Posts Tagged ‘green’

Romanesco Broccoli (Roman Cauliflower)

November 29, 2010

Romanesco Broccoli

I’ve been very curious about this vegetable I’d been seeing at my local Farmers Market. What was it? It looked almost medieval. What would it taste like? How would one prepare it?

I’m always up for trying new vegetables. Generally, I try them raw, first. Then, I roast simply with olive oil, salt and pepper. I love roasted cauliflower. This reminded me of cauliflower. So, I finally decided to purchase a small romanesco broccoli to sample. I plan to eat this in the next few days. I’ll report back my findings!

Romanesco Broccoli

Apparently, this vegetable was first documented in Italy in the sixteenth century, and it’s a variant of cauliflower. Much prettier than your run of the mill white variety that you normally consume. It is such a neat example of a fractal in nature. Very inspiring!

Romanesco Broccoli

Have you had this yet? If so, how did you prepare it? I’d love to hear about your ideas, too, on preparing this wonderfully unique vegetable.

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Huevos con Salsa Verde

January 16, 2010

Huevos con Salsa Verde

Some of my favorite flavors are those based in Latin dishes. These foods are typically packed with gobs of calories and fat. I enjoy deconstructing those traditional meals, and creating dishes that are much healthier yet still very tasty and satisfying.

One thing you have to try {if you haven’t already} is making homemade salsas. This is one of the easiest things to make, and salsas add so much flavor and punch to all sorts of dishes. I typically puree my salsas. Why? #1. My husband won’t eat onions, no matter how small they are diced, he will find them! #2. It’s so easy! Minimal chopping. Super fast. Quick clean up.

Huevos con Salsa Verde

Today I made my first salsa verde. It was so fresh and tasty {although I completely forgot to add garlic!}. Just remember to always salt and pepper everything. At least, it will be well seasoned!

To make this breakfast. Cook 2 large eggs and top with salsa verde, light sour cream, 3 slices of avocado* and cilantro. That’s it! This would be really good wrapped in a small tortilla or even served with some fat-free or low-fat refried beans. Or black beans if you don’t care for refried beans.

Huevos con Salsa Verde

*Avocado Tip: I always squeeze a bit of lemon juice on my avocado. Also, sprinkle a little salt and pepper. The lemon juice really brightens the flavor of the avocado. It will also help to keep it from browning once the air hits it.

Happy Weekend!