Red Butter Lettuce with Balsamic Onions

Red Butter Lettuce Grown by Live GourmetYou already know that you’ve got to eat your greens, but are you getting enough red in your diet too? Red butter lettuce is rich in iron that your body needs and also has plenty of vitamins A and C. Red butter lettuce goes great with onions as well, which brings us to today’s recipe. In this dish the red butter lettuce forms the foundation upon which we add delicious balsamic onion bits and a mustard vinaigrette. While it does require a tiny bit of baking, you can rest assured that this is still a fast and easy recipe, which can be prepared in about half an hour.

Here’s a list a what you’ll need to get started (serves 6):

  • 2 heads red butter lettuce, washed, spun dry, and torn into pieces
  • 3 small red onions
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons minced shallots (2 large)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar

For the complete cooking instructions, go to the Food Network Barefoot Contessa recipe page.

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3 in 1 Lettuce Salad and Bonus Pasta!

3 in 1 Lettuce Salad and Pasta
3 in 1 Lettuce Salad and Pasta Photo by Nicole Franzen

Today’s 3 in 1 Lettuce recipe is really 2 recipes in 1; it makes both a green salad and a small pasta dish. For the salad, we start out with a base of 3 in 1 Lettuce and then add in some fennel, radishes, and cannellini beans. A little bit of red wine vinegar, some good olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt really bring out the rich buttery taste of the lettuce and the sharp spiciness of the radishes.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to this lovely little salad, we’ve also got a side of fettuccine with lemon, parmesan, and sun-dried tomatoes. These dishes are healthy, easy, and you can make both in less than twenty minutes.

So what are you waiting for? Lets get cooking! Here’s what you need:
For salad

  • Live Gourmet Living 3 in 1 Lettuce
  • fennel bulb
  • can of white canellini beans
  • radish
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil (Many like California Olive Ranch brand)
  • pepper and sea salt

For pasta

  • fresh fettucine (a lot of stores sell fresh pasta as apposed to dried)
  • handful of basil
  • sundried tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • lemon
  • parmesan

For the complete preparation instructions, just head over to the recipe page, here:

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Butter Lettuce Salad with Tahini-Honey Dressing

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Let’s talk tahini; first of all, what is it? Tahini is paste made from ground sesame seeds. You probably know it as a major ingredient in humus or baba ghanoush. Today we’ll be making our salad dressing out of it, along with some lemon juice and oh-so-delicious-honey. Drizzle this across a bed of butter lettuce, avocados, sprouts and you’ve got yourself another delicious and easy to make salad.

Here are the ingredients that you’ll need (serves 2 to 4):

  • 1 large head (7 oz.) Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce, cleaned and dried
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. honey or agave (You can get agave from Global Foods Inc)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • big pinch of parsley or chives
  • 2/3 cup water
  • salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 persian cucumber, halved and thinly sliced or shaved
  • 1 carrot, grated or shaved
  • 1 cup sprouted (broccoli, pea, sunflower, radish etc)
  • sunflower seeds, optional

For complete preparation instructions, visit the recipe page here:

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Zesty Lemon Avocado Salad with Fresh Butter Lettuce

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Today’s recipe is from Russell James AKA The Raw Chef who teaches the benefits of “raw food” to people the world over. Don’t worry though, this salad does not contain any raw meats. In fact this recipe is completely vegan, right down to the faux parmesan cheese (recipe included). As it stands the recipe cooks up a filling meal for two, but can easily be doubled or halved to feed feed the whole family or serve as an appetizer.

Fresh, still living Butter Lettuce, sliced avocado, and exotic nori seaweed sheets form a compelling base for this delicious salad. Zesty lemon, garlic, and onion powder come together to liven things up even more and create a delicious interplay of tantalizing savory flavors. Check out the complete list of ingredients below:

  • 2 heads butter lettuce
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup baby tomatoes
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)

Quick Parmesan Cheese

  • 1/4 cup macadamias
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For complete preparation instructions, head over to the recipe page on Russell James’s website, right here:

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Virtuous Vegan Eggplant Parmesan

Vegan Eggplant Parm
Recipe & Photo by Amie Valpone

Looking for a healthy meal that’s gluten free, dairy free, and meat free? Look no further than this vegan eggplant parmesan! It’s easy to be virtuous when you’ve got great tasting recipes that are on your diet, and with this one, there’s no need to compromise. The “parmesan effect” is not only accomplished without any cheese, you won’t even need cheese substitute! Just let the combination of olive oil, almonds, and yeast fool your tastebuds into thinking you’re eating something off limits. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell them if you won’t!)

Below is the full list of everything you’ll need to put together this deceptively delicious delight:

  • 1/4 cup fresh mixed greens (We recommend our “so fresh it’s still alive” Living 3-in-1 Lettuce.)
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large Roma tomato, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (You can get some from Now Foods)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard

Get the preparation instructions on this recipe page:

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Resolve to Have a Healthier Year with Live Gourmet

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Well we’ve made it to 2013, and despite what some had feared, the world has not ended. So that means it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions and what better Resolution than to live healthier this year! We’ve got your back with over 150 recipes using fresh living produce gathered from the farthest reaches of the culinary world.

