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Veggies
If you have not seen this, here is a list of “super foods”.  Majority of them are easy to find and can be combined, very simply, into excellent dishes for dinner.  Below is a simple dinner I came up with a few weeks ago.

“41 Superfoods, Ranked by how Healthy They Are” – by Alice Park

Here is a good recipe using 3 superfoods on the list:
Pasta (or Farro) with Red Pepper, Spinach, and Watercress
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Cook 1 lb of favorite pasta until al dente, I prefer Rigatoni
Save some of the pasta water
Drain pasta, and set aside
For an even healthier option: Substitute pasta with Farro (see recipe for farro below)
– Chop 1 large shallot, 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic
– Cut 1 red pepper into small strips
– Heat large pot, medium heat – add olive oil and garlic
– Then add shallot, onion, and red pepper
– Cook until start to turn translucent
– Add cooked pasta to the shallot, garlic, onion, and red pepper (medium-medium high heat) and mix
– Then add pesto  (whatever kind you prefer – I like homemade, hand chopped fresh basil, garlic, Locatelli Pecorino  Romano cheese, pine nuts, and olive oil)
– Salt and pepper to taste
– Add a few hot red pepper flakes
Note: Add as many and whatever greens as you like. To be healthier, I try to have a higher ratio of greens to grains/pasta
– Add 1-2 bags or bunches of washed spinach, cook until spinach is cooked down but still somewhat firm (but don’t over cook)
If spinach has stems, cut or rip off the stems of you prefer
– Add 1-2 bunches of watercress — one bunch at a time, unless you have a huge pot.
– Add the saved pasta water
– Cook until watercress is cooked down
– Add some more salt, pepper, and grated Peorino Romano cheese to taste
Mix together and it’s ready to eat!
Savory Farro  (great to eat by itself as well)
– Chop 1 medium shallot
– Caramelize shallot in large sauce pan over medium heat with clove of diced garlic and some olive oil
– Once Caramelized, Then add 1.5 cups of farro, salt, pepper – cook for about 1 minute
– Add 3 cups of chicken stock (or vegetable stock or water) and some red pepper flakes (optional)
– If you want more or less faro, just use 1:2 ratio of farro:liquid
– Bring to boil, then simmer on low for about 30 min, no lid. Really cook to taste, leave a little liquid in there. Add about a teaspoon of fish sauce to finish it off
-Shaun