Dishes.com

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! It’s Mexican Fiesta time- one of my favorite holidays.

As much as I love enchiladas and nachos- after awhile all that cheese, beans and fried corn can be a bit heavy. This is a light crab salad with a nice chili punch so you don’t feel like you’re missing out on any fireworks.

Ole!

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King Mushroom Salad: Brown Butter and Crisp Sage Dressing

Brown Butter Sage Mushroom Salad ~ A Stack of Dishes.comJust in time for National Salad Day: As promised, this is Part II  of my ingredient expedition adventure. The “find”- Pleurotus eryngii- better known as King Mushrooms, French Horn, King Oyster, Boletus of the Steppes or Trumpet Royale. They are from the Oyster mushroom family, or otherwise known as pluerotes. 

Mushrooms are often the accent of the salad, or a null addendum to a bright flavor base. These regal beauties have enough oomph to stand up on their own, and you’ll want to let them. So gorgeous and plump- they command attention. They also have a hearty shelf life, so if you find them, you can stock up a week of treats and they’ll hold up fine.

The flavor is fairly neutral which makes them a great platform for any handling. Sliced as planks their sturdiness also makes them great for grilling.

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