So…tofu. It’s high in protein, low in saturated fat: a big thumbs up for heart-healthy nutrition.
But it’s low in taste—which can be both a plus and a minus. AND ALSO, for me, the biggest minus of all: How on earth do you cook it? I have always found tofu intimidating. There’s that ‘press’ thing that you have to do. And I just find it confounding: do you bake it, grill it, sauté/stir-fry it? About the only thing I knew I didn’t want to do heart-health-wise was to deep fry it (though air-frying is probably great but I’m not there yet.)
If you have a late-summer bounty of tomatoes and cucumbers, I have a Gazpacho recipe for you to try. Which is funny because I normally DO NOT LIKE gazpacho … but I loved this one.
Aptly named, Best Gazpacho, Julia Moskin explains that this recipe delivers the smooth style of gazpacho served in Seville, Spain. And as an avowed gazpacho-hater, I’m shocked to tell you that it is indeed both smooth and delicious. And easy to make.
All you need is a very strong blender, ‘2 pounds of ripe red tomatoes’ (this is about 6 ‘baseball-sized’
Meal Planning. “UGH” I can almost hear you say. Who has time? Who wants to plan?
I hear ya. And I’ve gotten so lazy about meals and meal planning… and my weight is starting to creep up so I’m concerned my cholesterol probably is as well. I need to start meal planning again so I did a little research for some tips.
I got a little help from the folks over at Kitchenda. After reading my 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines Published post, they suggested their article, Why Experts Recommend Meal Planning For Every Home, might be helpful.
If your family is like mine, the ‘Broccoli Salad’ brought to family events is a dish laden with mayonnaise and sugar, not to mention bacon. Delicious, sure, but not at all heart-healthy.
Recently, a friend brought Cookie + Kate’s Favorite Broccoli Salad to a dinner party and I was WOWED. Not only was it delicious, I loved it even though the recipe includes raw red onion, which I ordinarily despise.
My friend Lisa, who made this dish, explained her take on the recipe: she always makes the dressing the day before (or at least many hours before) and adds the onions to the dressing.
First, an apology for my absence. November and December were crazy—had a gall bladder attack which resulted in surgery and then a virus (not Covid) masqueraded as a surgical complication… It’s been a crazy past two months with a LOT of medical testing. But the good news is things are finally sorted, so I am back to writing.
If you’ve never had a gall bladder attack (and I hope you don’t) here’s one irony: it’s very important to eat a LOW FAT diet. And if you blog about cholesterol and already do that, well, then it’s a waiting game until surgery.