Saturday, September 24, 2022

Hearts of Palm Angel Hair Pasta with Hummus Dressing

hearts of palm pasta in a bowl

Pasta is one of my favorite foods, and there are so many "new" types of pasta available. 

The newest "pasta" that I found is "hearts of palm" angel hair pasta. It is made from 100 % hearts of palm and shredded to look like angel hair pasta. There are quite a few companies making it, and I believe Trader Joe sells one!

The texture and the look can fool you into thinking it is a bowl of high carb caloric wheat pasta- but it's not!  Instead this noodle dish is extremely low in calories, carbs, and fat, making it perfect for you or anyone who needs to be concerned. It's heart-healthy, gluten-free, vegan, Weight Watcher friendly, low carb etc. 

keto, vegan, low carb

I was surprised how my taste buds were fooled by the look of this pasta. In the past, I have (recipe link) spiralized zucchini and eaten it as a pasta, so the idea of a vegetable pasta was not new to me. 

The ease of making this one was new to me. It comes in a package ready to quickly heat and eat. I liked it better than spiralized zucchini.

hearts of palm angel hair pasta

It is so easy - simply open the package, pour into a skillet and heat and stir to separate. Then add your "recipe" ingredients and enjoy this guilt-free pasta dish!

Although I could have prepped it it with marinara sauce or sautéed vegetables, I choose to make it with a light hummus dressing.

Soy Sauce, Lunch, Side Dish, Dining

I used gluten-free soy sauce and some plain hummus and sesame seeds as my sauce and was beyond delighted. Just before finishing, I added some fresh spinach and let it wilt into the pasta dish. I ate it warm, but I'll bet if I chilled it, it would have still be good. 

If I buy it again, I will probably make it into a stir-fry with other vegetables. 

1 package of angel hair hearts of palm pasta
1/4 cup of gluten-free soy sauce
2 hearty tablespoons of hummus ( I love the flavor of the Whole Foods 365 original hummus) 
1/2 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves
optional: sesame seeds 

Open the package, drain if needed, and add the angel hair pasta to a skillet. Heat stirring continuously for a minute to separate the strands. Add the gluten-free soy sauce and allow to heat an additional 3-4 minutes (stir once or twice to prevent sticking) to toast it up. Stir in hummus and mix well, add spinach leaves, put on a lid to allow to wilt for one minute. Remove from heat, add to a plate and enjoy. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.

On other occasions, I have used whole hearts of palm from a jar in some salads and it is quite tasty.

My Notes: 
1. I really enjoyed this angel hair pasta, but of course it is not the same as regular pasta- but it's a nice very low calorie alternative. 

Friday, September 23, 2022

Berry Salad with Mint and Coconut

berry salad with mint and coconut shavings

Looking for an easy, light, and healthy dessert that will make a wow impression? 

This berry salad with mint and coconut is sure be a hit! There is nothing easier or more delicious than a huge bowl of berries combined into a simple salad.

The colors, with the addition of mint and coconut shavings, are rich and vibrant and full of healthy vitamins and antioxidants as a bonus!

Berries, Fruit, Nutrition, Blueberries

Next time you are asked to bring a fruit salad to a gathering or need to make one for your own guests, think berries. 

This easy berry fruit salad requires no cutting, peeling, or mess. You simply wash the berries, dry them and fill up a pretty glass dish. And it will be perfect if you, a guest, or family member are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, or on a low fat or low sugar diet (leave out the coconut).

Berries in a bowl

My friend Noreen actually made this easy salad when we were visiting her and her husband Avi at her beautiful home in Cape Cod last week.

scene in Cape Cod

To make the berry salad a little more interesting, Noreen added chopped fresh mint right from the pot of mint growing on her deck and sprinkled the berries with some shredded coconut. 

Mint, Plant, Herb, Organic, Menthol

Berries are light, healthy, and tasty. The perfect way to end a heavy meal. 

berry and coconut fruit salad

I'll be making this berry salad for our upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday this week (starts Sunday night and ends Tuesday night)

We expect 20 family members for dinner Monday night, so we are hoping the weather will cooperate to be able to eat outside on my large deck.

To my readers who celebrate the Jewish New Year- I wish you health, happiness, and abundance in this coming year! Shanna Tova!

