Entries from Destination Anywhere tagged with 'healthy'

Spicy Roasted Shrimp and Broccoli

Oh my goodness Internet, why did you not tell me how delicious and easy this is? Seriously, I want to eat this for the next four nights. And it's even healthy! I've been roasting broccoli forever, but only recently...

Moroccan Frittata with Greens and Herbs

One morning several years ago as part of an amazing breakfast served in a friend's home in Haifa, my hostess casually threw this together. She told me it was something her Moroccan-born father used to make. Like my beloved...

Shakshouka

I don't know why I've never blogged about this, my favorite breakfast-lunch-dinner go-to when I want something easy, spicy, and healthy. It's an Israeli and Middle Eastern dish with definite Tunisian or Yemeni leanings with the powerful kick of...

Summer Vegetable Gratin

I picked up my neighbor's farm share this week, and was very pleased to get home with beautiful tomatoes, eggplant, and zucchini. I love eggplant when it melts into the other ingredients, and pre-baking the slices ensures that result....

BBQ Peel-and_Eat Shrimp

This is an adaptation of an old Bobby Flay recipe. I reduced the sugar, salt and oil, and added lime. Very tasty! Use peeled shrimp if you prefer, just cook for less time. BBQ Shrimp Ingredients: 1/4 cup smoked sweet...

Spicy Glazed Portobellos

Costco had lovely 3-packs of portobello mushrooms this week. I was originally going to just throw them on the grill. But since we were also having a Vietnamese vegetable and bean thread noodle salad, I wanted to go in...

Scallops with Mushrooms and Wine

I adore scallops, but I'd never been able to sear then quickly enough without overcooking them. The strategy of making sure the scallops were perfectly dry, then giving them the lightest dusting of flour to give the bit of...

Spicy Eggplant Salad with Tomatoes and Peppers

The hotel we stayed at in Haifa kept to the tradition of having an enormous salad buffet at all three meals. Israeli salad offerings usually include many cooked and raw salads in addition to sliced vegetables. My idea of...

Grilled Spicy Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

I got this idea from a Bobby Flay recipe, and tweaked it. It's a great use for any smoky chile you have around, like chipotle powder or smoked paprika. I added cayenne for a kick. Grilled Spicy Sweet Potatoes...

In Which Amy Makes Sushi

We went up to the enormous H-Mart in Burlington this morning, a Korean supermarket chain. In addition to the room-sized kimchee area with a bewildering assortment of marinated and fermented animal, vegetable and mineral; there's produce, meats, rows of...

Quick Spicy Dill Pickles

I was happy to get a few small pickling cukes in last week's share from Red Fire Farm CSA. I know it's odd to use a pickling method for something not destined for long-term storage (the reason why people...

Springtime in a Dish--Petits Pois a la Francaise

Years ago, I came across a passage in one of MFK Fisher's books where she lovingly writes about swirling butter and fresh lettuce in a pot, pouring in just-shucked baby peas, slamming on the lid, and then scooping out...

Sweet Treat

I don't have much of a problem cheerfully avoiding sweets during the week, saving indulgences for the occasional weekend. But with summertime heat, I've been eying the kid's ice cream in the freezer. Somewhere on the web I saw...

Green Chile-Chicken Casserole

Marcia gave us an easy Mexican casserole for this week. I'm enjoying this for breakfast! Yummy! :D I made several modifications, not only to lower the fat but also because I opened the fridge this morning to find that...

Sunday Slow Suppers--Lamb Tagine with Fennel

Deborah got us going for this week's recipe with Goat Tagine with Fennel. http://figmentspot.blogspot.com/2009/05/on-menu-goat-tagine.html I love Moroccan cooking, and was looking forward to trying this recipe. I even located a source for goat shanks, the friendly butcher at my...

Sunday Slow Suppers--Shrimp and Crab Risotto

Jerry selected this week's recipe, which can be read here: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/risotto-with-crab-and-shrimp-risotto-al-granchio-e-gamberi.html I made some changes to the recipe to bring the calorie count down. (And yes, I did look for brown arborio rice. No such thing) I only used...

Sunday Slow Suppers--Squash, Pepper, Chard and Corn Stew

Shannon supplied the recipe for this week, and I loved it! It's vegetarian, but so complex in tastes and textures you don't miss the meat. I made some changes--added green beans and zucchini, used a can of chopped tomato...

Operation Grilled Calamari

I love calamari when I've had it in restaurants, and I'd noticed that my local Whole Foods sells cleaned squid at a fair (for Whole Paycheck) price. So this weekend I bought a pound of just the bodies. I'll...

SundaySlowSuppers--Smoked Paprika Roast Chicken

We're doing a new weekly challenge on SlowTrav, where every week we take turns posting a dinner recipe. I went first, with Smoked Paprika Roast Chicken. This was a recipe I found online, and changed just a tiny bit....

Sunday Small Bites--Chickpeas: Baked Mini Falafels

Chickpeas mean falafel to me, which I adore. However, the healthy mixture becomes deep-fried fat bombs when prepared traditionally. I used my usual recipe to make falafel, but instead of deep frying, did as suggested in several online recipes...

