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.
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First and foremost happy holidays to everyone! I hope that the past few weeks have been filled with tasty meals, lots of laughter, family and friends for you all. I am finally back in the country, I was out the past few weeks in Brazil visiting fam. Now, I am so looking forward to sharing a few new recipes and holiday beverages as we approach 2016! To begin, this Escarole with Roasted Potatoes + Golden Beets is a wonderful winter salad to add to your winter recipe box.
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.
What I love about this recipe is that it contains only a few ingredients but it tastes like it has a zillion! It’s very easy to put together and holds such savory flavor from the tangy mango chutney. The chutney tends to slightly caramelize when baked and having this paired with the sautéed kale and rice is simply divine. It’s a lovely dish to enjoy during the cool fall weather with its spicy, sweet and warm flavor.
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.
Celebrating fall with this warm beet and toasted pistachio nut salad just doesn’t get any better! It warms the soul while nourishing the body. Beets are a kick butt vegetable and one that I try to incorporate into my diet weekly. They are incredibly high in immune-boosting vitamin C, essential minerals such as manganese (helpful for healthy muscle and nerve function) and potassium (wonderful for your liver, kidneys and bones). Beets are also a great source of fiber. Why would you not want to eat these little guys?! This salad is a great lunch or dinner option, it’s filling, tasty and ohh so very nutritious.