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Feb 28, 2007 01:20 PM

I'm tired of healthy food

Help me like it again. What's your favorite lean and leafy recipe?

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  1. Not necessarily leafy stuff, but my big hurdle with healthy food has been white-flour foods (bread, pasta). I'm not a fan of brown rice, bulghur, or a lot of other whole grains.

    My best discoveries have been: barley cooked in chicken broth (substitutes well for small pasta shapes in recipes), quinoa (substitutes well for rice in many recipes), and brown rice cereal (makes a great substitute for grits and polenta).

    1. Salmon or Tuna rubbed & pan seared over spinach, either a salad with vinaigrette or sauteed in olive oil.

      Seared scallops over sauteed swiss chard.

      Swordfish steak in red wine reduction with baby bok choy. (wasabi + soy in the reduction)

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      1. re: luniz

        those are really good, basic recommendations.

      2. Not a fan of leafy greens like salads. But cooked greens I like - spinach, bok choy, broccoli, chinese broccoli (and a bit of oyster sauce, yum!). Any of those with a tiny bit of olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice.

        I've started to really enjoy roasted veggies, too. Last night I broke up a head of cauliflower and tossed with with olive oil (not too much, just a thin coating on parts), garlic (I love garlic, sorry), and cumin. I also tossed in some beets in foil (to eat another night). Sweet potatoes are also good, as are squash, asparagus, parsnips, and apparently kale (I haven't tried it).

        I like fish as a lower-fat dish over chicken... salmon and scallops are good. If the salmon is quality, all you need to dress it is some salt and lemon.

        Barley is my favorite rice-sub. Since it's chewier than rice, it takes me longer to eat it (no scarfing down) and I tend to eat less than I would if it were white rice. However, I do use white rice with Thai curries because it just tastes so much better soaking up the sauce.

        I hate healthy food, too, but I've found that simple (i.e. not dredged in sauces) meals are good when you use citrus, herbs, spices, and vinegars.

        1. Braised kale. I love this stuff! Packed with vitamins, iron, and antioxidants, and full of rich, tangy goodness. You can use as much or as little oil as you like (and remember to use a heart-healthy oil).

          I learned how to cook and love this vegetable from a recipe in this thread:

          And there are some other nice recipes in this thread:

          Also, scroll down in the second thread to see the post about Caldo Verde (Kale & Potato soup) - this soup is lean and leafy and really fabulous.


          1. chicken stock with some garlic and ginger simmered for a few minutes, then add chopped watercress. cook down and finish with cubed tofu and red pepper.

            same method to cook broccoli, but i add some hot and sour soup paste and edamame.

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