Saturday, July 26, 2008

Grilled Asparagus

This recipe is a great side dish for summer. 

I steam the asparagus first and then place on a grill pan. You can also do this recipe on the outdoor grill. If using an outdoor grill, make sure that the asparagus is placed where it can't fall through.

10 stalks asparagus
1 - 1/2 c cold water
1-2 T olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper

1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 clove garlic (crushed and chopped)

Pour water in saute pan and bring to boil. Add asparagus, salt and steam for 2- 3 minutes approx..

Remove asparagus from heat and drain off water.

Meanwhile heat grill pan on medium high heat. add 2 T of the oil. Place asparagus on grill and grill for 3 -4 minutes, turn occasionally to make sure it
grills evenly.

Remove grill from heat. Transfer asparagus to serving dish. Drizzle remaining oil over asparagus. Add garlic, lemon juice, pepper and toss to coat.

Serves 2.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Chocolate Chip Banana Milkshake ™

This is a simple recipe for a milkshake. I use butter pecan or vanilla for this recipe, but you can use any ice cream to make your own combinations.

I use fresh bananas, but you can use frozen. You can also use milk or dark chocolate with this recipe too. You can even use vegan milk, vegan ice cream or even frozen yogurt, if desired.

1 c skim or low fat milk
1 banana (sliced)
1 oz dark chocolate
1 c ice cream

Combine: milk, banana, chocolate and ice cream into blender. Blend well for 20 - 30 seconds.

Serves 2.

Easy Breezy Green Beans ™

This is a quick healthy way of serving green beans.

I steam the beans first Afterwards they are lightly fried in oil.

1 - 1  1/2 c cold water
2 c fresh green beans (rinsed and ends trimmed)
1- 2 T oil (canola or olive)
1 clove garlic (crushed, diced)
Pinch of salt, pepper (1/8 tsp)
Squeeze of lemon juice to taste, optional

Rinse beans well. Make sure ends are trimmed off.

Bring water to boil in sauce pan. add beans, salt and steam for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove beans from heat and drain off water.

Heat skillet on medium high heat.

Add oil, beans, garlic, salt, pepper to skillet. Saute for 4 minutes. Towards end of cooking add lemon juice, if desired. Stir to coat.

Serves 2