Kale Parsley Soup

Tempting, isn’t it?  Let’s just say me and my new food processor are best friends.  It’s becoming my 2011 ‘Trend’ but I’m sure it will stick with me forever as I can’t seem to leave it for more than a few hours…

I mean, how beautiful is this soup? Come on, don’t you wanna just try it?

I’ve been creating delicious, quick and easy dishes for all of my meals and snacks…

How did I not think of this before? Like 5 years ago, before…

Life is so much easier with a fabulous food processor.

My mouth is happy…fresh vegetables, fresh herbs.

My stomach is happy…less irritability and easier digestion.

So, I’m happy.

And smiling.


For this soup, I decided to combine a mixture of fresh kale, fresh tomatoes and fresh parsley.  I just love adding fresh herbs to any dish, but for some reason when I add it to my food processor the flavor becomes even more incredible.  I know you’re thinking why would I make a chilled soup in the winter, but this dish is perfect with breakfast, lunch or dinner and even as a snack in between.  You can easily turn this into a smoothie and put it into a to-go water bottle.

I have been enjoying these processed meals as I eat them along with my breakfast and they are a great way to start the day off with a slew of veggies.  After facing years of stomach pain, bloating and digestive troubles, I’ve become a new person the last week. Seriously. I kid you not.  My stomach is normal, well normal for me.  And it feels great, which goes to show that our bodies need this extra ‘process’, well at least mine does…maybe after all these years of eating so much, my stomach just needed a lil R n’ R (rest n’ relaxation via the food processor) making my meals go down smooth and feeling great hours after eating.

This has gotten me to thinking, why don’t I try healing my stomach via the food processor and seeing how I feel.  It’s been fabulous so far, so I’m challenging myself to take on many of my meals, whether they be chicken, turkey, vegetables, soup, tofu, beans, etc. and plop them into the food processor to puree into a fine, smooth texture that is easy to digest and makes me feel great. Many of my clients love using their food processors and I have showed them countless ways of creating delicious pates, hummus, ground chicken, turkey, tofu, polenta, beans, vegetables, soups, and smoothies in a cinch.  I’m even working with many clients creating homemade babyfood via the foodprocessor, which is working wonders.

Exciting, isn’t it?

Keeps me happy.  Another tid bit I’ve come across is Meatless Mondays.  Have any of you tried to go ‘meatless’ on Mondays? This is something that has been quite interesting and fun to take on….I usually create a delicious vegetable dish with hummus, nuts, seeds, avocado and fresh herbs…maybe a bit of salsa and Greek yogurt, as well….

What are your thoughts on Meatless Mondays?

Gotta love those antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in each sip or spoonful, whichever you choose.

Speaking of ‘Trends’ this food processor is more than a ‘trend’ to me, it’s becoming a staple in my everyday meals n’ snacks.  So, I thought it’d be fun to share with you some of the 2011 ‘What’s Hot’ Restaurant Trends…I thought this was pretty interesting…

Vegan Kale Parsley Soup

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped
  • 6 cups fresh kale, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 10 grape tomatoes
  • Pinch all spice
  • Pinch sea salt and freshly ground white pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor; puree until smooth.
  2. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
  3. Enjoy!

And of course, let’s sum up the week with some headlines ‘In The News’…

“Lunch” School Lunch Documentary

America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook Launch

Thoroughness is Key in Children with Food Allergy Diagnosis

The Cooking Channel’s Top Food Trends for 2011

Top 10 Food Trends To Watch in 2011

Vegan’s Come A Long Way

There’s An App For Reading Food Labels

‘Fresh’ Tops 2011 Grocery Trends

It’s been a chilly week here in Manhattan, so I’m thinking about spending the weekend in my family’s warm home by the beach baking scones and making chili.  Mmmmm, gotta love the winter cravings for healthy, hearty fare, don’t ya?

What are your weekend plans? Any baking and cooking?

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Watercress Soup with Cilantro n’ Beets

This weekend I created the most delicious summer-time chilling soup.  I tossed together fresh cucumbers and watercress for a cooling feeling, but then decided to add a touch of the Fall by including sweet potatoes and onions…and to polish it off, there’s nothing like the natural sweetness of fresh beets.  This soup is delicious as a main dish with gluten-free bread or used as an appetizer or side dish with any meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 4 beets, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 6 lbs. watercress, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • Sea salt and pepper
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro

Directions

1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened. Add the broth and water; bring to a boil. Add the sweet potato and beets, cover and simmer over low heat until tender, about 20 minutes. Add the watercress and cook for 3 minutes.

