Healthy Luncheon Time...
LOVED----All of it! No, I'm not kidding! Everytime I began a health and fitness lifestyle change, I immediately start with the food. If the "eats" aren't tasty and healthy then what gives? I know that I may be in small company with that opinion but hey; it's how I feel. So, several weeks ago...i.e....New Years day to be exact; I decided I needed to start eating better and making better fitness choices. Little did I know, my homesteading friends were thinking the same thing! My friend Lanette charged us with getting together to share some seriously delicious healthy recipes so that we could "make good" on our New Years meanderings. So, here's what happened....
Homesteading on the Homefront) made a delicious Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with fresh veggies and pita triangles for dipping and Acorn Squash and Pear Soup. Looking to use your acorn squash that you grew in the garden last year? Then you will love this recipe! An earthy warm soup for those cold winter days! Great way to extend your harvest and eat garden to table. Fresh garden goodness at a fraction of the cost AND healthy---a definite crowd pleasing dish your family is sure to love!
Flannel Jammies Farm). Donna Rae brought fresh Apple and Goat Cheese Wedges with Pistachios---a palate pleasing appetizer. Who could pass up freshly made goat cheese? Not this girl! What I liked the most about this appetizer is its simplicity and ease to make. Next time you are scouring the net for that "special" something to bring for the church picnic or company gathering; this is your dish! This appetizer has it all---healthy, quick and delish! Trifecta on a plate---Donna Rae style!
Cathy Carmona knocked our socks off with her fresh Cauliflower Tomato-crusted Mini Pizzas. I have to be honest, I was kind of nervous to taste these as I was sure they would be hard and not very tasteful and to my grand surprise they were absolutely flavorful, crucnhy, delicious AND healthy! The crust was made with mashed cauliflower and Parmesan cheese. All I can say is---it was truly a revelation! Whoa! I have a whole new outlook on pizza crust. I will never again feel cheated out of eating pizza (the healthy version) ever again! Top off these morsels of happiness with fresh garden herbs like basil, oregano or parsley along with fresh garden goodness like red pepper or perhaps shallots or tomatoes and Wah la....life is complete!
Oh wait! I forgot about the delectable dish that I shared at this soire of food noir! I decided to bring a Shaved Broccoli Salad. It was without a doubt, love in "salad form" and super easy to put together! I tweaked the recipe with a few healthy substitutions by using our hive honey instead of Stevia and a light mayonnaise instead of the full fat version--which made it all the more scrumptious! The secret to this tasty dish lay in your chopping abilities. No, I am serious! Chop the broccoli uniformly and do not include the stalks. Try it! You will be amazed!
I love getting together with friends but love, love, love when we find healthy alternatives for dishes we crave! A healthy potluck luncheon has been our monthly dose of living, laughing and loving and our different food journey's are a testament to a resolve within us to be happier with our bodies and healthier for a year of grateful living!