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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce

This recipe is from Diane Dyer, MS, RD and Cancer survivor. Diane Dyer has battled cancer since childhood, surviving neuroblastoma and then 2 breast cancers in her adult life. As a cancer survivor and dietition, she is dedicated to eating a cancer prevention diet, which she states is based on the latest scientific information (see her website at

Always looking for healthy disease fighting foods I was inspired by her website and decided to try one of her recipes. Her red pepper pesto sauce sounded like a light fresh vegetarian meal, which contains lycopene, phytochemicals and antioxidants.

I thought it would be excellent over spaghetti squash or angel hair pasta, but I could not find either of these, so I went with whole wheat penne.

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Sauce
(Printable Version)

1 roasted red sweet pepper, peeled and seeded or 1 cup jarred roasted red peppers
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves, about 40g
10 black olives
2 large cloves garlic
1 T parmesan cheese
1 T pine nuts
4 roma tomatoes
1/4 tsp red chili flakes
salt and pepper to taste

If roasting your own pepper, place under broiler and rotate every 3-4 mins until charred with skin blistered.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Heat over med high heat and serve over pasta (angel hair or penne), spaghetti squash.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Caramel Popcorn for Halloween

Happy Halloween!! For my annual Halloween bake sale at work I decided to make something that did not contain pumpkin. As much as I love pumpkin this sweet and salty candy popcorn was a nice change. However, it is very addictive and should not be left out on the counter, as it will quickly disappear. I placed about 1 1/2 cups in individual halloween bags and sold them for the United Way/Halloween Bake Sale. Next time I think I would double the recipe for a bake sale, but 1 batch is plenty if you are making it for friends or family.  

Caramel Popcorn

16 cups popped popcorn
1 cup peanuts
2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup 
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the overn to 250 degrees F. Place popcorn and peanuts in a large bowl.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Stir in the brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

Boil without stirring for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and vanilla.

Pour over popcorn and mix to coat.

Place popcorn on a baking sheet and bake for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes to move the caramel around and coat the popcorn.

Remove from oven and let cool. Break into pieces and store in air tight container.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thai Salmon with Lemon Couscous

Sesame Ginger Salmon

1 T garlic minced
2 T ginger minced
1 T sake
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sesame oil

Marinate salmon in fridge for 3 hours. Bake on baking sheet for 8 minutes at 450.

Lemon Couscous

5.4 oz couscous
2 cups chicken broth
1 T lemon rind
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 t butter
2 T parsley
1/3 cup peas

Combine the broth, lemon rind and juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the couscous, remove from heat and cover. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in parsley, butter and peas. Serve with salmon.