The Mighty Artichoke

After watching an episode of The Dr. Oz Show recently in which he shared the cancer fighting benefits of artichokes, I have found myself eating more and more of them. I happen to already love them. In fact, tonight I ate them for dinner. I had sautéed garlic, onions, fresh tomatoes, artichokes and great northern beans on top of whole wheat pasta. It was quite delicious! There are so many great recipes using artichokes, however this is a great dish you could make for the week and eat it every day for lunch! This tasty twist on a traditional tuna salad can feed you for days! Enjoy!

After watching an episode of The Dr. Oz Show recently in which he shared the cancer fighting benefits of artichokes, I have found myself eating more and more of them. I happen to already love them. In fact, tonight I ate them for dinner. I had sautéed garlic, onions, fresh tomatoes, artichokes and great northern beans on top of whole wheat pasta. It was quite delicious! There are so many great recipes using artichokes, however this is a great dish you could make for the week and eat it every day for lunch! This tasty twist on a traditional tuna salad can feed you for days! Enjoy!

No-Mayo Tuna Salad


Ingredients

Salad:

3-4 cans of tuna in water

1 can of cannellini or great northern beans rinsed and drained

1/4 cup kalamata olives sliced

1 can artichoke hearts chopped

Dressing:

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and pepper to taste. 

 

Directions

Mix the above together. Mix all dressing ingredients together and pour over tuna.

It is so great that the world is filled with so many tasty foods that have so many health benefits. Oftentimes, we don't branch out and incorporate these unique foods into our diet enough. It is a great reminder to me to see the power that is in our foods, to help us or hurt us. Let’s all make a concerted effort to fill our meals with foods that can heal.

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