Leftovers: Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette #HealthyFridays

Leftovers: Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette #HealthyFridays

Broccoli Beet Salad

My Take on Leftovers

There are so many children in this country who go hungry to bed or to school. In the same token there is an abundance of food thrown away on daily basis. Whether it’s leftovers from last nights dinner or expired food items we never had the chance to cook. Regardless, below is my take on leftovers. By the way for all of you who have been blessed with an abundance of food consider helping out with this great organization: No Kid Hungry.

This nonprofit organization is helping to eradicate child-hunger from American Schools. Every fifth child goes hungry to school. That’s a terrible fact. Watch the video to learn more about No Kid Hungry.

Remember What Your Grandma Used To Say… 

I don’t want to bore you with my leftover food. The point I’m trying to make is leftovers can be used to make yet another good meal. My Grandmother made me eat all my food on the plate. So we never had leftovers. These days’ leftovers are being thrown out in many households. That’s sad, as my Grandmother would have said: “there are children in Africa dying for hunger and we throw out our food”.

She had a point, although I’m not fond of over-eating, just serving the right amount of food the first time. Our kids are growing up with an abundance of luxury. They have cell phones, video games, the fanciest  TV’s, cars and food galore. For them it’s absolutely normal and most of them can’t live without their gadgets. We grew up with none of these items and we were happy. This young generation is completely spoiled rotten, if I may say so. Well, I guess we as parents spoiled them in the first place, but how can we not give our kids these luxuries when all their peers have them.

Broccoli Beet Salad

The Bright Sight of Leftovers

I always try to cook something healthy for my family. But sometimes I don’t have the time and I look for an easy way out. Especially Fridays when we come home from a busy week we just want to relax and don’t think too much about cooking. On Thursday I had baked a ziti with beans for my boys and me, but had some leftovers. My wife had broccoli and red beets left from her dinner. She eats mostly vegetables with little meat or fish, but no starch. So the ziti was off limit for her.

However, the point is combining different leftover foods doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little imagination many foods can be assembled and presented in a nice way. I know it’s not restaurant quality, but at least no food is being thrown out. Again, I’m talking about home cooked food that is one day old not 3 or 4 days old. Especially store-bought meals like Chinese food must be discarded after 24 hours latest, simply because we don’t know how long the food has been kept warm or how old the food was at the time of cooking.

 

Broccoli Beet Salad

 

Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Salad, Appetizer,
Cuisine: American
Author: Kraemers Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 Broccoli, cut in rosettes
  • 3 medium sized red beets
  • Vinaigrette
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • Season with salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season broccoli and red beets with salt and pepper and steam for a few minutes. Vegetables should be still slightly crunchy.
Vinaigrette:
  1. Mix vinegar, honey and slowly add oil until all ingredients are incorporated. Add all other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour vinaigrette over broccoli and beets and let stand for a few minutes before serving.

What do you do with leftovers?

Do you mind eating leftover foods?

What do you think about “No Kids Hungry” Organization?

 

 

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Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Grandmothers Cinnamon Stars for Christmas

Cinnamon Stars

I can’t believe it is this time of the year again. Not too long ago I packed all my Christmas decoration away – it seems.  Well, I think Christmas is  the best time of the year. Beautiful childhood memories reminding me of the Christmas Holiday preparation.

 

Christmas Advent Wreath

 Grandma’s Cinnamon Stars Were The Best

Just the smell of freshly baked cinnamon stars reminds me of my Grandmother baking during the Holidays.  There was something magical to it.  I was fortunate to have spent a lot of time with my Grandma watching her baking Christmas cookies,  that is cinnamon stars in particular.  I was just 7 or 8 years old,  probably too young to understand the relevance and importance of a recipe.  However, what I do remember is she never had one.

Whipping Butter for Holiday Cookies

Not even a scale she had.  Now – remember this is in Germany where we only work with grams and kilo.  We don’t even work with cup measurements.  However,  today it is simply unthinkable not having a scale – nonetheless a recipe.  Even to this day – not even my Mother  – could really tell what the exact ingredients were.  That is,  for my favorite “cinnamon stars”,  next to many other cookies, cakes, roasts and other good Grandma delicatessen.  Although she did emphasized that lots of butter is always a good thing. And she was right,  just as Julia Child said,  butter is flavor.

Cinnamon Star Cookie Dough

 One thing is sure,  the flavor of these Christmas cookies were incredible.  To be quite honest there are probably better cookie recipes out there,  but you know when Grandma baked them – no one could do it better.  Regardless of what she cooked or baked it was just simply incredible.  I guess most of us have these fond memories of our Grand parents in particular when it comes to the Holidays.

Zimt Sterne - Cinnamon Stars

So now you know that I didn’t inherit a recipe for my cookies,  yet I did my best to make it as close as possible to Grandma’s cinnamon stars.  What I did inherit was an old  German cookbook from 1889,  which is awesome. Unfortunately the cinnamon stars were not listed,  but similar recipes were.  I hope I gave you some inspiration to bake some of your favorite Grandma’s Holiday cookies.  Happy Holidays

Cinnamon Star Cookies

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Author: Kraemer’s Culinary Blog
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 40 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup / 225 g butter
  • 1/2 cup / 120 g sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4-5 drops bitter almond essence
  • 2 cup / 250 g flour, sifted
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup / 150 g almonds, roasted & ground
  • 1 cup / 125 g powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. With a speed mixer whip butter and sugar until creamy.
  2. Add vanilla and bitter almond essences.
  3. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients together.
  4. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
  5. Don’t over mix.
  6. Place dough on a with flour dusted surface.
  7. Quickly knead dough to a shape of a ball.
  8. Roll out dough about 1/4 inch / 7mm thick and cut out stars.
  9. Place cinnamon stars on a greased and floured baking tray.
  10. Bake in 350 degree Fahrenheit / 175 degree Celsius preheated oven until the edges are slightly turning golden brown (about 12-14 minutes)
  11. While the cinnamon stars are still hot place them in a bowl with powdered sugar. Turn cookies once or twice in the sugar and let cool out on a rack.
  12. When cookies are cool sprinkle with more powdered sugar. That’s best done with an icing sugar shaker. Store in an airtight container.
Notes

Bake cinnamon stars longer if you like them crispy. For a more chewy consistency bake less.

Tip: Remove dough before it forms a ball. At this time the dough is very light and fluffy. On the table mold dough into a ball and gently roll it down to a 1/4 inch height. Follow instructions above.

I like to split up the dough and put half in the refrigerator, while I roll out the other half. Always make sure that surface is dusted with flour. Turn dough often while rolling out and dust with flour again. This will assure that the dough is not sticking to surface.

 

What are your favorite Holiday cookies?

Do you remember any of your Grandma’s recipes?

 

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