Last Monday I held the second edition of Healthy Cooking Club at my home. I absolutely LOVE hosting these dinners because it allows me to share how eating fresh, whole foods is so delicious and doesn’t have to be intimidating! To me, that is what dining is all about – taking the time to prepare a meal with love and care, and then gathering together at the table to enjoy the food and the company.
What’s a nice evening without starting off with a fun cocktail? We made fresh watermelon martinis – juiced watermelon and vodka with a twist of lime. Simple. Delicious.
For an appetizer, we made an Avocado Hummus with an Jalapeño kick. It took about 7 minutes to prepare – and SO much tastier than the store bought stuff that’s often loaded with preservatives.
We then made some zucchini noodles with a veggie spiralizer…how fun are these?
I love my spiralizer because you can make pretty noodles out of any vegetable…zucchini is my favorite for the summer. You can top with a pesto, a nice olive oil and fresh tomatoes, a Thai Peanut Sauce…the possibilities are endless.
Tonight, we topped with a coconut broth that was adapted from this recipe: http://www.loveandlemons.com/2013/07/15/zucchini-coconut-noodles/
Simmering the coconut milk with the ginger, lemongrass, garlic and onion created an amazingly rich, decadent sauce. For added protein, I baked chicken with olive oil and maple syrup, which adds just a little bit of sweetness to the chicken and it always turns out so tender!
And there’s just not much better than fresh peaches in August. So we grilled them and topped with a walnut crumble and coconut ice cream. Divine!!! And peaches are an awesome source of chlorogenic acid, a phytochemical that helps combat nasty free radicals that lead to disease and aging.
All in all, another fun night for a healthy cooking club! If you are local, consider having me at your home to host a fun night with your friends!