Today was the first rain of the year and I must say it was quite chilly for California weather. We are definitely getting some pretty cold weather in Los Angeles this year. So since the weather was so chilly, I decided to make a heart warming soup, my delightful shrimp bisque. It was the perfect dish to complement this cold weather! And what made it perfect is that while bisques usually leave you feeling heavy and not wanting to do anything, this was the perfect consistency of silkiness that just left you with a warm feeling on the inside. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Shrimp Bisque (4 servings): 1 pound medium… continue reading shrimp bisque that will warm your belly | 1 Comment
I have another confession to make, one of my favorite things in the world is fried chicken. Of course we all know how terrible it is for you since its deep fried chicken but I have come up with a recipe that will never make you miss "the real" fried chicken again. This recipe was so good I had it for breakfast the next day. I know what you are guys are thinking I'm a little gross, but it really was delicious. Well in order to recreate a healthy fried chicken I think there are two things you need to do. You need to leave the bone in the chicken and you need to make sure you… continue reading oven baked fried chicken, some delicious goodness | 17 Comments
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I am sure we all ate our hearts out, but now comes the question of what to do with all that leftover turkey. One of my favorite soup recipes has always been Italian Wedding Soup. I like it so much because it is usually very hearty but doesn't leave you feeling weighed down. Normally the meatball is made of a beef and pork mixture, but I always make mine using ground turkey because it contains less fat and is healthier for you. So feel free to use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey or buy some ground turkey from the super market!
One more last-minute thanksgiving recipe - it's a good thing this dish takes just a few minutes to throw together!
Kale is one of my favorite vegetables. It has beautiful big, sturdy leaves, and it holds it's own with so many different flavors. It's also incredibly healthy; in the same vegetable family as broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. I love it in soups, salads, and just wilted with some olive oil and garlic. In this recipe, the kale is quickly wilted and braised, and wonderful sweet flavors from the onions and cranberries and great crunchy texture from the almonds are added in. It's healthy, quick and… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: kale with caramelized onions, almonds and dried cranberries. | 1 Comment
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and as one of our last Thanksgiving recipes we have a delicious creamed corn casserole recipe for you. Usually creamed corn is made with a heavy cream so it turns out to be really unhealthy for you but with a few simple tricks this dish can really be made into something healthy and delicious.
Creamed Corn Casserole: 1 ¾ cup soy milk 1 pound frozen corn kernels 1 teaspoon Splenda 2 1/2 teaspoons flour ¼ cup fat free yogurt 3/4 teaspoon minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: creamed corn casserole | 5 Comments
Roasted vegetables are always my favorite side dish(thanksgiving or not), and this dish takes delicious roasted vegetables and adds maple-ginger quinoa to the mix. In case you've never tried it, quinoa tastes like a slightly nuttier cous cous. It's actually a berry, not a grain, and it packs a lot of protein. It's a great grain alternative for anyone who has a gluten allergy, and it's great for vegetarians who won't be getting protein from the turkey. Most important though, it tastes great, and it makes the regular roasted vegetable side-dish much more satisfying.
Remember to rinse the quinoa before cooking it. You can buy pre-rinsed packages of quinoa… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: maple-ginger quinoa with roasted vegetables. | 132 Comments
Making your own cranberry sauce is a great way to infuse your thanksgiving meal with personality, and it's also a great way to cut some of your thanksgiving sugar intake. There's no reason not to make your own cranberry sauce; it takes all of 20 minutes and your home will smell amazing as guests start arriving!
Using agave nectar (a natural sweetener from the agave plant) instead of sugar allows you to cut the sugar in cranberry sauce by about half. That's because agave nectar tastes sweeter than sugar, even though it's lower on the glycemic index. Adding apples and some orange juice not only makes the flavor/texture more… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: agave cranberry sauce with apple and spices.
It isn't thanksgiving without stuffing. When you think about it though, traditional stuffing really is a bunch of empty calories. The base is usually white bread, and there's usually a ton of butter involved. There's no reason why stuffing needs to be unhealthy. This stuffing is made with whole-grain bread, a ton of veggies, a bit of olive oil, spices and some granny smith apple, which gives it an amazing kick and totally balances the flavors.
I absolutely love this stuffing just as it is, but if you'd like to use this recipe as a healthy base and personalize it with your favorite stuffing ingredients, I'm sure it… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: delicious whole-grain stuffing. | 2 Comments
Often times the brussel sprout is the forgotten vegetable because people think it is bitter and dread eating it. But these can be the perfect side dish at thanksgiving if they are made right. The secret to making them delicious and bringing out their sweetness is roasting them and use balsamic vinegar as a marinade to bring out their sweetness. They are honestly delicious!
Roasted Brussel Sprouts 1 pound brussel sprouts 2 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Chop the… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: a side of roasted brussel sprouts
A galette (or crostata, in Italian) is a rustic tart. I love it when foods are described by the word "rustic," because that basically means that they don't need to look perfect, but somehow, they still come out looking elegant and incredibly appealing. A galette looks so pretty, but because it's a rustic tart, it can be put together quickly and easily. I think that makes it perfect for entertaining, when there's a ton going on in the kitchen.
The nice thing about this galette recipe (besides the fact that it's partially whole-wheat, contains no butter, and very little sugar...) is that it's so versatile. While I made a… continue reading planning a thin thanksgiving: healthy pear galette. | 8 Comments