Rafael Palomino knows food. He owns six restaurants, a catering company and has penned multiple cookbooks throughout his 22 years in the industry. He is a strong believer in the power of food
“I think now in this day and age, food brings people together. It’s really an experience, the music, the lighting, the décor,” says Palomino.
In addition, Palomino also believes that food can and should be nutritious and delicious. All of Palimono’s restaurants, including Bethlehem’s Tapas on Main and Cachette and Easton’s Mesa, boast dishes with all natural ingredients and lighter fare options.
“If you want a hamburger we can do it on a bun or for a healthier meal between two pieces of romaine lettuce. We give people options so they can decide,” he says.
Heart health is a big concern for many Americans, but Palomino says that it is absolutely possible to be heart healthy and still enjoy food. In fact, he incorporates a lot of heart healthy foods like olive oil, salmon and avhttp://coordinatedhealth.com/wp-admin/edit.php?post_type=community-articleocado into some of his favorite dishes.
“I make sure that you can eat in any of my restaurants and still observe your diet, whether it’s gluten free or heart health, we really try to make sure everyone can enjoy our food,” claims Palomino.
TUNA AND AVOCADO CEVICHE
– 2 pounds sashimi-grade tuna fillets, skinned and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
– 1/3 fresh orange juice
– 1 cup fresh lime juice
– 2 ripe avocados, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
– 1/2 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
– 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Put tuna in a large bowl. Add the orange and lime juices, mix well and cover tightly. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients, stir to mix, and refrigerate for another 15 minutes, or until the tuna is turning opaque on the outside, but is still rare on the inside. Serve chilled.
GRILLED ROMAINE CAESAR SALAD
– 1 head romaine lettuce, leaves rinsed and dried, tops and bottoms removed
– Olive Oil
– 1/2 cup shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
– 1 pinch kosher salt
– 2 teaspoons white balsamic vinegar
– 1/2 medium ripe avocado, sliced into quarters (note: if it’s too ripe, it won’t hold up during grilling)
Light a fire in a charcoal or gas grill. Separate the romaine lettuce leaves and place in a bowl. Brush just a bit of oil on the lettuce, to lightly coat them for the grill.
Grill the lettuce just until grill marks are visible, about 1 minute, turning once. Cut the lettuce into bite-size chunks and place in a bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt and vinegar and toss. Add the avocado. Serve immediately.
5 HEART HEALTHY FOODS
TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR DIET
Both Tuna and Salmon have Omega 3’s that are great for your heart and joints
Avocados have monosaturated fatty acids and vitamins that protect your heart and can be included in a variety of dishes
Using olive oil can lower your LDL cholesterol levels
Whole grain breads contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that helps promote heart health
Green Leafy Vegetables
In addition to heart health, green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale also aid in the retention of memory as you age