Archive for August, 2014

SUMMER GARDEN GREEN BEAN SALAD WITH HONEY VINAIGRETTE

This salad tastes as good as it looks. Please make this while summer is still here!

ingredients -1

1 pound fresh green beans

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 shallot, thinly sliced

6 medium radishes, thinly sliced

honey vinaigrette ingredients

1 T red wine vinegar

1 T lemon juice

½ t strong Dijon mustard

1 t honey

¼ t sea salt

2 T extra virgin olive oil

1 T minced fresh oregano

2 t fresh thyme

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

directions

In a small bowl, combine the red wine vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, honey and sea salt. Whisk to combine. While whisking, slowly add olive oil to emulsify. Stir in fresh oregano and thyme.

In a large saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of salt to 2 quarts of water, and bring to boil. Add the green beans and cook for 1 minute, until tender and vibrant green. Drain and cool.

In a large bowl, combine the green beans, cherry tomatoes, sliced radishes. Toss with the dressing. Sprinkle with the crumbled feta cheese and serve.

(Adapted from a recipe found on http://www.artofcheese.com)

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SMASHED RED POTATOES

This is a delicious and much healthier alternative to mashed  IMG_8135potatoes. Leaving the skins on adds iron, potassium and fiber!

ingredients

small, red potatoes

extra-virgin olive oil

fresh, chopped herbs of your choice

directions

Preheat the oven to 4250. Pierce the potatoes with a fork and bake for about an hour.

Meanwhile, chop  fresh herbs of your choice (i.e., parsley, chives, dill, rosemary, thyme).

Remove the potatoes from the oven, place them in a large bowl and smash them with a masher. Drizzle the potatoes with extra-virgin olive oil and add the fresh herbs. Mix thoroughly and serve.

(This recipe came from a good friend of mine. So easy! I used fresh dill and parsley. YUM!)

 

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ONE RULE FOR ALL?

A friend of mine recently heard a nutritionist speak at his  rulesoffice. He was intrigued. The nutritionist looked fabulous—she was the picture of glowing health. Her secret and advice? NO GLUTEN and NO DAIRY. For EVERYONE. She had a long list of reasons.

I must be missing something here. While gluten and dairy are the top 2 inflammatory foods, they don’t irritate EVERYONE. So why do we ALL need to be getting rid of these important nutrients?

I think we lose common sense when it comes to nutritional advice. People are giving up healthy foods that they enjoy (and don’t bother them), and are eating foods that they don’t like because they’re “healthy”. This makes NO sense!

If I had to make a general “rule” about food, I will say this: I think we should try our best to eat so many whole foods as we can. Whole foods that we like and enjoy. (And of course be brave and try new ones often.)

Bottom line: Anytime there is a general rule that applies to EVERYONE, think twice. We are all, thankfully, gloriously different.

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ZESTY SWORDFISH KABOBS

ingredients oh-grilling-p107-swordfish-l

2 T chopped fresh rosemary

3 t low-sodium soy sauce

1 ½ T extra-virgin olive oil

1 T grated lemon rind

2 T fresh lemon juice

2 t grated orange rind

1 T fresh orange juice

1 t grated peeled fresh ginger

2 t honey

¼ t salt

¼ t freshly ground black pepper

5 garlic cloves, chopped

1 ½ pounds swordfish steaks, cut into 1-inch pieces

¾ cup (2-inch) sliced green onions

12 (1-inch) pieces red bell pepper

cooking spray

directions

Combine the first 12 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add the fish. Seal and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, turning once.

Prepare the grill.

Remove the fish from the bag and discard the marinade. Thread the fish, green onions, and bell pepper alternately onto each of 4 (10-inch) skewers. Place on the grill rack coated with cooking spray and grill for 8 minutes or until desired degree of doneness, turning once.

(Adapted from a recipe found on myrecipes.com, which came from Cooking Light, 2002)

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CUCUMBER SALAD WITH SOY AND GINGER

Summertime is the best time to make this simple, delicious cucumber-slicescucumber salad.

ingredients

1-1 ½ lbs (about 3 medium) cucumbers

salt and freshly ground peppers

2 T rice vinegar

1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 t sugar

2 T low-sodium soy

cilantro leaves for garnish

directions

Slice the cucumbers and toss them with the salt, pepper, vinegar, ginger, sugar and soy sauce. Adjust the seasoning, garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve.

(Adapted from a recipe from Mark Bittman’s cookbook, “Everything Vegetarian”)

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