Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Roasted Broccolini with Balsamic Vinegar

2 bunches (about 8 oz. each) broccolini
1 tablespoon olive oil
kosher salt to taste
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Cooking Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Trim the stem ends of the broccolini and spread the spears on a baking sheet. Brush them with olive oil (especially the flowering part) and sprinkle with salt.
3. Roast the broccolini on the top rack of the oven until the stems become tender when pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes.
4. Toss the broccolini with the balsamic vinegar and serve.

This recipe serves: 6 | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes

Roasted Broccolini with Balsamic Vinegar: Recipe by FoodFit

Strawberry Soup with Sorbet

1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
about 1/2 cup brown sugar
juice of 1 lemon
4 scoops of fruit sorbet

Cooking Instructions
1. Purée the strawberries in a blender or food processor.
2. Strain with a fine mesh strainer, pressing gently on the pulp to release the juice.
3. Blend in the sugar and lemon juice until a pleasant balance of sweetness and tartness is reached.
4. Ladle the soup into soup bowls and serve with a scoop of fruit sorbet.

This recipe serves: 4 | Preparation time: 10 minutes

Strawberry Soup with Sorbet: Recipe by FoodFit

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sesame Noodles

What’s the trick to making pasta healthy? Use whole-wheat noodles. This popular Asian noodle salad bolsters the fiber content and packs a nutrient punch without sacrificing flavor. The recipe comes courtesy of Annelise Stuart of Germantown, New York.

Serves: 8 (1 1/2 cups each).
Preparation time: 20 minutes

1 pound whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar or lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1 bunch scallions, sliced, divided
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided (optional)
4 cups snow peas, trimmed and sliced on the bias
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until just tender, 9 to 11 minutes or according to package directions. Drain; rinse under cold water.

2. Meanwhile, whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, canola oil, vinegar (or lime juice), crushed red pepper, 1/4 cup scallions and 2 tablespoons cilantro (if using). Add noodles, snow peas and bell pepper; toss to coat.

3. To serve, mix in sesame seeds and garnish with the remaining scallions and cilantro.

Elise's Sesame Noodles: Provided by Eating Well

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Greek Salad Pitas

1 cup peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced zucchini
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped pepperoncini, optional
1/4 cup chopped black olives, preferably kalamata
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. red wine vinegar
1 tsp. dried oregano
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 6-inch whole wheat pita breads, cut in half
6 curly leaf lettuce leaves

1. Combine cucumber, bell pepper, zucchini, feta, onion, pepperoncini, olives, oil, lemon juice, vinegar and oregano in large bowl, and toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Line each pita half with a lettuce leaf; fill with 1/2 cup salad mixture.

To pack this for lunch, wrap the pita pockets separately, and fill them with the salad just before serving. Or enjoy the chopped salad on its own with a bowl of soup for dinner. Note: Pepperoncini are thin, small pickled chile peppers that range in spiciness from medium to medium-hot. Look for them in the Italian section of large supermarkets.
Ingredient List

Serves 6 | 30 minutes or fewer

Greek Salad Pitas: Vegetarian Times Issue: April 1, 2005 p.38

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lentil Soup

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion
1 cup brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
4 cups water
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 small kohlrabi or other root vegetables, peeled and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 medium potato, peeled and diced
1 large tomato, cored, seeded and diced
salt and freshly ground black pepper
plain low-fat yogurt (optional)

Cooking Instructions
1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté onion until lightly browned, 5 minutes.

2. Have kids add lentils and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often.

3. Kids can add water, carrots, kohlrabi, celery and potato. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, about 30 minutes.

4. Kids can stir in the tomato. Cover and simmer 30 minutes longer, until lentils and vegetables are tender.

5. Season with salt and pepper. Have kids top each bowl with a dollop of yogurt prior to serving.

This recipe serves: 6
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Children's Lentil Soup Recipe by FoodFit

Friday, April 11, 2008

Tortilla Soup

For the soup:
5 cloves garlic, peeled
10 Roma tomatoes, cored and quartered
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
8 cups low-sodium ... broth
1 dried chipotle pepper, stemmed and seeded (optional)
3/4 pound tortilla chips

Optional garnishes:
1 bunch (1/2 cup) fresh cilantro leaves
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 limes, cut in wedges

Cooking Instructions
1. Puree the garlic and tomatoes in a blender until smooth.

2. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot over low heat.

3. Add the onion, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until pale brown and caramelized, about 10 minutes.

4. Stir in the tomato puree and cook 10 minutes longer, stirring frequently.

5. Pour in the ... stock and add the chipotle chile (if desired). Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

6. Stir in the tortilla chips and cook 10 minutes longer, until the chips soften.

7. Remove and discard the chile.

8. Serve hot, with cilantro, avocado, sour cream, lime wedges and some extra crisp, fried tortilla chips for adding at the table.

This recipe serves: 8
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Tortilla Soup: Recipe by FoodFit

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Peanut Noodle Salad

1/4 cup reduced fat peanut butter
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/4 tablespoons sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound soba noodles
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 medium carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup blanched peas

Cooking Instructions
1. Mix the peanut butter in a large bowl with the soy sauce, lemon juice, sesame oil and ginger. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook stirring constantly until the water returns to a boil. Cook until the noodles are al dente.

3. Scoop the noodles out of the pot and directly into the bowl with the peanut butter mixture.

4. Add 2-4 tablespoons hot pasta water to loosen up the sauce.

5. Add the vegetables and toss well. Let cool. Cover and refrigerate.

This recipe serves: 4 children
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Peanut Noodle Salad [Recipe by FoodFit]