Sunday, June 13, 2010

Savory Honeydew and Almond Gazpacho


Serves 4

For a smoother, more velvety texture, strain this soup through a fine sieve before serving. If you like, make the gazpacho a day or two in advance; just keep it well chilled until ready to serve.


1/3 cup whole blanched almonds, preferably Marcona almonds, plus more for garnish 
3 tablespoons lime juice 
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 
6 plum tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped 
1/2 medium honeydew, seeded, peeled and cut into (1-inch) chunks (about 4 cups), plus more for garnish 
Salt and pepper to taste


Put all ingredients into a blender and purée until smooth. Serve right away, garnished with chopped almonds and thin slices of honeydew, or chill well before serving.


Per serving (about 10oz/289g-wt.): 150 calories (50 from fat), 6g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 330mg sodium, 22g total carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 17g sugar), 5g protein

Mediterranean Garbanzo Salad


Serves 1

This quick and easy meal is a testament to the satisfaction of a good main course salad and is just one example of how to include healthy, protein-packed beans in a warm-weather menu. It's simple to double this recipe for two, or increase further to serve even more. Maybe it will become the summer potluck dish you're famous for! Serve with pita chips or warm pita bread on the side.


5 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved 
1 small zucchini or yellow squash, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced 
1/2 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained 
4 pitted black olives, such as Kalamata, halved 
2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley 
1 tablespoon prepared balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing 
1 tablespoon lemon juice 
Ground black pepper to taste 
2 or 3 lettuce leaves, torn into large bite-size pieces


Toss together all ingredients, except lettuce, in a large bowl. Arrange lettuce on a dinner plate and top with bean mixture.


Per serving (about 18oz/504g-wt.): 320 calories (110 from fat), 13g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 43g total carbohydrate (12g dietary fiber, 8g sugar), 15g protein

Goat Cheese and Arugula Quesadillas

Serves 2

Quesadillas can be filled with all manner of melted cheeses, meats and vegetables. In this version, stuffed with full-flavored goat cheese and spicy arugula, we think you'll fall in love with this new twist on a classic appetizer.


4 flour tortillas (8-inch)
2/3 cup shredded Drunken Goat cheese
1 tomato, very thinly sliced
2/3 cup packed baby arugula
Salsa, for dipping


Place 2 tortillas on a flat surface and arrange cheese, tomato and arugula on top. Cover each with another tortilla. Heat grill or skillet to high heat and cook until bottom tortilla is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Serve with your favorite salsa for dipping.


Per serving (about 10oz/296g-wt.): 600 calories (260 from fat), 29g total fat, 16g saturated fat, 24g protein, 59g total carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 7g sugar), 55mg cholesterol, 1220mg sodium

Monday, June 7, 2010

Rubarb Torte

1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup margarine
6 1/2 T powdered sugar

Mix and pat in a 9x13 pan.  Bake 15 min at 350 degrees.

3 cups rubarb (cut up)
3 eggs beaten
2 cups sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt

Mix - put on crust.  Bake 35 min. at 350 degrees.