Monday, February 25, 2013

Radicchio, Green Bean, and Golden Raisin Salad

I was recently asked if I addressed healthy foods on my blog and it took me a minute to think about it. As it turns out, of course there are more than the fair share of recipes here loaded with cheese, butter, cream, or other less than figure flattering ingredients, but the more waistline friendly meals do make their appearances. Now it becomes my job to point them out to you to make sure they are more easily identifiable. One small step in this direction is that I have created a "healthy" label that I will try to append to the posts as I see fit. This recipe is a prime example of a delicious AND good-for-your-body dish. It's a simple warm salad that hits multiple areas of your palate with notes of sweetness, bitterness, nuttiness, acidity, and more. This salad is great on it's own, or you can pair it with your choice of protein for a heartier meal.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Quinoa with Kielbasa and Peppers

Quinoa? Yes. Now say it with me—"quinoa" (KEEN-WAH). It's not scary—I promise. What is it you ask? This ingredient is the seed of a plant that is closely related to beets and spinach. It has gained lots of fame over recent history. Even the UN has jumped on the bandwagon to become quinoa's biggest hypeman by declaring 2013 as the International Year of Quinoa. The reason I think quinoa is special and what makes it near and dear to my heart is that it was the topic of my first published article (EVER!) in Food Arts magazine. It's a rather surreal experience the first time a writer sees their name in the byline of a print magazine. NBD. (Proceeds to brush dirt off shoulders.)

 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sautéed Lamb Chops with Roasted Green Beans

"Hey, it's Lamb Chop's Play-Along where kids come to play along, and fun things are all we ever do. Yeah, it's Lamb Chop's Play-Along. Come join the kids and play along. We've got a lot of good stuff for you."

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Buffalo Drumsticks with Sweet Potato Fries

Are you ready for some football?!?!?!

Me? I'm not all that interested in this year's match-up. Although I enjoy watching the pig skin getting thrown around now and again, I'm not the biggest fan of the sport. But if there's one occasion every year for America to rally together and jointly participate in an activity, then it just might be the Super Bowl. Some people watching the big game are actually invested in rooting for their favorite team (or against their most hated) as they run down the field toward the goal line—I would posit most of the population is more interested in the commercials, half-time show (who doesn't love a good Beyoncé performance?), beer, and food. Since Da Bears are no where to be found and New York isn't represented this year it looks like I'll be lumping myself into the latter category. Kick-off is merely hours away and it's time to prep the food table—buffalo wings are a classic game day snack and here I offer you an easy, baked version using chicken legs served with delicious sweet potato fries.