Thursday, April 24, 2014

Green Goddess Soup

April is the perfect time to start thinking ahead to summer. It gets pretty hot in New York during the summer months and that means bikinis for the beach (yikes) and shorts with flimsy little tops for everyday running around. I don't know about you but a month or so to get fully in shape sounds like a good idea. I"m not one for dieting, after decades of experimenting I can guarantee they don't  work. I believe in getting as much nutrition out of one delicious low calorie meal as possible. That means Green Goddess Soup. It's foolproof. It fills you up, does you no end of good and tastes delicious. Make lots. Stash some in the freezer for a needy moment.

This, like many soup recipes, is a blueprint. Use whatever vegetables you happen to have in the fridge, although if you're trying to lose weight I'd go light on the starchy root veggies and pass completely on the white potatoes. The frozen peas add a sweetness and a beautiful bright Springlike green. If you're desperate for carbs try serving the soup with a small side of quinoa. The scale and your body will thank you.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roasted Cauliflower.

Isn't it amazing what happens when you roast vegetables. What I mean is how incredibly sweet and "melt in the mouth" they become, even cauliflower, perhaps especially cauliflower. It's like eating vegetable candy. This is such an easy side dish, the roasted lemons become intensely lemony which compliments the sweetness of the cauliflower - happiness!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Avocado - The Perfect Lunch

Meet my new best friend - the avocado. It's relatively inexpensive, extremely quick to prepare, gorgeously delicious, not to mention it's known as one of the world's healthiest foods. It's chock full of carotenoids, I can't tell you exactly why these are so fabulous for your body but truly they are, not to mention their anti inflammatory properties. I just tell my teenage daughters that avocadoes do wonders for the skin and hair - and I'm not lying. You can put avocadoes into just about anything from face masks to chocolate mousse and I intend to try all the possibilities. I eat one a day at least - either mashed up on toast or like this for lunch and it's a total wonder that I can get all that nutrition in a meal that takes approximately one minute to prepare - love it!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Shrimp with a Quinoa Millet Salad

This was a happy accident. The marinade for the shrimp is a zesty combination of lime, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and garlic - zingy! The salad was going to be quinoa but here's the happy surprise. When putting away my bulk grains I must have added some millet to my jar of quinoa, hence the title above. Surprisingly the grains seemed to cook quite happily together and the result was way more interesting that just quinoa - millet is my new favorite grain. Of course if you don't find yourself in possession of a combination of grains, one or the other will do just fine. This was a lovely dinner last night, squeeze lots of lime juice and plenty of herbs over the top and you've got a winner.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Broccoli with Soba Noodles

If your family isn't wholeheartedly into broccoli and its endless health benefits (rich source in vitamins D, K and A, cholesterol lowering, rich in fiber, anti inflammatory properties etc) have them try this recipe. Even my pickiest eater was won over. It's all in the dressing. It won't occur to them that it's "healthy" just that it tastes fabulous and isn't that the way it should be? In my opinion - absolutely. The buckwheat soba noodles are a lovely change from regular pasta and add some body to the dish. This was polished off before there was time to go back for seconds.