Superfoods chefs’ challenge: The list, Round 2

We’ve joined the forces of superfoods and the talent of Washington area chefs to create the Superfoods Chefs’ Challenge, a monthly series of recipes and techniques to help home cooks incorporate nutritious ingredients into their lives.

The challenge works like this: We give the chefs our own compiled list of superfoods to choose from. They pick two ingredients and highlight them inventively in a total of four original recipes. They must work with foods that haven’t been previously selected, so as the competition goes forward, the task will become more formidable.

As the series continues, readers will be able to consult this list, which will be annotated with recipe links as they become available:

Avocados (Nick Palermo, executive chef of Old Angler’s Inn, Potomac: Chilean-Style Avocado Salad; Pan-Seared Pork Chops With Roasted Avocado, Broccoli and Sherry Vinaigrette)

Amaranth

Beans (Susan Holt, chef and co-owner of CulinAerie in the District: Chicken With Black Beans, Spices and Sweet Potatoes; Salad of Baby Kale, Cannellini Beans, Walnuts and Fennel Sausage)

Blueberries

Chia seeds

Cinnamon

Dark chocolate

Dried superfruits such as organic, unsweetened cranberries, figs, apricots, currants and cherries (Susan Holt, chef and co-owner of CulinAerie in the District: Dried Apricot Souffles; Salad of Roasted Butternut Squash, Arugula, Dried Cranberries and Pine Nuts)

Fermented foods

Garlic

Honey

Kiwi

Pomegranates

Pumpkin

Soy

Spinach

Tea

Tomatoes

Turkey (Nick Palermo, executive chef of Old Angler’s Inn, Potomac: Turkey Cassoulet; Turkey Coconut Milk Curry With Basmati Rice)

Walnuts

Whey (powdered)

Wild salmon

Yogurt (low- or nonfat)

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