Risotto is the perfect canvas for seasonal produce. And, it’s easy to make once you’ve got the routine down. In the spring, make Asparagus & Morel Risotto. In summer, stir in arugula & cooked shrimp. For the fall, add cooked butternut squash & rosemary. In winter, serve Raddiccio & Pancetta Risotto.
From “Better Eating for Life, Step Nine: Put Protein in its Place”
From Better Eating For Life, Step One: Eat Whole Grains
From Better Eating For Life, Step Seven: Got Calcium?”
From Better Eating for Life, Step Six: Nibble Your Way to Great Nutrition
Serves 4 (2 large nachos per serving)
3 teaspoons olive oil
4 bacon slices, diced
1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
4 cups broth
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rice, cooked
1 mango, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
sour cream, optional
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add bacon, onion and garlic; saute until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
Clafoutis aux olives noires confites
Clafoutis is a tender batter cake from the French Limousin countryside traditionally prepared with very dark cherries.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Black-eyed peas are a traditional New Year’s food, signifying good luck. Try this recipe instead of the more typical Hoppin’ John for your New Year’s Day buffet.
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/3 to 1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup grated yellow onion
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups diced sweet red apples, such as Fireside
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1/2 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup walnut pieces, broken
1 head butter lettuce, cored and leaves separated
Grilled bananas are the perfect accompaniment to the tropical flavors of Coconut Bliss. Try this recipe with Vanilla Island, Dark Chocolate, Naked Coconut or Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge….
2 bananas (slightly under-ripe)
2 tbs sugar
2 tbs freshly ground cinnamon
2 tbs honey
Coconut Bliss (ice “cream”), for serving
Rum, Bourbon, or Chocolate Sauce, for drizzling
Get the fire going on the grill.
Meanwhile, slice the bananas lengthwise, in their skins.
In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.