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Zucchini Pomodoro

Courtesy of Darbster

8020 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, 561/586-2622, darbster.com

 

3-5 fresh zucchini, spiral or shredded with attachment on food processor

Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and salt/pepper.

 

Sauce

8 to 10 plum tomatoes

1 teaspoons capers

3 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon ground fennel seed

1 cup sun-dried tomatoes

Mix all ingredients together in a food processor/blender- pulse chop for coarse – which is better for shredded or smaller “pasta” or blend well, adding olive oil  at the end for a smooth, silky sauce. This is better for spiralized vegetables.

 

Top with Vegan Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup raw cashews

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon nutritional yeast

Blend in a coffee grinder to achieve a crumbly, grainy Parmesan consistency.

 

Glossary of Healthy Terms

 

All Natural

A common food label without comprehensive binding federal regulation covering its use or defining it. It can mean different things to different companies.

Certified Organic

If you see the “USDA Organic” or “Certified Organic” seal on your food, the item must have an ingredients list and the contents should be 95% or more certified organic, meaning free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering, according to the USDA. The remaining 5% may only be foods or processed with additives on an approved list.” Also, certified Organic Foods are also non-GMO.

 

Gluten

A naturally occurring protein found in wheat, barley and rye that helps food hold together.

 

Gluten-Free

Of food or a diet that does not contain gluten.

 

Gluten-Intolerant

When a person produces an abnormal immune response to gluten for wheat and related grains during digestion. Celiac disease is the most well known form of gluten intolerance.

 

Gluten-Sensitivity also called gluten intolerance

Can sometimes be confused with Celiac disease or as a food allergy.  People with gluten-sensitivity experience celiac disease symptoms after eating gluten but don’t have the damaged intestines

Local Food Movement

A movement to connect food consumers and food producers from the same geographic region and to create a network where food is grown/produced processed and sold within a certain area. The area isn’t monitored or defined so it can vary.

 

Locavore

“A person who bases their diet on foods that are grown or produced in the geographic region where they live, are in touch with the seasonality of their food systems and seek to cultivate relationships with local producers and processors,” Jessica Prentice, The Lexicon of Food

 

GMO

GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms and refers to a food product that has been altered at a gene level. Generically modified foods can also be described as genetically engineered, genetically manipulated or genetically altered

 

Organic Farming vs. conventional vs IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Organic farming is a method that uses natural inputs to enhance soil fertility. Nothing is used that might prove harmful to the air or the soil.

 

Slow-Food Movement

An international movement promoted as an alternative to fast food, devoted to preserving traditional and regional cuisine and encouraging farming characteristic of the local ecosystem. The motto is good, clean and fair.

Vegetarian

A person who does not eat meat.

 

Vegan

A strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products and abstains from using animal products. A person may eat vegan and not be a vegan.

 

Wheat Allergy

A rare type of gluten sensitivity.

 

Courtesy of LiveScience, The Lexicon of Food and Merriam-Webster.com