2. Transfer the soup to a food processor; puree.  Then, transfer the mixture back to the saucepan. Add milk and Greek yogurt, cucumbers and vinegar.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

Also,

Be sure to check out my Kid Friendly Recipe that was posted on the Easy Kids Recipes website today.

and…

My ‘Fruit Not Fat’ Galaxy Granola video that launched today, as well.

Product Review: Kettle Cuisine Gluten-Free Soups

I was recently sent a delicious complimentary package from Kettle Cuisine soups that were sent to me to sample.  Kettle Cuisine soups are my new go-to soup when I’m in a time crunch or when I’m yearning for a savory soup. Kettle Cuisine soups have been around for 23 years and use raw and unprocessed ingredients, all natural meat and poultry and top quality produce.  Moreover, in order to maintain the integrity of their quality ingredients, Kettle Cuisine prepares each soup by hand-cutting meats and vegetables, soaking raw, unprocessed beans and blending their own spices.  Wow; just like cookin’ in your own kitchen the way grandma used to cook, without the mess and with all the convenience and taste!

Kettle Cuisine sent me three delicious flavors and I must say that I enjoyed each one…especially because they were gluten-free and dairy free.

Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables

This tomato and veggie soup was incredible…I’ve always been a fan of tomato soup, however, the addition of garden veggies to this soup gave it incredible flavor.  I paired this soup with a gluten-free, dairy-free grilled cheese….How perfect does that sound? I surely enjoyed it!

Organic Carrot and Coriander Soup

This soup was by far my favorite…I love carrots as I’ve been known to eat too many, hehe….Coriander is one of my favorite spices in my spice rack and I often toss a dash of coriander into my chicken and chili dishes.  I paired this smooth soup with a arugula and balsamic beet salad…it was quite delish.

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Who can turn down roasted veggies? They’re inredibly versitle for any dish whether hot or cold… I would have never thought to add them to a soup…this soup had an incredible hearty texture and I loved the chunky veggies.  I paired this soup with a grilled chicken breast and quinoa…what a well rounded meal!

Congrats to Shannon and Heather for winning my Siggi’s Gift Certificate Giveaway! Please email me your mailing address to thehealthyapple@gmail.com.

Thanks, Ladies! Enjoy your Siggi’s yogurts.

Five Tasty ‘5’ Ingredient Meals

5 Recipes, 5 Ingredients…It doesn’t get much easier than this…

Here are five fabulous recipes that I have created for those nights when there’s merely 5 ingredients in your pantry or fridge and you simply just can’t decide what to whip up for a tasty meal.  Not to fret, my bloggie pals, read on for five easy, delicious and healthy recipes that will surely leave your taste buds happy and your wallet too!

Stuffed Pesto Peppers


Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 2 cups beans
  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, steamed and chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. basil pesto

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cook quinoa to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, remove and discard the tops, seeds and membranes of bell peppers.  Arrange peppers in a baking dish with the hollowed sides facing upwards.
  4. In a bowl, mix quinoa, beans, chopped broccoli and basil pesto; mix well.  Spoon mixture into hollowed peppers.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until peppers are tender.
  6. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Turkey Ball Spinach Soup

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 16 oz. jar organic marinara sauce
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup whole grain penne
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

  1. Using hands, form small ‘balls’ with lean turkey to create turkey balls.
  2. In large pot, combine turkey balls, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat, stir in penne and spinach, and simmer for 10 minutes, until tortellini and meatballs are hot and tender.
  4. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Grilled Orange Agave Chicken


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. applesauce
  • 1/3 cup all-natural orange marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation:

  1. Prepare and preheat grill.
  2. In small bowl, combine all ingredients except chicken breasts and stir to combine.
  3. Prepare grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Brush orange mixture on chicken and place on grill. Cook 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally and brushing frequently with marmalade mixture, until chicken is no longer pink.

