Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Carmela Soprano's Orange and Fennel Salad

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!
For many of us the holiday season is over.
And we have the extra pounds to prove it.

It's time to get back to our day to day lives.
It's time to eat healthy again.
It's time to visit the good Doctor, Jennifer Melfi.

There are some easy and low calorie recipes in Jennifer's chapter 
Rage, Guilt, Loneliness, and Food in Artie's The Sopranos Family Cookbook.
That shouldn't come as a surprise.
She's not a dietician.
But she does know a thing or two about what makes folks overeat.
And I'm not talking about the great traditional holiday recipes.

So, it's time to have a few salads.
Yes, some of the produce available during the winter can make a very good salad.
Don't worry, they can taste good, too.
And they're usually cheap.
A dietary two-fer, so to speak.
Not a bad thing to remember while waiting for the bills.

Fennel bulb is in the produce section.
Now you know how to serve it.

If you're Ukrainian… file these recipes away for after the holidays.
We're all in this together.

                        Orange and Fennel Salad

Serves 4

Arrange alternately on a platter slices from
2 large navel oranges, peeled and cut crosswise into slices
1 medium fennel bulb, trimmed and very thinly sliced

Scatter over the slices
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
12 black olives

Drizzle with
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Sprinkle with 

Would I make Orange and Fennel Salad again?
I also found this recipe a good way to use up some of the mandarin oranges.
That was a two-fer - buy one 8 pound box, get one free.
Every little bit helps.

One recipe down.  Fifty-nine more to go.

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