The Salad Secret

Love a great salad, but hate the expense and added calories of store-bought dressing?  

It’s a simple formula: 

1 T Oil – Extra Virgin, Walnut, Hazelnut, Avocado
1 t Vinegar – Balsamic, Sherry, Apple Cider, Red Wine, Rice Wine
1 pinch Seasoning – Garlic, smoked paprika, salt, pepper
2 pinches Herbs – Dill, Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary, Herbs de Provence, etc. 
1/2 t Mustard – Whole grain, spicy, dijon, honey mustard
1/2 t Sweet Stuff – Maple syrup, agave syrup, honey, jam

Combine these items, adjusted to your palate, and blend with your favorite veggies, legumes, and more for easy, tasty salads perfect for your palate. 

Summer Yum

This healthy and delicious dish, which makes great use of fresh cherry tomatoes, couldn’t be easier to prepare.  It’s quickly becoming a staple in our home, and we hope you enjoy it too. 

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 can garbanzo or white beans
1 lb fresh spinach, kale, or other leafy green
1 c vegetable stock
1 T paprika
1/2 onion, diced
Salt, pepper
1 lb shrimp or fresh white fish (tilapia, etc.)

Sautee beans and onion in a drizzle of olive oil until onion becomes translucent. Season with salt, pepper, paprika.  Add vegetable stock (and a splash of white wine if you so choose) and cook at a low simmer for 20 minutes. Add spinach or other greens and cook until wilted. Add seafood until cooked through, serve, and enjoy. 

All the Pleasure, None of the Guilt

July is here, and we’re basking in the bounty of seasonal fruits.  The first few times I brought home fresh strawberries, our daughter could knock out a pint in a day.  When I finally bit the bullet and brought home a pound, she was fatigued by them, and we couldn’t go through them quickly enough.  We hate to see fresh, seasonal fruit go to waste, but so many recipes call for ingredients that our bodies don’t need or benefit from.  

This quick, easy frozen yogurt recipe calls for strawberries, but they can be replaced with -blueberries, peaches, or other fruits in abundance in your area.  It is important that the fruit be frozen before blending, though, to get the right consistency. 

Homemade Strawberry Frozen Yogurt
Makes 4 Servings

4 c frozen strawberries
3 T honey
1/2 c plain yogurt
1 T fresh lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and blend until smooth, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.  Keeps for up to 1 month. 

What could be easier and more refreshing on a hot summer day?  Plus, there are health benefits to these ingredients!  Strawberries and other red fruits are rich in lycopene and are fantastic for women’s health.  Honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.  Lemons are rich in antioxidants.  Yogurt is full of probiotics for your gut – the center of your immune system.