All Recipes, Dessert, Entertaining

Fig and Strawberry Galette

December 13, 2014
Fig and Strawberry Tart - Healthy for Two

I came upon boxes of fresh figs for free a little while back. They were being given away at my work along with boxes of persimmons and pomegranates. No one wanted to grab the figs because they thought they were gross. ARE YOU CRAZY? Figs are delicious. Whatever, more for me. I took them home and immediately searched for fresh fig recipes. I had to act fast because I was leaving for the weekend to visit my family and my figs would probably go bad within a couple of days.

I decided to make a galette with the figs and some strawberries. It was so damn good. I ate one piece of this and shared the rest with my family – it was my intent from the start. I selfishly regret that decision. Now, I don’t have a supply of fresh figs and all I want is more of this galette!

fis and strawberry galette - healthy for two

Figs are rare. I practically never seem them fresh at the grocery store and when I do, they are usually pretty expensive for produce. They ripen and spoil so fast you really have a limited time to eat them. I used to have a fig tree at our old place and even then they were rare! I couldn’t pick them until they were soft and if I came by hours too late, the birds would eat them all. Or rather, eat half of every single one and leave the the other halves there to taunt me.

So anyway, the moral of my story is that figs are delicious and if you ever come across a bunch of them, make this galette.  Continue Reading…

All Recipes, Mains, Super Easy

Pasta with Mushrooms, Basil and Truffle Salt

December 6, 2014
fresh pasta with mushrooms and truffle salt - Healthy for Two

I live just a short 5 minute bike ride from the local Saturday market here in my home town. There’s just something so special about purchasing fresh, local food without having to drive in my car somewhere to get it. Everytime I go, I get so excited and I usually buy a bunch of cool things just because I’m there and it feels like a special occasion. Last time, I decided to talk to the lady who sells salts. I was intrigued by her truffle salts. I’ve been wanting to splurge on truffle oil or salt, once I had a recipe in mind. I didn’t have a recipe in mind that day, but I was at the magical farmers market so I had to get some. Now, to find a recipe.

Next to her booth was a man selling homemade pasta. I purchased some fresh fettuccine and immediately headed to the mushroom guy to get a bag of shitaki mushrooms. Finally, I grabbed some fresh basil at another booth and ran away before I could buy anything else (after purchasing a bunch of fresh sunflowers to decorate my kitchen with, of course).

I got home and whipped up this pasta dish in no-time, finishing it off with a sprinkle of truffle salt. Pure-truffle-heaven.

esay pasta recipe with truffle salt

This little bottle of black truffle salt cost me $10. It was a splurge but a delicious one. Totally worth it. It only takes a little bit of this salt to give you the strong truffle flavor. You just sprinkle a little bit on your finished dish such as pasta, eggs or even sauteed vegetables. Always add it to a finished meal – if you cook with it, the flavor diminishes.  I don’t use it all the time but when I feel like having an egg sandwich with truffle salt, I do. Continue Reading…

Dessert, Entertaining

Caramel Apple Pie

November 22, 2014
caramel apple pie recipe - from Healthy for Two

“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe” – Carl Sagan
I love that quote and even better, I love this remix song made out of Carl Sagan quotes, enjoy:
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All Recipes, Sides, Snacks

Fresh Green Bean and Corn Salad

November 9, 2014
Green bean salad with raw corn - HealthyforTwo

This week’s recipe is an easy one. I really just wanted to share this salad with you because I am so excited about raw corn.

I have two questions for you: 1) Have you ever attempted to eat corn off the cob, raw? and 2) Did you ever know that it’s insanely delicious? If you answered no to these questions, you have GOT to try corn raw! When you eat it raw, you really get a taste of it’s natural sweetness. It goes great with a crisp green bean salad… like this one!

Now I don’t know if I will ever go back… canned or frozen corn will never be the same.

