Sheila of Team Kickin It that I wrote about yesterday (Joining Team Kickin It) has declared the Wednesday theme to be healthy eating. Since Joy’s Book Blog is 1 year and 2 days old, I thought it would be a good time to compile a list of the healthy recipes that I’ve posted, providing updates on whether we continue to use the recipes that I posted.
We have a tendency to perfect a recipe, and then prepare it once every week or two for years. While we’re willing to try a new recipe once in awhile, it takes a lot for a new dish to break into our repertoire. Let’s see if any of these made it.
Book Club Recipe. Tabbouli from Jane Brody’s Good Food Book has been a summer staple for more than a decade, but making it this summer from garden-fresh parsley took it to a new level.
Bastille Day, Weekend Cooking Part 1. Ratatouille with Sweet Corn, adapted from Julia Child’s The Way to Cook was a special occasion dish that I haven’t repeated, but it wasn’t that difficult –I should give it serious consideration for as a regular summer dish.
Weekend Cooking. My post for July 10 had two recipes for soba noodle salads inspired by The Very Best of Recipes for Health by Martha Rose Shulman and Carol at There’s always thyme to cook. I made the first one, Light Fast Food Lunch Hot and Sour Soba Noodles, several times when cucumbers were in season. I think it would be just as good this time of year by skipping the cucumber and quadrupling the cabbage.
Book Review: Simple Italian Sandwiches by Jennifer and Jason Denton. Oven-Roasted Tomatoes was a great recipe during tomato season, mostly for sandwiches but once or twice I tossed them into a pasta dish. Since then, I’ve discovered a source for really good balsamic vinegar so I’m looking forward to next summer!
Book Review: Panini Express. The Tuna Panini by Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman has achieved a permanent place in our repertoire. I’ve changed it slightly by using better quality cheese. Lately it’s been cabra al vino that my local grocery store labels as Spanish drunken goat — unless the cheese of the month club from Pastoral has sent us something even better. This is often our Plan B choice when we need a meal that we can fix quickly from ingredients that we have in the kitchen.
Book Review: Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton. I haven’t fixed Roasted Green Beans and Cremini Mushrooms with Rosemary-Garlic Oil a second time, but that book helped me be more adventurous with all of my vegetable cookery.
Book Review: The New American Heart Association Cookbook. I forgot about Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce. That sounds kind of good!
Book Review: Healthy Family Meals. The book didn’t give me any new recipes, but one reminded me of Sweet Potato “Fries” with Spicy Yogurt Dip, a dish that I still fix for lunch.
Book Review: Love in the Time of Cholesterol. This memoir prompted me to invent Joy’s Unusual Avocado Pizza. That pizza dropped out of my repertoire along with all of my sourdough adventures. After several years of maintaining sourdough, I decided a few weeks ago that I was serving the sourdough instead of vice versa. I gave it up in order to have more variety in my bread baking.
Book Review: Diabetes and Heart Healthy Meals for Two. I fixed Fresh Citrus and Ginger Coleslaw a lot last winter. Time to get that going again.
Book Review: Eating Well for a Healthy Heart Cookbook. Crispy Fish Sandwich with Pineapple Slaw is another dish we ate last winter that would be welcome again now.
Have you tried any of these? Did they work for you? What other healthy recipes do you serve in your house?