Healthy Recipes

For the summertime heat, we've chosen some cool recipes with ingredients that naturally Detox and are filled with wonderful nutrients. Decked-Out Water is flavored water that's more refreshing than plain tap or bottled water and is a beautiful addition to any summer dining experience. Give yourself a perk-up with a glass of your own brew - like the Apricot Mint Tea we've included this month. That chemical stuff in the can isn't for sophisticates like you! Any of our salad selections this month will be the perfect addition to summertime meals - Apple-Walnut Salad, Sweet Chickpea Salad, and Broccoli Salad.

DECKED-OUT WATER
Prep: 5 min
Chill: 1 hr.
Yield: 12 cups

1 medium cucumber
12 cups water
3 thin orange slices
3 thin lemon slices
3 fresh, thin ginger slices
3 fresh flat-leaf parsley or cilantro sprigs
6 fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed
Garnish: fresh parsley or cilantro sprigs

Cut 2 thin lengthwise slices from cucumber. Reserve remaining for another use.

Stir together cucumber slices, 12 cups water, and next 5 ingredients in a pitcher; cover and chill 1 hour. Pour over ice in glasses before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Source: Southern Living, NOVEMBER 2006

APRICOT MINT TEA
Yield: 10 servings

4 cups cold water
10 tea bags
4 cans (12-ounce size) apricot nectar
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, slightly crushed
1/4 cup raw sugar
Fresh mint (optional)
Citrus slices (optional)

In a 4-quart Dutch oven bring water to boiling; remove from heat. Add tea bags. Let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Discard and compost bags. Stir in nectar, mint, and sugar. Cover; chill 4 hours.

Pour tea through a strainer into a serving pitcher or punch bowl before serving. Pour tea over ice cubes. If desired, garnish with additional mint or citrus slices.

Source: CDKitchen.com

APPLE-WALNUT SALAD
Prep: 20 min
Bake: 10 min.
Chill: 6 hr.
Yield: 6-8 servings

1 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup lemon curd
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 Gala apples, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
2 Red Delicious apples, chopped
3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
1 cup dried fruit mix
(We like to decrease the fruit mix to 1/2 cup and add 1/4 cup dried cranberries)

Place walnuts in a single layer in a shallow pan.

Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once after 5 minutes.

Stir together mayonnaise, next 4 ingredients, and 1/2 tsp. lemon rind in a large bowl. Add apples, celery, fruit mix, and 3/4 cup walnuts; toss well. Cover and chill 6 hours. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts and 1 tsp. lemon rind.

Source: Southern Living, SEPTEMBER 2007

SWEET CHICKPEA SALAD
Chill: 1 hour
Yield: 2-4

1 can chickpeas (14 oz size) drained - also known as garbanzo beans
1 cup mango -- diced
1/2 cup chopped cucumber
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 cup red pepper -- chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley -- chopped
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Chill for one hour.

Store in a plastic container or plastic bag.

Source: CDKitchen.com

BROCCOLI SALAD
Chill: 1 hour
Yield: 6-8

4-5 heads broccoli, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 jar real bacon bits

Dressing: You may have to double depending on how large your broccoli heads are and your taste

1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
4 tsp white vinegar

Mix all ingredients together and chill for 1 hour.

Source: Shanna, a friend


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