Full Belly Sisters: January 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Festive Feta Salsa

I don't do the bulk of my shopping at Whole Foods because, well, I'm not a gazillionaire. That store is pricey! But I do admit that I find the shopping experience really nice: it's clean and the produce is always gorgeous. They also have some fabulous prepared foods. One of those is over in the cheese section; Whole Foods calls it "Mediterranean Salsa." It is incredibly yummy. And expensive. I read the list of ingredients and decided to reverse engineer it. My version is much less expensive and—dare I say it?—even tastier than the original.

One thing that I don't like about the Whole Foods version is the large chunks of sundried tomatoes; I love the flavor of this ingredient but I don't like to have a whole mouthful of them. So, I mince them, which means you just get a hint in every bite. I also like to use lots of parsley and scallions, probably more than the store's version. And I like to add fresh lemon juice, for its brightness and acidity. In other words: just adapt this to your tastes and you can't go wrong!


  • 8 ounces feta (I like to buy the kind that's in brine, as it is more moist), crumbled or diced
  • 1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Italian parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 T dill, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes in oil, minced
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2-4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • a pinch or two of herbes de provence

Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss together. Drizzle a couple of tablespoons of the olive oil over everything until it is all lightly coated; adding more, if necessary.

Serve with toasted baguette slices or pita chips—or cucumber slices or endive spears, for a lighter option. This salsa is also great tossed with warm brown rice as a side dish!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Citrus Kiwi Smoothie #vitamix #aSmoothieADay

I love citrus in the wintertime. It gives me a fresh boost of Vitamin C, one of the most powerful antioxidants (great for staving off colds, or fighting the cold you already have). This smoothie also offers a taste of summertime, a hint of warm weather ahead. After the recent polar vortex madness, I really need to be reminded that this winter won't last forever.

This smoothie includes clementines, because all I want to do lately is throw clementines in my Vitamix. It also has pink grapefruit, lime, and kiwi—this little fruit not only has loads of Vitamin C, but also Vitamin K, fiber, and even omega-3s. It's a sweet-tart drink and so fresh and cool; it's a nice balance to all the hot, heavy meals we tend to eat in the cold weather.


  • 2 clementines, peeled
  • 1/2 large red grapefruit, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
  • 1 kiwi (I usually don't peel them, but this one had a super tough peel, so I took it off)
  • about 4 ounces water
  • small handful of ice

Blend and drink up!
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