Whether you’re looking for appetizers, entrées, vegetarian options, or a desert with a nutritious twist, we’ve got what you need! You can search the entire blog using the search bar in the upper righthand corner of this page. You can also browse categories by clicking on one from the list to your right.

Now here’s an extra special recipe to help you start the year off right with living greens in a citrusy celebration from Rook No. 17! This salad features Butter Lettuce with Fennel, Mandarin Oranges, Avocado and an Orange Muscat Shallot Vinaigrette. Below are the ingredients that you’ll need to put this delicious dish together:

  • 7-8 ounces Living Butter Lettuce, chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and chopped into bite-sized cubes
  • 6 fresh mandarin oranges, supremed (Learn how on the recipe page. Link below.)
  • 1 fresh fennel bulb, bottom and half removed, “leaves” thinly sliced across the grain (reserve dark green tops for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar (Trader Joe’s. Or you can substitute regular champagne vinegar and add 1 Tablespoon orange juice).
  • 1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)

The complete preparation instructions can be found right here:

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Healthy Living Sweet Tooth Fruit Salad

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When it comes to healthy living choices, we’re mostly faced with savory salads. There’s more to life than ranch dressing though. Last week we showed you our Hidden Butter Lettuce Brownies recipe. This week we bring you an even healthier sweet treat from Healthy Living Market. We call it The Sweet Tooth Fruit Salad. It’s packed with plenty of nutrient rich veggies plus tons of sweet, yummy fruit. Keep a bowl of this in the fridge and you’ll have a healthy alternative next time you need a bit of sweet with your meal.

The complet ingredients list is below:

  • 1/2 lb Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce
  • 5 TB pomegranate juice
  • 3 TB red wine vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 TB agave nectar or honey (Volcanic brand is said to be high in quality)
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 lb baby spinach
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (or more) sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup (or more) blueberries
  • 2/3 cup (or more) raspberries
  • 2 TB fresh dill, minced

Check out the full recipe instructions from Healthy Living Market at:

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Hidden Butter Lettuce Brownies Recipe Remix from the Paleo Mom
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It can be really hard to get kids to eat their greens. Sometimes, with extra picky eaters, the only way to do it is through deception and subterfuge. Today’s recipe focuses on doing just that with something your kids are sure to love: brownies! (Don’t worry, you can’t taste the lettuce). Not only are these brownies packing some seriously nutritious lettuce, they include very little sugar, no gluten, and no dairy. They do, however, include egg (sorry vegans). These brownies are especially good for kids with growing pains because dark leafy greens, like Butter Lettuce, are great sources of magnesium. Sarah Ballantyne, Ph.D. (a.k.a. The Paleo Mom) uses frozen chopped spinach in her recipe however we replaced that with Live Gourmet living butter lettuce in our recipe! So, lets get cooking!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 ¼ cups chopped Butter Lettuce
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup honey (Many people like Manuka Honey)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cream of tartar

Check out the full recipe instructions from right here:

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Lettuce Give Thanks to Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa

Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter
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Barefoot Contessa Foolproof bookToday we have not one, but two recipes for you! Thanksgiving is not just a time to give thanks, it’s also a time to eat a LOT of food. To that end, we felt that one recipe was simply not enough for this special day. Today, as usual we have a salad for you, which goes perfectly alongside the rest of your Thanksgiving spread.We also have a full fledged turkey recipe! Both of these recipes come from Ina Garten from Barefoot Contessa and the salad even includes a video demonstration from the woman herself! So what are you waiting for? Get to cooking!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

      • 1 (1 1/2-pound) butternut squash, peeled and 3/4-inch) diced
      • Good olive oil
Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
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      • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
      • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
      • 3/4 cup apple cider or apple juice
      • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
      • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
      • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
      • 4 ounces baby arugula, washed and spun dry (try North Shore brand)
      • 1/2 cup walnuts halves, toasted
      • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Full cooking instructions here:

Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter

      • 1 (12 to 14 pound) fresh turkey, with giblets removed
      • 3 ounces white truffle butter, at room temperature
      • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
      • 1 large onion, unpeeled and cut into 8 wedges
      • 1 whole head of garlic, unpeeled and cut in half crosswise
      • Large bunch of fresh thyme
      • Good olive oil

Full cooking instructions here:

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Healthy Living Quotes and Inspiration

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If you’ve liked the Live Gourmet Facebook Page or follow @livegourmet on Twitter then you may have read some of these healthy living quotes. If you’ve missed them though, here’s just some of the healthy living quotes. The quotes are about laughter, family and friendship, nutrition, exercising – basically everything we believe that is necessary to live a healthy life! Enjoy and come back for more!

  • “The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” ― Mark Twain
  • “Laughter is an instant vacation.” ― Milton Berle
  • “So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” ― A.J. Reb Materi
  • “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” ― Lucille Ball
  • “There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” ― Josh Billings
  • “Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” ― Jack LaLanne
  • “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”― Author Unknown
  • “The greatest wealth is health.” ― Virgil
  • “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child
  • “The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.” – Henry Ward Beecher
  • “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – (Spanish Proverb)
  • “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” – Robert Byrne
  • “Just living is not enough… One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ― Hans Christian Anderson

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