Olive Tapenade from Clean Food Cookbook

May 4, 2010   4 Comments

How many of you want to be healthy and sustainable? I'm not sure what sustainable means exactly - but if it means I'm living a long life then bring it on!

Olive Tapenade

"Clean Food" by Terry Walters (Sterling Publishing, 2009) is a wonderful healthy eating cookbook. The recipes are simple and it uses fresh produce and grains. The idea is that it is a seasonal guide to eating healthy.

This book is vegan and almost entirely gluten free, but you wouldn't really notice. If you are like me, a meat eater, you will be trying new things such as sea vegetables and tofu.

BUT, this food is incredibly nutritious and is worth a try. Ingredients like quinoa, couscous, tempeh, and parsnips are here in abundance. If you haven't ever tried these things you should.

Basically, Terry Walters is trying to convince us to eat more veggies and less meat. She uses beans and soy to make sure we get the protein we need. This type of cooking is naturally low in calories and her recipes look delicious (I only tried 2 - but I loved both of them).

Most of the world eats less than 4 ounces of meat per day. When you think of the staples of developing countries, you think of rice and beans. It is much cheaper and (in the end) better for you to eat less meat.

My suggestion is to look at how much meat you eat per day and then see where you could replace it. Mark Bittman gave up meat until 6 PM, and he lost A LOT of weight.

I didn't completely agree with all the vegetable choices in the seasons, but this could make a difference on where you live. For example, she features a carrot salad in spring and I received carrots in my winter vegetable box.

The olive tapenade below could really be made any time of year (it was in winter) and was absolutely delicious. The key was to buy two types of olives, which I found at my supermarket's olive bar.

You are going to need a food processor for this one, so if you don't have one check out the one below from Cuisinart. I have had this one for 9 years and it kicks butt!


Olive Tapenade From Clean Food

1.6 from 24 reviews

(makes 1 1/4 cups - serves 6)

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2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 cups kalamata olives, pitted
1 cup oil-cured black Greek olives, pitted
2 generous tablespoons capers
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice (plus more if desired)
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil (as needed)


With food processor running, drop in garlic and mince. Turn processor off, add olives, capers, thyme, parsley, lemon juice and pepper to taste. Process until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Add olive oil a little at a time to achieve the desired consistency. Adjust flavor with more lemon juice and transfer to a bowl. Store in airtight container in refrigerator or freezer.

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This book was received for review consideration. No other compensation was provided.

What is your favorite healthy eating cookbook?

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I have been toying with the idea of trying to go meatless for a week and see how long I can keep it up. It'll be hard because I really hate salads of all kinds and I am still trying to incorporate new veggies into my diet. However I refuse to eat things like the fake meat products and I will probably be lacto-ovo. It'll probably be easier than I think seeing as how many of the recipes I enjoy can be enjoyed meatless like manicotti, spaghetti, potato soup, scrambled eggs. I'm glad I saw this article, maybe its a sign. haha.

Definitely gonna have to put this book on my wish list! I have been working to incorporate more meatless meals in our diets. I got some serious inspiration from a new book, Vegetarian Planet by Didi Emmons. This Clean Food book sounds just as inspirational - and if most of the recipes are gluten-free, then even better!

Mmmmmm... Tapenade...

I've found I can usually go 1 to 2 meals a week meatless. The Hellions don't really care because they mostly subsist on a macaroni and cracker based diet anyways. My wife will eat almost anything but tofu. We've had a lot of success with Bulgar wheat salads and hummus. Plus now with our salad greens coming in.. lotsa salads to have.

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