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Everything Bagel Party Potato Salad

This is a dish I made to bring along to a Fourth of July BBQ that everyone loved. It’s a fun and delicious rift on an everything bagel with the works. It was inspired by a recipe in one of my favorite cooking magazines Bon Appetit. I adjusted it to make it dairy-free and include more flavorful, crunchy and nutritious veggies. I took a vegan version to the party because I knew it would go well with anything else on the menu. My husband had some for lunch before we left along with the salmon on a bed of salad greens and really loved it. So depending on what else you are serving (or your dietary preference) you can decide whether to add the lox. I used packaged tofu cream cheese from the supermarket, but you could certainly make your own. My cashew sour cream  would also work well in place of the cream cheese in this recipe. I hope you enjoy it at your next gathering!  xo Jacq Ingredients: serves 8-10 3 pounds Baby or Fingerling Potatoes, halved …

Real Food Fast: Sautéed Mushroom and Wilted Spinach Salad with Cashews and Sun-Dried Tomato

Here is another healthy, flavorful meal you can throw together in 10 minutes or less. I served this with toast topped with protein-rich sage hummus that I made by blending regular hummus with a couple of fresh sage leaves. It was quick, delicious and super satisfying!  Ingredients:  2 Servings 3 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided 6-8 Sage Leaves 1 Shallot, chopped 1 lb. Button or Cremini Mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar 1 tsp Dijon Mustard, preferably whole-grain Sea Salt & Black Pepper 6 cups Baby Greens (spinach, kale and/or chard etc.) 1 Radish, thinly sliced 1/4 cup Cashew, Raw 1/4 cup sun-dried tomato, sliced Heat a pan over medium-high then add 2 Tbsp olive oil. When hot, fry the sage for 30-60 seconds, if it starts to brown remove immediately from the pan. Use tongs or a fork to transfer the leaves to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain and crisp. In the same pan add the chopped shallot and mushrooms and cook 5 minutes until the mushrooms have softened. Add the …

Quinoa Salad with Edamame, Orange & Fennel

This is the first in a new series of bargain recipes. Each salad cost approximately $2.75 using all organic produce. In LA I would say a salad like this would cost $12-14 at a cafe so making it at home is a big money saver!  It’s a hearty and flavorful winter dish using the best ingredients of the season. I love it because it’s really high in protein; both quinoa and edamame are complete proteins. All of the veggies means it has lots of vitamins and fiber so it’s really filling and energizing too. It’s one of those clean eats meals that’ll help you get back into your skinny jeans after the holidays 😉  You can make a bigger batch of the quinoa and edamame then freeze the leftovers to use later as a quick base for a meal. Just freeze it in a 1-inch layer in a freezer zip-lock. It will keep for months. When you’re ready to thaw, place a bag in the fridge overnight or reheat the frozen quinoa directly in a …

Thick and Creamy Avocado Ranch Dressing- Better than the Original!

This Avocado Ranch is an updated version of my favorite ranch dressing recipe from before I went dairy free. That one called for buttermilk and mayo. Instead, we use avocado, nut milk and apple cider vinegar to create a creamy texture and bright flavor that is even better than the original! The myriad of healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados – oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them – are believed to help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, and even some brain diseases. That’s why so many consider it a superfood. Fresh onion, garlic and herbs make all the difference in any ranch dressing flavor-wise and pack a surprising amount of nutrients and health benefits of their own as well. Creamy Avocado-Herb Ranch Dressing This will beat any bottled dressing hands down and takes just a few minutes to throw together in a blender. This recipe makes a very thick, creamy dressing, to make it more fluid simply add more milk. In the unlikely event you have any …

Rainbow Roots Salad

This gorgeous salad is so easy to make and since all the veggies are raw, it has tons of vitamins, minerals and fiber! The  key is to use a mandolin to slice the veggies so they are just thick enough to hold their shape. The sweet apples and golden raisins perfectly balance the earthy flavor of the roots. If you make this in the fall or winter and cucumbers and flowers are out of season you can simply omit them. Serves 6 as appetizer Ingredients  1/4 Fennel bulb and fronds 4  round Radish, preferably Easter Egg (colorful) 1 persian Cucumber 1 Fuji Apple, cored 1/2 small Turnip, peeled 1/2 Yellow Beet, peeled 1/2 Chioggia (striped) Beet, peeled 1/2 Red Beet, peeled 2 Carrots, preferably purple 4 French Breakfast Radish, sliced in half lengthwise 4 cups Mixed Greens 1/4 cup roasted salted Pistachios 1/4 cup Golden Raisins 4 oz. Fresh Cashew Cheese (optional) 2 + 1 Tbsp Pistachio Oil 1/2 Orange 1/2 Lemon Kosher Salt and Black Pepper Pansies or other edible flowers for garnish (optional) Tear …

