Stuck for healthy sides? Enter our Super Sides Share Platter!
Put together by our Nourish Chef, this platter is more than just a great dish to take to your next BBQ or dinner party. The ingredients have all been chosen to work together to give you maximum nutritional benefits. By keeping our meals simple and combining certain foods, we can actually aid our digestion and increase nutrition absorption!
Our BFF Food Combos:
🍋 Lemon and Broccolini:
Pairing foods rich in plant sourced iron such as such as broccolini, kale, spinach, watercress with foods high in vitamin C, such as lemons, oranges, tomatoes, kiwi, capsicum and tomatoes, helps you to break down and absorb more plant based iron from these foods.
Iron is needed for a healthy immune system and energy especially during exercise. So enjoy squeezing lemon over your steamed vegetables or tomato salsa over sautéed spinach!
🥕Carrots and Cashews
Fats from cashews, olive oil, avocado and eggs helps the body to absorb fat soluble vitamin A precursors, such as beta carotene, Vitamin E and Vitamin K from foods such as carrots, watercress and green leafy vegetables, sweet potato, tomato, broccoli, cauliflower and beans.
Fat soluble vitamin A plays an important role in vision, immunity and skin health and healing. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant for skin and Vitamin K is needed for healthy bones.
Toss vegetables in olive oil, add avocado to your salads and make a cashew dip with vege sticks for added fat soluble vitamin absorption.
🍳Eggs and Watercress
Enhance calcium absorption from plant based foods such as watercress, beans, peas and lentils, almonds, cashews and soy, by pairing with foods rich in vitamin D such as egg yolks, cheese, mushrooms (that are exposed to sunlight) and salmon.
Calcium is an important nutrient for strong bones and teeth, heart health and muscle function. So try salmon with steamed greens and tamari almonds, eggs with steamed greens / salad or a lentil burger on mushroom bun.
Share Platter with Creamy Lemon Cashew Dip
If you’re making this as a healthy sides dish, try pairing with one of our mains, like:
- Herbed Chickpea & Almond Barramundi
- Baked Salmon with Zoodles
- Mediterranean Baked Eggplant with Crispy Chickpeas
- Twice Baked Pumpkin with Ancient Grains
Ingredients - Platter
- 4 boiled eggs, peeled and halved
- 1 bunch brocollini
- 100g green beans
- 2 bunches baby carrots, peeled
- 2 corn cobs, cut into 3
- 2 bunches asparagus
- Watercress to garnish
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Himalayan or sea salt and pepper
Ingredients - Dip
- 1 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- Juice 2 lemons
- Pinch salt
- 1 tablespoon dill fronds
- 1 tablespoon pinenuts to garnish
- Blanch vegetables and toss in olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Arrange on platter
- Place all dip ingredients except dill and pinenuts in blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into bowl.
- Garnish with pinenuts and dill.
- Serve as a side or share platter.