Recently, I read an article entitled “The Most Powerful Food Secret” by Donna Gates, author of The Body Ecology Diet: Rediscovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity which talks about how Donna Gates healed herself of candidiasis and her compromised digestive, immune and endocrine systems, by following a revolutionary approach to eating known as food combining. Essentially, the theory behind food combining is that certain foods, when eaten together, are easier to digest and break down more quickly, thereby allowing nutrients to be absorbed more thoroughly by your body. Poor food combinations can cause gas, bloating, stomach pain, and other gastrointestinal discomforts.
There are six different rules to follow for successful food combining. I find this theory intriguing and would like to explore it further when I have a chance.
- Eat animal protein with non-starchy vegetables
- Eat grains and grain-like seeds
- Consume fruit and fruit juices alone and at least 30 minutes before any meal or combined with a protein-fat
- Combine fats and oils with any food
- Combine protein-fats with protein-fats
- Combine beans with non-starchy vegetables
Although these rules seem easy enough at first glance, I think it will take a little more time before I can come up with actual food combinations that fit these rules. Meanwhile, I made Ina Garten’s Avocado and Grapefruit Salad, which was one of the food combinations suggested in the article. This food combination follows Rule #3, eating acidic fruit in combination with fat.
Today, a group of bloggers is celebrating Ina Garten, one of the Top 50 Women Game Changers In Food. I’ve been a fan of Ina Garten ever since her first cookbook was released. Ina Garten is an American author, host of a TV series called Barefoot Contessa on Food Network, and a former White House nuclear policy analyst. Her recipes are straight forward, use fresh ingredients and Ina always gives helpful home entertaining tips on her television show. As I was researching Ina Garten for this week’s event, I discovered that she grew up in the town of Stamford, CT, where I lived for eight years when I first started working.
Ina Garten is the author of seven cookbooks (all of which I own), including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Barefoot in Paris, Barefoot at Home, Barefoot Back to Basics, and Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?
This week was fun since I had the perfect excuse to dig out all my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks and browse through Ina Garten’s recipes. This Avocado and Grapefruit Salad is one that Ina had at an elegant restaurant in Paris, one of her favorite destinations.
I’m looking forward to learning more about food combining. Meanwhile, please enjoy this simple but beautiful salad.
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad Recipe
Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 ripe avocados sliced
- 3 red or pink grapefruit cut into segments
To make Dijon mustard vinaigrette, whisk together mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk in olive oil slowly until emulsified.
Arrange avocado slices and grapefruit segments on salad plates.
Drizzle with Dijon mustard vinaigrette.
Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.
If you’re interested in joining our group as we cook our way through this list of 50 influential women in food, just ask Mary from One Perfect Bite. Please stop by and take a look at what the rest of the group made this week in celebration of Ina Garten:
Annie from Most Lovely Things
Linda from There and Back Again
Val from More Than Burnt Toast
Taryn from Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan from The Spice Garden
Heather from girlichef
Miranda from Mangoes and Chutney
Mary from One Perfect Bite
Sue from The View from The Great Island
Barbara from Movable Feasts
Nancy from Picadillo
Kathleen from Bake Away With Me
Veronica from My Catholic Kitchen
Mireya of My Healthy Eating Habits
Claudia – Journey of an Italian Cook
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Amrita – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades
For more recipes from this weekly celebration, check out my 50 Women Game Changers In Food Pinterest Board as well as our group’s collaborative Pinterest Board.