Thai Chicken Soup

This is a very untraditional Thai soup. I wanted to make a tasty chicken soup that incorporates traditional Thai flavors with some of my favorite veggies. The complex flavors in the spicy broth compliment the noodles and vegetables. I added kale, snow peas, carrots and bamboo shoots to increase the fiber, antioxidants and folate. Additionally, I braise the chicken in the aromatics and broth to intensify the flavor of both the soup and the chicken. You can substitute pre-cooked chicken if you prefer. This recipe also heavily features lemongrass. If you’re not familiar with this superfood, its a common addition to many Asian dishes and has many health benefits. Lemongrass [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Homemade Pretzels

Warm homemade soft pretzels are a crowd pleasing appetizer or snack. Serve with mustard and beer for a tasty game day treat. Having eaten soft pretzels at ballgames for years, I never thought I could make them easily at home. The key is the two step cooking process. First you boil the pretzels with baking soda and then you bake them to a crisp. The finished product is as good as any I’ve had at Fenway. Full recipe and photos after the jump! Prep Time: 10 minutes Rise Time: 1 hour Cook Time: approx. 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 2/3 cups whole wheat flour 1 cup white flour 1/3 cup grated [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Brussels Sprout Hash

I love all variations of hash and am constantly trying to figure out new ways to put together this tasty dish. I just concocted this fabulous version that can be a great dinner or an impressive weekend brunch. Topped with poached eggs, its a complete and filling meal. Full recipe after the jump! Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 lb Brussels sprouts, washed and chopped (see photo) 1 medium red onion, sliced on the grain 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 4 strips of uncooked bacon, uncured is best, diced 6 eggs optional: 1/2 lb red potatoes, washed and cubed 2 tbsp [...]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

Super Lean Chili

Spicy, filling chili is a great fall comfort food and an essential part of any football menu. It is so great to cook up a big pot of this and have leftovers for days. I like to serve it with some shredded jack cheese and blue corn tortilla chips. My version is low in calories and is loaded with filling protein and fiber. This recipe makes 8 servings which can be frozen for a quick dinner or a tasty lunch. It also includes three different types of beans, which add a ton of calcium, potassium, Vitamin B6, magnesium, folate, alpha-linolenic acid and antioxidants. Full recipe after the jump! Ingredients: 1 [...]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

Wholesome Wednesday Links!

The US Dept. of Health & Human Services just announced new dietary guidelines – USDH Are plastic bottles toxic? - Huffington Post How to bounce back quickly from a cold – Prevention More links after the jump! 15 healthy Superbowl snacks – FitSugar Can cranberry juice fight infections? - NY Times Tips for lowering cholesterol - Huffington Post

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Stromboli – A great Superbowl idea

Stroboli is a fun party food that is quick to prepare and can feed a crowd. It’s basically a rolled up pizza which you can fill with whatever you like. I chose sausage, spinach and ricotta, but you can substitute veggies, italian meats such as cappicola or prosuitto, or chicken. I include ricotta because it’s protein packed and adds a creamy texture while cutting down on the amount of mozzerella used. You serve it sliced with pizza sauce or hot sauce on the side. Full recipe after the jump! Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1lb whole wheat pizza dough, thawed whole wheat flour to roll out the dough 2 [...]

Read full story Comments { 0 }