Creating a great recipe is both an art and a science. The creative blend of ingredients should have flavor to satisfy your taste buds and purpose to nourish your body.
There are certain foods and spices that go very well together and others that should not be combined and not just because of taste. Our digestive tract is designed to absorb specific nutrients together and others separately. Following the rules of absorption and digestion makes a happy, healthy gut; not following, creates the gut issue.
Our Signature Plans offer you the foods to combine, the reasons why, and the recipes to follow for optimum nutrient absorption and gut digestive health.
Here is one of our many recipes from the plan that not only combines select vegetables and spices well but feeds your thyroid the selenium it needs for a lifetime of health.
Nuts for Pesto
- 1 Head of Broccoli and 1 Head of Cauliflower
- 1/2 Cup Parsley, coarsely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Basil Leaves, chopped
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary
- 1 Garlic Clove, chopped
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon zest, finely grated
- 1/4 Cup Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped
- 6 Tablespoons Olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Take cleaned broccoli and cauliflower heads and cut into small florets, stems discarded. In a food processor combine the parsley, basil, rosemary, garlic, water, lemon zest, and Brazil nuts and pulse to a coarse paste. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the Parmesan and process to a slightly smooth paste; season with salt and pepper. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the florets with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and spread in an even layer. Roast the broccoli and cauliflower in the center of the oven for about 10 minutes or until the florets are browned and crisp-tender. Transfer to a platter, drizzle the pesto on top, and serve. This dish is great as a snack or a side at lunch or dinner. Makes 4 servings.
Pro-Tip: Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium. A one ounce serving of Brazil nuts (4-6) gives you 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber; as well as, a good amount of selenium, potassium, magnesium, riboflavin, copper, zinc, and vitamin E. The selenium in Brazil nuts will offer you a lifetime of good thyroid health; just one serving in a day a few times a week is enough.