Category Archives: Appetizer

Chilled Fruit Soup: Berries + Kefir

Chilled fruit soup-Berries and KefirWith antioxidant-rich berries and probiotic-rich kefir, this chilled soup is delicious and nutritious. Enjoy as an appetizer, snack, or simple dessert. To adjust the sweetness, just add more or less black raspberry powder!

INGREDIENTS

  • Dairy kefir (plain)
  • Black raspberry powder
  • Frozen wild blueberries, defrosted

STEPS for 1 serving (about 1/2 cup)

  • Pour about 1/3 cup kefir into each individual serving bowl.
  • Add black raspberry powder to taste; mix.
  • Add defrosted wild blueberries and mix.
  • Garnish with a few more blueberries.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Kefir

Green Valley Organics Kefir. I like Green Valley Organics Kefir because it’s organic, a tad sweet with no more carbs than other plain kefirs — and it’s an amazing source of probiotic bacteria (good gut bugs). I was blown away when I learned that per 8 ounce serving, this kefir contains about 590 billion CFUs or colony forming units of probiotic bacteria from 10 different strains! That’s a lot more than most probiotic supplements!

organic black raspberry powderI love Virgin Extracts Pure Premium Raw Freeze Dried Organic Black Raspberry Powder Extract Concentrate because it’s organic (even though it just says so in fine print on the back of the package), tastes great, is super convenient, and ess expensive than fresh black raspberries — though it’s certainly not cheap.

What makes black raspberries (which, BTW, are not the same as blackberries) so healthy? Check out this extensive list of nutrition and health benefits.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~ Leni

Fresh Tomato and Sauerkraut Soup

tomato sauerkraut soup copy Whenever I buy tomato “seconds” (nearly over-ripe, slightly bruised tomatoes), I make fresh tomato juice and and/or tomato soup.

This Fresh Tomato and Sauerkraut Soup is as easy as it gets — and it tastes wonderful. The juxtaposition of the sweet tomatoes and the salty and crunchy sauerkraut is fabulous!

Just a word of caution about tomato “seconds.” Don’t let them sit on the counter overnight or they may be spoiled and moldy by the next morning!
tomatoes-secondsINGREDIENTS

There are no specific amounts. It’s impossible to mess this up! 🙂

But be sure to buy a good sauerkraut so you get the probiotics your body needs. For information on sauerkraut and probiotics, see the previous post on this blog.

STEPS

  • Pulverize the tomatoes in a high speed blender until you have tomato juice.
  • Pour the fresh tomato juice into little serving bowls (or your could use small cups).
  • Top each serving with a little sauerkraut.
  • You might want to also add some chopped parsley.

Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni

Kale and Sausage or Southwest Seasoning

IMG_2184The beautiful organic reddish colored kale that I bought at the Reston Farm Market ended up in my wok together with the chorizo sausage I bought at Red Apron in the Mosaic District (Merrifield, VA). To make this dish:

  • Sauté the sliced sausage in some avocado oil.
  • Remove the cooked sausage and set it aside.
  • Drain some of the fat from the pan.
  • Sauté the chopped kale in the remaining fat in the pan.
  • Add the cooked sausage back to the pan and stir to mix.

And if you are vegetarian, or just want a veggie-only dish, here’s a wonderful veggie version — thanks to my friend Adelayda who served it for lunch yesterday.

  • Saute the kale and chopped garlic in avocado oil.
  • Toward the end of cooking, add a Southwest seasoning spice blend like this one from Basiks, available at the Reston Farm Market and online.

IMG_2224Enjoy and be healthy!
~Leni