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Savory Potato Apple Soup December 16, 2012

Savory Potato-Apple Soup topped with a twist of black pepper and chopped ambrosia apple pieces.

Savory Potato-Apple Soup
with lemon & garlic

Mellow yet tangy–potato & tart apple pair playfully in this cozy soup. Serve it hot topped with fresh chopped apple slices. I suggest using an apple with a sharper, tarter flavor such as an Ambrosia or Jazz apple. Granny Smith would work as well (just avoid a purely sweet apple such as a Red Delicious).

Ingredients
Makes 6 servings 

-~1 lb potatoes (red new potatoes or small russets will work fine)
-3 Tart apples (such as Ambrosia or Jazz)
-4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
-Juice of 2 fresh lemons
-10 garlic cloves (peeled & chopped)
-3 shallots (peeled & chopped)
-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (If you don’t have this, add 1 Tbsp brown spicy mustard instead)
-Pinch of cloves
– 2 Tbsp olive oil (use for roasting potatoes & sautéing garlic)
-1/2 cup water
– 2 Tbsp chopped green onion (optional)
-Pinch of rosemary (optional)
– Salt & pepper to taste (as topping–not mixed into soup)

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Rinse and chop potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Place chopped potatoes in a large baking tray with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Mix well so that all pieces are coated in the oil. Bake for 40 minutes or until tender at 350°F, stirring every 10 minutes.

2) While potatoes are cooking, peel and chop garlic & shallots. Place on saucepan on stove top and sauté in 1 Tbsp. olive oil, stirring frequently until ingredients have browned slightly. Add a few spoonfuls of your vegetable broth as needed to keep ingredients moist rather than adding more oil.

3) Rince and chop 3 ambrosia apples. Reserve 1/2 apple chopped for soup topping. Add the rest into a large pot on the stove top along with the 4 cups of vegetable broth and 1/2 cup water. Add in all remaining ingredients to your soup pot (other than ingredients reserved for topping), and bring to high heat. Add in your garlic & shallots.

4) Carefully remove roasted potatoes from oven and add to your soup pot. Reduce heat to low. Using an immersion blender, blend all ingredients until soup becomes smooth.

5) Serve hot with chopped apple pieces on top. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on top as desired. Store extra in the fridge to use within the next few days or in the freezer to de-thaw and enjoy weeks or even months later!

Enjoy! Note, I did NOT peel the apples or potatoes because I felt they enhanced the soup’s flavor and texture (and added fiber!). Apples and potatoes are part of the “Dirty Dozen” so these are good items to buy organic.

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Cocoa Walnut Brownies February 12, 2012

Cocoa Walnut Brownies with Dark Chocolate Chips. I cut free-form hearts out of this batch for Valentine's Day.

Cocoa Walnut Brownies
with dark chocolate & olive oil

Rich in cocoa flavonoids, fiber, and monounsaturated fat, these brownies are a power-packed mix of ingredients blended into chocolate-lover’s perfect dessert. This recipe is an adapted version of Whole Foods Flourless Brownie Recipe.

Ingredients
-1 can or 2 cups cooked/drained of rinsed Black Beans
-3 large cage-free eggs
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1 tsp honey (optional)
-2 tsp vanilla extract (real, not imitation)
-1/8 tsp salt
-1/3 cup olive oil, plus 1 tbsp to grease pan
-1/4 cup almond flour or white whole-wheat flour
-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
-1/2 cup 60% or darker chocolate chips

I used small broken off pieces of a 85% dark chocolate bar. Most people with a lactose intolerance can tolerate chocolate that is above 70% dark in small quantities without discomfort. You can also purchase dairy-free chocolate chips.

Method

1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pan with olive oil (the Whole Foods Recipe recommends an 8-inch pan).
2) Combine all ingredients (except for chocolate chips and walnuts) in a large bowl and use a blender, food processor, or hand blender to blend these ingredients until smooth.
3) Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes until brownies reach desired consistency.

 

A Lighter Veggie Samosa January 16, 2012

These Vegetable Samosas are lightly seared in olive oil, making them a healthier alternative to deep-fried restaurant versions which are often full of oil and salt.

Lightened-Up Vegetable Samosas
with cilantro, peas, and corn

Vegetable samosas sound misleadingly healthy on the menu of your favorite Indian restaurant. These potato pastries are usually fried in plenty of oil,  are high in salt, weigh in at around 270 calories each, and thus do not make the list of healthiest dishes to order at Indian restaurants. You can make your own vegetable samosas to cut down on the oil and salt used while still enjoying the crisp flavor and spices.

