three , plus the simplest vinaigrette. Celery Salad .  Unbelievably simple…just celery, dates and almonds…tossed with a basic lemon/olive oil vinaigrette. Green, fresh, crunchy, tart and sweet…it covers a lot of bases and it is so simple it almost begs for an alteration if the need should arise. No almonds? How about hazelnuts. Dried cherries or raisins instead of the dates?…why not? Even the addition of some crumbled blue cheese would be a welcome addition here. And, it’s as easy to make a single serving as to adjust the amounts  up if you’re serving a group.cel_lemn_dat3FcelersaldFcelerysaladrecipe

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Deep green color…great ruffled texture…amazing versatility and ,wait for it,   good    for   you.  Who knew this powerhouse of the leafy greens possessed an unending list of benefits… vitamins and minerals, anti-inflammatory properties, Omega 3’s…and on. If you haven’t been cooking with Kale, start with something simple like this Lemony Kale Salad. The ingredient list is shorter than short…Kale, shaved Parm and Hazelnuts…and the dressing is a simplequietmodern basic…lemon juice and olive oil. You can’t beat it for keeping on track with your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, look better, live longer.kale3Fhzlntz2FlmnyKALEsld2FlmnyKALEsldF

 For the Martha Stewart recipe go here, http://www.marthastewart.com/342168/lemony-kale-salad 

and for the complete list of the incredible health benefits of Kale, go here http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

I ♥ Fattoush

March 13, 2013

Really, you’d think I was Lebanese or something.  It’s the Sumac… the Middle Eastern spice… that gives Fattoush its distinctive character. I eat it all year round but it just tastes better when the weather is still cold, like a quick Mediterranean vacation. The assortment of crunchy vegetables, herbs, crisp pita and simple dressing is just what’s needed to lift your spirits on a gray March day. Not a minute too soon, I think  it’s time for lunch.FtoushDressngINGFFtoushVegsFFatoushDnFg's fatoush recipeFatoushDn2F

What’s for lunch?

June 28, 2012

Like a lot of people I’ve been eating less and less red meat and chicken these days. So, then, what’s for lunch? Today I’ve whipped up a substantial salad that is fresh and satisfying and best of all…simple. Starting with a base of Trader Joe’s Brown rice medley ( which includes black barley and daikon radish seeds ) I’ve added  red bell pepper, green onion, sugar snap peas and toasted walnuts and dressed it with my “go to” vinaigrette of olive oil and lemon juice with a touch of garlic. While your grains are cooling to room temp you can prep your vegetables and mix up your dressing. The best part of this salad it the texture…C R U N C H Y…from the daikon seeds to the sugar snaps to the celery to the walnuts. OK…now I’m hungry. Is it time to break yet?