Last spring I was attending a very large conference called EXPO West. It’s a trade show for natural products including supplements, foods, skincare, and pets. I went to dinner with a group of women, some of whom I had never met. Lucky for me, one of them was a woman about my age, with a very similar health story. Her name is Amie Valpone, and Houghton Mifflin just published her first cookbook.
Amie creates healthy, allergen-free recipes for her blog, The Health Apple. She is a beautiful spirit with lovely insights into a healing lifestyle. She’s been working on her own health recovery and has so much wisdom to share.
I am anxiously awaiting her book in the mail and in the meantime, she’s shared one of the recipes with me to post here. I hope you enjoy it!
A note from Amie:
“This book outlines the journey of how I healed from a decade of chronic illness and it’s filled with over 200 detox-approved plant-based recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, eggs, corn and processed ingredients.”
MAGICAL PEACH ARUGULA SALAD
Here’s a dish that provides a big payoff for very little effort. It takes about five minutes to throw this salad together, and the combination of peppers, peaches, and arugula is simply beautiful. Serve it in a wide bowl to show off its good looks.
10 cups arugula
5 medium ripe peaches, pitted and diced
2 yellow or orange bell peppers, diced
1⁄3 cup finely chopped raw walnuts
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the arugula, peaches, bell peppers, and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Drizzle the dressing over the arugula mixture, toss, and serve.
You can get the book with all of Amie’s wonderful recipes here.
Keep taking back your health,
Excerpt from EATING CLEAN by Amie Valpone. Copyright © 2016 by Amie Valpone. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.