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Potato Salad with  Middle Eastern Zest

Kudos to WeightWatchers for this delicious twist on Potato Salad that I’ve tweaked just a bit

4-5 potatoes (my preference is Yukon Gold), cut into 1/2-1″ dice

1/2 T salt

1/2 cup low fat or non-fat plain yogurt

1/2- 1 t lemon zest

2 T fresh lemon juice

1 T white vinegar

1 T dijon mustard

3 T extra virgin olive oil

1/4 t freshly ground black pepper

1/8 t red pepper flakes

1 T finely chopped fresh mint

1 T finely chopped fresh dill weed

1/4 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)

Boil or steam the potatoes for 10-15 minutes until fork tender but not mushy. Drain.

Whisk everything else except the mint, dill and scallions together in a large bowl. Add the drained potatoes. Let cool and add the herbs/scallions.

Recipe can easily be doubled.

Serves 8-12

 

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Can you top this?

Cooked Topping for Salad, or fish, or chicken

Olive oil cooking spray

1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

1 onion sliced into thin slices

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup corn kernels

Spray large skillet with cooking spray and heat on med-high heat. Saute tomatoes and onions until they soften, add garlic and corn kernels and continue to cook until corn kernels have a slightly roasted look. The entire cooking time is less than 5 minutes.

Serve warm or cold on top of mixed greens, kale, fish, chicken

Enjoy! Makes about 3 cups. IMG_2306 (1).JPG

 


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I love veggies!

This is a nice tweak to plain roasted cauliflower, flavorful and colorful. The olives and garlic add a lot of flavor, no need for additional seasoning. IMG_2224

Cauliflower, tomato and olive bake

1 head cauliflower, sliced into “steaks”

6 campari tomatoes or the equivalent, 1/4″ slices

3/4 cup chopped cured olives

~ 1.5 T finely chopped garlic (jarred chopped garlic works well, choose a no salt added brand)

2-4 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a 15″ x 10″ baking dish, layer the veggies, and add the garlic and oil to combine but carefully so as not to break up the veggies.

Bake 20 minutes, stir gently and bake another 15-20 minutes until the cauliflower has browned.

Serve hot or cold. Serves 4-6


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Soup ‘n’ Salad

Salad Soup

Ever have leftover tossed salad that has gone a bit past its prime? Still, it’s edible but, well, not as appetizing as you’d like. Have you got a food processor (EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR)?  Make your leftover salad into soup

8 cups chicken or vegetable broth

8 cups leftover salad (including just about anything imaginable), chopped to a fine consistency in a food processor.

1 T hot sauce (or to taste)

3/4 cup lentils or split peas or the like

2 T olive oil

Heat broth, add finely chopped salad, hot sauce and lentils. Cook on medium heat about 30 minutes (till lentils/peas have softened). Garnish with olive oil drizzled over top.

Serves 8