This salad is super fresh, from the slightly cooked green beans to the raw corn… you can’t get a salad more refreshing than this! Continue Reading…

Mains, Soup

Italian Chicken and Bean Soup

October 25, 2014
Chicken Soup with beans and Italian Sausage

This simple yet hearty soup is everything you would want from a chicken soup but more. Beans and Italian sausage give this chicken soup that extra bit of “umph” that just might win you over as your new all time favorite soup. This is officially my favorite soup of all time and I’m never, ever going back to my old ways of boring chicken soup again!

I wanted to make something different so I looked online at all kinds of soup ideas. With a bunch of different recipes for inspiration, I came up with this recipe on my lunch break, immediately went shopping after work for chicken and sausage, then I tossed everything in my Dutch oven once I got home. The result: pure chicken soup bliss.  Continue Reading…

All Recipes, Mains, Poultry, Sauce

Green Chicken Curry

October 5, 2014
Green chicken curry - Healthy for Two

Curry is one of those kind of foods that is so damn good at a restaurant but when you make it at home, it’s just not the same. At least for me. This green curry recipe is probably the closest I’ve come to that “WOW” flavor I’ve been craving. It’s really good.

I admit I haven’t done curry it’s due diligence and figured out how to really make it by diving deep into research and figuring out just the right way to blend flavors… But I feel that this is a good start. I’ve graduated from using those jars of curry simmer sauce you buy at Target to now creating my own flavor-packed curry.

After making this recipe, I’ve come to realize that a lot of ingredients go into curry, much more than I imagined. The flavor of all the ingredients blend together so well to create a unique flavor of it’s own. This green curry tastes super fresh and has just a slight spicy aftertaste. Here’s a secret: (don’t tell my husband) He hates cilantro and I didn’t tell him that there’s a ton of cilantro in this meal… did he notice? Nope! :D Continue Reading…

Travel

The REAL Oktoberfest

September 27, 2014
Oktoberfest Parade in Munich

It was one year ago that we went to Europe for the first time. We planned the timing of our trip around when Oktoberfest was happening in Munich, Germany. We HAD to see the real Oktoberfest… because beer.

This isn’t a typical recipe post, this one is about my experience at Oktoberfest. It was so amazing to experience Germany – the historical buildings, the amazing scenery,  the delicious food and the friendly people and their absolute love of beer. Please enjoy this small recap of my experience at the biggest beer festival around. Continue Reading…

All Recipes, Mains, Vegetarian

Heirloom Tomato Pizza

September 13, 2014
Heirloom Tomato Frozen Pizza

This is the easiest of easy recipes around.

Sometimes when things get super busy, you need a quick and effortless meal that can fill you up and still taste great. Frozen pizzas are quick and require next to zero effort. But who wants plain old frozen pizza? Why not make it your own and add extra flavor with fresh toppings? Adding your own toppings takes pizza to a whole other level. That’s how you get people to ask, “Is that delivery?” “No it’s…” you know.

The most effort you will have to make is the decision on which frozen pizza to buy. I don’t buy frozen pizza too often but when I do I know that I don’t like CPK pizza or the usual store brand pizza. They are usually too salty and soggy for me. I also don’t like spending more that $7 on a frozen pizza. When they start costing $10 or more, I figure I might as well order out. Me, I like a good DiGiorno or Freschetta (especially when they are on sale). You can save money by getting plain cheese pizza and adding your own toppings at home.

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All Recipes, Mains, Poultry

Chicken Souvlaki with Homemade Tzatziki

September 7, 2014
Chicken Slovaki

Here in Southern California, summer seems to last until October. Seeing as it’s September, I’ve got plenty of time. I have to enjoy cooking outside while the weather is still nice.

Chicken Souvlaki is a type of Greek “fast food” meaning meat (and veggies) cooked on a skewer. It can be any kind of meat really – today, we’re grilling chicken! In this recipe, you grill the chicken skewers, pile it into a pita along with the grilled veggies and tzatziki sauce and you’ve got yourself a pretty good meal.

Chicken Souvlaki

This meal is perfect for warm weather because it involves minimal prep time and the cooking is done outside on the grill (did I mention that it’s super easy?).

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