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Recipe of the Week: Chickpea Salad

I don’t know why it took me six years to make this chickpea salad, but now that I did, I’m certainly not going to wait six years to make it again! This delicious blend of chickpeas, herbs, salty cheese and tangy lemon juice make for an addictive and versatile dish. Chickpeas provide filling protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates as well as potassium and folate. The ease of preparation makes this a quick side dish or a last minute afternoon snack to take to work or on a road trip. It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator if you don’t eat it all the same day!

Recipe of the Week: Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry

shrimp and vegetable stir fry These days I’m all about quick dinners. Besides the usual after work time crunch, who wants to spend extra time in the kitchen on these beautiful (and sometimes hot!) summer evenings? Stir-frys come together fairly quickly and are perfect for using all the veggies in your fridge. This recipe packs a fiber punch from the veggies, and the amount can be increased even more with a high fiber base such as brown rice. For this recipe I chose to use a Jasmine rice instead to add a layer of flavor. On the other hand, the canola oil is a neutral flavor and better for high heat cooking than olive oil, which is why I’m using it here. I’ve found shrimp to be a good, quick-cooking protein (~3 minutes and you’re done!) and makes any meal feel a little more fancy. The shrimp can easily be eliminated for a delicious and nutritionally complete vegetarian or vegan meal.

 

 

 

 

Shrimp and Ginger Vegetable Stir Fry (serves 2 adults and 1-2 pre-schoolers)

Ingredients

1/2 container baby Bella mushrooms, sliced

1-2 stalks of broccoli, cut into small florets

1/4 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces

2 scallions, thinly sliced white and light green parts

2 large carrots, cut into thin rounds or matchsticks

1 inch peeled and minced ginger

1 tablespoon Canola oil (have extra on hand)

1-2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2lb shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/2 cup dry jasmine rice

Salt and pepper to taste, red pepper flakes or hot sauce if you want to spice it up
Directions

1.  Heat the canola oil in a pan. In a separate pot cook the rice according to package directions.

2. Toss the carrots and broccoli into the pan with the oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper. After they begin to soften add the mushrooms and asparagus. Add more oil as needed to ensure the vegetables don’t burn.

3. When all of the vegetables are soft add the scallions, sesame oil, ginger and shrimp and cook until the shrimp are opaque white in the center, ~3 minutes.

4. Place the rice in a bowl, spoon the stir fry on top and enjoy!

Healthy Cooking: Steaming

If you’re looking for a fast, all-age friendly way to cook vegetables and proteins, look no further than the funny pot with all of the holes on the bottom that fits in your go-to sauce pan. Until I had kids I rarely steamed foods, but it’s now my default for making soft veggies for young eaters.

The beauty of steaming is that vegetables can be cooked to varying degrees of tenderness in under 10 minutes, which is just enough time to prepare the rest of your meal (especially when you have hungry mouths to feed). Steaming is also a quick way to cook greens such as spinach, kale or Swiss chard. I typically bake my chicken or fish, but both can be steamed, as can shrimp, which means you’re only a few minutes away from making pasta, salad, or your veggies and grains a bit more fancy.

IMG_0025Looking for more ways to eat healthy? Check out the Healthy Cooking category, complete with techniques and recipes.

Kitchen Tip: How to Roast Garlic

Give your winter table more flavor by roasting garlic before adding it to hearty soups and sauces, mixing it into pesto, or simply spreading it on crusty, toasted bread. It’s easy to make these buttery cloves and they sit in the oven while the rest of your dinner is cooking.

 

 

Step 1

Peel off the excess “skin” from the head of garlic.

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Step 2

Cut 1/4 -1/3 off the top of the garlic to expose as many cloves as possible.

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Step 3

Drizzle with olive oil – be liberal!

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Step 4

Place garlic on a piece of foil.

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Step 5

Make a garlic and oil package and place in an ovenproof baking dish.

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Step 6

Bake for 45-55 minutes in a 400 degree oven until the cloves are golden brown. Allow the cloves to cool for 10-15 minutes before gently squeezing the garlic out of the skin.

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Recipe of the Week: Zucchini Bread

zucchini-breadFall is upon us and it’s time for warm recipes! This zucchini bread is the perfect way to transition to fall. I made the “updated” version from Smitten Kitchen, added mini chocolate chips and walnuts and it did not disappoint.

This recipe was also a good way to involve my three year old in the kitchen. All of the measuring and counting reinforces early math skills, and what three year old doesn’t like pouring, mixing and of course eating something sweet?!