Under 400 calories, this summer caprese bowl with a peachy sauce is inspired by a dated but delicious food memory.This summer I did not budge from Wrightsville Beach, NC. It’s not as leisurely as it sounds (or looks). Let me assure you, I have not adopted the lifestyle of a wahine, and I did not trade in my running shoes for a long board or even a paddle board. Please do not call it a staycation. It was a whirlwind of business and activity, from my day job as a dietitian/nutritionist working in my private practice, to my on call responsibilities managing a property at the beach. I loved each and everyone of my guests, but if I said, I’m sorry the tourist season is over, I’d be deserving of four
So this month’s Recipe Redux theme: a vacation inspired recipe, comes from a not so recent trip. Some of my fondest memories are traveling in the summer with my kids while they played junior golf. I ‘m not just unpacking memories, I’m digging deep into the archives… July 2008 when my son played in the US Junior Amateur Championship, sponsored by the United States Golf Association… Boomer was sixteen, a rising sophmore at Laney High School. He was fortunate enough to have our friend and club pro, Sara Bush serve as a loyal caddie! The three of us loaded my SUV and drove fourteen hours to the event held here at …
Shoal Creek Golf Club, Birmingham, Alabama. My son (and all the junior golfers including the now PGA stars Jordan Spieth, and Emilio Grillo) were treated like tour pros and had terrific access to the club and it’s amenities, including meals. Parents paid for food, but were happy to have the convenience, not to mention the spread and hospitality this private club is know for! Boomer and Sara ate quickly as they were focused on the difficulties of the course and the competition. I on the other hand, spent more time enjoying the food, and I distinctly remember the ginormous platers of roasted summer vegetables and a peach vinaigrette. So today I’m combing these two food memories, into a balanced meal served in a bowl; cause that’s how we roll in 2016!
I love the taste and the nutritional profile of this meal which meets my goal to consume 30 grams of protein, along with plenty of veggies and a whole grain. Remember, you don’t always have to start from scratch. Using leftovers makes putting together healthy and delicious combos, quick and easy; I used grilled chicken and quinoa from last night in this bowl.
CALORIES: 380; FAT 15 grams (3.9 sat, mono 6.2, poly 2.5) ; PROTEIN 33 grams; CARB 32 grams; FIBER 5 grams; SUGARS 7 grams; CHOL 70 mg; IRON 4.49 mg; SODIUM 553mg; CALCIUM 179 mg
Be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post to see what vacation memories are inspiring my colleagues recipes this month!
Summer Caprese Bowl
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 2 cup fresh greens (romaine, red leaf lettuce, arugula)
- 1 charred grilled zucchini (about 1 cup)
- 1 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil
- 6 ounces grilled chicken, sliced
for the peach vinaigrette
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/2 ripe peach, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon EVOO
for the peach vinaigrette
Combine all ingredients except the oil in a blender. blend until combined. Allow to sit about 15 minutes. Slowly add EVOO to blender and combine.
1. In two bowls arrange cooked quinoa, lettuces, zucchini, basil, grilled chicken, torn mozzarella cheese. Drizzle with peach vinaigrette dressing.