Guest recipe from our friend Michelle Pesce at hellopalate.com
In the realm of nutritional therapy, a well-stocked pantry is key to effortless meal prep and healthier outcomes. As a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Founder of Hello Palate, let's explore a few favorite pantry items and how they come together.
SARDINES: Packed with omega-3s, protein, and vital nutrients, sardines offer convenience and nourishment. They're perfect for quick and nutritious meals. Picture a vibrant sardine and caper salad, dressed with high phenolic olive oil, seasoned with sea salt and garlic. It's a tantalizing combination of healthy fats, protein, and nutrients that will support your well-being.
HIGH PHENOLIC OLIVE OIL: High phenolic olive oil is a pantry staple for its exceptional health benefits. It contains powerful antioxidants called phenols, which have been associated with reducing inflammation, protecting against chronic diseases, and promoting heart health. Using high phenolic olive oil in cooking and as a dressing adds a rich flavor profile while providing essential healthy fats. It's an excellent choice for those seeking to enhance the nutritional value of their meals.
GARLIC: Garlic is a go-to ingredient for adding both flavor and health benefits to dishes. It contains sulfur compounds that have antimicrobial and immune-boosting properties. Garlic is known for its potential to support cardiovascular health, regulate blood pressure, and reduce cholesterol levels. As a nutritional therapist, I love using garlic in my recipes to enhance taste while supporting overall well-being.
SEA SALTS: Sea salts are an essential component of a nutritional therapist's pantry. Unlike highly processed table salt, sea salts retain trace minerals that are beneficial for the body. They provide flavor and texture to dishes while offering a more natural alternative to conventional salt. By choosing a variety of sea salts, I can customize the taste and enhance the nutrient profile of my meals.
CAPERS: Capers are small but mighty flavor bombs that bring a unique tangy taste to dishes. Besides their culinary value, capers offer health benefits too. They are rich in antioxidants and contain beneficial compounds that may support liver health, aid digestion, and provide anti-inflammatory effects. Adding capers to my recipes adds a burst of flavor while contributing to a nutrient-dense meal.
With these pantry staples on hand, I can create meals that are not only delicious but also nourishing. Today, I'll prepare a sardine and caper salad dressed with high phenolic olive oil and seasoned with sea salt and garlic. It's a perfect combination of healthy fats, protein, and nutrients that will support my clients' well-being.
So, stock your pantry wisely and savor the rewards of easy meal prep and healthier outcomes.
Bon Appetit, Michelle @hellopalate.com