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Cold Pasta Salad Recipe Recipe

Cold Pasta Salad Recipe

09.19.11 by Jackie

Cold pasta salad is usually made with mayonnaise dressing. One member of my family is allergic to eggs, so this recipe suits her perfectly; as no eggs are used. Even though there are no eggs, I wanted the dressing to be creamy and flavorful, so I mixed in goat cheese with the usual vinaigrette ingredients. For a little extra kick, I added onions cooked down in white balsamic vinegar.

I used cork-screw-shaped pasta, but any other shape such as bowties, shells or penne would work as well. In addition to the diced tomatoes and steamed zucchini, I added black lentils and pan-seared tofu to give this vegetarian pasta dish some protein. Cooking does not always have to be complicated. If you have fresh ingredients and a lot of love, you’ll have a wonderful meal. Bon appétit!
 


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Grilled Baby Artichoke Recipe Recipe

Grilled Baby Artichoke Recipe

09.01.11 by Jackie

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I'm always shocked when people say they don't like fresh artichokes. They are so underrated. I think it's because they look difficult to cook. During my childhood in France, I enjoyed a very simple presentation that Maman would often serve us when artichokes were in season. She would boil then grill the artichokes so that the hearts were soft and creamy.

Artichokes prepared this way taste great with some sort of dressing. This particular one is made the way Maman used to, using vinegar, mustard and olive oil. To add a little twist, I "stuffed" a mixture of green olives and parsley into the artichokes. I served the finished artichokes with braised chicken as a side dish. Eating artichokes can be a little messy but the meal tasted heavenly. The dish was very tasty while still being healthy. It doesn't take too long to prepare and you're in for a special treat!

 

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Grilled Eggplant Salad with Lemongrass Vinaigrette + A Giveaway! Recipe

Even though eggplants are available all year-round, they reach their peak during the summer. I was at the store today, and the skin looked very shiny and pretty on the Japanese eggplants, so I picked up several. I made Indian eggplant dip, but since I still had a few leftover, I decided to have some fun with them. Since these were Japanese eggplants, I made an Asian salad flavored with lemongrass and Thai basil.

First, I salted the eggplants to extract moisture from the vegetables and reduce their bitterness. A quick trip to the grill, and the eggplants were ready to eat. To give the salad dressing an Asian twist, I used lemongrass, sugar cane vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and wasabi for a little heat. I added some crunch to the salad with crushed peanuts. How easy it that?

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Fried Okra Salad Recipe Recipe

Fried Okra Salad Recipe

08.24.11 by Jackie

Some people might shy away from the texture of okra. But once fried, okra tastes as good as any other fried food. In today’s recipe I briefly pan-fried okra and mixed it with other seasonal veggies along with diced cranberry-covered Brillat Savarin cheese to counteract the low-carb aspect of the salad. This particular cheese is appropriate because it's sweet and tastes similar to ghee (Indian clarified butter), which is a reminder that okra is a very common ingredient in Indian cuisine.

I tend to choose bright green, small-sized okra because they are more tender. A little drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil go a long way in adding flavor. It's a very easy but tasty salad.


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Healthy School Lunch: Raspberry Spinach Salad Recipe Recipe

I have to admit, we haven't had much problem getting the kids to eat their vegetables. How, you may ask? Well, my first rule is never trick them. Second, get your children involved in the kitchen. Once they start to enjoy cooking, they will become more emotionally interested in creating new dishes, which is exactly what you want them to do! Trust them and let them experiment with new flavor combinations.

They recently came up with a savory fruit salad with greens, which was delicious. Since today was my husband's little 7-year-old sister's first day at school, I packed a plastic container with the raspberry salad (my munchkin's favorite fruit) and raspberry salad dressing on the side. You could also make a sandwich layering a slice of cheese, raspberry salad and a slice of cold meat between toasted slices of bread.


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