Balsamic Shrimp Kabobs


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. uncooked medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 2 yellow bell peppers, cut into chunks
  • 8 oz. pkg. button mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

  1. Prepare and preheat grill.
  2. On each of 8 metal kabobs, thread shrimp, pepper chunks, and whole mushrooms, allowing a bit of space in between each ingredient.
  3. Prepare grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Brush kabobs with balsamic vinegar and grill for 5 minutes or until shrimp are cooked, turning once and brushing once with balsamic vinegar.

Grilled Swordfish and Mango Salsa


Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 mangos, chopped
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 4 swordfish steaks
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. chili powder

Preparation:

  1. In a small glass bowl, combine mangos, salsa, and lime juice and chill in refrigerator. Meanwhile, prepare and heat grill.
  2. Spray grill rack with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle steaks with sea salt and chili powder; place fish on grill.
  3. Cover grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with fork, turning once.
  4. To serve, top steaks with salsa.

Sweet Potato Almond Soup


Last night, I created a deliciously simple sweet potato and almond soup that warmed me up after my chilly walk home.  Let’s just say that it hit the spot and paired perfectly with a side of grilled vegetables and tofu smothered with organic tomato sauce and sprinkled with nutritional yeast…delicious is an understatement.

Dig in, this is a tasty protein-packed soup with a nice dose of beta carotene that is sure to fill you up (and warm you up) on a chilly March evening.

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 cups Greek plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1 tsp. all spice
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ cup Krema Almond Butter
  • Pinch of sea salt and pepper
  • Topping: fresh cilantro

Directions

  • Prick sweet potatoes with a fork to create air pockets. Place into the microwave for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, heat oil.  Add onion and cook until they begin to brown, approximately 3 minutes. Add garlic; stir for 2 minutes.  Add lime juice, all spice, chili powder, and sea salt and pepper.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Peel sweet potatoes and chop into small chunks.  Place into a food processor along with the vegetable broth, Greek yogurt and Krema Almond Butter; puree until smooth.  Add the puree to the pot and mix well.
  • Transfer to serving dishes and garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy!

In The News This Week

March is National Nutrition Month

Blood Test Might Sort Out Milk Allergies

First Lady Talks Obesity With School Nutritionists

Are In Season Foods a Better Match for Nutrition Needs?

Gluten-Free Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a chilly February evening.  Last night I created a delicious gluten-free, dairy-free chicken n’ buckwheat noodle soup that warmed me up from the Manhattan chill. I tossed in some navy beans and my favorite dinosaur kale along with mushrooms and ginger for an exceptionally delectable soup.

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 4 ounces buckwheat noodles
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1 cup navy beans
  • 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 cups dinosaur kale, chopped
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • Toppings: Organic corn tortilla chips, crushed; fresh basil, chopped; chili powder

Directions

  • Cook chicken over medium heat until fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Prepare and cook buckwheat noodles according to package.  Drain and set aside.
  • In a large pot, combine water, dried herbs, spices and ginger.  Heat until water boils; add navy beans; cover and reduce to a simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, kale and sea salt; cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add buckwheat noodles, chicken and oil; mix well.
  • Transfer to serving bowls. Top with organic corn chips, fresh basil and a sprinkle of chili powder.
  • Enjoy!

Apple, Parsnip and Acorn Squash Soup and OpenSky Promotion

There’s nothing like a warm soup on a cool winter evening.  This unique soup pairs acorn squash, parsnips and apples together along with Stonyfield yogurt.  The combination of fruits and sweet winter vegetables makes this soup a perfect way to end your day.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium acorn squash, sliced lengthwise in half
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups  granny smith apples, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 1 freshly ground white pepper
  • Oikos plain Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1 fresh basil, chopped

Directions

  • Place squash cut side down on rack set over gently simmering water in saucepan. Cover and steam until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool squash slightly. Scoop pulp and set aside.
  • Combine 1/4 cup vegetable broth, apples, parsnips and onion in heavy medium saucepan.
  • Cover and cook over low heat 10 minutes. Add squash pulp, remaining broth, orange juice, ginger and sea salt.
  • Cover and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Puree soup in batches in a food processor
  • Strain through into a medium-sized saucepan; gently warm over low heat.
  • Add orange zest. Season with sea salt and pepper.
  • Ladle into bowls. Garnish with Oikos plain Greek yogurt and basil.

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