The Costco Connection
Costco members will find organic black
beans, Kirkland Signature™ organic pesto,
organic frozen vegetables, organic no-salt
seasoning, organic chicken broth, chocolate
chips, fresh fruits, vegetables and more at
their local Costco warehouse.
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No time to make it?
By Deborah Herlax Enos
RECENTLY, WHILE preparing to make my
famous Kale Caesar Salad for a group of
friends, I realized that I didn’t have all of the
ingredients for the dressing—and my guests
had already arrived! I needed to improvise.
I did have a bottle of store-bought Caesar
salad dressing in my
Since I didn’t have
the ingredients to make
it, I decided to fake it.
The fake: In a
bowl, add the juice of 1
lemon (about ; cup of
juice) to 1 cup of store-bought Caesar dressing and wisk. It adds a
homemade tangy taste while reducing the fat
and calories. This means you can enjoy your
salad with fewer calories or you can add more
dressing without packing on the pounds.
As the One-Minute Wellness Coach,
I often try to create healthy recipe “fakes” that
my clients can put together quickly, and they
taste so delicious and homemade that the few
minutes it takes to make them will be well
worth the investment. And, with the holidays
coming up, I thought you’d appreciate some
of my favorite holiday fakes.
Black bean soup: Nutritious, delicious
and great for those colder months, but a time-consuming process to make from scratch.
The fake: Add two cans of organic black
beans to your blender. Then add 1 cup of
low-sodium salsa and blend until its at
desired consistency. Too thick? Add some
water or low-sodium chicken broth. Transfer
the soup to a saucepan and heat. Add 1 tablespoon of taco seasoning or season to taste. If
you want to get fancy, add some chopped
cilantro and crumbled tortilla chips.
Garlic-pesto shrimp: Shrimp are easy
to defrost and they are fancy enough for a
holiday party. The secret is getting that wonderful marinated flavor in a short time.
The marinade fake: Add ; cup of
organic pesto to a glass bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Chop 3 to 4 cloves of
garlic and add to bowl. Stir into the marinade
15 to 20 defrosted shrimp, about two cups.
Place the marinating shrimp in the fridge for
an hour. Heat a heavy skillet over medium-
high heat and add a teaspoon of olive oil. Add
shrimp and marinade and cook, tossing
shrimp. Cook until the shrimp has turned
opaque (generally only 2 to 3 minutes).
Garnish with chopped parsley. Serves 4.
Frozen veggies: The average American
consumes only half the amount of suggested
vegetables per day. This recipe fake makes it so
easy to add veggies to your meals, that you’ll
never have another veg-free meal.
The fake: To make frozen veggies taste
like fresh, add 4 cups of organic frozen veggies
to a Pyrex pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of
oil. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of organic no-
salt seasoning (or your favorite low-salt sea-
soning). Bake at 425 F for 15 to 20 minutes.
Store your roasted vegetables in the fridge
to use throughout the week in soups, pastas
Dessert: The easiest treat to make is
chocolate-covered anything! Use dark chocolate to add some antioxidants.
The fake: Place dark chocolate chips in a
microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50 percent power for 30 seconds or until melted,
stirring until smooth. Dip half of a clean and
dry strawberry or sliced banana in chocolate.
Place on wire rack to dry. Store in an airtight
container in the fridge. C
Costco member Deborah Herlax Enos
www.deborahenos.com) is a health expert.
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