Roasted Vegetables For An Easy Meal

If you’ve read many of my food posts, you’ve probably noticed I like to eat what is called “real, whole food” as much as possible.  Fruits and vegetables prepared in simple ways to maximize the nutrition and flavor and without a lot of chemicals found in processed food. Yes, I eat meat but in much less quantity than in the past.  My meals contain a lot of vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my food and my favorites are usually very simple.
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Savoy Cabbage Soup

If you’ve read my food posts before, you probably noticed I like real food. I believe in eating clean, whole food that is prepared with real ingredients and fresh produce. Today we’ll talk about real food in a fresh bowl of soup full of vegetables.  Rich in vitamins A, C and K, but also in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium, savoy cabbage is definitely a wonderful ingredient for many typical winter recipes. What is one of the best recipes? Savoy cabbage soup! It’s very easy to prepare and with so many different variations, you can make it your way. If you find any recipe is too spicy or bland, make your own adjustments. This is what cooking is all about. It might not be the “classic” result, but it’s yours. The soup is made with bright green Savoy cabbage with carrots, potatoes, and tomatoes.  I like to make it with chicken stock and even have put left over baked chicken in it.  It is equally good made with a good vegetable stock for a meatless meal. Then I would add mushrooms and white beans for protein and fiber.  With a hearty bread, you have a meal in a pot. If you can’t find Savoy cabbage, green cabbage will work, but don’t use red cabbage. It has a sharper flavor. If you want to add leftover meat like baked chicken, pork roast, or beef, add at the end and heat for 5 mintues. 

 

 

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Easy Baked Lemon Chicken

I’m all about easy, delicious food. I discovered pan roasting a few years ago and haven’t looked back. This tasty lemon chicken with vegetables is all cooked together in a baking sheet with sides.  One pan to clean but lots of good food to eat. Use a whole chicken cut into pieces or just your favorite parts.  If you want an economical meal, use thighs with as much fat removed as possible. Tasty!

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Al Fresco Uncured Chicken Bacon has 70% less fat and 40% less sodium than pork bacon.  Now I’ve tried turkey bacon before and expected something similar. I stand corrected. Tasted like regular bacon with great flavor. It comes both uncooked and precooked and ready to use. Oh my I’m going to be experimenting with more ways to use it. If you’re interested in trying it, check out your zip code for stores that sell itThis is NOT a sponsored post.

 

 

I do love good food but I also love to eat healthy.   Today let’s talk about making a classic summer favorite that I’m sure everyone has had, Broccoli Cauliflower Salad. There are many variations to the classic recipe of fresh broccoli, cauliflower, onion, with lots of fried bacon and mayo (sometimes with sour cream too).  It is possible to make this dish with less fat, sugar, and sodium and still have great taste.  Last summer I shared Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with a creamy Greek Yogurt dressing which is a healthier invention with broccoli, carrots, peppers, onions, cauliflower, and dried cherries with nuts.

 

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Strawberry Spring Salad

It’s only a couple of weeks until Easter and Passover.  Whether you’re planning a holiday meal or just looking for ideas for dinner, it’s hard to beat a simple salad of fresh mixed lettuce and fresh strawberries.  Right now Florida spring strawberries are still in the markets. If you live in an area that doesn’t have good fresh strawberries in the local stores, pin this recipe for the summer when you can eat fresh local lettuce and strawberries.

 

 

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Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

If you looking for a great side with wonderful taste and nutrition, try caramelized Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are rich in many valuable nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin K. They are a very good source of numerous nutrients including folate, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, choline, copper, vitamin B1, potassium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. Add the rich taste from caramelized sprouts and you have a winner. This dish has won over many Brussels Sprout haters.

 

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