Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pineapple-lime Refresher (G, V)

Sometimes a recipe comes to me in the form of a total surprise. I might be on the trail of an  delicious food item and, because of extensive Googling - become lost in a maze of unrelated, but fascinating recipes.

The Pineapple-lime Refesher is a 'maze-find' which I have modified. It is a wonderful beverage and is easy to prepare. Pineapple-lime Refesher can be made for one or two people or a crowd. I love it the year round! Gluten-free and vegetarian.

Pineapple-lime Refresher
2 C cut up fresh pineapple
1 1/4 C cold water
1 T Sugar
Juice from one lime
Fresh pineapple spears (optional)
Combine first four ingredients in a blender or Vitamix. Process until smooth.
Strain mixture into two glasses, discard fibrous solids.
Add ice and garnish with pineapple spears. Makes two servings. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Lentil Vegetable Dish, (G, V option)

Lentils! If you eat them and love them - good for you. If you don't know about lentils, it is well worth the effort to get to know them.

To get you started, know this: lentils are a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and they help manage blood-sugar disorders because lentils help prevent blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. Lentils provide significant amounts of the following: B-vitamins and protein - and NO fat.You might wonder if the calorie numbers of this tasty legume outweigh the benefits of the lentils' nutrition. They don't!

 A whole cup of cooked lentils contains under 250 calories.

I love lentils for their mild flavor, short cooking time and comfort-food appeal. Lentils can be combined with many vegetables, herbs and spices to allow for creative recipe expression.

Lentil Vegetable Dish is a great way to learn to cook with lentils. Besides the great flavors and healthy ingredients, the aroma of the sauteed cumin and onion is like culinary perfume!

Lentil Vegetable Dish
1 C lentils ( Split -green, red, black and/or a combination of lentils)
4 C water
1/2 tsp Hymalayan pink salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
Olive oil
Ground cumin
1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Pepper blend
1-2 carrots, cleaned and chopped
1 T chicken base (optional)
Rinse lentils and in a large pot, combine with water, salt and turmeric. Bring to a boil, turn heat down and simmer - partially covered - for 10-15 minutes.
In a large saucpan, heat oil over med heat. Add cumin, carrots and onion. Cook and stir until onion begins to brown. The aroma will be amazing! Continue to cook for about 5 minutes total. Add garlic and pepper blend. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Stir the carrot, onion, garlic mixture into the lentils. Reduce heat to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the lentils are very soft - 10-15 min more.
Add *chicken base. Blend well. Taste and adjust seasonings. *(If you do not use the chicken base, add more salt as desired).
Serve over fragrant rice.