Rachael Ray -Inspired Healthy Holiday
Do you still need to decide on a menu to entertain holiday guests? Are you gift shopping and suppressing your nervous thoughts about cooking? It’s normal to be a little overwhelmed especially if you’re not the next Julia Child.
But I have good news for you- after reading this you will have a simple answer to the once haunting question of holiday cooking.
These recipes are made to love. They are easy to make, look gorgeous, taste delicious, and are packed with vitamins to keep you energetic and beautiful. Rest assured your guests will be impressed and will be asking you about next year!
Cucumber Slices with Chickpea Puree and Thyme
Colorful, easy to eat, and the red pepper gives pleasure- seriously. Chickpeas contain folate- which produces dopamine when eaten- you've heard of dopamine right? It's like a feel good juice in your body that links to pleasure. More please?
Ingredients (Serves 6)
1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish
1 small garlic clove
1 tablespoon olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 English cucumber, sliced
1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, cut into small strips
In a food processor, combine chickpeas, lemon juice, thyme, garlic, oil, and 1/4 cup water; process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and process until combined.
Dividing evenly, dollop chickpea puree onto cucumber slices, top with a roasted red pepper strip and thyme leaves. Serve immediately.
Red Pepper Triangles with Italian Relish
The red peppers are a smart
alternative for bread and contain Vitamin C which helps fight damage
from cortisol, the evil stress hormone.