“Lettuce is like conversation; it must be fresh and crisp, so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” – Charles Dudley Warner

Hey there!

It’s the new year.  My resolution?  To not get sick between now and November 2nd!

I believe the most important thing to do to prevent from getting sick is not only to wash your hands a lot, but it is so important to eat healthy foods!  In order to stay healthy, you should start from the inside out.  Which is why I always say that food is my medicine.

I definitely noticed my body reacting to all the holiday food these past couple weeks.  I felt very lethargic and well, was irregular, if you know what I mean.  Now, don’t get me wrong – I believe that the holidays are the time for this kind of food – it’s just how you handle everything after the holidays in the new year.

My fiance’s family always has a huge feast on New Years Day so I figured to have a healthy indulgence for dinner on New Years Eve.  Menu?  Lettuce soup and deviled eggs.  Please, don’t leave!

I found this recipe for lettuce soup and it just seemed it was lacking something – meat.  So, I decided to add two kinds, pancetta and prosciutto.

As for the plain old deviled eggs, I saw that Nadia G from Bitchin’ Kitchin’ had a truffle deviled egg recipe – she uses truffle salt and hot sauce – I used truffle oil and no hot sauce.  Also, instead of regular paprika I topped it with smoked paprika.

The lettuce soup came out so much better than I thought; even Alex thought the same!  It’s also great if you have lettuce that needs to be used but you just don’t want to eat it as a salad.  It was creamy, light, the addition of topping it with goat cheese and crispy prosciutto gives a nice salty tang.

 

Lettuce soup w/goat cheese and prosciutto

Ingredients

1 -5 oz. bag pre-washed baby arugula blend

1 -5 oz. bag pre-washed butter lettuce

1 Tbsp. EVOO

1 medium shallot

1/3 C. pancetta, diced small

~5 (3/4 lb.) Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and diced

5 C. chicken stock

1/2 C. light cream

1/3 C. prosciutto, diced small, cooked in a saute pan until crispy, set aside for garnish

salt & pepper to taste

3 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped small (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium pot, heat the EVOO, add the shallots and pancetta, cook until lightly browned.
  2. Add potatoes, saute 3 minutes.
  3. Add stock and bring to a light boil.  Turn heat down and continue to simmer until potatoes are fork tender, 15-20 minutes.
  4. Add arugula blend and butter lettuce and cook uncovered until greens are wilted and tender.
  5. Using a hand blender, puree the soup.
  6. Add the cream, salt & pepper, puree a bit more until everything is incorporated.
  7. Top with 1/2 oz. slice of fresh goat cheese, crispy prosciutto and fresh chopped chives.

lettuce soup

How gorgeous – looks like Christmas!!

Truffle Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

12 large, cage-free eggs.

1/3 C. low-fat mayonnaise

1/4 tsp. black truffle EVOO

dash of garlic powder

dash of onion powder

smoked paprika, for garnish

1 Tbsp. fresh chives, chopped small

Directions

  1. Fill a large pot with 8 C. of salted water, add the eggs and bring to a simmer.
  2. Cover and simmer over medium heat for 13 minutes.
  3. Remove eggs and let soak in ice cold water for about 30 minutes.
  4. Peel the eggs.
  5. Cut the eggs lengthwise and put the yolk in a bowl.
  6. Add the mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and truffle oil.
  7. Mix until well combined.
  8. Spoon the mixture into each egg-white half.
  9. Sprinkle with smoked paprika and the chives.

truffle deviled eggs

B-E-A-U-TIFUL!!

I have always considered deviled eggs somewhat on the gourmet side.  They’re so delicious.  The addition of black truffle gives it a wonderful earthy flavor and the paprika adds the perfect amount of smokiness.   Alex does not like hard boiled eggs and has never tried a deviled egg – this kid is so picky and he actually ate more eggs than me!

Well, I have to go buy some long underwear because I was invited to go skiing with Alex’s adviser and optics group tomorrow morning.  I’ve never been skiing before so this should be really fun!

How do you add a gourmet spin to a healthy dish?

What is your favorite flavor to add to deviled eggs?

#EatFreshCookBellissima

 

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About cookbravissima

Hello there! Thank you for visiting my page! =) ****BLOG UNDER CONSTRUCTION-PLEASE COME BACK SOON**** My name is Maria. I am a babysitter, Our Lady of Mercy graduate, 25 years old and a dietary consultant for 33 Definitions Health and Wellness Education. I started this blog with the intention to share my healthy food creations with the everyday person, like myself! I do not consider myself a Chef. I believe a Chef is someone who went to school for culinary and/or works in a restaurant kitchen. Me, I am not a Chef, just an average person who loves to cook healthy! I am currently majoring in Culinary Arts but I still do not consider myself a chef. In 2008, I was going through a really tough time, physically and emotionally. My depression and anxiety had such a strong grip on my mental/physical health it was taking control. I wasn’t treating myself right in every category; example, not eating all day then having one large meal at night, and it wasn’t a healthy meal. I also wasn’t working out anymore; I used to be such an avid rower, co-captain of my high school team. But I was depressed, I couldn’t drink, eat or sleep. I was dehydrated and eventually lead to my body basically breaking down on me. I lost 40 pounds in just a couple months; my body was forming a substitute carbohydrate which was making me dry heave, all due to not drinking and eating. I thought to myself, how the hell does one throw up from not eating? No idea, but that’s what my doctor told me. I should have been in the hospital hooked up to an IV. Anyway, after I was able to walk without feeling like passing out I scheduled to see a psychiatrist and vowed to treat my body better. I grew up in a house where my mother had a healthy homemade meal on the table every weekday, so I just followed that while doing my research on what exactly is “healthy” food because everyone has their own definition (which is perfectly fine). Being healthy is not a diet, it is a lifestyle! It includes both physical and mental self, which is why I say a diet makes no sense! Everyone has their own lifestyle and many people that eat healthy vow by eating a certain way while others may not agree. Well, I say they’re all wrong! It should be whatever one believes is healthy for them, inside and out but do your research first! If whatever you are doing keeps you healthy and happy, then you are doing something right! #EatFreshCookBravissima
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