30 September 2008

chicken and white bean soup with greens

from health.com

1 T olive oil
2-3 thinly sliced leeks, white parts only
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 c carrot, cut into 1/4" thick slices
6 c low sodium low fat chicken broth
1 1/2 c shredded rotisserie chicken
1 fresh rosemary sprig
1 19oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 c packed roughly chopped fresh kale
1 c packed baby spinach
1 T chopped fresh parsley
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes or until tender but not browned. Add carrots and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add broth, chicken and rosemary and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add beans and kale, and simmer for about 5 minutes more. Add spinach and cook 2-3 minutes more or until tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Remove rosemary sprig (and garlic cloves, if desired). Ladle soup into 6 warm bowls; sprinkle each with fresh parsley.

6 servings, 209 cals, 6 g fat, 20 g protein, 21 g carbs, 5 g fiber

10 September 2008

oriental chicken salad

this is our attempt to recreate the chinese chicken salad from california pizza kitchen

1/4 c teriyaki sauce
2 t olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1 t minced fresh ginger
1 to 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

greenleaf or iceberg lettuce, washed, dried, and cut into 1/8"-wide strips
romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut into 1/8"-wide strips
1 c shredded carrots
1/3 c sesame seeds, toasted
1/3 c minced fresh cilantro
1 red or yellow bell pepper, julienned
1 cucumber, seeds scooped out and julienned
12 large fresh basil leaves, cut crosswise into thin strips
1 large bunch scallions, thinly sliced, both green and white parts

1 c bottle hoisin sauce
3 oz red wine vinegar
2 T minced fresh ginger
2 T Dijon mustard
1 1/2 t Vietnamese chili sauce
1/2 c olive oil
2 T toasted sesame oil

Put all the dressing ingredients except the 2 oils in a mixing bowl. Blend thoroughly with a handheld electric mixer or a whisk. Then, mixing or whisking continuously, slowly pour in the olive an sesame oils, stirring until thoroughly blended. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Preheat a stovetop grill or the broiler. In a mixing bowl, stir together the teriyaki sauce, olive oil, garlic and ginger. Coat the chicken with the marinade and leave them to sit for 10 minutes at room temperature. Grill or broil the chicken until cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Chill thoroughly in the refrigerator, then cut crosswise into 1/4" strips. Cover and refrigerate.

Combine lettuces, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, toasted sesame seeds, cilantro, and basil. Add most of scallions and some dressing. Toss to combine. Transfer to serving plates. Arrange chicken strips on top of each salad. Drizzle a little salad dressing on top and garnish with remaining scallions.

05 September 2008

French Tuna Salad

(From the New York Times Magazine 9/5/04)

10 to 12 ounces good-quality solid tuna packed in olive oil, well drained
2 scallions washed, trimmed and chopped fine
6 pepperoncini peppers, destemmed and julienned
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
1/4 cup roasted or smoked almonds, chopped roughly, or a small handful toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup good-quality olive oil (or the oil the tuna was packed in)
1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or more to taste
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper.

Mix all the ingredients well with a fork in a medium-size, nonreactive bowl. Taste and adjust the lemon juice and pepper. The salad can be made up to 3 days in advance and refrigerated.

Yield: About 2 cups.