By: Kim Macy, Pastry Chef
In Miraval’s newest book, Sweet & Savory Cooking, my husband, Executive Chef Justin Macy and I share recipes and techniques for making delicious, healthy dishes. Here is a sneak peek into some of my favorite secret ingredients that I use to add nutrition, and reduce calories and fat in my baking! Pre-order Sweet & Savory Cooking now before it hits bookstores January 7, 2014 for more healthy cooking tips and one-of-a-kind recipes mentioned below!
• Fresh seasonal berries are so versatile and you can add them to anything. A little jumble of berries adds height, color, flavor, with, of course, minimal calories and loads of nutrients. My favorite berries are raspberries, for their gorgeous color, sweet perfume, and ease of use – no steam or big seed to worry about. They are the perfect balance of so many good things!
• Yogurt is fantastic in baking because the acid which keeps the dough tender. I love to incorporate vanilla yogurt in place of sour cream to help keep the moist and flavor in cakes and scones. My strawberry pecan scones are a great dish using yogurt.
At Miraval, Pastry Chef Kim Macy and her team make sure that every morning is a delight by serving freshly baked treats such as these old-fashioned rolls. At home, these Glazed Cinnamon Rolls, featured in the new Sweet & Savory cookbook, are perfect for special weekend morning! The icing gets a delicious tang (and a lower amount of fat) from Neufchâtel cheese, which is cream cheese-style cheese with about 30 percent less fat than regular cream cheese. Enjoy!
Glazed Cinnamon Rolls
Makes 24 Large Rolls or 48 Small Rolls
- 1 c. warm water
- 1 c. warm 2 percent milk
- 1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 c. melted butter
- 1/4 c. canola oil
- 5 c. all-purpose flour
These unique and fun-to-make appetizers from Miraval’s Mindful Living and newest cookbook, Sweet & Savory Cooking, are crafted with natural, healthy ingredients and are perfect for passing around at your next holiday party! Be sure to adjust each recipe to suit the number of expected guests. Happy entertaining!
Crab Wontons with Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce
- ¼ c. panko bread crumbs
- ¾ c. cream cheese
- 1/3 c. finely diced red pepper
- 2 Tbsp. green onions, thinly cut on the bias
by Junelle Lupiani, R.D.
Traveling can be one of the hardest times to stick to healthy choices. If you're not enticed by pre-packaged salads or soggy sandwiches - the healthy options in airports might seem very bleak. So, my recommendation is to plan ahead. Pack these healthy snacks in your carry-on and feel confident in your ability to stay above the fray, stick to your guns, and give your body nutrients even while your mind is spinning with boarding calls, aisle numbers, and seat assignments.
Celery sticks & Miraval’s Carrot Peanut Butter
Miraval's signature carrot peanut butter is served daily during lunch - it's a favorite of Miraval's guests. And it's just plain yummy. Plus, it's packed with protein from the peanut butter and nutrients from the carrots. Low-cal and decadent, all in one. Here's the recipe --> The Famous Carrot Peanut Butter Recipe
Whether you're preparing for a casual dinner party or snacks for the office, our Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix, from Miraval's Mindful Eating cookbook, can be made in advance and kept covered with plastic wrap for up to a day. Truth be told, we don't think it will last that long at your house—this addictive snack tends to disappear quickly!
Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix
Makes 5 Cups; Serving Size: 1/2 Cup
- 2 1/2 c. salted, small pretzel sticks
- 2 1/2 c. unsalted soy nuts (or any other raw nuts or combination of raw nuts, if desired)
- 1/4 c. agave syrup or honey
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. Blackening Spice Blend (7 Tbsp. onion powder, 7 Tbsp. paprika, 6 Tbsp. ground black pepper, 6 Tbsp. dried oregano, 6 Tbsp. dried and crushed thyme, 4 Tbsp. garlic powder, 3 1/2 Tbsp kosher salt, 3 Tbsp. ground white pepper, 2 tsp. cayenne pepper)
PREHEAT the oven to 375ºF. Lightly coat a baking sheet with vegetable cooking spray.