14 posts tagged Healthy

Tomato Basil Bisque

Our garden is just on fire this month. Tomatoes are being produced at a phenomenal rate and our basil is just in fantastic shape! I haven't really been posting as many recipes lately because frankly, I haven't been cooking nearly as much. The summertime is just my least inspired season to explore in the kitchen because of the heat, but truly, with our garden producing as much as it has, how could I not! This bisque was a fantastic and light weeknight dinner and because W always makes crostini topped with salt, pepper, olive oil and parmeggianno reggianno when I make soup, it made for a nice meal. Continue Reading

Pan-Seared Salmon in a Creamy Lemon Dill Sauce

I know I've not updated in quite some time, but seeing as how summer is in full swing here in Dallas, my only excuse is that it's hot. Really hot. So, in weekends past we've had friends in town, gone to see Lady Gaga, trolled McKinney Square for some good breakfast, and reserved "boardroom - sized" private rooms for birthday parties of 6. W and I have been making an honest effort at eating more healthy recently, and part of that is including some fish in our weekly repertoire. One of my favourite recent discoveries is that we have a Gordon Biersch less than 10 minutes from our house. One of the meals that always makes me smile is their Cedar Plank Seared Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce. I tried to make an attempt at that slightly sweet, very tangy, herb filled sauce, and while it's not a direct copy, I think the flavour profile inspiration is there. Try this dish and let me know what you think! Continue Reading

Argentinian Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

I absolutely love when Spring is in full bloom here in Texas. The weather is a nearly perfect 75 degrees for about 3 weeks, with slight breezes and very minimal rain. This weekend, my husband and I drove to Houston to see my brand new nephew and to visit my in-laws. On the way home from a lovely weekend of family fun and delicious food, including BBQ country ribs grilled by my father-in-law, and an indulgent late lunch at my in-law's restaurant, Fat Mikes at the Market in Spring, my husband and I stopped to play in the bluebonnets. Seeing as how I'd never taken part in the traditional Texan ceremony of taking photos in the bluebonnets, my husband and I decided to pull over at an enormous hill full of them - between mile marker 169 and 170 heading north on 75. It's unreal. I'd never seen so many in one place before, so I happily hiked up the hill to get our pictures taken. Now, onto the food. It's spring. It's grilling weather. I really, really wanted to grill something different, but simple. Because flank steak is tougher than other cuts, I might suggest a flat iron steak as an option if you're constrained for time. I added too much olive oil (or too few herbs) to the Chimichurri Sauce, but I've written the recipe so that it should turn out to be a somewhat chunkier sauce. Also, I think it would make a delicious dressing for pasta, so I may try that in a future post once our garden really gets going. Continue Reading

Honey Thyme Roasted Root Veg

Parsnips are a hot commodity in my local grocer, apparently. It's so hit or miss whether they'll have them in stock on any given day, so when I find them, I grab them! I've also had some different varieties of Italian honey I've been trying to incorporate into any dish I can (as you can see from my previous post), and this was a fabulous use of my clover honey. These parsnips and carrots are simply quartered and roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, honey, and thyme. Continue Reading

Classic Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons

My Mom always makes Caesar Salad with anchovies, and it's always delicious. I'm not really sure why I haven't made this often in the past, but it's my favourite go-to salad in any restaurant situation, so I thought Christmas an appropriate time to make my own. With the coddled eggs, the dressing is creamy and quite reminscent of Caesar salads I've eaten in the best restaurants. Continue Reading