Dakota’s SUPERFOOD 7 day challenge!

If you know me then you know that I LOVE food…that’s a good thing considering I am a chef, right? So you would also know that I am not what you would call a “healthy food eater” I like fried food, dessert, pizzas and cheese! As I am working on my menus for my new restaurant (Sunset Blvd, name under lock and key, to open December 2014) I am wanting to focus on healthy, light, locally grown and fresh dishes. I have since been seeing a lot of Superfoods all over the menu prepared in different ways and that healthy eating can indeed be tasty! It made me think that I should probably eat my words (or dishes) and challenge myself. Let’s face it, I am not getting any younger and could use a few good days to cleanse the insides.

So here we go…everyday for seven days I am going to post a new recipe on my website for an awesome superfood packed dish. I encourage you to follow along with me and see what happens! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

There are so many superfoods, 50 that I know of…during this 7 day challenge I will utilize all 50,¬†that’s a promise from me to you.

Here we goooooooo……. ūüôā

Day 1:

Warm Quinoa, Wheat Berry, Yuzu Kosho marinated Chicken and chopped Kale Salad
this dish makes about 4 cups.
1 cup Red Quinoa, cooked – high in protein and fiber and is naturally gluten free
1 cup Red Wheat berries, cooked – high in fiber
1# chicken breast, cleaned of all fat.
2 teaspoon yuzu¬†kosho, great market on Sawtell¬†you can buy this from, I am really loving the red paste but traditionally it is green¬†in color. It’s a bit salty and really spicy, and that’s¬†a good thing! rub the paste along with some fresh yuzu juice, olive oil and fresh garlic onto the chicken breast and grill until the chicken is cooked through. let it cool down and dice it. set aside.
2 cups curly kale and 2 cups arugula, sautéed with evoo, and garlic. Рkale is great for combating cancer (including breast cancer) and preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.

2 lemons, zest and juice – great for the common cold and helps fight cancer

4 tbls EVOO РEVOO strengthens the heart and helps fight diabetes and also helps with weight loss.

sea salt, to taste



Mix everything together and season with salt, lemon juice and if you like it with a little more acid (as I do) add a splash of vinegar, I used a golden balsamic which added a hint of sweetness and really rounded out the dish as a whole.

Lets see here…I counted 5 superfoods in just one dish!¬† Awesome!

Now, what would a meal be like without a glass of wine???  Just so happens that Grapes are a superfood!!!  Woohoo!  Thank goodness for this!  Wash this down with a crisp Sav. Blanc or Albarino for a perfect match.


Enjoy and check in tomorrow to see what else I have in store for this “challenge”


Chef Dakota




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