Pear and Beet Salad 5 under 30

I am so excited about cooking and sharing on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta, how you can stay Fit and Fabulous for 2017, using 5 main ingredients under 30 minutes.

This salad was inspired by that simple challenge. We can do it and we can do it deliciously, with hardly no effort at all, using some of my easy recipes. It just takes some preparing and a bit of creativity. I love this salad, because it has over 26 grams of protein, that is vegetarian and about 15 grams of carbs. I love those numbers.

I hope you tune in to Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta Thursday Feburary 9th at 9:00 am, but until then, enjoy this salad. Oh yeah! Do not forget to always Set the Table with Love.

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Pear and Beet Salad Fit and Fabulous

Pear and Beet Salad

Ingredients:

4 small roasted or marinated beets, (I used Love Beets, already peeled and marinated or roasted for you and they are organic and delicious.)

1 bosc pear

2 cups of your favorite greens, chopped, ( I used romaine lettuce.)

2 tbsp of your favorite cheese, ( I used parmesan, vegetarian.)

1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

Directions:

Add the lettuce to a salad bowl. Place the beets around in different places around lettuce, add the pears on top of the lettuce, sprinkle the cheese and the pumpkin seeds. You may have pumpkin seeds left over, eat them as a snack later.

Add a pinch of sea salt, cracked black pepper. Drizzle a little balsamic glaze and olive oil. Salad done.

You can also use nuts, instead of seeds. You can also add other veggies, like sautéed zucchini and yellow squash.

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Pear and Beet Salad Fit and Fabulous

 

 

 

Beautiful Energy Food ~ Roasted Beets with Zucchini and Kale

I love food.  I also love feeling and looking great. Eating healthy for me is essential. I am kidney transplant survivor, so how I eat makes a difference in my health.  This Roasted Beet dish, is full of flavor, textures and nutrition. Here’s a few reasons you may want to try this simple recipe for yourself:

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Roasted Beets, Kale and Zucchini

Beets
Fight wrinkles and conditions the naturally with folate!
Prevents age-related macular degeneration with vitamin A and carotenoids!
Is also known to improve blood flow.

Kale
Boosts the health of your skin, because of it’s vitamin C content. Your skin contains collagen fibers, which are long strands of protein that form a network that holds your skin cells together. Vitamin C helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength.

Radishes
Keeps you hydrated.
With a high water content and lots of vitamin C as well as phosphorus and zinc, radishes are an excellent food for the tissues and can help keep your skin looking fresh and vibrant. Eat your thirst.

 

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Roasted Beets, Kale and Zucchini

Preheat oven 400.
Wash beets well. Peel the beets, slice them thinly into circles. Lay them on parchment paper,  salt to taste and drizzle with olive oil.

Clean the zucchini, slice them into circles as well. Place on parchment paper and salt to taste with a little olive oil.
Place in the oven cook for 25 – 30 minutes, until tender.  The zucchini will cook faster,  remove when done.

Sauté the kale. Add olive oil to a sauté pan. Add 1 cup of chopped kale, sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Sauté  for 2-3 minutes.  Remove from heat.
Clean and slice radishes, also into circles. Zest some lemon. Set everything to the side. Goat cheese optional.

Now, once the beets and zucchini is ready you can assemble on a beautiful white plate as you desire. I used a good store bought balsamic glaze to drizzle over the whole dish, but you can make your own.

TIPS ON PLATING
The key to pretty plating, as I learned from my mentor Alex Guranaschelli, on Food Network’s All Star Academy is know what your making, figure out what plate best fits your dish. How and where will you place each component of the dish on the plate?   Sketch it out, if you have to.

Enjoy Beautiful Energy Food and being creative.

Vegan Elegance~ Cashew Nice Dream w/balsamic reduction and macerated pineapple in Pinot Grigio Wine

I got to use my green ice cream scoop that my amazing real estate agent gave me as a  “just because” gift. I love Stacy Sugarman. She is amazing. She sold my house in 24 hours without it even being put on the market. This blog is dedicated to her, please look her up.

