Superfoods chefs’ challenge: The list

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 challenges will become more formidable.

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

Apples

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

Amaranth

Beans

Blueberries

Chia seeds

Cinnamon

Dark chocolate

Dried superfruits (organic, unsweetened cranberries, figs, apricots, currants, cherries)

Fermented foods

Garlic

Honey

Kiwi

Pomegranates

Pumpkin

Soy

Spinach

Tea

Tomatoes

Turkey (executive chef Nick Palermo 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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