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Super Bowl XLVI Recipe Roundup

4 Feb

You’re stressing because you’re throwing a Super Bowl Party for the friends and fam but you don’t know what to make.  Well, you’re in luck because of this delicious, All-American, Super Bowl-worthy recipe list. Now all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the people around you!  Oh–and don’t forget to cook!

Set the Scene:

Do you have a favorite team?  Consider a Red, White & Blue theme (since the teams are pretty much representing the SAME exact colors anyway).  No offense to die-hard fans.  You’ll probably be able to borrow decor from 4th of July!  Easy!

CUTE ALERT!!!  Katie Brown turned lemons into mini footballs and created a fun Super Bowl centerpiece.

Drinks:

You won’t disappoint if you stock up on beer for the Super Bowl.  But put some thought into it…make it special by serving local beers, beers from Boston or New York, or an organic selection that pairs well with what you’re serving.

Starters:

Fresh & Easy Cantaloupe Salsa.  Cool, spicy and tangy.  Serve with your favorite healthy chips, like Garden of Eatin‘ Red Hot Blues.

Cranberry Goat Cheese & Herb “Hot Pockets.”  Like grown-up pizza rolls.  They’ll disappear in a flash!

Baked Kale Chips.  There’s nothing fried about ’em.  For a big crew, buy a few heads and bake away.  You’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll go.  Even the kids will love!

Spiced Party Nuts.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  No party is a party without party nuts.  And your guests will certainly go nuts over these sassy little numbers!

Sides:

Super Bowl Sunday Salad.  Flavorful and colorful.  Just what you want in a salad.  A real crowd pleaser!

Flash Roasted Green Beans.  These green machines go faster than it takes to cook ’em!

Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.  Because what’s better with an All-American meal than fries?

Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad.  Leave the mayo in the fridge and try this slightly refined potato salad on for size.  Ol’ Grammie might not like the idea of it, but once she tastes, she’ll never go back!

Main Course:

Baked Rosemary Chicken Strips.  Kids will love ’em and parents will feel like kids again!

Pulled Pork Sliders.  Might be the easiest part of the entire meal…thanks to the crock pot!

Black Bean Patties with Mole Glaze.  Add instant chic to your football party by throwing in a little vegetarian fare.  Plus, your friends with food restrictions will love you for it.

Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings.  View this step-by-step YouTube tutorial on how to create Foodwishes.com Garlic Ginger Chicken Wings.

Desserts:

Ice Cream Social Network.  What’s more all-American than an ice cream social?

Oats, Orange & Hazelnut Cookies.  Perfect for a standing-room-only dessert line.

Healthy Tasty Chow’s Nutella Puppy Chow.  Such a great dessert for a Super Bowl soiree!  Don’t you just want to dig in already?

Oh How She Glow’s Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies.  You wouldn’t know these were vegan…or a healthy cookie!  YUM!

Phew!  Now, get to work STAT.  Super Bowl starts in 24 hours!

Have a favorite Super Bowl recipe that you want to share?  Leave a comment below.

Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Sage Apple Butter

3 Oct

Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Sage Apple Butter

Serves 8 – 10

Uh-oh the holidays snuck up on you.  Again.  Last week it was Labor Day and now you’re shopping for everyone who has made your nice list.  You haven’t the time for holiday shopping let alone holiday cooking!  A little secret: Sweet Mashed Potatoes with Sage Apple Butter.  It’s the chicest addition to your autumn soiree and a simple weekday side.  You’ll win over everyone’s hearts without really trying—which is a good thing, since you’re a little behind on that shopping.

Ingredients:

3 lbs. organic yams, cubed with skin on (3 large potatoes)

3 Tbsp. unsalted butter

½ C. organic gala apple, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

2 Tbsp. fresh sage, chopped

1Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

¼ C. low fat milk

¼ C. heavy cream

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Mashed Sweet Potatoes:

In a large pot, bring water to a rolling boil and flavor with splash of olive oil.  Place potatoes in boiling water for about 20 minutes.  Test tenderness of potatoes with fork; when tender, drain water.

