Have you noticed how so many food blogs tend to focus on sweets and treats? Now don’t get me wrong, I love sweet stuff … but one of my goals for 2010 was to lose the last little bit of weight that I have to lose and to really get in shape. Cooking a bunch of sugary, chocolatey, sweet things just isn’t going to cut it for reaching that goal. So today’s links are going to focus on the non-sweet, non-caloric items that I want to make over the next week or so.
(an image from our recent “snow storm” here in Atlanta)
Fried Chickpea Patties w/ Sesame Sauce – Ok, so it’s a falafel by any other name. Or close, anyway. Either way, these look pretty good and I’m thinking they might do well oven baked to save on fat. I’m definitely going to try them this week.
Citrus Salad with Lemongrass Syrup – Syrup might be pushing the limits of non-sweet goodies, but the citrus has to more than make up for the sugar here. I’m fascinated by lemongrass and always have been. And besides, with our recent wintry weather, I am looking forward to making something that will bring summer into my kitchen for a bit.
Slow Roasted Tomato Soup – Tomato soup is one of my comfort foods. On a cold day, on a day when I’m too tired to cook, on a day when I just need to snuggle up on the sofa and nest … tomato soup is the answer. This recipe looks good and definitely worth a try.
Warm Brussels Sprouts with Gorgonzola and Sesame Seeds – Last year I discovered that I actually do like Brussels sprouts. Who knew? When I was a kid they were definitely on my “most hated” list, but as an adult I find I really like them. This recipe has the additional kick of my favorite cheese ever – gorgonzola. I can’t wait to try these, maybe with a pork loin roast one night.
Chili Roasted Cauliflower w/ Cilantro Dressing – I love love love cauliflower and this recipe adds in 2 of my favorite things; hot chile and cilantro. Besides, the image in this post makes my mouth water – the perfectly browned cauliflower floret looks delicious!
Toasted Orzo Chicken Soup – I’m a huge orzo fan. I don’t know why this little rice shaped pasta appeals to me so much, but I truly love it. So the idea of toasting it and adding it into chicken soup sounds heavenly. If there’s time for one more batch of soup this winter, this will definitely be the one!