Seaweed salad, in this case Hijiki, is not only rich in minerals, vitamins, and also good for thyroid health (for those of you suffering from abnormal thyroids like me), but its tastes great and pairs well with a mirin glazed fillet of healthy grilled trout…..
Yet another ethnic touch to a regular weeknight grilled chicken routine, harissa is a wonderful Tunisian blend of spices can be found in most specialty stores…doesn’t get any more healthy yet flavorful than this!….
Talk about clash of cultures! Decided to bring Bengali and French together for a delicious healthy cause. The result was a filling and yummy punch of omega’s (salmon), protein (lentils) and flavor (spicy mustard)….
Scallops: when cooked properly I can’t resist these tender, sweet, plump morsels. The key is to sear them with moderately high heat, just enough to lightly brown the sides, making sure not to overcook and retain tenderness. My favorite way to present the scallops are in a luxurious beurre blanc sauce with a hint of herbs, or served on a bed of sliced brussel sprouts…..
When it comes to lamb chops leave it to the Greek. In my opinion this flavorful cut of meat is best served with a simple rub of lemon and herbs, similar to the preparation at my favorite Greek restaurant here in SF: Kokkari (mmm). Although easy and quick to prepare (not counting marination), lamb gets filed in my ‘special occasion’ cabinet, as I’ve been keeping my cholesterol at bay. Resisting an added kick of carbs, I love serving on a delicious puree of vegetables, especially this silky cauliflower with a kick of spice……
Unlike most flavorful soups that require hours of laborious chopping and simmering, this recipe is basically done with a can opener in hand and a few flicks of the wrist…Despite being completely meatless, the chickpeas in this soup provide a great punch of protein as well as dietary fiber and the Indian spices pair well with these legumes, which are such a popular part of Middle Eastern cuisines/diets…in addition the pureeing of beans and addition of light coconut milk and yogurt lends a bit of richness and creaminess while still being healthy….
The title says it all, decadence in one bite! Adapted from a Wolfgang Puck recipe, elegant with or without the caviar and yet another guaranteed crowd pleaser….
Tabbouleh, a simple ethnic touch to a regular weeknight grilled chicken routine. Low in fat, yet high in fiber, essential nutrients, complex carbohydrates, light yet filling and tasty….perfect!
Taking a cue from prehistoric ancestors, I’ve always preferred my food unprocessed and cooked over fire, thus the idea of fire+fruit was well-accepted by my taste buds. Grilling/cooking fruit caramelizes and concentrates flavors, great for not quite ripened fruit in need of some oomph, while satisfying your sweet tooth in a healthier way. A savory/salty touch, in this case topping of pecorino and prosciutto wrap, makes it a great crowd pleaser as well…
A favorite go-to appetizer at my local Italian eatery, I decided to save myself from enduring a long walk to satisfy my cravings by recreating the dish at home. Oh-so-simple, quick to whip together, few ingredients, yet impressive, also appeals to the vegetarian friends…all the factors for a perfect dinner party dish!…