Ripped From the Pages: Oprah’s Sorbet

With the release of her cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness, Oprah Winfrey really can say she’s done it all.

There’s no denying Oprah knows a thing or two about good living. Not just because she’s one of the richest people on the planet, although that certainly helps!

But because her fame and fortune has afforded her the opportunity to be in the company of some of the most talented chefs, designers and health aficionados.

People we aren’t typically exposed to. The same people who helped Oprah create her own home, life and dinner party menus.

Oprah’s appreciation of good food and good living combined with the knowledge she’s acquired from her talented friends and employees will influence everything she does pertaining to lifestyle.

When Oprah shares I listen, borrow and apply when and where I can.

For example, those sorbet recipes you see above. I assure you those sorbets taste just as delicious as they look in that pretty little picture. Likely due to the tips Oprah’s received from her famed chefs.

I prefer a sorbet over ice cream. I never liked the way my mouth or my body feels after eating whole milk ice cream. It turns out I am lactose intolerant, though, I didn’t know this until I was an adult.

After attending a health presentation a few years ago I was inspired to try my hand at making sorbets and shakes. They were delicious.

Even my husband, a die-hard chocolate and sugar lover, agreed the homemade desserts are competitive to the store bought products he was used to eating.

Knowing it was healthier was an added bonus. He said there was no sugar crash either. I think sorbets are a delicious healthy alternative to store bought anything.

Even better is that I know what goes into my food. I’ll share some of my own recipes with you down the road. But for now, I think Oprah’s sorbet is ‘peachy-keen,’ as they said in the fifties.

If you have kids this would be something fun to try with them, too. Let me know if you try the sorbets. I want to hear what you think. And don’t forget to share this if you like what you read here!

What’s your favorite summer treat?

Enjoy! April


Oprah’s Ginger Peach Sorbet


Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped ripe peaches (about 6 medium)
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. pickled ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • ¼ cup water
  • Directions

  • Cook time: 2 hoursCombine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a container and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. Pour into an ice cream machine and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Smart Points: 1 per serving
    Calories: 77 per serving
    Read more: http://www.oprah.com/food/oprahs-ginger-peach-sorbet-recipe#ixzz4mdkJYtLh

Speaking of Food


I do believe Martha Stewart finally has some real competition. The Kraft Heinz Company and Oprah Winfrey recently announced the debut of O, That’s Good!, a line of four flavorful soups and four savory sides that bring a nutritious twist on comfort food classics to everyone’s table.

The twist includes healthy substitutions like replacing some of the potato in their Original Mashed Potatoes dish with mashed cauliflower. In their Broccoli Cheddar Soup they’ve replaced some of the cheese with velvety butternut squash – increasing the number of veggies while keeping all of the rich flavor in every bite.

“I love healthy foods and eating from my garden,” said Winfrey. “When Kraft Heinz approached me for a food line, what got my attention is making nutritious comfort foods more accessible to everyone. This product line is real, delicious food with a twist. You’ll feel good about serving it for your family.”

The O, That’s Good! Soups will retail for $4.99 and the sides will go for $4.49. You can expect to find the new line in the refrigerated section in select grocery stores and will be available nationwide in October 2017.

For more information on O, That’s Good! Soups and Sides, please visit http://www.Othatsgood.com.

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Healthy, quick, citrus grilled chicken tenders

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Hello, friends. Today I’m sharing one of favorite ‘fast food’ meals with you; my citrus grilled chicken! By “fast food” I mean quick, easy and nutritious. Now, you may be thinking since summer is nearing its end it’s just about time to hibernate that grill.

But let’s not be so hasty. 

When I was growing up my dad grilled all year long–every other weekend or so. Like my dad, I grill whenever I want.

I’ve even been known to grill in the morning while getting ready for my day. I should say, however, I am using a gas grill. To me, that’s like cooking on an outdoor stove. Do whatever works for you but my point is; there should be no rules for grilling.

This chicken dish is versatile making it a good recipe when trying to please the whole family. You can eat it with baked potatoes, baked beans, veggies (or fries for the kiddos). You can dice it up and throw it on some rice, on a salad or wrap it in a tortilla. I always keep a bottle of ranch dressing around for the nieces and nephews.

I can’t imagine this quick meal won’t become a fast fave in your house too, especially for you busy moms.

FYI This is a great dish for a cancer fighter. Cancer patients in chemotherapy experience taste changes. It’s a lot like living with a burnt tongue. Chef Rebecca Katz taught me that acid, like lemon and lime, give the tongue a little life. I used this tip while coping with taste changes and it works! If you’re healthy, good for you! These little guys are packed with immune boosting vitamin C so they can help keep you on the right path.

 

Now, let’s get started!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 to 15 minutes

Tips

  • Always tenderize the chicken and don’t be shy about it. The more you do, the more juicy the chicken. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did it
  • Warm up the grill before cooking the chicken
  • Cook the chicken on low or medium. Anything higher than this will dry the meat out
  • Consider cooking a lot of chicken at one time so you can use it the next day for lunch or for another family dinner 

Ingredients 

  1. Chicken breast tenders (I buy  mine at Trader Joe’s)
  2. 2-3 limes or 1-2 lemons (depending on what’s in you’re refrigerator)
  3. Olive oil
  4. Salt
  5. Pepper
  6. Cilantro (optional)

Tools

  1. Forks for poking
  2. Grill
  3. Smoke chips (if you have them)

Directions

  • Thaw chicken (in the refrigerator or using the proper setting on your microwave)
  • Tenderize the chicken by poking it with forks
  • Pour or squeeze fresh lime juice all over the tenders (if you don’t have lime, use lemons)
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Drizzle a little olive oil over the top  (if you don’t have olive oil or you don’t use oils, then don’t do it)
  • Let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes while you’re prepping something else

See how easy that is.

  • When you’re ready, put the chicken on the grill.
  • While it’s cooking get those sides ready and set that table
  • Let the chicken cook for about 5 minutes on each side. (I typically flip it about 3 times. But do whatever you’re comfortable with)

 

Always cut a piece of chicken down the middle to confirm the chicken is cooked before serving. Better safe, than sorry.

 

When the chicken is done, I like to squeeze fresh lime juice over the top and throw on some cilantro before serving. You can do the same with lemon if you’d like, just don’t use so much of it, because it’s stronger than lime and the flavor will overpower the chicken and leave everyone with that bitter beer face.

May this find you preparing for a great weekend!

What’s your favorite “fast food” meal? I’d like to hear from you. Also, if you like you what you see here, don’t forget to follow me for more.