Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Asparagus with Sesame Dressing..from my old cooking class days....

I do love asparagus, but this dressing is delicious with steamed kale or rapini too.

Sesame dressing
•     1 garlic clove, finely chopped
•     2 tsp. chopped fresh ginger
•     2 tbs. malt vinegar
•     2 tbs. sesame oil
•     4 tbs, tamari sauce
•     2 tsp. sugar
•     2 tbs. peanut oil

1 lb. asparagus spears, cut into thirds diagonally
1/4 cup sesame seeds

Whisk together all the dressing ingredients. 
Prepare a big bowl of ice water to drop the cooked asparagus into..just as you take it off the boil.

Plunge the asparagus in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. It should be cooked to crisp/tender, no more.
Then drop it into an ice water bath to "shock" it and stop the cooking so it doesn't overcook.

Toss the asparagus and some of the dressing together in a pretty dish and top with toasted sesame seeds.

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