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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.

 

Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes July 11, 2012

Pan-seared Fish Cakes make a quick, protein and omega-rich breakfast or great meal anytime.

Pan-Seared Salmon Cakes
with parsley, lemon, & scallion

Time to Table: Approx 10 minutes
Tools Used: Hand Blender, Microwave, Pan, Stove Top, Fork

Ingredients
Serves 2 with 2-3 cakes per serving

– 3 Red or Purple Potatoes
-1 Egg
– 1 scallion (chopped)
– 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
– 1 tbsp chopped parsley
– t tbsp olive, peanut, or canola oil (for cooking)
– 3 oz canned salmon, smoked salmon, or cooked salmon (This is the perfect way to use up any leftover refrigerated fish from dinner the night before. The salmon pouches sold near tuna pouches at most grocery stores also are an excellent, thrifty option.)

Optional Extras
– 1 tsp flax seed or walnut pieces
– 1 tsp crumbled goat’s cheese or feta

Method

1. Rinse the potatoes and puncture with a fork to ventilate. Place on a microwave-safe ceramic or glass plate and microwave for 2 minutes to soften potatoes.

2. While potatoes cook, rinse and chop parsley and scallion and gather remaining ingredients. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except for the oil), including the cooked potatoes. Blend with hand blender until well mixed. Using a spoon, make six small cakes on your plate. Microwave for 2 minutes so that egg mixture is fully cooked.

3. Add 1 tbsp oil to stove top pan and lightly sear cooked cakes until slightly crisp on the outside. Place finished cakes on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve warm and enjoy!

 

 

 

Penne with Cumin, Cabbage, & Carrots January 10, 2011

Penne with Cumin Cabbage & Carrots

We found this recipe in a recent copy of The Dallas Morning News. All of the peeling, slicing, and shredding involved took a bit more time and effort than my family had expected but the final meal was one that everyone liked and there were plenty of leftovers to use for easy meals in the next couple of days.

We used whole wheat penne and fresh veggies. The only change we made to the recipe was to use Italian Asiago shredded cheese instead of Taggelio or fontina cheese (which I could not find at the store).

Scroll down to the third recipe on The Dallas Morning News website here to try this dish at home.