Appetizers

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette

Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing – in general, mix 1 part vinegar with 2 or 3 parts olive oil; if it’s a strong-tasting vinegar, go more toward 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with fruit-flavored vinegars, such as apricot and lime and using them with minimal oil; but plain balsamic does…

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Kale Chips

KALE CHIPS: A popular and healthy party snack that goes very fast! I can eat these chips from a whole head of kale in one sitting! It is very addictive, the healthy kind of addition. Some of you might wonder what they taste like? Some of us, including me, think they taste similar to the…

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A Taste of Arugula

SIDE DISH Arugula is a dark leafy green, so like spinach and others, it is a good source of calcium, vitamins A, C, K, as well as iron, calcium and potassium. Potassium has been shown to help keep blood pressure in good range. It is classified as a cruciferous vegetable, like broccoli or cauliflower, so…

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Tomatoes with basil and mozzarella

For the very simplest of appetizers, do a low-fat version of Caprese salad. Just cut a tomato into thick slices, cut up some basil, and sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese. In restaurants, it is often served with thick slices of cheese, but this contains much more fat and calories than is needed. If you wish,…

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Spinach and Strawberry Salad with Slivered Almonds

Adapted from allrecipes.com contributed by bootcamper Pam Several years ago, when we first started to have a weekly bootcamp session, we decided that we shouldn’t be the only ones having fun. Our families should also meet each other, and, of course, we should get together over food. Pam brought this salad, and I have made it MANY…

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Low Fat Guacamole

Adapted from 1,000 Lowfat Recipes by Terry Blonder Golson, 1997. This is a quick recipe for guacamole that is very easy to adapt for people with different taste and texture preferences – you can adjust the tabasco and how long you puree it in the food processor (or just mash for a chunkier feel). Almost all of…

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Yellow Split Pea Dal with Mango for these cold winter days — and how our website got the flu

We knew that we were having some email issues with our website, but yesterday a major component of our website support was accidentally reset, and we were out of commission for several hours. Until we were rescued by our very clever webmaster, Dr. Tran diagnosed our website as having the flu, perhaps transmitted by our recent…

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup

Here’s another recipe that we used to celebrate the year of the Horse with my family. Trying to re-create Ma’s recipe helps my family continue our traditions. I hope you try this variation on a traditional chicken soup. We enjoyed this along with Chicken Curry at this year’s New Year celebration Ingredients: 3 lbs whole chicken6 inches of…

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African Bean Soup

Well, I hate to break the news, but yes, it’s supposed to snow again. So here’s a great simple recipe that you can call nutritious comfort food to keep you warm and cozy. We’re so glad to be able to share this with you, as all of us at Lady Docs would like to apologize…

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Basil Leaves Topped with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pine Nuts

Since this time of year seems to involve eating events of various kinds, I thought I’d offer up two new appetizers that I tried tonight. This one is particularly perfect for those who say, “I don’t cook.” You need only toast the pine nuts. A platter of these leaves makes for a beautiful presentation and…

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