In a separate pan, melt butter on low heat.  Add garlic and apples.  Let simmer for two minutes.   Add sage and simmer until butter is a nice golden hue, mindful not to brown.

With an electric hand mixer, mash sweet potatoes at medium speed.  Mix in sage apple butter.  Blend on low until potatoes are light and fluffy.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Crème Fraiche

Prepare homemade buttermilk by mixing 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice with ¼ C. low fat milk.  Add two Tablespoons of buttermilk to heavy cream and beat with electric mixer on low until light and fluffy.  Voila!  Crème fraiche.  Add a dollop to potatoes.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  While they’re labeled “yams” at the market, the American version of yams are sweet potatoes, in a slightly different color and texture. So, they’re basically the same thing. Health benefits include Vitamins A & C, which boost mood, support your immune system and protect your eyes.

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NUTRITIONAL FACTS (SERVING SIZE – 8): Calories: 265; Total Fat 7g; Saturated Fat 4g; Sodium 11mg; Fiber 2g

Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad

27 Aug

"Not Your Grandma's Potato Salad"

Serves 6-8

You grew up feasting on Grandma’s potato salad, and every visit to her house guaranteed spoonfuls of the creamy, mayonnaise-rich side dish.  You could’ve died and gone to Heaven with the stuff – that is, until unsightly humps and lumps appeared near your rear and you swore off it forever. Our Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad is a modern twist on the retro side dish, no mayo required.  Now go, make Grandma proud and indulge yourself with a second helping!

Ingredients:

Potatoes:

2 lbs. organic red potatoes

¼ C. green onion, sliced

½ C. organic red bell pepper, diced

2 sprigs rosemary, de-sprigged

1/4 C. sliced almonds (toasted)

Dressing:

3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. spicy Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire

1 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan

Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Quarter potatoes, keeping pieces as uniform in size as possible.  Transfer into boiling water, reducing heat to Medium until potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Drain and set aside to cool.

Toast sliced almonds in a pan until a nice golden color is achieved. Remove from heat and set aside.

Once potatoes have cooled, transfer them to a large mixing bowl and add green onion, red bell pepper and rosemary. In a small mixing bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire, cheese, salt and pepper.  Pour dressing over potato salad and toss gently to coat, using a soft spatula. Serve chilled, topped with almonds and sprinkled with a bit more cheese, salt and pepper.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Starchy potatoes get a bad rap.  The culprit isn’t the potato itself but the added fat, grease and frying. Be sure to eat the skins of your red potatoes to increase your body’s ability to ward off free radicals, cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure and more.  They’re a great source of potassium and Vitamin C.

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Omega-3 Lemon Basil Quick Bread

1 Jul

Makes 1 loaf

Omega-3_lemon_basil_quick_breadOut comes a freshly baked loaf of bread and suddenly you’re carb-allergic.  Newsflash!  Unless you’re gluten-free or have a wheat allergy, carbs are good for you.  Well, the right kind of carbs are good for you.  Take the Omega-3 Lemon Basil Quick Bread made with whole wheat flour, flaxseed, olive oil and fresh-from-the-garden basil and lemon.  This sensational summer bread will have your complexion, hair and bod (yes, bod—you can still lose and maintain weight when you consume good carbs) looking young and fabulous.

Ingredients:

2 C. whole wheat flour

¾ C. flaxseed meal

2 tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. sea salt

3 Tbsp. olive oil

¼ C. honey

½ C. part skim ricotta cheese

1 large egg

½ C. fresh basil leaves, torn

Zest and guts of 1 lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine flour, flaxseed meal, baking soda and sea salt in a small bowl.  Zest lemon and remove peel.  Chop guts of lemon into little pieces.  Beat oil, honey and ricotta until combined.  Add egg, beat well, then slowly beat in basil, lemon zest and lemon.  Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined.

