shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing

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If you could eat a meal (or have a drink) with anyone, who would it be? I usually pick Anthony Bourdain because, well, I’m slightly obsessed with him. But on the rare occasions that I catch Barefoot Contessa (Ina’s show on the food network), I always think,  I’d love to attend one of her cocktail parties. They’re a little uptight, yes. But there’s no denying that she knows how to throw a party.

Now if I could attend one of her parties – with Anthony Bourdain – well then I’d be living out all of my food celebrity dreams.

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

But the title of this post isn’t “food celebrity dreams,” it’s shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing and it happens to be inspired by Ina herself. What is green goddess dressing? It’s not the tahini-based “goddess dressing” versions by Annie’s or Trader Joe’s that I always try to like but never do.

Traditionally, green goddess dressing  contains a  blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy and tarragon. It dates way back and was made popular by a San Francisco hotel in the 1920’s which was actually inspired by “Sauce au Vert” (Green Sauce) served with Green Eel in France.

Ina’s version is a blend of mayonnaise (a requirement for green goddess dressing), basil and the other usual suspects but the real surprise was serving it with shrimp! Brilliant! As someone who loves shrimp cocktail, I welcomed a change of dipping options, but purists may not and in that case use the dressing for veggies, salad or spread on crackers. (Richie is one of the purists I speak of and while he loved the green goddess dressing itself, he wasn’t a fan of dipping shrimp in it.)

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

And only because I feel like this needs to be addressed…If you’re scared of anchovy paste (but seriously, you shouldn’t be) you can omit it. (Sigh.) The dressing is still flavorful and delicious, but the flavors aren’t as deep so go buy a little tube of it to keep in the fridge for occasions like this. And caesar salad.

Green Goddess Dressing | A Nutritionist Eats

The only unfortunate thing about this shrimp cocktail with green goddess dressing? That it wasn’t served in the Hamptons. West Hollywood will have to do…

nutrition facts: (for dressing only, 10 servings) 88 calories, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 5 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber

Green Goddess Dressing

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients (about 2 cups)

  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 cup roughly chopped basil
  • 1 cup roughly chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped shallot
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1 small lemon)
  • 2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 cup 2% greek yogurt
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

*All herbs and onions are roughly chopped, then measured.

Combine all ingredients in food processor or blender.

Pulse until well combined and desired consistency.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Serve with veggies, on a salad or with shrimp cocktail.

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guinness lamb stew

Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

St. Patrick’s Day recipes aren’t complete without some Guinness, am I right?

And it turns out to be a pretty versatile ingredient, as evidenced by desserts like Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes.

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My Guinness recipe – Guinness lamb stew – came from a hybrid of lamb stew and shepards pie. Ground lamb is combined with a few vegetables, guinness (obviously!) and thickened with a “roux” of sorts that doesn’t even require a separate pan. And instead of adding potatoes to the stew, I served the stew ON mashed potatoes. Because in my opinion, mashed potatoes > potatoes. And wait, there’s more. I topped it all with some irish cheddar and green onions.

Guinness Lamb Stew | A Nutritionist Eats

My red-headed, Irish husband was in heaven. And I was too, there is something so satisfying about comfort food and this stew…is the definition of comfort food. Ohhhhh my guinness. It really is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

If you can’t find ground lamb (or it’s too expensive) just use ground beef. It won’t be the same, but it will be just as tasty. (And it’s the type of recipe that is great made a day or two in advance.) Sláinte!

nutrition facts: 689 calories, 36 grams of fat, 35 grams of protein, 43 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber

Guinness Lamb Stew

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Keywords: soup/stew entree fall winter

 

Ingredients (6 servings)

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered (about 3 cups)
  • 1 lb carrots peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces (about 3 cups)
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 30 oz Guinness stout (about 5 cups)
  • 15 oz can of french onion soup (about 2 cups)
  • salt, pepper & red pepper flakes
  • 6 servings mashed potatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded irish cheddar
  • sliced green onions

Instructions

Heat a large pot over medium heat.

Melt 1 Tbsp butter and add lamb to pot. Cook until brown, about 5-10 minutes.

Add onions, carrots and garlic to pot.

Sprinkle flour and add remaining 3 Tbsp of butter to meat and vegetable mixture.

Stir all ingredients until combined.

Add guinness and soup and bring to a boil.

Turn heat down to low and let lightly simmer for 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Taste and season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Spoon stew over mashed potatoes and top with shredded cheese and green onion.

*Best if made a day ahead of time!

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haricot verts with shallot vinaigrette

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

I know I should probably say that kale or swiss chard or something with an insane amount of antioxidants is my favorite vegetable but if I had to name a favorite – and only one favorite vegetable – it would be haricot verts. (And not green beans, haricot verts.)

If you aren’t familiar with haricot verts, they are a thinner, more delicate, and some say more flavorful, french green bean.

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

Basically, I LOVE THEM!!!! 

We eat them every week. And typically prepare them the same way: lightly steamed and then sautéed in a bit of olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. But sometimes I switch it up.

These haricot verts, are lightly steamed and tossed with a shallot vinaigrette and can be eaten warm, chilled or at room temperature. They are delicious and I love that they can be made ahead of time.

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette | A Nutritionist Eats

Serve them alongside a protein for dinner and get ready to fall in love with haricot verts!

nutrition facts (4 servings): 121 calories, 10 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein,  7 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber

Haricot Verts with Shallot Vinaigrette

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Keywords: steam side gluten-free low-carb paleo

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 Tbsp chopped shallot
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 12 oz haricot verts

Instructions

Whisk together all ingredients but haricot verts until emulsified. (Or shake together in a small jar.)

Lightly steam haricot verts in a glass bowl with a splash of water for 2-3 minutes, depending on how done you like them.

Drain off water and toss with dressing.

Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.

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classic caesar salad dressing

traditional caesar salad dressing | a nutritionist eats

Let’s start off 2014 with a salad (and kale!), shall we?

Lately I’ve been all about making food the way it was intended.

Cookies? Need white flour and white sugar.

Mushroom lasagna? Requires homemade béchamel.

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And caesar salad? A dressing with egg yolks* and anchovies.

(Kale is always allowed in my world.)

Real caesar salad dressing must have egg yolks and it must have anchovies. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it!

traditional caesar salad dressing | a nutritionist eats

The egg yolks emulsify the dressing and give it richness. The anchovies give it the umami flavor that we all love in caesar salad dressing. Both totally necessary.

While the caesar dressing isn’t light, this version is so bright and flavorful that  you don’t need much parmesan cheese or croutons to finish it off. To make it a complete meal, top the salad with grilled chicken breast or salmon. You’re going to love it!

Classic Caesar Salad Dressing

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: salad entree side

 

Ingredients (about 1 cup)

    For the Dressing

    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 1 Tbsp anchovy paste
    • pinch of salt
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup oil (blend of olive and canola)
    • salt & pepper

    For the Salad

    • thinly sliced romaine
    • thinly sliced kale (if desired)
    • shredded parmesan
    • croutons

    Instructions

    For the Dressing

    Mash garlic, anchovy and salt into a paste with a knife blade. Put in a medium size bowl.

    Whisk in egg yolks, lemon juice and mustard.

    While constantly whisking, add in oil, drop-by-drop until glossy.

    Salt and pepper to taste.

    For the Salad

    Toss lettuce with dressing and top with shredded parmesan and croutons.

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    traditional caesar salad dressing | a nutritionist eats

    *Consuming raw eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.