What's Cooking: From Yeshi's Kitchen

Cooking Healthy

Do you have a New Year’s resolution to be healthy this year? If so, you may wish to try the following simple, tasty and nourishing meals.

Broiled Salmon Whole Potatoes with Cilantro Dressing
Brown Rice
Steamed Vegetables with Oil and Vinegar
Salad with Tofu Cream Dressing
Tofu Chocolate Mousse
Fruit Salad with Tofu Whipped Cream


Broiled Salmon: - salmon fillet (one big fillet can serve 6-8 people)
- 1 tbsp. finely crushed garlic
- 1 tbsp. grated ginger
- 1 tbsp. soy sauce
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp. olive oil

In a small bowl mix the garlic, ginger, lemon juice, olive oil and soy sauce. Brush the salmon with the mixture. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. Broil for 20-30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned. When it is done, put it on a platter and garnish with lettuce leaves. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley leaves and serve.

Whole Potatoes with Cilantro Dressing:
- 6-8 small potatoes
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
- juice of 1 lime or lemon
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. olive oil

Boil and peel the potatoes. Put the lemon juice, chopped cilantro, olive oil and salt in a small jar. Cover and shake to mix well. Put the peeled potatoes in a big bowl and pour the dressing over them. Toss very well so as to coat each potato with the dressing.

Serve it on a platter so that you have just one layer of potatoes (it looks quite festive this way). Decorate the platter with parsley leaves. The fresh cilantro gives this dish a very distinctive taste

Brown Rice:
- 3 cups brown rice
- 6 cups water
- 1/2 tsp. salt

Measure and rinse the brown rice. Add water to rice and bring to boiling. Add salt, cover and cook for 1 hour on very low heat

Steamed Vegetables:
- 1 head broccoli
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 yellow bell pepper (optional)
- 2 tbsp. vinegar
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt to taste

Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into florets and steam for 10-15 minutes. Remove and let cool to room temperature. Cut the tomatoes and bell peppers and add to the steamed vegetables. Prepare the dressing by mixing the vinegar, olive oil and salt. Pour the mixture over the vegetables and mix well.

Romaine and Tomato Salad with Creamy Tofu Dressing
- 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, cut into wedges
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

Creamy Tofu Dressing:
– 1/2 lb. soft tofu
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp. salt

Blend until smooth and creamy. If it is too thick, you may add a few drops of water.

Tofulicious Desserts
- 1 pkg soft tofu
- 1 _ tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips

1. Mix tofu and vanilla extract in a blender. Use spatula to scrape the sides of the blender.
2. Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave oven and put into the blender as soon as they are melted. Work quickly since it will harden up again.
3. Blend the tofu and chocolate mixture until the required consistency is reached.
4. Pour into serving dishes or glasses and chill.

Makes 4 servings.

Fruit Salad with Tofu Whipped Cream:
Make a fruit salad of your choice and serve it topped with the following Tofu Whipped Cream.

- 1 lb. silken tofu, chilled
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. honey

Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream is obtained.

Put the fruit salad in individual bowls and top with whipped cream.