What is your favorite thing to make during the spring months?
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I don’t know about you but for me, endive is one green that I don’t eat that often. I just don’t think about it often. However, my friend and business coach Michelle, came up with this very creative appetizer that would be a perfect snack for a cookout. Give endive some love and check it out!
Michelle, you are busy, right? How do you get a decent, healthy meal on the table?
I break each recipe down into tasks. I might chop all my veggies tonight for a meal I’m making tomorrow. Or I’ll prepare the dressing 2 days in advance. Sometimes just taking out the ingredients is all I can do before my toddler starts whining but at least I have them out and ready to get to work on when he takes his nap.
Why do you make healthy, real food a priority in your life?
It’s a core value of mine. In my Italian family, home cooking equals love. Healthy home cooking? That’s something I picked up along the way to solve my own health problems and have since built a business around it.
This spring we finally have access to an outdoor grill so it’s been very fun to give my husband grill duty while I concentrate on making fabulous salads and side dishes.
What is that one thing that busy people can do this spring to eat a little healthier?
Eat what’s on sale. Haha – no seriously, when all the spring veggies are in season they tend to be in such abundance that the stores will put them on sale. Just one more reason to eat seasonally.
What is your favorite gadget in the kitchen?
My magic bullet blender. Hands down.
Endive Boat Hor’deorves with cantaloupe, goat cheese and mint
16 large endive leaves
Tiny smear of raw honey
Stick of cantaloupe
Dab of goat cheese
Handful of fresh mint leaves
Handful of almond
1/4 cup olive oil
Pinch of salt
Arrange leaves on a platter. Smear a tiny bit of honey into each, then add a piece of fruit and cheese.
Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender, along with a little water to help blend. Spoon dressing onto each endive boat and serve.