Smart Ideas for Eating Lighter Inspired by THE CHEW

grilled radicchio salad

I'm a huge fan of ABC's hit food show, The Chew!Last year I got to attend a show and meet the cast (click here for the coverage). This summer I'm thrilled to share more CHEW-y ideas with you all. More than just a cooking show, The Chew is all about experiencing the fullness of life and spicing things up in the kitchen. While we all love a gooey decadent recipe, most of us are lookign for ways to cook healthy, lively meals that can be easily prepared for our families. The Chew crew is masterful at inspiring me to try a new recipe AND giving me the tools to competently re-create a dish I see on air in my own test kitchen.

We've been trying to dine lighter and greener. Hence, we adopted "meat-free Monday" in our family. Pasta with veggies is fantastic. So is quinoa and beans, To be frank, I'm running out of recipes.

The Chew!has three amazing celebrity chefs who dream up ways recipes that will have you instantly meal planning. Recently I've been relying on them to make vegetables more appealing. Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall know how to dish up tastiness. Lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and healthy living guru Daphne Oz round out the cast and make sure there is never a dull moment--or dull recipe on the show.


Tuning into The Chew always inspires me to try something new. I've been seeing grilled salads popping up all over food blogs and in trendy restaurants. Daphne's special roll on the show is to always bring in a healthy-living component. When Daphne is in charge, I'm usually thrilled to see low calorie counts and inventive use of greens. This particular recipe comes in under 300 calories per serving. When I watched this recipe I bookmarked it as a winner! Watch Daphne in action:

Daphne’s Grilled Radicchio Salad

For the Simple:
3 large heads Radicchio Treviso (rinsed outer leaves removed; cut in half lengthwise)
2 ears of Corn 1 Lemon
For the Special:
2 cups Asparagus (sliced thinly on the bias)
1/2 cup shaved Pecorino
1/4 cup Chives 1 Lemon
For the Spectacular:
1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Candied Walnuts (roughly chopped)
Salt and Pepper Olive Oil

1.Preheat a grill to medium-high heat.
2.Put the balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium high heat. Bring up to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Reduce the vinegar by 1/2, or until thick and syrupy, about 12 to 15 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.
3.For the Simple: Drizzle the cut side of the radicchio with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the radicchio on the grill cut side down and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the leaves are charred and tender.
4.Place the corn on the grill and char, rotating every few minutes, about 4 minutes total. Cut the corn off the cob and add to a bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lemon over the corn. Toss. Taste and adjust seasoning.
5.Top the radiccio with the charred corn.
6. For the Special: In a bowl, add the asparagus, Pecorino and chives. Dress with lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning. Top the radicchio with the asparagus salad.
7.For the Spectacular: Top the radicchio salad with the candied walnuts and then drizzle the whole salad with the reduced balsamic vinegar.

Helpful Tip: Grill the radicchio cut-side down.

Don't you just want to head to your local farmer's market load up a basket and get cooking! The Chew makes summer more flavorful and fun! Be sure to follow The Chew's Pinterest Boards for more veggie delight. I've bookmarked this recipe from Carla to try next: Cheese Tart with Marinated Tomato Zucchini Salad

chese tart

Want more foodie fun? Follow the cast on social media and @thechew on twitter.

The Chew celebrates and explores life through food - from cooking to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly and fresh face of healthy living Daphne Oz, “The Chew” is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of talk show.

Watch The Chew Weekdays at 1e|12p|c on ABC!


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