Perfect for holiday time, this simple terrine delivers flavor, health and will look beautiful on any table!
Yield: 12 servings
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes, plus chilling time
3 large leeks, white and light green part only, sliced in half lengthwise (~1 lb. cleaned)
2 tsp. vegetable oil
2 cups/8 oz. onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves/½ oz. garlic, finely chopped
12 oz. salmon fillet, roughly chopped
1(12 oz.) jar marinated artichokes, drained, roughly chopped
1 (13 oz.) can white beans, drained
3 Tbsp./1 ½ oz. cup pesto
1 cup/8 oz. roasted red peppers, chopped (from 2 red peppers)
¼ cup chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Place leeks in a large bowl of water and wash well to remove sand. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook leeks until soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and reserve. Spray a 9” x 5” loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Use about 2/3 of the leeks to line the pan with overlapping layers of the leeks, such that they hang over the edge of the pan. Use half of the remaining leeks to fortify the bottom of the pan. Reserve the rest for finishing.
Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Sauté the onion until softened and starting to turn golden, about 5 minutes, then add the garlic and cook another minute. Remove from heat.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the salmon, artichoke and eggs. Pulse until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Toss the beans with the pesto. Add half of the beans to the salmon mixture. Pulse again until an even but slightly chunky texture remains. Fold in the remaining beans.
Place half the salmon mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the roasted red peppers. Spread the other half of the salmon mixture over the red peppers. Place the reserved leeks over the top, then fold overhanging leeks over the top of the terrine. Tap the terrine on the counter to knock out air pockets. Cover with foil. Place in a larger baking tray. Pour hot tap water into the baking tray to come ¾ of the way up the sides. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it feels set (firm). Chill before slicing. The terrine can be held in the fridge for several days.
If you’re planning on doing a lot of holiday entertaining, a fun and easy way to switch up your table scape is to use paper placemats and serving papers. I’m fond of Kitchen Papers by CAKE Vintage Table & Home. These beautiful and functional paper placemat pads bring elegance and ease to dining and serving. The paper placemats come in a wide range of designs to fit every theme or match any décor. There are even fun activity mats for kids (and adults) to keep the family entertained at the table. I also love that the line is designed and printed in the U.S.
As 2013 comes to a close, many of my clients are starting to think about making healthy changes to their diet and lifestyles.
Regardless the time of year, it’s always a good time for change. You don’t have to sign up for a gym membership or start an extreme diet, either. Little adjustments can make a huge difference in your quality of life.
Here are four common vices and simple solutions to fix them.
Solution: Eat them! Let’s face it, apple slices do not satisfy a sweet craving like a slice of chocolate cake does. Nothing works as well as the real thing. So, go ahead and eat the cake, just not a monster-sized slice. Have a brownie-sized piece, and enjoy every bite with some coffee or hot tea to help fill you up.
Solution: Fill up at Breakfast and Lunch The next time you grab an afternoon treat, stop and think why you’re eating. Most likely, it’s because you aren’t eating enough at breakfast or lunch, or you’re not eating the right foods during those meals. Try incorporating fiber-rich foods such as whole grains, oats, fruits, high-fiber cereals and colorful vegetables into the early part of your day. Those types of foods will keep you fuller longer. If you must snack, choose all-natural foods that add variety and nutrition to your diet. Skip the packaged snacks.
Solution: Drink coffee and tea New research shows that coffee and tea do count towards daily hydration requirements. Although coffee is slightly diuretic, consumption can contribute to the body’s fluid replenishment. Coffee and tea also contain antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce the risk of developing certain cancers. Not a big coffee or tea drinker? Make water interesting by drinking sparkling water and club soda.
Solution: Eat when you’re hungry Grazing is different than snacking. Grazing is the frequent eating of small, balanced meals throughout the course of the day. Snacking is mindless eating without much nutritional benefit. If you’re a grazer be sure you are eating when you’re hungry, not just when the clock tells you. Sit down and be conscious about each bite. A meal will usually contain fewer fat and calories than several hours of continuous munching.
The holiday season is upon us (just a few more weeks ‘til Santa comes!), and everyone is shifting into high gear to prepare.
Last week, a friend of mine shared a brilliant holiday idea with me, and I had to pass it along.
When it comes to holiday meals, we try to uphold tradition and serve the classics. Honey ham, turkey with stuffing, impressive roasts and cookies baked from heirloom recipes have all graced our tables.
But, my friend said to me, “Tina, I love tradition just as much as anyone else, however, my sisters and I want to ensure that we keep the holidays fresh, serving a new entrée or side dish to our family and friends each year, creating an element of surprise and anticipation.” She continued, “Each year, we pick a new cookbook and build a menu around the recipes we like in the book. Of course, we agree to make a certain number of traditional recipes, but that’s where expectations end and creativity begins!”
This year, I’m honored she chose my new book, The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook, for inspiration. My simple yet delicious recipes are guaranteed to bring satisfaction and delight to even the fussiest guest! My Seared Peppered Beef Tenderloin, Mushrooms and Cranberry Pan Sauce; Honeyed Mashed Yams with Pumpkin Seed, and No-Bake Individual Cheesecake Minis with Raspberry Drizzle are just a few options to consider.
And, if you’re shopping for gifts, The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook will be a much-appreciated present. It never hurts to spoil the ones you love with homemade, nutritious meals!
Here’s to the Holidays!
There’s nothing more humbling than receiving recognition from your peers, and this month was truly exceptional.
Earlier this month, my colleague, Cindy Heroux, M.S., R.D., made my new cookbook a part of the groundbreaking Lake Nona “innovation ecosystem” lead by Cisco. The project is a marriage of urban planning and IT, and the benchmark “Intelligent Home” prominently featured my cookbook in the kitchen, symbolizing the model for healthy eating well into the future.
Then, The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook won a Gold, in the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards, recognizing excellence in family-friendly products. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for MCA seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.
Now my cookbook is among very distinguished company! I couldn’t be more thrilled with these two honors. Such a privilege!
If you haven’t already, please consider purchasing a copy of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook. It makes the perfect holiday gift!