I hope the holidays are treating everyone very well! This time of year just seems to get jammed packed for us and all of a sudden we find ourselves in the new year 🙂 I am traveling again over the next few weeks to visit fam although wanted to squeeze in this lovely Persimmon, Fresh Mint + Ricotta Salata Caprese recipe. I just had to share it with you, it honestly is such a great addition to any winter dinner whether your hosting or if it’s just for you during a weeknight.
This year I am having a very “untraditional” Turkey Day (spending the holiday in Rio de Janeiro with my husband’s fam) so I was sure to make this Roasted Brussel Sprouts + Chopped Radicchio Salad before we left. With Thanksgiving right around the corner I had to share it. Why?? Because it’s filled with healthy veggies (love that), super tasty (also love that), subs in for a colorful yet unique Thanksgiving side (perfect) and I just had to get my Thanksgiving fix in before we were off! It’s a cinch to put together which is a huge plus, especially if you’re hosting dinner on the big day or even in charge of bringing a side.
Looking for something on the lighter side in between Friendsgiving and all of the delectable holiday meals? Try this Roasted Cauliflower + Spinach Soup with Homemade Croutons. It’s simply veggies with no thickening ingredients such as heavy cream or added potatoes. It definitely does the tummy well while not cutting corners on flavor. I have discovered over the years that store-bought soups or pre-made soups even if they are labeled as healthy or all natural, include a few unnecessary ingredients that add-on not so nutritious calories. Ingredients such as potatoes, heavy cream added sodium or sugars.
Is it raining where you are? Well by a miracle, it finally rained in the Bay Area! Yes, we get excited about the rain because we really don’t get enough of it here. Since these types of days are so few far and between, I thought I would make a warm and comforting meal this week. I decided to cook up a large batch of my Red Lentil Risotto with Roasted Broccolini. I am thrilled to share the recipe with you because it has that lovely risotto flavor but with a healthy twist. This meal sways towards the “lighter” side of comfort food, instead of making a rice based risotto I use red lentils. Don’t get me wrong, I am a sucker for bit of white rice every once in a while although swapping out white rice for lentils makes this dish much more nutrient dense.
This Balsamic Portobello + Quinoa Medley is such a fantastic vegetarian option and super manageable to put together quickly. It also just rings Fall to me with the beautiful orange and yellow tones of the fresh tomatoes and squash. With just a few ingredients your set to have a tasty dinner. It’s truly surprising how savory and rich the portobellos become when cooked down in this balsamic vinegar sauce. This is a substantial meal worth trying, not only because it’s easy to make it also holds incredible nutritional value. Portobellos have multiple pluses when it comes to nutrition, as they have a seriously good balance of healthy protein, carbs and are low in fat.
Did you know these 3 health benefits of eating fennel? It’s a very low-calorie vegetable, contains noteworthy essential oils and has very good levels of heart-friendly electrolytes such as potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte as it can help reduce blood pressure. For these lovely qualities, fennel is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Simply incredible! This deconstructed fennel and feta cheese salad with toasted walnuts and dried cranberries is divine. In addition it takes literally minutes to put together, making it the perfect option for a quick and easy week night salad.