Transfer dough to a 9 x 4 loaf pan.  Bake for 55-60 minutes, testing doneness with a toothpick.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Omega-3-rich flaxseed meal promotes healthy, vibrant skin, regulates blood sugar and strengthens cardiovascular health.  It’s also high in fiber, promoting excellent digestion.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

10 Jun

Serves 6 -8

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Some like it hot and you happen to be one of those people.  From eggs to pizza, everything you cook gets kicked up a notch (or two).  So it made sense that you’d add some heat to sweet potatoes.  Surprisingly, instead of burning your mouth off, the sweet and spice created a savory harmony.  It was a match made in Heaven—and you were still able to satisfy your fiery habit.

Ingredients:

2 lb. sweet potatoes or yams

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. chili powder

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

Sea salt & cracked pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Using a mandolin or knife, slice potatoes into fries.  Place fries in a large mixing bowl and coat with rest of ingredients.  Place seasoned fries in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Let bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked to a golden crisp.  At 15 minutes, flip potatoes.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Spices carry some potent health powers. Cumin is bursting with more iron than any other spice. Loaded with Vitamin A, paprika makes your eyes, bones and immune system strong. Chili powder keeps you satiated and your cravings at bay.  And the phytochemical capsaicin in cayenne lowers your risk of diabetes.

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Summer Fruit & Spinach Salad with Lemon Cilantro Dressing

9 Jun

Serves 6 – 8

Summer Fruit & Spinach Salad with Lemon Cilantro Dressing

You’re a summer lover.  And on a bright and sunny summer day, all you want is a bright and sunny salad.  Bursting with flavor, vibrant colors and assorted textures, the Summer Fruit and Spinach Salad will certainly suit your heart’s desire.

Ingredients:

Salad

4 C. organic spinach, chopped

1 mango, diced

1 container strawberries, hulled & quartered

¼ C. grated Cotija cheese

¼ C. pumpkin seeds

Dressing

¼ C. extra virgin olive oil

Juice of one lemon

2 Tbsp. cilantro, minced

1 tsp. garlic, minced

½ tsp. sea salt

½ tsp. pepper

Directions:

Whisk together dressing ingredients and chill in fridge. Dressing lasts up to a week.

Rinse, dry and prepare spinach and fruit.  Place in a serving bowl.  In a small pan, toast pumpkin seeds until they reach a golden brown.  Remove from heat.  Before serving, toss salad with dressing and top with cheese and pumpkin seeds.

Main course?  Serve with grilled avocado, chicken or shrimp.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: Take a lesson from Popeye and make sure to eat your spinach.  It’s rich in iron, which is an essential vitamin that keeps your hair, skin and nails healthy for all those hot summer nights.

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Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

27 May

Image by Stephycupcake via flickr

You’re stressing because you’re throwing a Memorial Day BBQ for the friends and fam but you don’t know what to make.  Well, you’re in luck because I’ve put together my favorite BBQ recipes from Food, I Love You! and some other food bloggers I’m currently obsessing over.  Now all you have to do is sit back, relax (wine in hand) and enjoy the people around you!  Oh–and don’t forget to cook!

Drinks:

Go all out and create a signature cocktail.  Get inspired from this Your Daily Thread  list.

Starters:

Baked Kale Chips.  There’s nothing fried about ’em.  For a big crew, buy a few heads and bake away.  You’ll be amazed how quickly they’ll go.  Even the kids will love!

Spiced Party Nuts.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  No party is a party without party nuts.  And your guests will certainly go nuts over these sassy little numbers!

Spicy Tomato Basil Soup.  Serve it as a shooter, warm or chilled, topped with a dollop of creme fraiche and basil.

Sides:

Not Your Grandma’s Potato Salad.  Leave the mayo in the fridge and try this slightly refined potato salad on for size.  Ol’ Grammie might not like the idea of it, but once she tastes, she’ll never go back!

