Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Healthy Kitchen: Orange and oatmeal cookies and tangy miso dressing

Like many people, this time of year, I would like to shed several pounds of winter weight before summer is upon us. To help me in this task I have taken down from the shelf an old favorite called The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes For A Better Body, Life, And Spirit by Andrew Weil, M.D. and Rosie Daley. Chef Rosie Daley is the former private chef of Oprah Winfrey. Andre Weil M.D. is the author of the best selling Eating Well for Optimum Health. Just reading this book makes me feel healthier. However Healthy Kitchen is not a diet book. Although a lot of the food styling in this not so recent publication (2002) is a little outdated, the recipes hold up very well. I recommend it because the healthier recipes this book contains are easy to execute and quiet good. The orange oatmeal cookies are great for kids and for when you have a few bananas on the dark side but do not want to make banana bread again. I am including a recipe from the book for Tangy miso dressing. Miso dressing is great on salads but also over warm dishes such as brown rice and steamed vegetables. It just makes a too healthy dinner seem more decadent:

Tangy Miso Dressing
  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup purified water
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown rice syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Stir the miso and the tahini together. Add the lemon juice and the water and mix well. Stir in the remaining ingredients.

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