Christmas Cookbook review — The Organic Heart

Heart disease has been called the silent killer, but it’s also the sudden, often unexpected killer. You can be feeling perfectly fine one moment and have a heart attack or stroke the next without any warning, or at least without any warning you recognize. Believe me, I know, having had two stents implanted in my clogged arteries in the past five years.

So any cookbook that starts with a tale of heart disease is sure to get my attention and The Organic Heart is just such a book. The author’s husband was a seemingly healthy young man when heart failure struck. She determined to aid in his recovery by creating new gluten-free, dairy free, “clean food” recipes to cook for them both are the result is this cookbook and its website.

If you know anyone who is worried about gluten and/or dairy, this would be worth a look for you, it could be a great Christmas gift.  Continue reading “Christmas Cookbook review — The Organic Heart”

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More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes

Turkey day is almost here and lots of you already have come to our site searching for low-salt turkeys and low-salt stuffing recipes. We also have recipes for low-salt side dishes, but went looking for more and found some that sound tasty in a big Thanksgiving roundup done by Bon Appetit magazine.

Roasted carrots with red onions, fennel and mint is the first. I’m not usually a giant mint fan, but here I might make an exception…or I might just leave out the mint along with leaving out the added salt recommended here to make this a low-salt recipe.

Here’s what you’ll need:

2 pounds small carrots (about 2 bunches), peeled, cut into 3-inch pieces
2 large red onions, each cut through root end into 8 wedges
1 fennel bulb, cut into ½-inch wedges
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper  [leave out the salt]
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Hungarian hot paprika
2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons torn mint leaves

I normally link to the original page but some readers have complained about that, so here’s the instructions as well: Continue reading “More low-salt, low-fat Thanksgiving side dishes”

Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty

It sounds incredibly simple and quick, plus now you have a new word for your cooking vocabulary.

Chicken has become my go-to meat choice now that I’ve had two stents put in during the past five years. And I’m constantly searching for more ways to cook it, as you can see on my recipe page. I recently saw this recipe for chicken paillard and I thought, what is a paillard and is it tasty?

Bon Appetit magazine seems to think it is, and for the record, a paillard is simply a piece of meat pounded flat, usually between two pieces of wax paper. Continue reading “Know what a paillard is? Me neither, but this one sounds tasty”

Still time to grill? Try these fruits and veggies for something different and fun

Labor Day Weekend is the traditional end for the outdoor grilling season, at least in northern climes such as Chicago where I live. But there will still be days when it’s warm enough to go out and fire up your grill, or grills (I have four!). Here’s a new take on grilling, ever think about fruits and veggies on the grill?

Cooking Light magazine has, apparently, in this piece on 10 fruits and veggies to grill (everything is a list these days, so they had to find 10 I’m sure).

Some of these, like watermelon, onions, eggplant and pineapple, I’ve heard of grilling before, but some, like apples and peaches really surprised me.

I’m guessing the key here is to find items with sugar content the flavor of which will be brought out by grilling.

Take a look, it’s a video, so you have to endure a commercial, but after that it moves fairly quickly.

And keep those grills fired up into fall, I know people who do their Thanksgiving turkeys outdoors in cold climates, that is hardcore grilling.

John

Salmon so simple anyone can make it

Some people shy away from cooking fish at home because they think it too complicated. But eating fish at restaurants often means getting more salt and fat added than you want or need. So check my recipe page for a variety of fish recipes I think you can handle. Or start with this simple yet tasty way to make salmon at home.

My lemon salmon. I used leek instead of scallions and it came great. I loved the garlic flavor.
My lemon salmon..

Salmon is a great fatty fish, with what’s being called good fat these days, so enjoy it in place of steak or other meats you once ate but are giving up now because of “bad” fat concerns. Continue reading “Salmon so simple anyone can make it”

No-salt, no-fat kebobs for July 4th — here’s loads to try

Fourth of July is normally outdoor grilling time for many, many Americans. But if you’re on a low-salt, low-fat or low-sugar diet, grilling traditional hot dogs, brats and ribs doesn’t work for you. You need to get more creative.

Chicago recipes: Lemon-Herb Chicken Brochettes With BLueberry-Balsamic Salsa; Jason Varney: Photographer; Marian Cooper Cairns: Food Stylist; Claire Spollen: Prop Stylist
Chicago recipes: Lemon-Herb Chicken Brochettes With Blueberry-Balsamic Salsa

Cooking Light recently had a piece, 14 Kebab Recipes To Grill This Summer that’s a good place to start for ideas. Some of the beef varieties or the one including salt prosciutto won’t work, but other can be modified to fit your needs while still remaining tasty fourth treats. Continue reading “No-salt, no-fat kebobs for July 4th — here’s loads to try”

Here’s a salt-free lemon-herb marinade to try

I’m always looking for new ways to make white meat chicken tastier. I most often use Mrs Dash salt-Free marinades, but am willing to make my own marinades as well when I find easy recipes for them.

Lemon-herb chicken
Lemon-herb chicken

I came across this one recently from citrus supplier Sunkist. I saw it in a magazine ad but also found it online. Obviously you don’t need to sue the Sunkist-branded products listed, generic substitutes are fine (sorry Sunkist) but props to Sunkist for putting this recipe out there.

The ingredients, as listed on the Sunkist site:

1/4 cup freshly squeezed Sunkist lemon juice
Zest from Sunkist lemon
6 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon
minced fresh garlic
3 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or rosemary Continue reading “Here’s a salt-free lemon-herb marinade to try”