Strawberry & Asparagus Quinoa Salad.  Light, crisp and oh-so-seasonal.  Tastes delicious with herb-rubbed grilled chicken breast.

Main Course:

Grapefruit Chicken Salad.  Nothing’s more refreshingly satisfying in front of the pool than this.  Pair it with Rose and you’ll be in chicken salad Heaven!

Fire up the grill with The Kitchn’s Rosemary Lemon Kebabs.  This recipe calls for lamb but any meat would be delish!

Desserts:

Ice Cream Social Network.  What’s more all-American than an ice cream social?  With berries that are so this-season, you’ll be the sweetest belle of the BBQ!

Mango Frozen Yogurt by Yum Yum Yummers.  Looks deliciously tangy and you don’t even need an ice cream maker!

Grapefruit Chicken Salad

11 May

Serves 6-8

Grapefruit Chicken Salad

Those day spas have it made in the food department.  No booze, no fat, just light, airy and nutritious options on their menus.  You feel like an angel when you dine there.  Here’s a little secret: the Grapefruit Chicken Salad is a pleasingly light, spa-worthy entrée.  Now you can have a spa escape right in your backyard.

Ingredients:

1 lb. organic chicken breast

½ grapefruit, peeled & cut into 1-inch pieces

½ C. purple grapes, halved

¼ C. fresh mint, torn

¼ C. non-fat plain Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 Tbsp. fresh grapefruit juice

Sea salt & cracked pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

In an ovenproof glass dish, season chicken with salt and pepper.  Place in oven and cook for 35-40 minutes.  Let cool and cut into 1-inch cubes.  Add to grapefruit, grapes and mint.

Whisk yogurt, mustard and grapefruit juice in a small bowl.  Pour over chicken salad.  Round out the meal with spinach and whole grain bread.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO:  Eating food high in lycopene is an excellent way to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, aging and skin cancer.  Pink grapefruits make an excellent source of lycopene.  Just remember to continue to wear that sunscreen! 

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Veggie Cassoulet

6 May

Serves 6-8

Veggie Cassoulet

Casserole made quite a few debuts at your childhood dinner table. Yes, the staple meal became a familiar friend and foe, especially when you felt like being a picky eater.  You thought you had everyone fooled, right?  Not Mom.  Soldiering on, she knew how to suit your taste buds so you had a warm, nutritious meal in your belly.  Now that those taste buds are a bit more refined (read: you’re not a crabby 2nd grader) how about trying this French-style casserole, Veggie Cassoulet.  And yes, it’s cassoulet because your vocabulary has become quite refined itself.  Bon appetít!

Ingredients:

For the cassoulet                                For the toasts

1 Tbsp. olive oil                                         Whole wheat ciabatta

1 medium onion, sliced                          1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 clove garlic                                              Pinch of sea salt

1 organic red bell pepper, sliced            Cracked pepper

2 Cups cremini mushrooms, sliced

¼ C. dry red wine

3 Cups spinach

1, 14 oz. can canellini beans, rinsed

1 tsp. red pepper flakes

Sea salt & cracked pepper

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425. 

Heat olive oil in a large pan on medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic until onions soften, about three minutes.  Add bell pepper and continue to sauté for another two minutes.  Sweat in mushrooms.  Deglaze pan with red wine and simmer until fully reduced.   Gently stir in spinach, beans and red pepper flakes.  Season with salt and pepper.

To prepare toasts, place remaining olive oil, salt & pepper in a small bowl.  Half the loaf and cut into two-inch-wide pieces.  Brush on olive oil and place in oven for 10 minutes.  Serve topped with cassoulet.

Just you and your honey for a romantic evening?  Quarter the recipe.

FOOD THAT LOVES YOU, TOO: The spinach and beans in this lean, vitamin-rich dish are great for your hair and scalp.  Prevent breakage and promote growth by indulging in  lean proteins and iron.

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