I am so very honored to be chosen to receive the 2013 Tribute to Excellence Award for my work in the area of Nutrition for Cancer, Diabetic, and Arthritis patients. The Gala will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at Boudreaux’s in Baton Rouge. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $125/person or a table of 10 for $1250. The evening will feature a sit down dinner and both live and silent auctions. When I saw the past list of recipients of this award I thought “Wow”! More information about this event can be found on the Arthritis Association of Louisiana’s website.
I always have such a good time with Diane Deaton and the gang at WAFB Noon Show. We cooked up some of my very favorite side dishes that I will definitely be making at my family’s Thanksgiving. For the best of both worlds Yam Cornbread Stuffing is such a perfect combination of sweet Louisiana yams, buttery cornbread, and savory stuffing! My newest favorite from KITCHEN 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence is the Stuffed Artichoke Casserole – all the delicious flavors of a stuffed artichoke without the fuss! For dessert – the Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle is a layered, out of this world treat that guests will be raving about for years to come! And best of all, these recipes are make ahead – stove top recipes for when there is no oven room left!
I was in New Orleans as a speaker for the American Banker’s Association conference at the Hyatt. When waiting to get my car, we were so excited as we turned and there was Michael Bluble. I have always been a fan of his and I have been to one of his fantastic concerts and he is quite the performer. What I didn’t know was he also is quite the cook! He told me many of his recipes were in his celebrity friend’s cookbooks. I told him I wish I had my cookbooks with me so I could give one to him. I would love him to have Gulf Coast Favorites to remember our great southern Louisiana food. He couldn’t have been nicer and he was enjoying the New Orleans cuisine–wish he could try my BBQ Shrimp recipe as they are easy to make, healthier and full of flavor-then maybe I would end up in one of his cookbooks or maybe I could be his cook? What a fun unexpected time with such a really neat and talented person. Check out all my easy, healthy recipes and I hope Michael Bluble will!!!!! He already was trim & terrific!!!!!!
Boy was I excited when Ashley at S.a.l.t. Sisters wanted to share her delicious flavored salts, rubs, and cane sugars with me! The first thing I reached for was the Roasted Garlic Sea Salt and it was SO delicious sprinkled over Roasted Vegetables with Pecans over Mixed Greens from my trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age cookbook. The Vanilla Bean Cane Sugar caught my eye too, and what a treat in my morning coffee – you know I love my coffee! I cannot wait to try the Honey Glaze Rub next time we grill out. All beautifully packaged and unprocessed products that taste delicious and pair perfectly with trim and terrific recipes are a win-win to me! For more information where to find these delectable products visit saltsistersonline.com.
Roasted Vegetables with Pecans over Mixed Greens from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age
Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of this great assortment of veggies making this simple combination a snappy salad.
Makes 6 (3/4-cup) veggie servings over mixed greens
2 1/2 cups yellow squash, cut in 1 1/2- inch thick chunks (about 2 medium)
1 red onion, cut in chunks
2 cups 1-inch asparagus (about 1 pound)
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt to taste 2- 3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 cups mixed salad greens
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
1. Preheat oven 450°F. Coat baking sheet with foil.
2. Toss squash, onion, asparagus, artichokes, and pecans in olive oil and salt to taste. Spread mixture in single layer on prepared pan.
3. Roast 15 minutes, stir, and continue roasting another 15 minutes or until lightly golden and browned. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, stirring gently.
4. Serve vegetables over mixed greens. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 129 Calories from fat 59% Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 130mg Carbohydrate 11g Dietary Fiber 4g Sugars 5g Protein 4g Dietary Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 2 fat
Spicy Advice: Versatile and fantastic-serve as salad, over pasta, or as a side. Roasting simplifies cooking- toss in the oven and forget about it.
I am so excited to share with y’all the newest best summer drink out there. So refreshing and all-natural, Elkarita is a delicious low sugar non alcoholic cocktail mix. Elkaritas come in Lime, Mango and my favorite Pom – not only healthy, but best of all they are local – made right here in Baton Rouge! With each bottle comes several drink recipes, my dietitian who works with me is pregnant and she even likes to blend non-alcoholic drinks using the Lime and diet Tonic water. For more information on where you can pick up your bottle of Elkarita today, visit Elkarita.com or follow @ElkeEllzey on Twitter and Facebook.
I had the pleasure of getting to check out a handy kitchen tool – the EasyGreasy, a strain and save kitchen colander. It isn’t too often that I come across something I have never used but this tool really is great to have around. The EasyGreasy provides a quick and clean, hands-free way to drain your meat and eliminate the grease without having to drain into the sink. Although my lean ground turkey didn’t drain too much grease, what it did drain was so easy to wipe and throw away. And best of all, this heat-resistant tool is simple to clean in the dishwasher!
