Yum Peaceful Cooking: Salubrious Sunday - The Beginning

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Salubrious Sunday - The Beginning

Salubrious Sunday, not to be confused with salacious. I'm not saying that both can't happen simultaneously, but that would be a blog of a different color. 

When I was growing up, Sunday Dinner was usually a bit more special than the dinners during the rest of the week. At least as far as I can remember, they were. Hmmm....not that I can pick out any "special sunday meals"....but for some reason it's in my head. Since starting my own family, thats what I've tried to do. But now that I think of it....what if.....my so called "family tradition" was based on watching a little too much Little House on the Prairie and too many episodes of The Waltons! Oh well, it beats the crap out of The Simpson and Family Guy, right? Oh shit...what will the next generation pick up from those shows and call a "family tradition"!!! (be afraid....be veeeeeery afraid!)

So, where am I going with this? hmmm....well. I think I'm going to alter (no pun intended for the sabbath) my Sunday dinner tradition and make the meals healthy. I currently only have 2 healthy cookbooks by a great author, Pamela Smith....

The things you can learn from her!! 

I know that eventually down the line I will need other recipes and maybe another healthy cookbook or 5....ya think?

So, for this particular entry, I'm just gonna give you an awesome marinade recipe. Way healthy and waaaay tasty!! Let me be more specific:

Each serving = 2 tablespoons, 21 calories, Fat = 2 gr., Carb. = 1 gr., Cal. from fat 85 %, and Sodium = 43 mg. 

I'm totally new at this stuff but I think so far so good. I mean, all the numbers are low....and thats a good thing right? Hahaha....yep.....this will be an adventure. I'll probably talk about new things that I learn and am excited about (if its old hat to you, then well....humor me, will ya?).

Here's what you need:

3 cups chicken stock (fat-free / low salt)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. water
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme (I hate thyme...so I used rosemary instead)
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/2 Tbsp. chopped chives
1 Tbsp. hot sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
juice of 1 lime
1 serrano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
2 tsp. creole seasoning

(ooooh, ya...it's gonna be good!!!)

Heat chicken stock, oil and vinegar. In a separate bowl, mix together the cornstarch and water. Add to the stock mixture. Gently boil for 1 minute to thicken.

Remove from heat and cool. Add remaining ingredients and refrigerate.

Stir before using!

Use for marinating meats and vegetables. Marinating time can vary from 15 minutes to overnight. 

Makes 50 servings. 

Ok...here are a few tips from the author....

"Unused marinade can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks." (hmm..I think some of this just might have to be frozen since it makes soooo much!!)

"Marinades flavor and tenderize foods. Most marinades contain an  acid ingredient (like lemon or lime juice, vinegar or wine) which tenderizes tough cuts of meat."

"Always marinade food in a glass or plastic container, never metal. Allow the marinade to cover the food. Food can also be marinated in a large zip-top plastic bag. Turn the bag occasionally to distribute the marinade."

And yes...today was the beginning of my new tradition... Salubrious Sunday. I did use this marinade for tonight's dinner and will post it later in the week. 


  1. Way to go. Looking forward to learning new things with you.

  2. This sounds really good, I love marinades! I'm gonna check this out...I have to....since I'm growing all these herbs ;) sans the pepper, but it will still be good! Can't wait to see what you marinaded....uhm, chicken perhaps? LOL

  3. I'll post the dinner either tonight or tomorrow night.

    haha DD...what was your first clue? LMAO!!! thank god the saying "you are what you eat" isn't literal!! I'd either be covered in feathers, or floating in a margarita glass

  4. Cool! It's a great idea doing this..and I love Sunday dinners...or at least the "ideal" of them. This marinade sounds yummy as well...can't wait to see what u cook up.

  5. That sounds tasty!!

    I LOVE Sunday dinners, but they're way harder for me to do during the summer.


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