Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living was made for the purpose of supporting my patients in cultivating health in their lives. I wanted to create a way to answer the most important questions patients and audiences would ask me during my cooking demonstrations, speaking engagements and patient visits. As a result this is more than just a recipe book, it is actually a health manual with information about how to create healthful meals that are quick and tasty too. One of the most common questions I receive during my appearances is, “What foods can I serve this recipe with?” What I have learned is people want to know how to create a balanced meal. People want to know what dishes taste good together. They want to make a meal that is healthy but tastes great too. In order to answer this question I developed a section of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living that is called sample menus.
There are sample menus for each food lifestyle, so if you are working on high blood pressure or a heart condition, you can look under the anti-inflammatory section and you will see a combination like:
- Salmon with Fresh Herbs
- Quick Tabouli
- Steamed Broccoli
- Poached Pears
The sample menus are a way to see how you can take recipes and put them together to get a balanced meal. Usually I have one recipe from each of the following sections: protein, whole grains and (either) the warm vegetables or cold vegetables sections. If you like a little dessert then you want to pick something out from the sweet things section too. The combinations give you ideas for lunch or dinner. How does this sound for special dinner tonight?
- Whole Wheat Pasta Medley
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Fruit-Filled Acorn Squash
Or maybe you want something simple but hearty?
- Fruity Fall Field Salad
- Black Bean Chili with Guacamole
I think you get the picture of how the sample menus can give you ideas about how to put the recipes together to get a healthy delicious combination of recipes that are pain reducing health producing meals.
Dr. Daemon Jones