I’ve been cooking my way through my friend Connie Guttersen’s new book, The New Sonoma Diet Cookbook. I met Connie a year ago and twice we’ve cooked together at the Culinary Institute in Napa Valley along with Bush’s Beans. I’ve been anxiously awaiting her new book to try her recipes, and to read more about her philosophy, and I’ll tell you I’ve not been disappointed.
First of all, I want to say that The New Sonoma Diet book is really not a diet book. It’s a book that encourages healthy eating. You just live it out by eating the top twelve power foods and eliminating the junk from your diet (come on, we all know what is NOT healthy, right?)
The success of The Sonoma Diet is based on eating good foods, not avoiding them. Deprivation can’t be the focus, for the simple reason that it won’t work. Moderation, balance, and a mindful approach to making smart food choices are the keys to losing weight and gaining health. – Connie Guttersen
You can see all the pages I’ve marked as a great resources and amazing recipes. And we’ve been talking a lot about the “12 Power Foods” in my household, and incorporating them into our diet.
Top Twelve Sonoma Diet Power Foods
At this dinner party, I made Connie’s hummus and I was secretly hoping there’d be some leftover. Nope! None left over. It was scooped up and eaten in no time.
(and it only takes 15 minutes to make!)
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans (Bush’s Beans are the best!), drained and rinsed
1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
3 T. water
2 T. lemon juice (I used Meyer’s lemons)
1 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, halved
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 T. flat-leaf parsley
Lemon juice (optional)
Mix together in a food processor (except parsley). Transfer to a medium bowl. If desired add more lemon juice, sprinkle with parsley.
Serve with baked pita chips or veggies.
Next time I’m making a double batch!
For me, food served at a dinner party is all about the connection with our friends–good conversation, love and understanding–paired with good flavor and abundance.
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