Kiwis have amazing health benefits and yet they’re difficult to incorporate into your normal eating habits, probably because the peel is so tricky to remove. You just end up with a lot of kiwi fur on your knife and no one wants that! Food & Wine has a great trick for peeling kiwi to avoid catching the fur while saving as much of the fruit as possible.
Broo-sket-tah, Italian for fabulous appetizer, is my go to dish for dinner parties and potlucks. It requires minimal effort and you can bring something dazzling, flavorful, and healthy to the table. A small batch of bruschetta goes a long way. I made a small dish and it served 5, easily.
Consuming tomatoes provides an array of benefits to your health, including reducing bad cholesterol, improving skin, making stronger bones, fighting cancer, regulating blood sugar, making hair shinier and stronger, and preventing kidney stones and gallstones. To avoid using white bread, I served bruschetta with whole grain wheat toast for a healthier take on the traditional recipe.
In terms of taste, they say the uglier the tomato, the tastier it is. Here, I used 10 ounces of mini heirloom tomatoes from Trader Joe’s.
Spring has officially begun this week but I’d like to fast forward to summer. It’s still a bit chilly in San Francisco and I cannot wait for warmer weather. In the meantime, I’ve made healthy fruit popsicles with strawberries, kiwi, non fat plain Greek yogurt, and unsweetened almond milk. No added sugar!
Famed French impressionist artist, Henri Matisse, once said:
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
I say, why not drink them too! What can be better than a bouquet of roses for Valentines Day? How about a floral craft cocktail. Alcohol, strawberries, and flowers in a drinkable pink concoction, umm, yes please!
Recommended movie pairing – the 1988 Tom Cruise classic, Cocktails and Dreams.
Banana bread is such a classic dessert. It’s great solution for saving over ripened bananas and pleasing a crowd at the same time!
I’ve revamped the traditional recipe to make a lighter batter and a crunchy top. I’ve created a lighter batter by using egg whites instead of the whole egg with yolk. The inspiration came from the Chinese sponge cake, known for its fluffy airy consistency. Although banana bread baked with egg whites won’t turn out as airy as Chinese sponge cake, you’ll notice a lighter texture than regular banana bread.
If the recipe calls for 2 eggs like this popular recipe on all recipes.com – http://allrecipes.com/recipe/banana-banana-bread/ – egg whites from 4 eggs would be used instead. Sprinkle on granulated sugar just before baking and the result will be a crispy, sweet crusty top.