Green Celebration!

Today the color green reaches beyond the hills into our clothes and onto our plates.  I thought I’d dig into the archives to support the celebration whether on St. Patrick’s Day or into spring which is just around the corner…

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Daikon Radish Confetti Salad

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There are many types of radishes and all have significant health benefits.  The Daikon radish is high on that scale.  It is also one of those vegetables that on its own doesn’t scream at you with flavor, which means it will take on the seasonings you pair with it.

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Roasted Green Beans with Smoked Olive Oil

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As most of you know I tend to be a ‘theme’ cook, meaning I like to center a meal around a series of spices or international flavors. And during the holidays, you can throw in color…especially red and green.  This seasonal green bean recipe comes from a favorite restaurant in Sonoma County called Rosso Pizzeria which features an ingredient that is an exciting discovery: smoked olive oil.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Summer is finally arriving here on the west coast (apologies to Easterners!) and the tomatoes are now showing color.  I’ve been busy with cooking demos at farmers’ markets and one of my most popular dishes is tabbouleh made with quinoa.  It’s a crowd pleaser and great to make in advance for backyard parties…

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Zucchini "Pasta" with Pesto

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I have fun with food.  Love bringing home fresh veggies from the farmers’ market and whipping up new dishes based on what’s in season.  I love gadgets, too – not the fancy ones, but those that make our lives easier in the kitchen.  Of course, there’s the food processor, and the blender, the Microplane, and the mandoline.  Now if you haven’t played with one yet…making noodles is a great way to start…

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Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

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I’m sure you’re all planning enticing New Year’s Eve menus…and this dish will definitely fit the bill!  I adapted the recipe from another local nutritionist, Cheryl Forberg, who is the consultant for “The Biggest Loser.”  Cheryl creates dishes which are seasonal and satisfying…and just so happen to be good for you.  Sound familiar?

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Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

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I always have a drawer full of sweet potatoes on hand and have been using them in everything from sweet to savory.  This recipe from Delicious Living Magazine (the free one you get at health food stores) intrigued me with its addition of almonds and yogurt, for both added texture and subtle creaminess.  The pairing of lentils and sweet potatoes is lovely, and the garnishes did not disappoint.  This stew is a great way to warm up the palate on a cold winters’ night.

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Goat Cheese with Cumin and Mint

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I am part of something new and exciting this week.  Seven fellow food writers are joining together for a “Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner Party”  and you are invited to attend!  Each of us will be offering recipes every day this week comprising an entire holiday meal. You will have several options for each category, depending on taste and food combinations.  Yesterday we started with beverages at Whole Life Nutrition and Gluten Free Organics.  Today I will be presenting an appetizer, along with two more from Book of Yum and Gluten Free Organics.

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