Iâ€™m Sarah, a Naturopathic Doctor, wellness enthusiast and health-foodie. Iâ€™m a well-being advocate and green kitchen guru who is living my true purpose while guiding patients through their personal health journeys. Iâ€™m also a complete and utter health food fanatic who wants to see everyone benefit from eating healing foods!
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One of my favourite things we ate in Portugal (aside from my daily salt cod fritter) was a huge bowl of the freshest clams I’ve ever tasted cooked with garlic, lemon, cilantro and vinho verde (akaÂ BulhÃ£o Pato clams). This is yet another recipe inspired by our visit to chef Esteve’s flat in Lisbon. He created a very similar dish for us and we’ve been obsessed with recreating it at home as often as possible, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
This bowl of clams was not merely delicious, it was also life changing, since it made me question all of my preconceived notions surrounding the controversial cilantro. Researchers have found two separate genetic variants that cause a person to dislike cilantro and it’s estimated that approximately 15% of the population has the genes that make cilantro taste like soap. For 30 years of my life I was absolutely positive that I was one of those people who hated cilantro, and these clams completely changed my opinion on the subject.
Cilantro is an incredible health food, and research shows that it helps to increase liver production of glutathione; a potent antioxidant that helps support your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. This added detoxification support is key when it comes to this dish since it makes me feel a little less guilty about polishing off the rest of that bottle of vinho verde while cooking up these delicious clams (the bottle is already open after all …):
This delicious recipe for clams was inspired by our recent trip to Portugal and has quickly become a staple in our weekly meal planning rotation. The fresh flavours of lemon, garlic (tons) and crisp vinho verde come together to perfectly capture the fresh flavours of summer.