So what do you do when you have too much balsamic reduction and macerated pineapples? I see an adult sundae in my future.

This is crazy delish! Balsamic reduction is put on savory things and sweet things as well. It’s great on strawberries and ice cream. Well I had some Cashew Nice Dream left over and decided to take this yummy treat to a next level.

This would make such an elegant dessert for date night or girls night out. LOL.  🙂

It’s super simple and it will leave you feeling refreshed and chilled out. Hee Hee! Chilled out because it’s nice dream and it’s cold and the pineapples are filled with wine. Get it? Okay.. I am cheesy.

Enjoy and Set the Table with Love and lots of macerated pineapples, but not too many….

Elegant Vanilla Nice Dream with Balsamic Reduction and Macerated Pineapples with Coconut
Elegant Vanilla Nice Dream with Balsamic Reduction and Macerated Pineapples with Coconut

Ingredients:

Any non dairy vegan ice kream . I used a cashew based one. I found it to be more creamier.

1 cup chopped pineapples

Balsamic Reduction ( recipe here Balsamic Reduction )

1 1/2 cups of Pinot Grigio or your favorite white (dry) wine

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp coconut for garnish

Sprig of mint for garnish

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Elegant Vanilla Nice Dream with Balsamic Reduction and Macerated Pineapples with Coconut

Directions: 

In a large bowl add your pineapples, or strawberries if you prefer, pour the wine over them.

Sprinkle in the granulated sugar and add the vanilla extract and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or up to 12 hours.

Once the fruit is ready. Add 3 scoops of the nice dream. Add the pineapples, drizzle the balsamic reductions,sprinkle with coconut and add the mint, as a garnish if you like.

Enjoy!!

Elegant Vanilla Nice Dream with Balsamic Reduction and Macerated Pineapples with Coconut
Elegant Vanilla Nice Dream with Balsamic Reduction and Macerated Pineapples with Coconut

Mediterranean Veggie Bowl with a Balsamic Reduction

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Tuscan Veggie Bowl with a Balsamic Reduction

Food should be delicious, nutritous and beautiful. I love bringing familiar flavors and introducing something unexpected, but they blend very well with the family of the recipe.

This bowl is tuscan inspired with a little greek touch. The artichoke hearts give this dish a nice tartness, but saltiness as well, the smoked sundried tomatoes, lend of course the smokiness, but also a nice sweetness.  I must mention how much I love the spiciness from the greek peperoncini peppers. The spicy garlic whites beans is the centerpiece for this dish, blending them all together is a wonderful experience on your tastebuds. It’s a great union.

Enjoy and Set the Table with Love.  Sometimes only one bite can tell the whole story.

Ingredients:

1 can white beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup red onions, diced

1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced

2 garlic gloves, peeled and diced

1 tbsp olive oil, in a sauce pan, to saute veggies

1 tbsp garlic herb seasonings

1 tsp garlic powder

Salt and Pepper to taste

Veggies for the Bowl:

6 campari tomatoes, halves in fours

1/2 cup sundried tomatoes

1/2 cup artichoke hearts, marinated

1/4 cup greek peperoncini peppers, sliced ( pre)

1/2 cup yellow squash, diced

Directions:

Add the oil to a sauté pan and add your diced onions and peppers. Sauté until soft. Add diced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add beans and stir. Add the spices and stir gently, to keep the beans in tack.

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Balsamic Reduction

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup honey

Directions:

Stir balsamic vinegar and honey together in a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the vinegar mixture has reduced to 1/3 cup, about 10 minutes.

To Assemble:

Add the beans into the middle of a large bowl. Add the veggies around the beans. Drizzle the cooled balsamic glaze over the entire dish, with a little olive oil if you wish and piece of basil.

