Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Health for Life Cooking in April

Green Salad w/Russian Dressing

We'll start off with a fresh mixed green salad with a Russian Dressing. All my dressings are free from extracted oils and processed sugars. The base of most of my dressings is 1/2 cup of dates, 1/2 cup unsweetened vinegar, and 1/2 cup of water. Then I add what ever flavors I like such as berry's, tomatoes, mustard and/or other seasonings. I also add a few tablespoons of nuts or seeds to add fat to my dressing. The fat increases the absorption of some of the phyto-nutrients in your salad or other vegetable dish.

Asparagus Soup

With the arrival and spring and warmer weather on it's way, I wanted to take advantage of the seasons abundance of asparagus. I love fresh asparagus lightly steamed with nothing on it! The young tender spears are so delicious the way nature provides them. But since most people know how to steam vegetables I needed to turn it into something fun for class. So soup it will be. My daughter was visiting when I tested this new creation and cringed watching me put the delicious freshly steamed spears into my VitaMix. However, she was pleasantly surprised when we both tasted the end result. It was fresh, light, and flavorful! A perfect soup for spring dining.

Mushroom Lentil Stroganoff

My memories of Beef Stroganoff are of a Wednesday night family activity at my church in Southern California where I grew up. The creamy beef filled mushroom soup type sauce was served over noodles and I loved it! I don't think I've eaten stroganoff since those days or even thought about it, so when I put together this dish by accident, using up some aging mushrooms and spinach in my fridge, I was really excited! This dish contains Dr. Fuhrmans "GOMBS" which are his 5 super foods: greens (spinach), onions, mushrooms, beans (lentils), and seeds (sunflower). Served over brown rice, this dish is a powerhouse of nutrition!

Beet Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Sauce
If Mushroom Lentil Stroganoff or Asparagus Soup doesn't tickle your fancy, hopefully this Chocolate Cake will! This cake has NO processed sugar and NO extracted oils! And it's so good!! It's rich and moist and very chocolaty. And between the beets (yes, that red root vegetable!), cocoa, and the secret sweetener, this cake is high in anti-oxidents.
Warning: Contains walnuts.

And there you have it! Health for Life cooking in April. Class dates are Wednesday April 6 and Tuesday April 12. An April 19th or 20th class will be added depending on demand.
All classes begin at 6:00 pm.

**The Mushroom Lentil Stroganoff and Beet Chocolate Cake will be demonstrated at my Bosch Kitchen Center class on Thursday April 14. See my "Bosch" page for more details.

Hope to see you in class!

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