Suzanne Hollander, MS, RD

As a dietitian, home cook, and enthusiast of all-things-delicious, I'm often asked, "so what do YOU eat?" Here's a blog to answer that very question! My hope is that you'll find (even just a little) inspiration from some of my favorite recipes, restaurants, party-ideas and food musings for your own happy, healthy, food-loving lifestyle.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fresh Pick of the Week: Spring Onions

Yes, friends! That's SPRING in the title. These mild onions started popping up last week at my local farmer's market. In most parts of the country, spring onions are available starting around April/May and extending into early summer (here in Southern California, we benefit from longer-than-usual produce seasons). Spring onions have a similar flavor to green onions or scallions but are actually a different variety. In fact, spring onions are early-harvested (aka young) white/red onions, which is why their bulbs can be white or red. Since they have a similar flavor to green onions, they can be used interchangeably in recipes. Try them sauteed into next stir fry, cooked or raw on salad, as a pizza topping, or mixed into soups. Or check out my next recipe using quick-fry spring onions!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beet Gratin

Beets and their greens combine with rich cheese in this NY Times-inspired dish. This recipe could easily be used as a template for other vegetable gratins, which make decadent, vegetarian main dishes. 

The Nutrition Rundown: Beets and their greens are full of vitamins and minerals, including folate, a critical B vitamin helping to reduce risk of heart disease and to prevent birth defects for women of child-bearing age. This dish is also packed with filling-fiber. 

Beet Gratin
Serves 4
Ingredients
2 bunches of beets (red or golden) and their greens
2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, sliced
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I used Gruyere and semi-hard Toma)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Clean and dice beets. Toss beets in 2 Tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Reduce heat of oven to 375 degrees. 
  2. Clean and slice greens. Preheat 1 Tbs olive oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions and garlic with salt and pepper for 1-2 minutes. Add greens with their rinsing liquid. Cover with lid and cook ~3-5 minutes to steam greens. Turn off heat an allow to cool. 
  3. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper.  Pour in beets and greens and stir to combine.
  4. Grease 9x13" baking pan and pour in beet mixture. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for ~25 minutes until set. Place under broiler additional 2-3 minutes to brown cheese. Serve warm. 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Chipotle Tomatillo Guacamole

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This smokey, spicy guacamole is the perfect addition to your Super Bowl spread. The tomatillo gives this dip a citrusy crunch, while chipotle chilis add smokey flavor. The chilis in adobo add sodium to this dip, so don't add any additional salt--with all the flavor of the chilis and sauce, you won't need it! Serve with whole grain tortilla chips (check the ingredients label for "whole corn") and some veggies for dipping.

The Nutrition Rundown: Avocados are full of healthy, mono- and poly-unsaturated fats and vitamins that make them an anti-inflammatory food. Because of all this healthy fat, they are high in calories; using tomatillos and chili peppers in this guacamole cuts back on the calories per dip for any calorie-conscious Super Bowl party goers!

Chipotle Tomatillo Guacamole
Serves 8-10
Ingredients
1 large avocado (or 2 small)
1 can (7oz) Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (found in the Mexican grocery aisle) 
2 Tomatillos
Black pepper
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions
  1. Remove skin and pit of avocado(s). Dice into medium bowl. 
  2. Take chilis from can. There will be sauce on the chilis, but you may discard the excess sauce. Chop chilis and place in bowl with avocado. Remove skins of tomatillo, dice into bowl. 
  3. Add pepper and lime juice. Garnish with cilantro if using and serve!