Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Avocado Summer Soup

This recipe is perfect for sunny spring or summer day. It is light, low in calorie and will leave you guilt free. I made this on the first day of May and the response to the soup was speechless and only yummy noises. Each serving only has 200 calories! I hope you like this soup as much as my family did.

Avocado Summer Soup
2 tbsp. of unsalted butter
2 medium white potatoes
3 leaks
1 large avocado (or 2 small ones)
3 cups of vegetable stock
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. salt
toasted whole wheat bread with butter (optional)

1. Melt 2 tbsp. of unsalted butter in a pan.
2. Add 2 medium cubed white potatoes and 3 sticks on trimmed and chopped leaks.
3. Cook for about 5 minutes or until softened.
4. Add 3 cups of vegetable broth and bring to boil- then turned flame down and allow it to simmer for 20 minutes
5. Puree it
6. Allow it to cool (about 20 minutes)
7. Peel the 1 avocado and lightly mash it leaving some chunks in it- Add to soup and stir well
8. Add 1/4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. salt- Stir well
9. Reheat for 5 minutes (best served at room temp). garnish with cilantro
 *Best when served with toast bread and butter

Enjoy!! (Serves 4)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Healthie Foodie Tradtional Kale Salad

So this recipe may be one of the healthiest of all. Its primary ingredient is kale, which is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, yes I said it- one the planet! One cup of kale contains 15% of your daily needed of calcium, so if you aren't into dairy this is an excellent alternative. Kale is also packed with vitamins such as A, C and K and is an excellent source on antioxidants, iron, potassium and magnesium- all essential nutrients to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition, kale has only 30 calories per cup and has 5 grams of fiber per cup...bottom line if you choose kale you cannot go wrong. I as the healthier foodie, suggest you aim to eat kale at least once a week, if not twice.

Today I am only posting one kale recipe- but check back soon because I will try to post a new kale recipe every other week. After all if you are going to eat something once a week you're going to want a few different ways to eat it.

Traditional Kale Salad
1 large of fresh kale (about 2 1/2 cups)
2 cans of salmon (drained in water) + 2 tsp. of lemon juice
2 cups of seasoned croutons
2 cups of sliced cherry tomatoes
1 cup of shredded cheese (mozzarella, munster, fetta and swiss work best)

4 tbsp. of vegetable oil
2 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. of Equash
1 tsp. of salt

1. wash the kale and dry it well - getting out all the water
2. wash the cherry tomatoes and slice them in half
3. mash the salmon and add the lemon juice
4. mix the cherry tomatoes, kale, cheese and salmon together
5. add the dressing and coat well- mix for about 1 minute
6. add the croutons and mix again

Serve and feel good about yourself!
This serves approx. 4 people