Ingredients
-Nasoya All Natural Egg Roll Wraps
-3 large potatoes or 5 small potatoes (I used 5 small organic yukon gold)
-1 bunch cilantro
-1 whole yellow onion
-1/2 cup frozen green peas
-1/2 cup frozen corn
-4 cloves garlic minced
-1/4 cup frozen spinach
-8 tsp olive oil (2 tsp per batch of samosas cooked)
-1/4 tsp paprika
-1/4 tsp salt
-2 tbsp of your favorite samosa spices (such as curry spices)

Methods
1. Rinse potatoes and peel. Submerge potatoes in water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium high and maintain a high simmer for 40 minutes to an hour or until potatoes become soft. Drain water.

2. Chop onion and add to a medium saucepan with 1 tbsp olive (or canola) oil and cook at high heat until onions begin to brown. Stir frequently. Mince garlic and add to pan once onions have begun to brown (after about 5 min). Continue cooking for a few minutes then add remaining frozen veggies. Stir frequently. Add cilantro and spices.

3. After draining the water, you can use an immersion (hand) blender to puree the potatoes. If you don’t have a hand blender you can grate the potatoes instead once they have cooled.

4. Combine cooked ingredients in pot and stir well. Add about 2 tbsp of the mixture to each wrap, fold wrap, and cook in sauce pan with olive or canola oil. Use about 2 tsp of oil per batch of 3-4 samosas.

5. Serve hot. You can freeze some samosas for future meals and store the rest in the fridge.

 

Ginger-Peach Smoothie November 13, 2011

Sweet peach & spicy ginger unite playfully in this calming smoothie.

Known for its soothing, anti-inflammatory properties and fiery flavor, fresh ginger creates a delicious contrast to sweet, mellow fruits like pears and peaches. Ginger is commonly believed to aid in digestion and to calm an upset stomach. Across cultures ginger has held many traditional uses. In the U.S ginger ale has often been used to help hydrate and combat nausea for those sick with a flu. While originally all ginger ale was made with real ginger, today it’s worth checking the ingredient list. On a daily basis, ginger provides powerful bursts of flavor and nutrients.

Ginger-Peach Smoothie
with banana and lemon

Ingredients
-3/4 cup frozen peach slices
-l small or 1/2 large fresh or frozen banana
-1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
-1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
-4 tbsp non-fat European or Greek style plain yogurt
-3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
-Dash of cinnamon (optional)

Methods
Blend until smooth.

Use more fruit and less liquid for a thicker drink. May store covered for up to 12 hours in the fridge.

Note: If you don’t have any fresh ginger on hand, frozen will also work but powdered ginger is not recommended for this recipe.

 

Cinnamon Yogurt Scones September 28, 2011

An adaptation from a simple yogurt bread that I have been playing with, these “Yogurt Scones” make for a healthy alternative to the high-fat originals (scones are usually made with sour cream).

Cinnamon Yogurt Scones

Ingredients (measurements are approximate)
Yield 6 scones

-1 cup white whole wheat flour
-3/4 cup nonfat plain European or Greek Yogurt
-1/4 cup raisins (or a bit less)
-1/4 cup chopped walnuts
-2 tbsp ground flax seed
-1 tbsp baking soda
-1 pinch salt
-2/3  cup warm water

Topping

-Brown sugar

-Cinnamon
-Olive oil

Methods

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Mix ingredients in large bowl (except for topping ingredients). Lightly grease pan with olive oil or use wax paper to line glass pan. Portion out 6-7 servings and place on pan. Make a thumbprint in the middle of each scone and sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon (about a pinch of each). Add just a drop or two of olive oil on the top of each scone. Bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition Highlights

High in calcium (from yogurt), low in fat (nonfat yogurt used), and good source of whole grains (whole wheat flour).

 

Thai Ginger Salmon & Peas June 2, 2011

Thai Ginger Salmon & Peas

Thai Ginger Salmon & Peas

Ingredients
– Between 1/4 and 1/3 lb Wild Caught Salmon (per person)
– Frozen peas (about 1/2 cup)
– Thai Ginger Marinade (I like Whole Foods Brand)
– Fresh fennel

Methods
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line pan with foil (dull side up). Place salmon on tray and cover with marinade. Place peas in bowl and set aside. Put salmon in the oven for 10 minutes. Take out to add peas and more marinade. Continue cooking salmon (now with peas) at 350°F for another 10 minutes until almost done. Change oven temp to a broil to make the fish slightly crisp for 5 minutes. Take out and serve hot. Top with fresh fennel.