Jun 25, 2009

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Looking for an alternative to the traditional calorie-laden potato salad that's so popular during the summer months? Try this Sweet Potato Salad -- it has fewer calories, less fat, and more nutrients -- not to mention it's flavor-packed and delicious!

3 lbs sweet potatoes
2 poblano peppers
4 scallions (aka green onions)
Big handful of Italian parsley
3 tbsp white balsamic vinegar, or white wine vinegar
squeeze of lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into chunks (size is up to you, just make sure the pieces are about equal sized so they cook evenly). Cover a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place potatoes on baking sheet and toss with 2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Bake for about 30 min, or until potatoes are fork tender and edges have browned (toss potatoes 1/2 way through baking).

Meanwhile, whisk vinegar, remaining oil, lemon, mustard, & honey in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper. Finely chop the scallions & Italian parsley and add to bowl. Then chop poblano peppers into 1/4 inch pieces and add.

When the sweet potatoes are ready, let them cool for about 5 minutes, then add them to the bowl with the veggies & vinaigrette and gently toss together. Serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy!

*adapted from a recipe by Bon Appetit magazine, July 2009

Jun 16, 2009

More on Alcohol

If you read my latest newsletter and are hungry for more info on the pros & cons of drinking alcohol as part of your healthy diet, check out this New York Times article:

Published: June 15, 2009

By now, it is a familiar litany. Study after study suggests that alcohol in moderation may promote heart health and even ward off diabetes and dementia. The evidence is so plentiful that some experts consider moderate drinking — about one drink a day for women, about two for men — a central component of a healthy lifestyle.

But what if it’s all a big mistake? .............

For the full article, click here.

If you didn't get my newsletter about alcohol yet, email me at healthymeels@gmail.com

Jun 11, 2009

Fresh Figs

Figs are the BEST summertime treat. Never prepared them before? Here are a few ideas (you'll wow your friends...and your tastebuds):

  1. Slice figs in half and roast on a baking sheet for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven, crumble some fresh goat cheese over them, then top with thinly sliced ribbons of prosciutto and drizzle with thick balsamic vinegar. You won't know whether this is dinner or dessert!
  2. Prepare a platter with some halved fresh figs (the inside is too pretty not to display), a big wedge of good blue cheese (I like Point Reyes Blue), and some crusty bread. YUM.
  3. Toss some baby greens -- any sort -- with a light balsamic vinaigrette. Top the dressed greens with sliced figs & chopped walnuts.
Enjoy! And remember, figs aren't available for very long, so take advantage while you can!

Jun 5, 2009

Summertime snack

When it's hot out and you need a hearty breakfast or an afternoon snack to last you until dinner, try my new favorite smoothie, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe I saw on TV. So delicious!

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

1/2 cup soymilk, plain or vanilla
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 frozen banana, broken into a few chunks
1/4 cup rolled oats, or uncooked oat bran
A squirt of honey
A few drops of vanilla extract
ice cubes

In a blender, combine milk, yogurt, oats, honey, and vanilla. Then add banana and some ice cubes and blend until smooth. Add more or less ice cubes, depending on the consistency you desire. Enjoy! (Serves 1).