Thursday, May 27, 2010

Divine, Delicious and Devoured...just like YOU!
Nutritionally Divine, Delicious and Devoured...that's what I meant to say

We certainly cannot change our age, our gender or our heredity, but it’s never too late to reduce the risk factors. To reduce risk factors we must find a program of alternative therapies. For me any alternative therapy has to be Delicious and Divine! I don’t want to sacrifice flavor or fun!
Number one is Nutrition! We know that a diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables boosts our immune system and reduces the risk of heart disease. Plant foods are high in antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, beta-carotene and selenium. So, the more plant foods the better we are with every bite!
Take a journey with me to the Mediterranean and create a diet that is based less in saturated fats, like red meat and dairy, and more in poly unsaturated fats like olive oil, fruits and vegetables. Give those green leafy vegetables, legumes, fish and poultry center stage.The more you eat the more you WIN!

Enjoy this spread in summer, winter, fall and spring! A memorable dip served with chips, divine served alongside a piece of grilled fish or chicken, delicious dolloped on top of a mound of leafy greens or devoured in an endive boat or on your favorite cracker!


1 medium eggplant
1 pt. grape tomatoes
2 red bell peppers
1 large sweet yellow onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
½ c. cooked garbanzo beans
6 T. good olive oil
2 T. tomato paste
1 ½ tsp. Kosher salt
½ t. fresh cracked black pepper
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Handful of fresh basil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut the vegetables into 1 inch cubes. Toss them in a large bowl with olive oil, garlic, kosher salt and cracked black pepper. Spread them on a baking sheet. Roast them for 30-45 minutes or until the vegetables are lightly browned and soft, tossing once during cooking. Cool slightly.
Place the vegetables into a food processor, add the tomato paste and garbanzo beans. Pulse on/off until desired texture. Add the lemon zest, juice and basil and pulse again.Season with salt and pepper to taste.