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Recipe Legume salad, first salt and sesame sauce – Italian Cuisine

Recipe Legume salad, first salt and sesame sauce


  • 160 g first salt cheese
  • 80 g curled curly salad
  • 80 g boiled chickpeas drained
  • 60 g blanched and peeled beans
  • 10 g white sesame seeds
  • lemon
  • salt
  • extra virgin olive oil

For the recipe of legume salad, first salt and sesame sauce, chop the curly salad. Cut the cheese into cubes. Blend the sesame with 30 g of oil, 45 g of water, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, obtaining a sauce. Mix all the ingredients and season with the sesame sauce.

Snow peas, delicious legume of spring rich in properties – Italian Cuisine

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Spring time, pea time. Also of green beans, of course, which are good, especially fresh. And what about the beans? And then, there are the jackdaws. They are good, sweet and full of health. Like the previous ones, it is a legume, not a vegetable, therefore in a nutshell, a real superfood. And in fact the owned jackdaws really do have many. Let's see together what they are, and then how to choose and prepare this gift of spring.

172558First of all: jackdaws, unlike peas, you eat everything, both the seeds and the pod. This is why they are also known as "pea mangiatutto". There are two varieties, one more rounded and similar to the pea, in fact, and a flatter one, with little developed seeds.

172552The best friend of the jackdaws is the gut: this legume really helps bowel regularity, primarily thanks to its high fiber content. Another feature of them is to be a remineralizing food, that is able to bring important amounts of mineral salts to the body. Among the many, they are particularly rich in iron – important for anemics. And of all this means that they are very good for fight fatigue. they many vitamins and so they are a legume, therefore, theirs protein intake, when combined with a cereal, it is equal to that of meat.

172561It's not over: like peas, they contain plant estrogens which help women balance the cycle menstrual, especially when it is painful and problematic but also to prevent osteoporosis. And then they are very low in calories, satiating and with the characteristic of contributing to reduce sugar absorption and fat: perfect for getting in shape before the summer, then!

172567Select beautiful fresh jackdaws, firm but soft, intact and free of yellowish or moldy parts. The jackdaws are easy to clean and prepare: just wash them and get rid of the petiole (and if they are a little harder, the fibrous thread that flows to the sides of the pod) and then cook them, boiled or directly in the pan. If we traditionally use rather soft (careful not to prolong cooking too much, to avoid that they fall apart), a suggestion is to try them in the more crunchy version, stirring them "to the east" to a point of cooking a little earlier than when you would normally light the fire.

172555Theirs sweet and delicate flavor makes them really versatile in the kitchen. They can be steamed and simply eaten with oil, salt and lemon or vinegar. Sautéed and seasoned, with spices and other flavorings at will, such as roasted sesame seeds rather than almond grit. They are very good stew with tomato and enrich the salads of the good season: combine them for example with a hard-boiled egg but also with a fresh or preserved fish, for example a mackerel for a more decisive taste or delicious shrimps.

Aurora Quinto
March 2019

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Recipe Sprouted legume salad with fennel and chestnut cream – Italian Cuisine

Recipe Sprouted legume salad with fennel and chestnut cream


  • 800 g fennel
  • 400 g legumes and sprouted cereals
  • 350 g carrots
  • 200 g boiled chestnuts
  • 200 g milk
  • 2 shallots
  • a head of Belgian endive
  • thyme
  • fresh oregano
  • rosemary
  • butter
  • vegetable broth
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt

For the recipe of legumes salad sprouted with fennel and chestnut cream, cut the fennel into small pieces and the shallots into slices. Sauté the shallot in a pan with a tablespoon of butter, add the fennel and toast for 18-20 minutes. Salt and switch off. Blend everything in the food processor, with a ladle of broth. Do not use the immersion mixer because it is not powerful enough.
For the salad: Peel the carrots and cut them into cubes; sauté in a pan with a little oil and a few thyme leaves for 8-10 minutes. Cut the Belgian salad into strips. Cook the chestnuts in the milk with a sprig of rosemary for 5 minutes, to soften and flavor them. Drain. Mix the sprouted legumes with the carrots and the Belgian salad and season with a little oil, salt, thyme leaves and oregano. Serve the salad over the fennel cream and complete with chestnuts.

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