Gayle’s 5 Best Healthy Gourmet Recipes of the Year

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Black Bass with Bacon Dashi

All recipes and photography by Gayle Van Wely

For you health conscious foodies out there, we’ve looked back at some of Gayle’s recipes, and have chosen five healthy meal ideas to help you find the slender you again:

Black Bass with Bacon Dashi

Looking to let that someone special know that you’re in the mood for romance, but not wanting to put him or her into a carb coma? How about trying this dish? Black Bass with Bacon Dashi, which pairs the alluring, smoky flavor of bacon and actually makes it light and healthy. Dashi is a seaweed broth rich in minerals with as much Vitamin C as orange juice. Black cod is a terrific source of protein and healthy fats. Find those recipes below.

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Bourbon Marinated Wagyu Steak

On the other hand, if you and your squeeze are real carnivores, you can sate your cravings with this Bourbon caper marinated Wagu NY strip on white asparagus, shallot garlic jam and Worcestershire gastrique. When it comes to red meat, you’ll find this cut a less fattening option because — well, it has less fat throughout. Think less ribeye and more along the lines of a filet mignon, and you’re on the right track.

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Healthy Hawaiian Style Seared Tuna

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Last modified: January 21, 2019

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