Friday, September 11, 2009

Tasty Tastes - Recipes to inspire!

Healthy and Tasty!

  • Black Quinoa Salad - Quinoa has a lot of protein for something so small. It is low-carb. In this salad it is paired with grapefruit, ricotta, avocado, parmesan, two kinds of tomatos, beans, parsley, coriander, and grapes. Sounds creamy and fresh. I would be tempted to add walnuts or pecans for bite.

  • Easy Sage Flavored Vegetable Soup - This soup is intended for the winter when root veggies prosper but it would be nice when the weather turns in early fall (like now!). It is heavy on the root veggies, featuring sweet potato, turnip, parsnip, and potatoes, among leeks and various herbs and flavor enhancers. Looks DELICIOUS.

  • A Rustic Soup - Add a hunk of crusty bread and you've got a meal. This soup has onions, leeks, celery, parsnip, fennel, pasta, tomatoes, chickpeas, escarole, spinach, and zucchini. It's got eggs, herbs, spices, and cheese. What more do you need? A good, healing soup.

  • Corn and Celery Soup - This soup is beautiful and creamy. It's got corn, milk, olive oil, thyme, bay leaf, yellow onion, garlic, carrots, celery, parsley, paprika, cherry tomatoes, and basil. Mmmm mm!

Dare I say HEALTHY Indulgence?

  • Chocolate, Nuts, and Banana Bread - This looks healthy to the point of guilt free (my perception of healthy does not mean low fat or low carb, but nutrient and vitamin rich). It is low or no gluten. Ingredients include quinoa flour, white rice flour, eggs, bananas, tapioca starch, blonde cane sugar, almond butter, olive oil, sea salt, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla extract.

  • Dark Chocolate Chip and Nut Cookies - These, too, look healthy to the point of guilt free. Grains include rice flour, quinoa flour, millet flour, quinoa flakes, and amaranth flour. The nuts and bolts of these cookies: blonde cane sugar, eggs, butter, maple extract, chocolate, toasted slivered almonds, and pecans.

Try not to salivate too much! If you try one, let me know. I'm eyeing the cookies and the soups. If nothing else, check out the blog from which all of these recipes are derived: La Tartine Gourmande. I dig her writing, her beautiful pictures, and the passionate food creations. Recipes are often at the bottom of lengthy posts.

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