Category — Salad and Soup Recipes
Last week, we had a terrific meal at Picán Restaurant in Oakland. One of the highlights was a seasonal tomato and peach panzanella (bread salad). I did my level best to re-create it at home and it made for a hearty, simple, summery side dish. Of course, the one at Picán had bacon in it, so that’s always an option…
August 7, 2010 No Comments
I like my blue cheese salad simple and I like it chopped- with iceberg lettuce, lots of tomatoes and avocadoes, and if I’m feeling gluttonous (which I almost always am) croutons and chunks of bacon.
Homemade dressing is the final piece in the perfect salad puzzle. The Smitten Kitchen recipe is my favorite. It’s easy to make and tastes divine, without any of the funky multisyllabic ingredients that store-bought dressing is full of.
July 20, 2010 No Comments
OK y’all, I am so NOT a soup person (unless of course the soup is merely a vehicle for quarts of cream and loads of bacon or if it’s really pretty) but this creation totally surprised me. I have kind of been trying to cut back on the calories (see aforementioned cream and bacon in the previous sentence) but I didn’t expect such a simple, easy, and low-calorie soup to be so satisfying.
May 28, 2010 No Comments
There are so many things that are beautiful about this soup – like how easy it is to make, how many nutritious ingredients it packs in, how few calories it has… but the number one beautiful thing is the color! ShaZAM! That’s a gorgeous shade of lavender to be eating, flecked with touches of appropriately contrasting orange. Get your Pantone books and tell me what shade that is so I can paint my living room that color!
May 21, 2010 No Comments
OK not really. That is what is known as “hyperbole”. What this salad will do for you is make you feel extremely smug about how healthy you are and how many vitamins and antioxidants and such you’re getting in one little salad, and make you really popular when you bring it to a picnic, and make you happy because it’s super tasty.
April 5, 2010 2 Comments
If done well, Tortellini in Brodo is like a super delicious, rich, hearty, filling version of chicken soup. It’s a classic Italian dish, but the way I make it is far simpler than other recipes I’ve seen. After describing it to Ross he decided he wanted some too, so tonight I made it for dinner. It’s just the thing after a long day at work! Plus, it’s so simple I’d bet even your kids will eat it. Since the recipe is so simple, the quality of ingredients is extra important.
March 29, 2010 No Comments
My friend Brian taught me this recipe. Well, actually, funny story. It’s more truthful to say that my friend Brian was making this recipe, and luckily I came for dinner early because he was about to royally screw it up. Although this recipe is really easy, you do have to separate the eggs and whip the whites, then yolks, to soft peak. He didn’t really get what that was all about so he was just planning to dump them all in there a little stirred up. Crisis averted, dusty hand mixer pulled from back of cabinet, teamwork prevailed!
February 27, 2010 2 Comments
Here in San Francisco we’re enjoying the delicious days of Indian summer- after being shrouded in fog through July and August, our warm September days come and shower us with summer sun. As such, it’s time to use up the last of the summer produce and highlight it a few more times, before saying goodbye until next summer.
September 25, 2009 No Comments
On a recent trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico, we ate at a fantastic little restaurant called El Quenepo. I loved their grilled caesar salad and thought that while the dish was fresh in my mind, I’d try making a version at home. Grilling the romaine hearts adds a fantastic layer of smoky complexity that compliments the strong flavors of the dressing.
July 14, 2009 No Comments
Before I say anything else let me tell you that THIS WHOLE DINNER HAS UNDER 200 CALORIES and is VERY TASTY AND FULFILLING!!! OK, I’ll stop yelling at you now so you can look at the picture.
Now I have never been into dieting or counting calories, but from time to time, often around the start of swimsuit season, I begin to eye my middle section and think that it’s starting to look like Costco up in here with all these muffin tops. This extra unwanted pudge is most likely a result of my personal interpretation of the food pyramid, which, if I’m being honest, looks about like this:
From this pyramid you may deduce a few things. Such as: I am a food hedonist and I really don’t like to deny myself anything. I like to eat animals and gorge on starches. I loves me some wine and meat… and butter, heavy cream, and cheese are all vying for the role of “Karen’s BFF.” So, my goal is to change up my pyramid a bit while still maintaining my lust for life and all of its edible/drinkable wonders. This will mean reinforcing some good habits and rewiring some bad ones. I am aiming for a pyramid that’s more like this:
I’m also in love with this iPhone app called LoseIt! which lets you set calorie goals and then log all of your exercise and food. It’s great at helping me figure out what some of my good and bad habits are! Tonight my goal was to eat something really tasty, filling, and low calorie, since I had totally crammed a huuuuge bagel with ginormous snowy peaks of cream cheese for breakfast, and I had a fair bit of wine last night (I’m going to let you interpret the phrase “a fair bit” however you wish…) I decided it would be fun to challenge myself tonight.
I wouldn’t have believed it was possible until I did it. But I am here to tell you: I am virtuous. I ate my veggies. I got my balance. My pyramid is turning a corner. I am still full, hours later. And I did it all for 190 calories. But don’t be afraid! I have sacrificed NO deliciousness for this meal. It’s the real deal: and I didn’t even have any wine or butter or bacon to go with it.
Asian Chopped Salad with Tuna and Mint
- 1/2 carrot, peeled and grated
- 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 5-7 mint leaves, chopped finely
- 1 1/2 cups spinach leaves, roughly chopped
- 2 scallions, chopped finely
- 1 three oz. can solid white albacore tuna in water, drained
- 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp vegetable oil
- salt and pepper
- Combine veggies, mint, and tuna in a bowl and toss.
- Mix together lemon juice, ginger, oils, vinegar, soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Toss dressing with salad.
- Bask in the imagined glory of how thin your thighs would look if you ate like this every night!
The calorie breakdown, with the amounts in the recipe, in case you’re interested…
- 1/2 carrot: 13 calories
- 1/2 cup sprouts: 4 calories
- 5 mint leaves: 3 calories
- 1 1/2 cup spinach: 15 calories
- 2 scallions: 6 calories
- 3 oz. tuna: 80 calories
- 1 tsp. lemon juice: 4 calories
- 1 tsp ginger: 2 calories
- 1/2 tsp rice vinegar: 3 calories
- 1/2 tsp sesame oil: 20 calories
- 1 tsp vegetable oil: 40 calories
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce: 1 calorie
- GRAND TOTAL >>> 190 CALORIES!
June 23, 2009 No Comments