Dietitian with Holly here, and today I am 25 weeks pregnant. Which is very convenient since my husband and I visited the delicious city of New Orleans for our 9th anniversary – otherwise known as my food tour in stretchy pants. Whenever I get the chance, I like to eat my way through new Orleans and rarely is there a bad meal to be had (not necessarily trim and terrific, however) – and this trip was especially fantastic so I just had to share in case your are planning a trip to the great food city. On our way, my husband suggested stopping a few miles out of our way in the fishing town of Manchac at Middendorf’s – home of the thin fried catfish. I have to say, it was a delicious plate of fried goodness. There is definitely a reason the lunchroom is packed mid-week after lunch hours.
That night we made our way to Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse – which is always spectacular. It is often hard for us to try new restaurants when we have standout favorites like this classic establishment. We even had the pleasure of meeting Otis, a longtime friend and employee to the Brennan’s restaurants who you should definitely ask for when you visit. We started with the Shrimp and Grits, which was melt-in-your-mouth good and we split the Cowboy steak cooked to perfection with a side of Au Gratin Potatoes (again, not trim and terrific…but SO worth it) We had just enough room to finish with a HUGE slice of their Coconut Cake – almost enough reason to visit the steakhouse alone! The first time I had this cake was with Holly, since coconut is her very favorite, she often orders this cake to go when in New Orleans…but my husband likes to tell folks, that even if you don’t think you like coconut, you will LOVE this cake.
We get just as excited to wake up and eat dessert in this city as we do dinner, and it’s not what you think, although we do love New Orleans beignets. A few years back (on my bachelorette trip to be exact) a friend of mine turned me on to a local favorite, hole-in-the-wall pastry shop, Le Croissant D’Or, that sells the freshest almond croissants and iced cappuccinos, not to mention their wall full of other beautiful homemade goodies. If breakfast isn’t convenient we will even make a point to drop in on our way home for a delightful afternoon snack. If you think we hadn’t eaten enough, I really wanted to try The Rum House for lunch before heading home, and I am so glad we did. My husband said he wasn’t that hungry and thought he would order a little side dish, but when we saw the menu, and the all the options our stomachs all of a sudden got hungry again. Needless to say I had leftovers (which I accidentally left at a friends house – and promptly went back to retrieve. I wasn’t giving those up!) There were so many good-looking menu choices , but I finally decided on the Vegetarian Roti (wrap) with a side of the Rum House Salad – which are both outstanding! Sweet and savory, curried veggies, coconut rice, and mango – lets just say I will be a regular at the new Rum House they are opening in Baton Rouge early 2014.
And if you thought I was finished, almost! I had to run across Magazine street and visit Sucre, known for their light and sweet macarons. Mostly I wanted to pick up a gift for the in-laws for keeping our 3 year old, but I couldn’t resist a taste, especially since the lady behind the counter practically insisted I taste a macaroon for myself (the salted caramel, oh my). Thank goodness for my maternity stretchy pants.
Of course, after the baby, I will make sure to be cooking fromGulf Coast Favorites cookbook to get trim & terrific, while still enjoying our Louisiana food!
For delicious healthy Southern trim and terrific recipes visit hollyclegg.com.
Last week I had the pleasure of sitting down with blogger and food entrepreneur, Richard Hanley, Jr, for an interview on all things trim and terrific! If you have ever wondered where I got my start and my passion for healthy eating (because I love to eat) you will hear me talk all about it here on the DOcast podcast. From my food philosophy (DIET is a four letter word) to cookbook publishing and marketing – Richard and I discuss it all on his blog. And while you are at it, you HAVE to check out Hanley’s Sensation Salad Dressing! It is exactly that – Sensational! You will love how this local favorite will zip up any salad and veggie.
For more trim and terrific fun and recipes visit my website at hollyclegg.com.
For more podcasts from Richard Hanley, Jr. visit his website at Richardhanleyjr.com.
Every now and then I get asked if I want to try a product, and of course, in Louisiana we love hot sauce. Well, in the land of Tabasco, these bottles of Saas Hot Sauces arrived at my door. Wow, what I liked about the hot sauces is they had depth of flavor-yes, I actually tasted it by itself and yes, it was hot! However, there was more to the sauce than just the heat. So, I give this product a thumbs up. You can purchase the product online or check here to find out what store it’s in by you. http://eatsaas.com/locator/
Here’s the scoop:
I thought the origin of this product was really special. SAAS hot sauce was the drool-worthy brainchild of a team of students who wanted a way to make money for a good cause. Two delicious flavors were created, “Original” and “Onion Garlic”, with only the freshest ingredients and innovative recipes to bring a unique, one-of-a-kind “flavor that brings you home”!
You know the hot sauce is made with fresh ingredients as once it is opened it has to be refrigerated!
Original SAAS- An amazing mix of fresh red jalapeños, orange habaneros, and spices gives this sauce a rich, fresh red pepper flavor with a complex and refined bouquet that always compliments any food it may be served with.
Onion & Garlic SAAS- The freshest onions combined with garlic, honey, and orange habaneros to bring you a tangy and sweet addition to any meal. Like our Original flavor, it has a delicious zest, with rich subtleties that always compliment any food you may try it with.
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