I decided to save the Kelli’s question for Friday because it is a little bit fun, for me anyway. Kelli asked me:
Do you have any favorite healthy recipes to share?
Oh boy, do I! Part of my weight problem has always been my love of food and cooking. The surgery sure did not change that.
My sister and I started a Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free cookbook a while back, but we never finished it. So, I have about 150 recipes suitable for people with gluten intolerance and other food allergies. I have scads of suggestions on how to make yummy, yummy food for people with all kinds of food allergies. Some of it is healthy, some of it, maybe not so much.
But Kelli asked specifically about healthy food so that is what I will address here. I am using her question to do something I have been meaning to do all year. As you can see, I have made substantial changes to my website. I have added a tab up top called “Skinny Girl Recipes.” I changed the theme to allow the tab to appear on the top.
I have a lot of recipes scattered through this blog, but I am going to be working on getting them moved to the “Skinny Girl Recipe” tab so that they are all in one place.
Today’s recipe is my famous vegetable salad with a cilantro-lime vinaigrette dressing. OMG it is delicious.
I developed this recipe over several years. I watched someone on one of the cooking channels make a roasted vegetable dish with Orzo pasta and a lemon dressing. I made that a few times. Then several years later, I became obsessed with cilantro-lime dressings and tried several times to make one of my own that was tasty. Then, I changed the roasted vegetable dish, wish is really a fall-winter dish, to using fresh summer vegetables for some party I went to and then put my cilantro-lime dressing on it. To say it was a hit, is an understatement.
To make this recipe gluten-free, you can use rice instead of Orzo. You also do not have to use any grain or pasta at all, just vegetables, which is actually how I eat it since my gastric-by pass. The recipe is quite versatile. I have added chicken or tofu to add protein. I have changed out the vegetables at the request of a friend who does not like peppers. The dressing can even be changed if you don’t like cilantro-lime. It’s a great recipe to play around with. It’s healthy and perfect for a summer picnic. Give it a try!