Thursday, September 11, 2014

Easy Caprese

One of my daughters shared a wonderful story. She regularly makes caprese salad for dinner. Sometimes she substitutes red peppers for the tomato, or adds some cucumber. She uses whatever is on hand. The important parts are the balsamic dressing and the fresh basil. If there's any leftover salad, it appears in lunches for her kids. Some of the kids friends have asked her how she makes her tasty lunch dish. Wow, is that impressive. This is an extremely easy version of a caprese salad, one that even kids can make.


1 cup chopped tomatoes, use 2 heirloom tomatoes, or 12 cherry tomatoes
          (you can substitute red peppers, cucumbers, or use part tomatoes and part peppers)
1/4 tsp. sea salt
8 leaves fresh basil
2 low fat string cheese (mozzarella)
1-1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:  Chop the tomatoes, or halve the cherry tomatoes, or chop the peppers. If using cucumbers, peel them, then chop. Sprinkle the tomatoes with the sea salt. Chop the basil leaves, cut the string cheese into 1/2 inch lengths. Mix all the vegetables together, and toss with the vinaigrette.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Use the vegetables your kids love, and they'll love this salad! 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Minted Salad with Beets and Eggs

I've got lots of fall beets in the garden already, and my mint has gone crazy. Here's a combination borne of seasonal combinations that tastes just like the first hint of fall in the air.

2 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 cup mint leaves
2 Tbs. chopped pecans
2 Tbs. crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
2 Tbs. salad dressing (I used honey lemon)
1 hard boiled egg, peeled and quartered lengthwise
2 beets, cooked, peeled, and quartered lengthwise

Directions: Toss the salad greens with the mint, nuts, and cheese. Add the salad dressing and toss again. Divide the salad between two plates. Top each serving with 2 pieces of egg and 4 pieces of beet.

Serves 2, easily doubled

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Combine ingredients that ripen at the same time and you'll find very tasty matches.