Saturday, June 30, 2018

Summer Fruit and Healthy Recipes

It’s summer time and fruit is ripening everywhere. I’m always ready for something fresh (and healthy) this time of year.

Cinnamon for any fruit...
Remember Fireball? If you’re over 30, chances are you haven’t (hopefully) been downing those sticky sweet cinnamon shots in a while. Heeet Vodka is the grownup version of Fireball. It’s not as sweet, definitely not as sticky, and you’ll want to enjoy it, not down it in a gulp.

This all-natural vodka is distilled six times and made in small batches for ultimate flavor. I loved Heeet Vodka just on the rocks, but here’s a quick recipe that will give you a fruitier alternative to enjoy this summer.

Tropical Heeet
4oz Pineapple Juice
11/2 oz HEEET
1 oz Ginger Ale
Splash of grenadine
Garnish with a slice of pineapple

Fill a tall glass with ice and add the ingredients in order.

Nothing like cherry cobbler…
Cherries are my favorite summer fruit.  Oliver Winery has taken that semi-sweet fruit to a different level in their Cherry Cobbler wine.

They definitely got this one exactly right. It’s a bit tart, and a bit sweet, making a perfect finish to a summer night (just like cherry cobbler is).  If that’s not enough to get you to run out and buy it, it’s under $10.

That hint of vanilla really gives you the buttery pie feel too. I definitely wouldn’t add anything to Oliver’s Cherry Cobbler. Just chill and serve.

More from Pereg Gourmet…
I’m still having fun with that big box of Pereg Gourmet flours and grains. This month I decided to try two products in one recipe for a Healthier Turkey Meatloaf.

I still have more products to try, including plantain and chickpea flours, so stay tuned for more recipes.

You Can Have It…
Speaking of healthy, I received a copy of a new book, You Can Have It! More than 125 Decadent Diabetes-Friendly Recipes.

The book is put out by the American Diabetes Foundation so you can trust the nutritional values. It’s written by Devin Alexander, the celebrity check from The Biggest Loser, who has also written The Biggest Loser Cookbook and The Most Decadent Diet Ever.

You don’t have to be diabetic to take advantage of the recipes in this book. It’s filled with healthy ideas that are low in sugar and fat and high in protein, vegetables and whole grains. Pick up a copy on Amazon

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Wine and Healthy Foods

Wine and food are the perfect pairing. Which wine you put with which food is a matter of personal taste. In the summertime, I like to keep it healthy as much as possible.

More from Pereg Gourmet…
As I mentioned last month, Pereg Gourmet sent me a basketful of goodies to experiment with. I always enjoy cooking, baking, and creating, but it was a busy month. I asked my friend Betty if she’d like to give it a try with Kamut, an ancient grain. She did and the Creamy Kamut and Chicken Casserole was excellent. Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try for yourself.  

I’m looking forward to trying out a few more of the Pereg products in June for some healthy, tasty treats.

Summer nights & New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…
It’s not a secret that my favorite wine is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I’ll never turn down the chance to taste one and I got two great options delivered this month.

The Sisters is a little less grassy than the usual, with lots of grapefruit and lemon. It’s an excellent choice for the summer. It’s also only $16.99, so pick up a few bottles to have chilled for those summer nights.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I opened the NZ Sauvignon Blanc from Dave Phinney’s Locations brand. This was perfection for me – light and filled with kiwi and a bit of citrus. It’s also a bargain under $20.

For red lovers, Locations also sent me three good ones:

France, your steak wine. On the heavy side, with fruit forward and spice in the back.
Spain, not quite as bold, with clear blackberry and cassis.
Washington, lighter than the others, not as dry, with dark raspberry and blueberry. This one is my favorite.

Pasta good for everyone…
I’ve written about Explore Cuisine previously. They make plant-based pastas that are full of protein and fiber. They are all also gluten free. I tried some new ones and have to give a shout out to the Green Lentil Lasagna, perfect with your favorite sauce and cheese, and the Red Lentil Penne, which needs just a little olive oil and Parmesan to make a nutritious meal.