Sunday Small Bites--Moroccan Stuffed Artichokes

I've been making my cousin Aimee's mother's Moroccan Lamb-Stuffed Artichokes for years, so used the Artichoke prompt this week to try to lighten them to less of a guilty pleasure. I subbed chicken for lamb, added some rice, cut...

Latke Experimenting--Baked Potato-Mushroom Latkes

I love latkes. Fried crisps of potato and onion, eaten with sour cream and applesauce. What's not to love? Oh yeah, it's about as healthy as eating a half cup of oil and grease-soaked high-glycemic empty calories. So I...

Spicy Black Bean, Tomato and Butternut Soup

I tend to like the first few sips of black bean soup well enough, but more than that gets too "beany" for me. I came across a version that added more tomato than usual, which appealed to me. The...

Sunday Small Bites--Brie

This week's ingredient was brie cheese. This posed a challenge for me, as brie is on my "no no" list because of the high fat and salt content. The good news is that a little goes a long way....

Sunday Small Bites--Sweet Potato-Black Bean Quesadillas

Potatoes were this week's ingredient for Sunday Small Bites, but I used a cousin, sweet potatoes since I didn't have any white potatoes in the house. I love how sweet potato combines with heat, so I was happy to...

Sunday Small Bites--Cranberry Chutney Pinwheels

This week's very appropriate ingredient challange was cranberries. I went with an appetizer so simple it barely merits a recipe, to keep to something brainless during the hectic Thanksgiving preparation. Cranberry Chutney Pinwheels Trader Joe's Cranberry chutney goat cheese...

Sunday Small Bites--Ginger

These spicy little meatballs turned out very tasty! I used ground white meat turkey, but of course you can use anything you want. I loved the ginger, mint and curry seasoning, and they were perfect with Trader Joe's Mango-Ginger...

Nana’s Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

A bit of a walk down memory lane--I picked up my grandmother's copy of Jewish Holiday Cooking, and her handwritten recipe for cabbage soup fell out. It was a shock to see her loopy, slanting handwriting after so long....

Sunday Small Bites--Asian Mushroom Dumplings

This week's SSB ingredient was mushrooms. I use a lot of mushrooms in my cooking these days, so I was looking around for something new to do with them for an appetizer besides stuffed, grilled or sauteed. I'd had...

Sweet and Spicy Grilled Eggplant

This has become a staple in my house. Sweet and Spicy Grilled Eggplant Eggplant, sliced (I prefer the long lavender Chinese eggplants, which I slice on the diagonal) Mix the marinade: 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar 1 Tbs. olive oil...

Sunday Small Bites--Olives Four Ways

I love olives. I eat them as is, and in all sorts of dishes. They're high in fat, but it's the good kind; the sodium isn't too horrible if you don't go overboard; and a little goes a long way...

Sunday Small Bites--Pumpkin

Let me tell you my sad, sad story. I immediately knew what I wanted to try making for this week's ingredient, pumpkin. Many years ago there was a Lebanese restaurant nearby that made a pumpkin kibbeh that I loved....

Eat your Veggies

Another head of rainbow swiss chard was turned into a Tegliata di biete (Swiss Chard Tart). The recipe was in one of Marcella Hazann's books, was posted on Slowtrav by Matt several years ago, and I adapted it to be...

Sunday Small Bites--Parmesean, Pecan and Pear Salad in Endive

This is a variation of an old favorite recipe of my mothers. She got it from Gourmet magazine in 1995. I used pecans instead of the original walnuts, added pear to the mixture to stretch out the cheese calories,...

Chard and Beets and Squash, Oh My

Larry brought home half the farmstand on Sunday. First up--Swiss Chard. I was a chard virgin, although I've liked it in restaurants. Here's what I did, and we really enjoyed it. Chard, how have I avoided you all these...

No, Not New York

Came home from work on Friday with a sore throat, and by the next morning had a definite case of the snots. I decided to not inflict my germs on my parents, and stayed home instead of going to New...

Apple, Cucumber, and Smoked Salmon Salad

Here's my dirty little secret. In spite of my cultural heritage, I am indifferent to most smoked salmon. From hand-sliced nova to hot-smoked flaky Alaska salmon, I just much prefer the fresh to the smoked. And since I've been...

Chicken and Vegetables with Chilis and Coconut

I adore Indian food. But Indian restaurants generally use enormous amounts of oil, and so eating at them has become a very seldomly indulged in treat. I recently bought the cookbook 600 Curries by Raghavan Iyer, loaded with an...

I Don't Hate Spaghetti Squash Any More

Spaghetti squash and I have not had a friendly history. I remember trying it some years ago when it was touted as a pasta substitute, and I think I threw it into the trash after the first few forkfuls....

Vietnamese-style Avocado, Shrimp and Herb Fresh Rolls

I was thinking about how to make a low fat appetizer using avocado. Now, avocado is chock full of good fats, but still, I didn't want an appetizer portion to come in at much over 100 calories. So, the...

