Monday, June 7, 2010

Food 101: Cooking is not the devil!

Nobody ever said you had to be Martha Stewart, but you have to know how to cook or prepare at least 1 thing! Fast food is a no no but sometimes there is no other option--so lets get you out of your fast food funk! Here are a few recipes to try out at home:

Classic Ceasar:

2 heads romaine lettuce
Small block of Parmesian cheese (or a small container of those pre shredded curls)
¾ cup of Ceasar dressing of your choice (I prefer the Oil based lighter versions over the creamy)
Fresh ground black pepper & salt
1 sourdough baguette
1 can anchovy (optional)
2 sliced grilled chicken breast (optional)

Slice the bread into ½ inch slices, top with olive oil salt and pepper and bake at 325 for 5 minutes. Sprinkle cheese on top and then bake another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut up the lettuce, mix all of the other ingredients and garnish with the fresh Parmesan crisps. Yum!

If you are more experienced—this is one of my favs from Giada De Laurentiis’s Everyday Italian:

Chicken With Mustard Mascarpone Marsala sauce

If cooking is just not in you—or you just don't have the time--try semi-homemade with some Kashi frozen dinners. You can make it taste like your own with a few added spices and a protein. Just be sure to discard the box! Kashi is known for tasty, wholesome, all natural ingredients like their hearty 7 Whole Grain pilaf, fresh vegetables, and seasoned chicken--all you have to do is heat it up and each box retails for between 3 and 4 dollars (that's cheaper than fast food!) Check them out at

If you absolutely must get fast food, here are some healthier options: Panera Bread (Delicious, and free range chicken), and for a sweet treat, try Asian style frozen yogurt, like Pinkberry –they offer fresh fruit (cut daily) to accompany your creation choc-full of live and active cultures (good for digestion)- so much so that Pinkberry carries the seal of approval from the National Yogurt Association.
Hope this helps and happy eating!

Love, Rose

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