Valentine’s Day is past. Mardis Gras is over. The last of my chocolate cakes have been eaten. Time to get back to eating healthy foods again. It’s the boom and bust cycle of affluent eating. We can afford to eat fattening, tasty foods so we do. Then we regret that we did so we resolve to eat healthy foods… again. A lot of us made this resolution on January 1st. But by February 1st, we’d slipped. Yet how could we help it? Valentine’s Day is a whole day dedicated to eating chocolate. Mardis Gras is a whole night dedicated to eating in excess absolutely everything we want. The holidays and advertisers conspire against us…And now, here’s Lent. For Christian believers, Lent is 40 days of back on the wagon of healthy living. But not to despair, chocolate Easter bunnies are coming. In the meantime however, we need healthy foods that also taste good.
My first contribution to this post-Mardis Gras season is this recipe for cauliflower broccoli salad with apples and raisins, except as usual, I substituted cranberries for the raisins. Cranberries are a super-food that’s super healthy. But more to the point, I love cranberries. Keep reading for the recipe.
This cauliflower broccoli salad recipe belongs to Anne Dirks of Spiral Natural Foods. You can find it in the cookbook From Asparagus to Zucchini: A guide to cooking farm-fresh seasonal produce. The Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition created the cookbook by querying their members for their tastiest and healthiest recipes.
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons vinegar
- 3 cups chopped cauliflower
- 3 cups chopped broccoli
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 apple (unpeeled), diced
- 2 Tablespoons soy bacon bits
- salt and pepper to taste
“Mix first 3 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Serve chilled. Makes 6-8 servings.”
As you can see by my picture I didn’t chop the cauliflower and broccoli. I think it’s prettier left whole. Plus, as you pop large florets of cruciferous vegetables into your mouth, on-lookers recognize that you’re eating healthy again. You may not be eating custard, but at least you’re getting kudos. Chopped up, those vegetables wouldn’t make such a good impression. You can also see that I substituted cranberries for the raisins. My 10 pound box of cranberries I received in February still has about 8 pounds left in it.
What you can’t see easily is that I used real bacon. I like real bacon, and blasted into tiny bits bacon doesn’t look decadent. You also can’t see that I applied only half of the dressing. I tend not to like a lot of dressing on salads. I figured I’d make half the dressing, and could always add more if needed. For me, half the amount was enough.
So now I’ve got a big bowl of healthy foods. Will my kids help me eat it? Not on your life. They’re still savoring Valentine’s Day treats. Chocolate bunnies where are you?!