I love spring, especially for the fresh start of the produce season. Chilled soups are just perfect for the spring and summer months. Serve these soups individually or as a tasting trio (Asparagus, Chilled Orange Strawberry Rhubarb and Chilled Mango Gazpacho) as a perfect spring starter to an evening dinner. Also this is a great way to achieve at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Asparagus is available pretty much year round and this soup can be served warm or chilled, depending upon the seasonal temperature. Look for green fresh, crunchy small stalks as they have more flavors and are less woody.
The Chilled Orange Strawberry Rhubarb is a perfect spring chilled soup with the benefit of vitamin C from the oranges and strawberries plus vitamin A from the rhubarb. Rhubarb is actually classified as a vegetable, but the majority of us consider it a fruit. It is quite acidic so the soup needs a sweetener. Sugar, honey, agave nectar or stevia can be used. Just add the sweetener at the last step and adjust sweetness to taste. The soup is best made fresh the day that it will be served.
And lastly, we have the mango gazpacho, which is originally from the Andalusia region of Spain where traditional gazpacho is made from tomatoes and fresh garden vegetables of peppers, onions, cucumber, garlic and vinegar. This Cooking Cardiologist/Americanized version changes the flavor to southwest with the addition of cilantro and lime. This recipe is a twist on the original using fresh mangos and a prepared mango puree found in the juice section of most grocery stores or natural food stores. This chilled soup is loaded with vitamin C and colorful anti-oxidants. Serve in chilled martini glasses.
Just in time for Springtime!
The hunt is over! Here is a recipe that converts Deviled Eggs to Angel Eggs with fewer calories and fat all while maintaining the flavor of the standard egg icon in America. Simply discard the fat, calories and cholesterol that are found in egg yolks and keep the good protein - the egg white (albumin). Try these on your family…just do not tell them ahead of time. :-)
BBQ has been on my mind lately and this dish satisfies my craving for true western BBQ flavors. Instead of using fatty BBQ meat, this heart-healthy recipe calls for a vegetarian product full of taste and texture just like ribs. So dish up a plate of these ribs & beans and you’ll be take a trip back to the West. It’s tasty and good for your heart because it’s cholesterol free and has all the greatness of good ole pork and beans.
Let’s put some spring into your plate. Here’s a perfect combination of the green flavors of Spring - spring peas, basil and a ripe avocado. As a result, the calories are reduced thanks to the non-dairy creamer and provides a smooth texture. Serve chilled. Perfect for spring or summer!
Not everyone wants to drink green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day, so in honor of the celebration I found some Irish themed drinks that are refreshing and fun. No Irish coffee here. Happy day o’ the green.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we are taking a Chicken Pot Pie and doing a recipe redo. I was in the mood for something a bit lighter than the meaty version of a true Shepherd’s Pie, so while researching recipes, I saw Paula Dean’s recipe for Chicken Pot Pie. Paula hails from Savannah, Georgia, a beautiful historic town that is also known for its revered St. Patrick’s Day Parade/Party celebration. It’s only fitting to tie the two together.
This recipe is a makeover of Paula Dean’s recipe from 2006. Our substitutions represent techniques in a classic makeover resulting in less fat, calories and salt. You are the judge, but we believe it tastes just as good as the original.
You read that right – 40 cloves of garlic in this recipe today!
The clay roaster used in this recipe is perfect because it allows a higher temperature for roasting, yet prevents the chicken from drying out. The garlic – sweet and soft when roasted – infuses into the chicken. A standard oven roaster could be used, but bring the oven temperature down to 375 degrees and reduce cooking time. It’s important to cook poultry well. Simply use a temperature probe and insert into the chicken breast to determine doneness. Internal temperature should reach 175 – 180 degrees for safety
Love the protein count on this one! And made without flour. Enjoy.