Yesterday morning I introduced these recipes for CBC's Weekend Morning Show with Host Terry MacLeod. These are easy and delicious foods that have the added benefits of helping, and not harming you. They help with inflammation. Allium foods, such as onions, garlic, leeks, etc., are top of the list of anti-inflammatory foods. Others include turmeric, cloves, pineapple, and high antioxidant foods such as beets, blueberries, saskatoons, etc.
1. Grilled Pineapple Salsa
1 pineapple, cored then grilled, then chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, roasted whole over grill then chopped
1 ear corn, roasted or 1 cup pan fried
1/2 cup cooked black beans
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground chipotle peppers
1/2 cup chopped or pureed tomatoes
salt, to taste
2 tbs brown sugar
2-4 tbs vinegar
drizzle olive oil
3 tbs fresh chopped mint
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate and enjoy with tortillas or in your favourite dish. Try with fish tacos. Excellent local corn tortillas are available at Dino's Grocery Mart on Notre Dame.
2. Beet Chips (you might want to use gloves)
1-3 beets (try red, white, chiogga, golden, etc.)
Sea salt, to tastes.
Olive oil, to coat
Preheat oven to 400F. Thinly slice beets with a mandolin (USE GUARD!), or with a food processor. Place beets in a bowl of cold water and soak for about an hour. Drain well on paper towels. Lay chips on a Silpat or parchment paper on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over chips and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
Bake until starting to crisp up, about 15 minutes, checking. Cool or place chips in a bowl and toss with salt. Alternatively, you can fry in small batches in sunflower or canola oil.