Wednesday, February 29, 2012

RECIPES: What the Happy Nurse & I Are Eating This Week! Baba Ganoush, Plant-Strong Pizza, Cuban Black Beans, Salads & MORE!!!

As I write this post I'm waiting for homemade pizza dough to rise in the oven.  I had the afternoon off and after coming home to the exciting discovery of an Amazon box on my doorstep, I decided to delve straight in to Mark Sutton's new book "Heart Healthy Pizza!"  I'll keep you all posted on the pizza construction process but so far it looks very promising!!  

It feels like I haven't written a food plan post in FOREVER, but its been a hectic few weeks and between vacation and work I just haven't had time!  I kept up my commitment to salads (as I wrote in this post) and have actually come up with a few yummy salad ideas on my own!  Much to my surprise, I'm really liking the addition of salads to my daily diet!  It makes getting the necessary veggies (I eat minimum of 2 cups straight veggies per meal) in easier!


  • Smokey Baba Ghanoush from the Party Vegan by Robin Robertson:  Made this for a party last weekend and WOW it was a hit! I HIGHLY recommend you get this cookbook--I've posted about recipes from it here & here.)
  • Robin Robertson's Polenta Crostini with Eggplant Tapenade also from her book, Party Vegan.  I used store bought polenta as the base.  The Tapenade was AMAZING.  You mix together the inside of one eggplant (roasted in the oven for 20 mins & then cooled so you can peel the skin off) with 1/2 cup kalamata olives, 3 garlic cloves, salt and pepper.  I adapted the recipe a bit because I didn't have any capers and was making this all in a big rush before the party!  Everyone LOVED it! 
Entrees & Soup

  • Rice Noodle Salad (cold) mixed with my Shredded Kale and Carrot salad (below) & Cool Slaw Dressing from "Appetite for Reduction" by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
  • Shredded Kale & Carrot salad--this has been an exciting find that I figured out all on my own!  Inspired by the awesome My New Roots' Winter Slaw recipe, I shredded kale and carrot together for a basic, yummy and nutritious salad.  I've eaten this a few different ways:
    • With raisins mixed in, no dressing
    • With "Cool Slaw"Dressing from the Appetite for Reduction Cookbook by Isa Chandra (I can't tell you how highly I recommend this cookbook!!!  She has tons of low fat dressing recipes & everything I've made from here so far is excellent) (recipe below)

Mix in a blender or food processor:
1/4 cup cashew pieces
2 Tbl minced onions (she says fresh, I used dried minced)
1/2 cup water
5 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp non-cane sugar sweetener of choice
1/2 tsp salt

  • Caesar Salad:  With Healthy Girl's Kitchen's  "No-Oil Caesar Salad Dressing,"  I modified the recipe a bit.  I used pinto beans this week instead of garbanzo.  I add more capers (she says 2 Tbl, I add the whole bottle!).  I add more dates (she says 2, I add 5!).  See the original (and I'm sure delicious) recipe here.
  • Preparing for a Joint Replacement--What can YOU do BEFORE surgery to have a quicker recovery? ~post series in two parts: Knee & then Hip ~
  • SLEEP:  Why Is it Critical for Your Health ~ Join the Sleep Challenge!!!
  • Interviews With My Favorite Plant-Strong Bloggers!
  • AND MORE!!
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  1. Oh, man! Everything sounds so delicious! I'm excited to hear more about the pizzas....

    I finally made the Healthy Librarian's Sweet Potato and Spinach soup tonight. Um, yum. I added some quinoa to mine and wow. My 4 year old loved it too - so nice to watch her gobble up sweet potato, spinach and quinoa.

    I have Susan's Beetballs on my "to-do" list.

    I love Isa's Appetite for Reduction. That cookbook is worth buying just for her sense of humor alone. Ha! Her falafel recipe is SO GOOD. I've tried several other falafel recipes, but hers is the only one I ever use now. So good crumbled up in a salad....mmmmmm. :)

    1. Meredith adding quinoa to that soup is SO inspired!! I'm going to do that next time--super YUM!

      So the first pizza I made was SO good--except the dough was a bit too dry--I couldn't get my yeast to rise and I think I didn't add enough water since I was using gluten free flour! The sauce from his book was AmAZING! I'll post pictures on fbk! Gonna make more when I get home in a week!

  2. Yum- these recipes sound amazing! Thanks for sharing :) -MG

  3. It all looks so good! I love AFR too, I'm working my way through all the recipes. My most favorite dressing is the Sanctuary dressing from there....mmmm!

    1. Ooo Amy thanks for the rec! I haven't tried that dressing yet! Will do!

  4. These recipe-planning posts are my favorite! I think we're inspired by a lot of the same cooks & flavors.

    1. Awww thanks! These chefs are awesome!!! Try that pizza book--YUM!


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