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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

 

CBS Philly -Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

 

Golden Buttermilk Mashed Sweets & Baking Potatoes

Serves  4 to 6

These creamy potatoes combining both sweet potatoes and white potatoes are a beautiful low fat/ calorie reduced alternative to your traditional Thanksgiving mashed potatoes.

1 ½ pounds baking potatoes, peeled and quartered

¾ pound sweet potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 garlic cloves, sliced

¾ cup buttermilk

¾ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 tablespoon minced chives or scallions

1. Place the baking potatoes, sweet potatoes, and garlic in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover, and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Reserve ¼ cup cooking water and drain the potato mixture in a colander.

2. Transfer potato mixture to a large bowl and mash with a potato masher or large spoon.  With an electric mixture on medium speed, gradually beat in the buttermilk until potatoes are smooth and fluffy, beating in reserved liquid if a little extra moisture is needed. Using the electric blender add your salt and pepper.

3. Reheat the potatoes if necessary in microwave, turn into serving dish and garnish with chopped chives or scallions.

 

 Refreshing Cranberry Sauce with Crystallized Ginger

Serves 12

The ginger in this is not only really delicious but adds some extra zip to your traditional cranberry sauce. You also get a digestive aide and support noted and coming from the use of some ginger in this dish.

2 12-ounce bags cranberries

1 ½ cups sugar

1cup fresh squeezed orange juice

1 cup water

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ cup (about 2 ounces) minced crystallized ginger

Combine the first 6 ingredients in a heavy sauce medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolved. Boil until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Cool. Mix in crystallized ginger. (This can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

 

Calorie Saving Holiday Lemon Zested Broccolini or Fresh Green Beans with Minced Shallots

Serves 4 to 6

1 pound Broccolini or fresh Green Beans, cleaned and ends snipped or  cut off

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (original version, 2 ounces of unsalted butter)

2 shallots peeled and finely minced

2 tablespoons juice from a lemon

2 tablespoons lemon Zest

Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste

1. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the vegetable of choice, and add a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil.

2. Add vegetable of choice to boiling water and cook about 3 minutes until semi tender but still crunchy. Drain in colander under cold water. 

3. In a pan over medium heat add EVOO. Add minced shallots and lightly sauté a few minutes until they soften are turn translucent. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and cook 1 minute, continuing to stir.

4. Add vegetable of choice and toss in pan with lemon mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Fall Holiday Eden Salad

This salad is a beautiful presentation served with goat cheese roasted bread slices. Pomegranate juice used in this recipe is full of antioxidants and in some small studies has been stated as helping to lower cholesterol levels.

6 to 8  generous servings

3 pears, ripe but firm

¾ cup plus 3 tablespoons walnut oil

¼ teaspoon ground coriander

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

¼ cup pomegranate juice

2 shallots, minced

1 cup dried figs, stems removed and diced

1 pomegranate, fruit removed and set aside

½ teaspoon sea salt or to preferred taste

¼ teaspoon pepper or to preferred taste

1 French baguette or specialty Cranberry Walnut bread, sliced

6 ounce aged goat cheese or goat brie

1 (24 ounce) bag cleaned baby spinach

1 head radicchio, cleaned and thinly sliced

1 cup walnut halves, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Core and slice pears ¼ inch in thickness. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons walnut oil and sprinkle with coriander. Roast 8 minutes.

2. Next make your dressing. Whisk together vinegars, honey, pom juice, shallots, salt, pepper, until combined. Slowly whisking the remaining ¾ cup of the walnut oil until combined Add in pomegranate seeds and figs; set aside until serving.

4. Spread goat cheese or goat brie on individual slices of. On a sheet pan broil slices to golden.  *This requires a ½ minute or so.  Carefully watch as slices are broiling not to burn. just before serving.

5. Assemble salad ingredients; spinach, radicchio and roasted fruit in large bowl. Drizzle lightly with dressing and toss gently. Serve with the goat cheese roasted bread slices and reduce your need for a lot of appetizers as a calorie saver.

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