New Year greeting

2 containers of raspberries
2 containers of blueberries
2 containers of blackberries 
1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh mint
optional: 1/4 cup of shredded coconut

Wash, pat dry, and combine all berries into a large glass serving bowl. Toss in the mint and coconut . Refrigerate until serving.

My Notes: 
1. Place the berries between two paper towels to dry. You do not want them to be wet. We made this salad in the morning and served it in the evening and it held up great in the refridgerator.

2. This makes a large bowl of berries. Cut in half for a smaller group.

3. I like to buy organic berries. 

4. I saw a 30 second video on how to wash your berries to store them so they don't get moldy. Interesting link:   How to Wash Berries

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Ceviche With Green Plantains- Vegan

vegan ceviche

Do you like ceviche? This is an unusual twist on the traditional raw fish ceviche. I promise I did not create this recipe! It is actually a recipe native to Costa Rica and it is REALLY delicious! 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy

mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, vegan

Thanks for stopping by. If you are looking for easy and healthy plant-based gluten-free recipes, you have come to the right place. Today's recipe features potatoes. 

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Air-Fryer Potato Poppers

Air-Fryer potato poppers

Got potatoes? 
If you like potatoes, you'll love these delicious roasted mashed potato poppers. They are really easy to make and are baked, not fried.

Monday, September 5, 2022

Murals From our Trip to Montevideo

I love murals and wanted to share these murals from a trip we took to Montevideo, Uruguay (just before Covid). Montevideo is the capital of Uruguay and right across the river from Buenos Aires which we also visited.

USDA Guidelines and Video

Tray, Breakfast, Muesli, Fruits, Bowls

The USDA guidelines for health and nutrition are updated every 5 years. I was browsing Youtube looking for an exercise video when this video popped up and caught my attention. 

The video captures a doctor's speech addressing the USDA committee this year. 
Her message is only 2 minutes long  but very powerful. 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Creamy Basil Pesto - Vegan, Low-fat Version

Basil, Pesto, Green, Organic, Food

Got Lots of basil ? Enjoy a low fat basil pesto. 
Do you love the taste of fresh basil pesto? 
This is a tasty low-fat alternative that is a great substitute for those needing or wanting to reduce or restrict fat in their diet.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

A Peek In My Kitchen - September

September is here and it's time to take a peek into my kitchen again. 
Towards the end of the month, we will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, The Jewish New Year, so I've rounded up all my favorite Rosh Hashanah serving pieces to share what's IN MY KITCHEN In  this month. 

Our holiday meals revolve around an apples and honey theme as well as pomegranates and dates which are meant to invite in a sweet New Year. 

I usually serve small chocolate in little papers on this plate along with other dessert plates such as an apple cake and a fruit platter.

Jewish Holiday plate

The following plate was a gift from my good friend Fay when she joined us for Rosh Hashanah dinner one year. It is one of my favorites. I use it on the holiday and display it in a china closet the rest of the year. It comes with a small honey dish that you will see next.

Jewish New Year plate

The little honey dish is so cute too. The set was made by an artist. 

Here is the set together. I mix and match. If I use it in the beginning of the dinner for the prayer over apples and honey, I will later use it as a serving platter for kugel or vegetables.

Rosh Hashanah plate

We always keep a big bowl of apples out during the holiday and eventually slice them to dip in the honey.
Apples, Holsteiner Cox, New Harvest

The colorful little bowl with the bees is something I picked up at Homegoods. When I saw it, it reminded me of the holiday with the bees in the center. It's festive and I sometimes use it on the big platter too. 

colorful bowl with bee figures in the center

I use the yellow basket for apple muffins or mini apple cakes and usually line it with a Rosh Hashanah paper napkins.

mini apple cakes in a ceramic yellow basket

I have these cocktail napkins for appetizers, and I have paper plates to match. One time at the end of Rosh Hashanah, a nearby supermarket marked them for clearance at  .34 cents/pkg- there were paper plates, napkins, and cocktail napkins. I bought them all and have been using them for the past 5 years for the holiday. I think this may be my last package!! I've never seen anything like them again. 

rosh hashana napkins

I love this local raw honey which comes from a bee farm less than an hour away. The bee keeper is a good friend of my good friend Vicki! 

apple on a plate with honey

I'm joining and linking this post to Sherry's Pickings who sponsors a monthly IN MY KITCHEN share where anyone can link an In My Kitchen post.