Real Food Mama

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A delicious summer salad August 3, 2009

Filed under: Recipe — realfoodmama @ 2:58 pm
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I love summer – there are so many fresh fruits and vegetables to cook with and so many new recipes to try. The only bad thing about summer cooking is the heat! There is nothing worse than trying to make bread on a ninety-five degree day, or slaving over a hot stove for 45 minutes while creating a dinner for four.

And while fresh salad greens are great, I don’t always like a raw dish. As someone who was trained in Chinese Medical nutrition, I was taught that raw, cold foods are difficult to digest and as a result can put too much stress on your health! So in order to eat them in moderation, I frequently make warm salads containing cooked ingredients. They provide the same light, refreshing flavors as fresh greens, but without the added pressure on your digestive health. Here is my new favorite combination –

    6-8 oz Crimini mushrooms, thickly sliced
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    4 – 6 oz pepperoni or other italian dry sausage like salami, sliced and diced
    marinated artichoke hearts – 6 quarters diced coarsely
    approx. 1/4 c cooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed (garbanzo beans would make a great substitution)

Saute the mushrooms in the olive oil until they soften and start to brown
Move to the serving bowl and add the pepperoni and artichoke hearts
Warm the beans in the same skillet and add to the other ingredients

Happy Eating!


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