Saturday, 31 January 2009

The Heart of the Matter 23 - The Roundup

I asked for entries and you rose to the occasion! You can't imagine how nice it was so see your entries trickle in after fearing that this was the last edition of the Heart of the Matter-Eating For Life event - Thank you so much! And the variety of entries is also inspiring to see, we have a lot to choose from when we want heart healthy slimmer recipes and they come from all over the world too. Now I better get on with the roundup, if I missed someone or if there are links that doesn't work, please tell me!

First entry to arrive was from Andrea of Cooking Books who created a really good looking Lentil Soup for us, I like the chunkiness of it, it gives me the feeling that I will feel nicely full after eating it!

Our HotM veterans Jugalbandi are back with the most incredible Beet Chocolate Cake to slim our guilty feelings! And as usual, if it comes from Jugalbandi, you can be sure it is healthy!

My friend Meeta of What' For Lunch Honey? made me happy by sending in a mouthwatering entry, her Szechwan Pepper and Ginger Sprouts look great!

Sarah of What Smells... So Good? offers us a total lycopene kick with two bagel recipes, her Pumpkin-Spice Bagels and To-Mato Bagels really makes me feel like having a go at them!

This filling Sun-Dried Tomato-Tortellini Soup comes from Patsy K from Family, Friends and Food, it looks really good and all those vegetables are pure health.

Johanna of Green Gourmet Giraffe has created an amazing Miso Soup with Tofu, Noodles and Vegetables that makes me crave a serving straight away despite I'm not a miso soup fan!

Labelga of Leafy Cooking is also a HotM veteran apart from being a blog friend and she offers us a fresh Grated Salad with Budwig Mayo(naise) and gives you the recipe of a healthy mayonnaise version, I didn't realize that it could be done! Thanks!

Take a look at these Mixed Flour & Root Vegetables Paratha/Flatbread from Soma of eCurry and try to convince me that you don't want to grab one and stuff it into your mouth straight away! I won't believe you

Ching-Chong Salad is how Bird's Eye View of Food and Laughter has named this China inspired salad which has a nice spicy dressing that I must try!

We have several entries from Indian food blogs, next comes from Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and it is a Dal Panchratan ( A Five Lentil Gravy Preparation). I love Indian cooking and I wish I had the ingredients to prepare this!

My lovely HotM sister Michelle from the accidental scientist, made a really intriguing pasta dish, her Walnut, Parsley and Flax Pesto on Angel Hair Pasta sounds great, I have to try it!

Ellen of Feeding My Enthusiams gives us exactly what you need up here in the northern hemisphere right now, just the name of her entry, Sunny Citrus Chicken, cheers me up, not to talk about the dish in itself!

Then we have the Chicken Gazpacho that Navita of Zaayeka sent me and which I absolutely will try as soon as it gets hotter here!

Ning from Heart and Hearth (couldn't be more fitting for the HotM)serves us fish, her Braised Fish Fillet in Black Bean Sauce looks so incredibly good! I want it now!

Priya of Priya's Easy N Tasty Recipes sent in a warming and good soup, her Tomato and Barley Soup would be perfect after being out all day in the sunny but chilly weather we are having right now!

But we need sweet food to, don't we? The Apple Oats Bars that you find over at Curry Leaf's blog Experiments, Emotions, Experiences with Food are both good and healthy so there's no need to feel guilty!

Joelen of Joelen's Culinary Adventures is next, her colourful Vegetable Frittata can easily be made even more heart healthy by using only egg whites instead of the whole eggs in case you need to be really careful with animal fat. But I think it is good as it is!

Yesterday I received a last minute entry from Lynn of Sacatomato, she has made a lentils soup with the wonderful name Black Beluga Lentil Soup, with vegetarian Beluga!

I posted a Green Cauliflower Soup with Capers and Lemon

and yes, another lentil soup, mine had green beans, sun-dried tomatoes and thyme in it.

Yet again I want to thank all the participants -Thanks for making this event!

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Friday, 2 January 2009

HotM 23 - Slimmer Recipes

I wish it was as easy to shed whatever it is that you don't like about yourself and your life as it is to change into a new year. It really would be very nice if it went as automatic as the clock ticks over from one year to another but alas it isn't. But that doesn't mean that we shouldn't make the effort so here we go with new spirits and hopes. Lately the Heart of the Matter has lost a lot of it geist and there have been fewer entries but we, me, Joanna and Michelle want to give it another chance to recuperate its vitality so we have decided to give HotM one more chance because we believe very much in it. Both in healthier cooking because it is good for us and in the idea of storing all the roundups here on the Heart of the Matter blog, so that it is easy to go there and search for a healthy recipe when you need one. But if HotM is going to survive, you have to participate! And we hope you will, this month I am hosting and the theme is Slimmer Recipes; we want heart healthy (less (animal) fats, lean meat, less salt, more vegetables, more fruit, more fish are the main aspects, check out the HotM blog for links to more information) and tasty dishes that you eat when you want to loose some of that excess weight we tend to accumulate over the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Salads, soups, casseroules, pasta, desserts, baking-whatever you want and as many entries you want as long as it is heart healthy but slimming food usually are so this will be very easy for you! Please send me your entries to luculliandelights AT gmail DOT com before midnight (your) on the 28th of January, please don’t use your post for other events – that way we can keep things centred on healthy heart awareness!

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