Lest you think we deprived ourselves, Miraval is not that kind of spa. After a delicious three-course meal at the Cactus Flower restaurant the first night (yes, with wine), we opted for the “Cooking with the Chef” class on the second night. Five courses with wine pairings! Starting with an amazingly healthy, crisp and delicious Caesar salad, we were amazed at all of the things you can do to cut calories in the kitchen. The girls at our table diligently took notes, vowing to cook the whole shebang for their husbands when they returned home to Canada. But only the travel blogger took photos! Pictured here: angus beef filet mignon with roma tomato, basil and shallot salad, drizzled with vinegar reduction and topped with a goat cheese ball.
Chef lightly coated the pan with olive oil from a spray bottle to cut calories. His reduction took 45 minutes on extremely low heat. Looks like I need to improve my patience and lower the heat, as mine has never taken that long!
Calorie count: a whopping 305 per serving.
For some of chef Chad Luethje’s recipes, click here! He covers everything — including desserts and cocktails.
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