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M-J’s Elegant “Egg Salad” with Chopped Vegetables and Leafy Greens

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Spinach, kale, rocket (arugula or watercress), purple onion, celery and chard were finely diced and dressed with classic vinaigrette. Two boiled eggs at a deep yellow stage of cooking (not quite hard-boiled) were cut into sections and distributed on top of the chopped vegetables, which had already been tossed with vinaigrette. For visually-appealing boiled eggs, I use the method favoured by chef Jacques Pepin: with a push-pin, poke a hole in the wider end of a raw egg in its shell before lowering it into a pot of water. I simmer the egg for eight minutes, then bathe it in ice-water. The pinhole in the egg will prevent the buildup of sulfur inside the egg and thus keep the yolk from turning green, and resting the boiled egg in cold water makes it much easier to peel. This chopped power-greens salad with two eggs is very nutritious; it can of course be made without the red onion, and naturally welcomes additional ingredients such as bacon or shredded cheese.
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Old-Fashioned Stuffed Celery

For an uncomplicated appetiser, fill celery with a mixture of cream cheese, mayonnaise, chopped olives and perhaps some minced hot peppers. ©M-Jeanne de Mesterton
Elegant Stuffed Celery

To freshly washed celery segments, add a mixture of cream cheese, mayonnaise, and chopped olives. Here, I have added some minced serrano peppers. ©Jeanne “M-J” de Mesterton 2012

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Elegant Health Salad

Elegant Vegetable Salad for Good Health

Cucumbers, celery and red onions all chopped finely and dressed with vinegar and olive oil comprise a health-promoting salad. This elegant vegetable dish is refreshing in summer, and can help to prevent colds in winter. Vinegar helps to adjust your body’s alkalinity to the desired level, and olive oil is beneficial to the heart, reduces corporeal inflammation, and is now commonly known as an anti-cancer food.

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M-J’s Winter Health Smoothie

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One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or serrano pepper (roasted, pickled or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt or one half-cup of buttermilk, one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add water if necessary for processing.
 
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M-J’s Diuretic Smoothie

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One half-cup of water, one fourth-cup of lemon juice, one jalapeño or other hot pepper (roasted or fresh), two stalks of celery, one-half of a cucumber, one tablespoon of thick yoghurt, and one tablespoon of parsley, all whirled in a blender till smooth. Add water if necessary for processing.

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