The Perfect Spring Salad

I had this salad the other day at a luncheon catered by one of LA’s best catering companies Schaffer’s Genuine Foods. As you can see, it was beautiful and, more importantly, it was delicious, so I wanted to share it with you. It’s the perfect healthy springtime salad. If you’re not familiar with the gorgeous pink vegetable, allow me to introduce you to the watermelon radish. It’s a large mild radish that is a bit sweeter and less peppery than its more common cousin. Like the red radish it’s high in vitamins including C, B-6, riboflavin and thiamine, low in calories and has a fresh and flavorful taste. You can usually find them this time of year at markets like Whole Foods or at the farmer’s market. This was served with a creamy dressing at the party, but I really love it with just a squeeze of lemon, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Simplicity at its best! Enjoy! xJacq Ingredients: Serves 4 1 cup English Peas,fresh shelled or frozen 1 …

Salad with Green Beans, Pickled Persimmon and Dried Cherries

Salad with Green Beans, Pickled Persimmon, Dried Cherries, and Pistachio

This is my favorite fall salad! It’s so scrumptious and full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The lettuce has a delicate, mildly sweet flavor that works beautifully with the sweet/tart flavor of the persimmon and dried cherries. The green beans add substance and the pistachios and shallot add a ton of flavor and crunch. It’s so good that I’ve decided to add it to my Thanksgiving menu this year. The great thing about making this for a holiday or dinner party is you can make the persimmon pickles and cook the green beans a couple of days ahead of time, making it really easy to put together on the big day. Ingredients: Serves 4 Green Beans: 1/2 lb Green Beans, trimmed 1 tsp salt Shallot: 3-4 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Shallot, thinly sliced, separated into rings Salad: 1 head Butter or Green Leaf Lettuce 1/4 cup Pistachios 1/4 cup Dried Cherries 8 slices Ginger-Chili Pickled Persimmon Sea Salt & Black Pepper Dressing: 3 Tbsp Vinegar from the Pickles 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Juice of 1/2 …

Deconstructed Ratatouille Salad

I just got back from our annual vacation in Canada to find summer in Los Angeles still in full swing. The first few days of September have been scorching with temperatures hovering near 100*. My tomato plants are loving the prolonged heat and I came home to find them full of sweet, delicious fruit. I couldn’t resist posting this shameless tomato selfie on the BHF Facebook Page.. When my friend Paige saw the pic she commented “I want to eat you tomatoes!” so I gladly invited her over for a tomato-centric lunch. I also had a couple of little Japanese eggplant, yellow summer squash, zucchini and peppers in the garden so I thought of making ratatouille but wanted something lighter. I came up with this salad of grilled vegetables in a cherry tomato vinaigrette. It tastes delicious warm or chilled and is a fresh, healthy take on a summer standard. Enjoy! Ingredients: Serves 4 For Tomato Vinaigrette: 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1small Onion cut into 1/4 inch thick slices 1Shallot 2 cloves Garlic 2 …

The Simplest and Best way to Enjoy Heirloom Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes are finally here! With fun names like Green Zebra, Brandywine, Lollypop, Pineapple each heirloom tomato seems to taste better than the next. In fact there may be nothing better than a fresh cut heirloom tomato EXCEPT- a fresh cut heirloom tomato with a sprinkle of truffle salt and a light drizzle of very good olive oil. Oh sure, you could turn them into sauce or place them on a bed of greens, but right now these fresh beauties are the real stars. Why not let them shine? Have as an easy appetizer or refreshing snack. In fact even my chihuahua Lola likes them and she rarely eats anything that isn’t spelled M-E-A-T so you know they must be fantastic 😉 Enjoy! xJacq

Roasted Farmer’s Market Veggies with Berbere Spice and Tofu

I made these lovely skewers with organic baby beets, baby portabella mushrooms and purple, white and orange carrots from the new Sunset Strip Farmers Market but you can substitute with whatever is in season. Pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini, cherry tomato, Brussel sprouts etc. would all be delicious. Try to cut everything approximately the same size so they cook evenly. If you’re using asparagus in the mix reserve and add after 20 minutes. Berbere is a delicious Ethiopian spice blend available at specialty and ethnic food markets and online or you can  make your own.   Enjoy! -Jacq Preheat oven to 400* Makes 4 main dish salads, 6 sides or appetizer salads or 8-10 skewers Ingredients: 2 lbs Fresh Veggies cut into aprox. 1-inch chunks 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Tbsp fresh torn Cilantro leaves 1/2 tsp Kosher or Sea Salt 1/4 tsp Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Berbere Spice 8 oz. Extra-firm Tofu cut into dice Toss your vegetables, tofu and cilantro with olive oil and spices. Place in oven on a baking sheet or roasting pan for …