Heart-Healthesque Lunch on Sat., What To Serve?
So I've bought a bunch of stuff for salads - various beets, fennel, frisee, etc. Goins has a salad with beets I've been wanting to try.
What I'm mainly especially concerned about is dessert. No butter-laced cakes here. Since it's now fall, and the summer fruits are memories, I can't prepare my standbys of fresh raspberries with a sauce made of pureed strawberries.
Suggestions for other parts of the meal are also welcome
Right now I'm thinking.
Suzanne Goins' Red Pepper Soup
A Beet and other stuff salad OR a salad with roasted squash and other stuff with parmesan curls on top.
I was going to suggest a small piece of blue cheese and that pear/prune/saffron compote I've been making from Vegetable Harvest - but then it occured to me that the cheese might not be too heart healthy!!! I love Goin's Hazelnut cake - but loads of butter. Will keep thinking. BTW - what is Bit-Lay Bread? Have you tried her salmon salad - w/ beets, etc.?
Okay this won't be extremely helpful, but a restaurant w.a rotating seasonal menu recently had this pizza that had a squash-based sauce thing w.beets, onions, chevre & fennel on it for toppings. Might be nice if you face a cold day. Otherwise your salad sounds killer =)
I agree w.the apple suggestion for a fally dinner.. or maybe a squash & apple soup to compliment the salad? Yum.
Dessert.. I have a healthy apple crisp recipe that uses almost no fat in the crisp.. maybe 2 tsp of canola oil in it for fat.. It's nice. Baked apples are equally good (but I heart oatmeal so usually go w.crisp), and you could stuff 'em w.craisins, too!
Around here we're cooking alot out of Bonnie Stern's Heartsmart cookbook... some fave desserts are:
* Pears Poached in Pomegranate Juice (92 cals, trace fat, 0mg cholesterol, 23g carbs)
* Nick Malgieri's Fudge Brownies (129 cals, 2g protein, 2g fat , 4mg cholesterol, 27g carbs) - amazingly dense and rich chocolate brownie
* Chocolate Angel Food Cake w Chocolate Sauce (255 cals, 6g protein, 7g fat , 0mg cholesterol, 49g carbs) - not made as often as the others...(btw her Angel Food Cake with Berry Berry sauce is online and it's almost fat free)
I've never had a single one of Bonnie's recipes fail to impress. It's not high-end gourmet but good, honest, (healthier than traditional recipes) cooking:
Hope that helps :-)