Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Quick & Easy Healthy Summer Recipes

Quick, easy and nutritious recipes are particularly welcome in the summer, when kids are out of school and when it’s too warm to consider long hours in the kitchen.   Marcel Vigeron’s easy, healthy and quick dips made to pair perfectly with Sensible Portions, the better-for-you snacks that kids and adults alike love for their all-natural crunch with all of the flavor but 30% less fat than the leading potato chip.

Molecular Chef Marcel Vigeron, who is best known as the runner-up of the second season of Top Chef partnered up with Sensible Portions to create avant-garde delights – no foam necessary. Sensible’s Veggie, Potato and Apple Straws have 30 percent less fat than the average chip but still contain the rich, delicious flavor. The snacks are designed for the lifestyle demands of those who want to snack sensibly, anytime, anywhere. Whether it is made for your next party or picnic, we think these low calorie recipes would be ideal for the upcoming warmer months. 

Marcel’s Ranch Dressing For Veggie Straws

Makes about 1 1/4 cups
½ cup Greek style yogurt
½ cup low-fat buttermilk
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic, smashed and finely chopped
2 tablespoons celery leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoon fresh chives, sliced thin
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped  
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Mash together the garlic and salt in a medium bowl. Add the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and buttermilk and whisk to blend.  Add the celery leaves, chives, parsley, lemon juice, lime juice, and black pepper.  Stir to blend.  Enjoy.

Apple Dip for Apple Straws

Makes about 2 cups
5 Granny Smith apples
Juice from 2 lemons
1 qt water
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp butter
Salt (season to taste)
1 Star anise
1 Cinnamon stick
Peel and slice apples- reserve in lemon water (add the juice of 2 lemons to 1 qt of water) to prevent browning until complete.
Strain apples from water and place in microwavable container.  Cover by wrapping with plastic wrap several times to ensure a tight seal and microwave until soft and tender (a few minutes, depending on your microwave).
Blend apples with honey and butter in blender until a smooth puree is achieved, season lightly with salt and remix to combine.
Grate star anise and cinnamon over apple dip and enjoy with apple straws.


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