“You are what you eat” First cooking class

I really enjoyed last night teaching my students how to eat healing foods that taste delicious and look amazing. It was a fun night with some amazing ladies. We learned so much about foods you can eat to prevent cancer and foods that help detox your liver. The menu for the evening:

Organic Goat cheese and Sage stuffed chicken, Stuffed Red Roasted Peppers with Moroccan Quinoa, RAW kale, apple and carrot salad, Goat cheese purses and for dessert Asian Ginger Spiced Poached Pears in butter phyllo dough cups drizzled with a balsamic caramel sauce. For our cocktail we had a RAWtini Lemonade Mango with cucumber and ginger shots. Yum O !

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You are what you eat cooking class

Hope you enjoy these recipes.

Poached Pears:

10 pears, peeled with
stems attached(Bosch Pears)

2 cups organic can sugar

1/2 cup of organic honey

3 cups red wine

3 cups water

1 thumb of ginger ( skin on)

2 star anise

2 tbsp of each spice powder ginger, powder cinnamon, powder cardmom, powder indian nutmeg

1 tsp of cumin

zest from 1/2 orange and 1/2 lemon (optional)

2 tsp. vanilla

In a saucepan on medium heat, mix sugar, red wine,honey, water, spices, the ginger piece and zests of orange and lemon. Let come to a boil and add pears to saucepan and turn the heat down and simmer on a med/low heat for about 35 minutes or until pears are heated through but not mushy. They should have a little firmness but you should be able to easily stick a knife in them.

While the pears are cooking prepare

Phyllo dough cups.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1 cup of melted butter

a pastry brush or newly bought paintbrush

12 sheets of phyllo dough each cup needs to be 4 sheets thick you should get about 4 medium circles out of each set of sheets. You need 10 circles.

Layer the phyllo sheets on top of each other brushing butter on the first phyllo dough and on the last sheet. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 10 med circles and press them into the large muffin tin, make sure to have the dough go up side the muffin tin. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Balsamic Reduction:

1 cup of Balsamic Vinegar

1/4 of Organic Cane Sugar

Add ingredients to a saucepan on med/hi heat and let cook for about 10 -15 minutes until you have less than half

of the liquid remaining and it has become thick. Cooking time may vary based on your stove.

Prepare the Garnish for the Pears

TIP: make your sauces for the pears about 20 – 25 minutes into cooking the pears so you do not have to rewarm your sauces.

Ginger and Cardmom Sugar ( sprinkle over the pears, optional)

2 tbsp of ginger

1 tbsp of cardmom

1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper ( optional) but so worth trying it

3 tbsp of organic can sugar

Simply mix all the ingredients, makes a great little touch to the pears.

Caramel Sauce:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/3 cup water

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix the water and sugar in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and boil uncovered until the sugar turns a medium brown, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring
occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Make sure to keep an eye on it, it will burn quickly. When adding cream be careful to stand back to avoid splattering, and gradually add the cream and vanilla extract. Simmer until the caramel dissolves and the sauce is smooth and thick, about 2 minutes.

Here is the magic! The balsamic reduction should have cooled and looks nice and thick. This is the time to add the balsamic reduction and the caramel together. Add the sauce to the cups and once the pears are done add the pears to the sauced cups and drizzle sauce over the pears and sprinkle the ginger,cayenne and cardmom sugar over top the pears.

Delicious!!

Now to the really healthy stuff!!

RAW Kale Apple and Carrot Salad with citrus dressing

2 bundles of kale chopping finely

4 finely chopped med carrots (diced)

3 organic apples

3 organic med oranges

1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup of organic olive oil

2 tbsp of organic honey

1/2 tbsp of cumin

1/2 tsp cardmom

1/2 tbsp of smoked paprika

Mix the spices and liquid ingredients for the dressing in a large bowl. Add finely chopped kale, apples and carrots. Toss the salad and add sea salt and pepper to taste. I like to also at the end drizzle little more olive oil.

Remember to Set the table with love!