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Candice Kumai

The Stiletto Chef’s Recipes are Healthy and “Pretty Delicious”

Written on August 17, 2011 at 10:48 am , by

Written by Lauren Cardarelli, Editorial Intern

Skip diet food and still look slim? Yes, please! Candice Kumai, a past Top Chef contestant and current co-host of Lifetime’s Cook Yourself Thin, brought her guilt-free culinary creations to life in her new cookbook for a “healthy, happy new you.”

While thumbing through the gorgeous pages of Pretty Delicious, you’ll find more than just drool-worthy photos. You’ll learn from the former-model-turned-chef about foods with benefits (or FWBs, as Candice calls them), skinny ingredient swaps and frugal tips. Her insight is easy on your waist and wallet—can’t beat that!

We put a few of her mouthwatering recipes to the test and had to share one of our favorites with you.

Asparagus Ribbon, Sweet Corn and Cress with Pom Vinaigrette

Note: We didn't have fancy food stylists help with this picture. Your dish can look this great too! (Photo by Lauren Cardarelli)

Note: We didn't have fancy food stylists help with this picture. Your dish can look this great too! (Photo by Lauren Cardarelli)

Serves 4

For vinaigrette

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

For salad:

  • 1 bunch watercress, thick stems discarded
  • 1 pound asparagus, tough ends snapped off
  • ¼ cup corn kernels—fresh, frozen (thawed) or canned (rinsed)

To make vinaigrette, whisk the vinegar, mustard, and salt together in a small bowl. Add the pomegranate juice and olive oil and whisk to combine. Set aside.

To make the salads, divide the watercress among plates. Using a vegetable peeler, shave the asparagus spears into thin ribbons and add some to each serving. Top with the corn and sprinkle lightly with some of the vinaigrette (save some to pass at the table).

Nutriton Information Per Serving: 65 calories, 3 g fat (0.5 saturated), 3 g protein, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 239 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrates, 0 mg cholesterol

For six more recipes from Candice, check out “Fast Food” in our September issue—on newsstands now!