Sunday Small bites--Crab-Stuffed Jalapenos

My goal for Small Bites is to find recipes that are low fat, fairly healthy, and still nice enough to serve guests. I don't know about you, but I get awfully tired of crudites at parties as I'm eying...

Gratitude Fridays--African Spicy Vegetable Stew with Chicken-

Today, I am grateful for being able to explore the world through my tongue. In my area, I can eat at restaurants that serve food from all corners of the globe--China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Pakistan, Turkey, Greece,...

Dry It, Baby

I borrowed the dehydrator from school yesterday to make sun-dried tomatoes. Without the sun, yes, but also without the bugs that committed suicide on the sticky half-dried tomatoes the first and last time I tried it the old fashioned...

Provencal-Style Scrod

I bought a pound of scrod on sale today, and was looking around for a different way to cook it. I remembered eating a fish in southern France when on our honeymoon, a mild white fish covered in a...

Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon

I had some leftover preserved lemons I wanted to use up, so I made a sort of relish with them and some herbs and spices, rubbed some on a chicken before roasting, and used the rest as a condiment....

Diana's Chicken Cacciatore

A few years ago there was a thread on SlowTalk about meals that freeze well. Diana from Baur B&B posted her mother's recipe for Chicken Cacciatore, which has since become a favorite in my house. I sometimes make some...

Thai Green Curry Mussels

I was hankering for mussels today, so bought two pounds at Whole Foods. I've always loved the spicy mussels I've had in Thai restaurants, so looked at some recipes and cobbled together a version. It turned out very well,...

Dinner--Grilled Spiced Chicken, Green Beans, Mango and Melon Salsa

Finally, the rains stopped long enough for a lovely weekend of being outside! We did a lot of grilling and eating out on the patio. At last it feels like Summer. This chicken is one I've been making often. The...

Grilled Tuna Salad Nicoise

Thanks to Debrah for the recipe! I made some changes, and here's how I did it. I grilled asparagus, mushrooms, mini peppers, onions, and whole tomatoes. I blanched with chopped garlic some green beans, then shocked them with cold...

Mexican Turkey-Stuffed Peppers

No, these aren't your college cafeteria stuffed peppers. I used Kalyn's Southwestern Stuffed Peppers recipe, with some modifications. (recipe here; http://kalynskitchen.blogspot.com/2006/12/southwestern-stuffed-peppers-recipe.html ) I used ground white-meat turkey instead of beef, didn't add the rice, used a half can Trader...

Thai Chicken Salad

This recipe was from Jerry at http://jdeq.typepad.com/ , and it was another winner in my house. It's one of those great recipes that's both delicious and healthy! The chicken mixture would be a great sandwich filling. I made some...

Raw Asparagus and Pea Salad

This was my selection for Slowtrav's Sunday Salad Samplers. It's a simple salad for Spring, with the surprisingly nutty and crisp raw asparagus. It's vital to take the step of peeling the asparagus, since its only when you remove the...

Black Bean Salad with Fish Tacos

I made Tourmama's Black Bean Salad tonight, and we all loved it--even picky Evan. I made 1/2 the recipe, as the full amounts would have given us a mountain of salad. Great party dish, as it benefits from being...

Turkish Green Beans

I forgot where I got this recipe from, but I've been making it for a long time. I've cut down the oil a lot from the original, but can't cut it out completely because its important for the taste and...

Cauliflower and Mushroom Gratin

I grew up hating cauliflower with a burning passion. Only recently have I learned to like it, and have found recipes that emphasize the nutty and peppery taste. This was a happy experiment, a mashing together of a sinfully...

Orzo with Parmesan, Tomatoes and Basil

This is a weeknight standby at our house. We're having it tonight with baked boneless chicken with almonds, and a salad. It goes with almost anything, can serve as a bed for grilled or sauteed meats and is wonderful...

Chicken Stuffed with Sundried Tomato and Chevre

A few weeks ago, I used some of the enormous jar of sundried tomatoes I bought at Costco to make sundried tomato pesto. It was delicious over pasta, and I put a few containers in the freezer for future...

Sunday SlowSoupers--Porcini and Chestnut Soup

(The original recipe came from Sara's Secrets, a cooking show on FoodTV. I've fiddled with it a bit) This would be a great soup as a holiday starter, with the flavors of chestnut and mushroom. You mostly taste porcini,...

Chicken Paprikash

This is a wonderful dish, but its crucial to use a good paprika. I have paprika that my parents brought back from Hungary, both sweet and hot. A good grocery store will have the red and white cans of...

Chicken with Leeks and Figs

I tried out this recipe to see if I wanted to serve it for Rosh Hashanah. Leeks and figs are customarily served in many Sephardic homes for the new year, being both in season and symbolic for the holiday....

Gazpacho, Not Soupy Salsa

When I traveled through Spain many years go, I ate a lot of gazpacho. Some thick, some thin but some crunchy with diced vegetables, some pureed with garnishes on the side. I preferred the pureed ones, with some body...