Guacamole is easy to make from scratch. It’s particularly delicious in the summer months when you can get your hands on ripe local tomatoes. You can make this recipe more complex by adding diced red onions or cilantro. But I like the simple four ingredient guacamole the best.
Artichokes are a nostalgic food for me. I remember eating lots of them as a kid in the early spring when artichoke season rolled around. I loved working my way towards the center, scrapping the fleshy part of each leaf between my teeth. The best part comes last – once you have worked your way down to the heart. It’s food you have to work for, but you are rewarded for your efforts.
Kale is pretty much the holy grail for health food eaters. But for you skeptics out there that don’t believe it can actually taste good, this recipe is for you. I won’t list of all of the nutritional benefits of kale here, but it really is one of the most nutrient packed foods out there. Just remember that when you fight over the last helpings of this dish.
Asparagus season is in full swing here in the NYC region. I have been buying it and cooking it like crazy. I made this recipe for Baked Asparagus a few nights ago and it was a big success! Chris and I ate the whole batch and I bought more today to make it again. It only requires a few ingredients and it’s pretty low maintenance once you assemble everything in the baking dish.
I think if I had to pick one vegetable to eat for the rest of my life it would be brussels sprouts. I know they are a divisive vegetable – people seem to either love them or hate them. I maintain that the people who hate them have never eaten them prepared correctly. The thought of boiled, naked brussels sprouts makes me shudder too. But when they are roasted and dressed up with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan and flecks of course sea salt – they are practically like candy. I hope you enjoy these Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Chris and I both love mashed potatoes. We’ll eat them along side a green salad for dinner or with grilled fish or sausages. We even put leftovers inside grilled paninis with roasted chicken, mustard and tomatoes. This recipe for Cauliflower and Potato Mash with Parmesan is so delicious you will want plenty of leftovers.
Sweet Potatoes are on almost every super food list. They are an excellent source of vitamin A, and a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, potassium, and dietary fiber. Additionally, they are full of antioxidant nutrients, anti inflammation properties, and blood sugar regulating benefits. And did I mention, delicious?
Roasted broccoli with olive oil and lemon is a simple and delicious side dish. It a great recipe to try with kids or people that don’t love broccoli. I made a version of this for my two young nephews and it was a big success. Roasting sweetens the flavor of the broccoli, and the addition of lemon juice helps to caramelize tops of edges of the florets.
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cherry Tomatoes is one of my client’s family recipes. I added the balsamic vinegar because I think it compliments the tomatoes and I love how it helps to caramelize the sprouts. I do this recipe often when my mother’s garden is overflowing with cherry tomatoes in the late summer. I’ve done it with broccoli too, which is delicious and requires less cooking time.
Chris and I both love sweet potatoes. I recently did a post on mashed sweet potatoes and can’t get enough of them. It’s hard to believe that they are so good for you too. The nutritional benefits are numerous, but the highlights are that they are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants.