Healthy Recipes

View All | View Summaries
Avocado and Persimmon Salad Recipe Recipe

This colorful salad was inspired by my daughter Aria's godmother Nathalie. Not only is Nathalie a wonderful godmother to my baby girl, but she's also an amazing cook. While we were in Paris, Nathalie invited us several times for dinner and made a feast every single time for us. We were so spoiled! 

One of our favorite dishes that she made for us was an avocado and Hachiya persimmon salad. Persimmons, when ripe, have a vibrant orange color, making them perfect for Halloween. In case you were confused, the Hachiya variety is the soft one, with the pointed end. They are irresistible when extremely ripe, but basically inedible before that point. I always ripen the fruit in a paper bag with apples or bananas (or both).

The creamy avocado slices are the perfect contrast to the brightness of the persimmons. To finish the salad, I added spicy sprouts and slightly toasted pine nuts for texture. I think it's the perfect salad for a Halloween party, and I hope you do too!

A special note to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy: I hope everyone is staying safe. The American Red Cross is taking donations now to help the victims of the hurricane. They are also asking for blood donations, so if you're able to, please participate.


Full Recipe...
Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe

10.24.12 by Jackie

We're finally back home to the Bay Area after our trip to Europe. Surprisingly, the weather in Paris was a lot warmer and more pleasant than California. It's been raining quite a bit here. With Halloween coming, I picked up 3 small pumpkins and made comforting creamy pumpkin soup to ward off the cold.

The preparation is fairly easy: roast the pumpkins, add a little molasses, puréed sunflower seeds and cream and you're good to go. I paired the soup with grilled slices of baguette bread, so my husband Lulu and I could reminisce about the wonderful time we just had in Paris. I'll be posting a lot of photos of our recent trip very soon. Stay tuned!


Full Recipe...
Roasted Bell Pepper Soup Recipe Recipe

Roasted Bell Pepper Soup Recipe

10.12.12 by Jackie

Since we arrived in Paris, my husband Lulu and I have taken the opportunity to have romantic getaways in Europe and leave baby Aria with my parents. My parents are thrilled to get to have time alone with their granddaughter, and thankfully, so is Aria. As the crazy mom that I am, I've left a long list of instructions for my mom to ensure the happy well-being of my baby girl, and that includes what she eats. Ever since Aria started eating solid food, I've managed to feed her only homemade baby food. I use the term baby food loosely, since I only feed Aria food that I would also eat.

I've taught Maman one of Aria's favorite soups: roasted bell pepper soup. It's a healthy blend of lentils, brown rice and roasted bell peppers. When Lulu and I came home, there was still some soup left, so we all ate it as a first course. I garnished it with sweet basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction. It's fantastic!


Full Recipe...
Wild Rice and Hearts of Palm Salad Recipe Recipe

After making the hearts of palm crostini, my husband Lulu asked for more. I decided to make a healthier hearts of palm dish this time. I served the veggie in a wild rice salad with refreshing greens such as sugar snap peas, celery and flat-leaf parsley. A little sprinkling of sunflower seeds for crunch and crumbled blue cheese for a richer mouth feel completed the dish.

If cooked improperly, wild rice can be very tough and taste like horse food. Follow the few steps I've outlined, and you'll get soft, delicate rice with a nutty flavor.


Full Recipe...
Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe Recipe

Chinese Cabbage Soup Recipe

09.25.12 by Jackie

While picking fresh vegetables at a local Korean market with Aria sitting in my shopping cart, a very nice lady began chatting with me in front of stacks of neatly arranged young Chinese cabbage heads. She said they make excellent kimchi, as well as a delicious soup for little ones. I love sharing new foods with my daughter, so I definitely appreciated the advice.

I kept the soup fairly simple, adding potatoes as the primary thickening agent. They give the soup a richer mouth-feel without making it heavy and overbearing. It's a very pleasant way to start a meal, whether you're young, old or in-between.


Full Recipe...