The New Year brings new ideas. And while I'm not much for resolutions, my holiday season of "I so totally deserve that" indulgence has found me turning to more healthy options as I avoid some of those carb-loaded baked treats. While the thought of our recent Peanut Butter Cookies smothered with that decadent Peanut Butter Ganache makes my heart race, it's heart-healthy quinoa that my heart actually craves. As luck would have it, my Inspired Plate Food Photography and Styling Challenge for January is.... Healthy. And, Quinoa = Healthy.
Glancing at a December email from Whole Foods, their recipe for Quinoa with Roasted Mushrooms leaped off the page. Overflowing with many of my favorite ingredients, quinoa, mushrooms, pears and balsamic, I amped up the flavor even more with a touch of rocket... or arugula, giving this salad a nice peppery spice when contrasted with a crumble of cheese sprinkled over the top.
Photographing said salad, however, brought a bit more difficulty. Trying to zest up the photo as much as I did the salad, I opted for a bowl I had picked up months ago and not yet used. They only had one left on the clearance shelf at Pier 1, I knew one day I would find the right dish to photograph it with. While I'm not sure this salad matches the prop perfectly, it did bring a sense of the spring season that I'm so longing for, and when combined with morning light the photo also brought a sense of brightness to my winter table.
Hearty, sweet yet savory, and oh, so healthy... This Roasted Mushroom Salad most certainly fits the bill. Ready for more healthy food photography? Join me as we whisk off to Michigan where my fellow Inspired Plate member, Jennifer Grant (an Editorial Food Photographer and Stylist) brings beauty to the healthy photo.