You can call this risotto but I cooked the rice separately, so maybe not. It’s still delicious, and much less labor intensive than true risotto.As always, the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference. Local asparagus, English peas shelled fr… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Rice with Spring Peas, Asparagus and Mushrooms
Let’s get a jump on spring by cooking with early-spring ingredients. I’m thinking about peas! Here’s a recipe I like to whip out in March, when I can find fresh peas in grocery stores and the early farmers’ markets. Not only does it remind me of green things and flowers–the bonus is, this dish cooks in no time. The only hassle (IMHO) is peeling the shrimp. Otherwise, it’s a breeze! Recipe: Three-Pea Stir-Fry with Shrimp Serves 2, may be doubled Ingredients: 2 T canola oil 1 T minced fresh ginger 1 T minced fresh garlic ¼ teaspoon dried hot red (Read more...)
Think of this as southern France’s answer to minestrone, a seasonal vegetable soup — enriched with a simplified basil pesto (no pine nuts) — that is more common in warmer weather, when fresh basil grows plentifully. But you can make it off-season, too. Some of the ingredients are likely to be in your pantry right now (white beans, canned tomatoes and soup pasta). Don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients–it’s not as hard as it looks. Note also that you can buy pre-chopped carrots, celery and onions at most supermarkets. You also can omit some of the veggies (Read more...)
Back to reality, dear readers: it’s January and the party’s over.Back to work or school — or in my case both, since my day job is journalism professor — and time for a reckoning between our bodies and our bathroom scales. (Or whatever other method yo… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Holiday Indulgence Rx, Part 1
Went to my gym this morning and it was more crowded than usual. It’s rather obviously an appropriate time to atone for the (wonderfully long) holiday weekend indulgence with better health habits than most of us probably practiced over Thanksgiving.Simp… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Between holidays: Let’s eat healthier!
All it takes is a slight chill in the air for the hard squashes to start showing up on my menus. This is even more likely now that I’ve discovered pre-peeled, seeded and cut butternut squash in the grocery stories. Trader Joe’s in particular reliably c… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Butternut squash and curry — super combo
My friend and co-author (for Whole Living Journal) Mary Ann Barnes, MD, contributed this rustic but delicious treat, which is also a snap to put together.Mary Ann and I have been writing a column for the magazine — called “The Healthy Foodie,” big sur… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Another way to love on apples
According to a website sent to me by a reader, there actually are dozens of recipes for “healthy” macaroni and cheese. While it’s a good that I usually have to skip, or only have the tiniest bit, if it had a better health profile I’d be chowing down on… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Mac & Cheese is great comfort food, but healthy?
When okra shows up at farmers’ markets, I crave gumbo. Although you can make the hearty stew with frozen okra, I’ve always waited for the fresh, local crop. Make extra to freeze some to have when the weather cools down. It’s sooooo satisfying and yummy… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: It’s time for a summer treat
Braised GreensI like to have something green on my plate whenever possible — with the exception of breakfast, that is. Salads will suffice; and salads are a great way to start a restaurant meal to keep you from overeating later. (Just be sure not to h… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Green is Great
Mid-summer is upon us as we get ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Despite the extreme heat, we’re likely to spend time outdoors at the grill, backyard pool, or ballpark. To keep cool and hydrated, try the easy recipe below that combines two of … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Eat These Foods for a Great Body — and here’s an easy July 4th recipe
This colorful dish fills all the requirements for what you need to bring to your next dinner party or other potluck affair. It only needs a few ingredients and so is easy to make; tastes good hot, room temperature or from the fridge; healthy, pretty to… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Perfect for potluck
Braised veggies with mushroom sauceWe fell totally in love with these flavors. (One secret: sneak just a little bit of butter in the braising liquid.) We had it as a side dish with broiled fish, and had leftovers to enjoy later. For vegetarians, don’t … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: More winter comfort food: Braised aromatic vegetables
Eating certain foods not only can make you healthier, they can make you look great, too. And as we all know, when you feel good about how you look — others notice. Va-voom!While many herbs and spices can lead to a hotter you, none beats turmeric (with… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Spice up your sex life with this food
I love that idea — let’s focus on good, basic, non-processed and simple foods between the big deals of Thanksgiving and the holidays to come.A former chef at the Berkeley foodie mecca, Chez Panisse, has posted this cauliflower soup recipe that will be… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: "A little purity between holidays binges"
Eggs really do qualify as a superfood. A partial list of their health benefits includes: high-quality protein and all nine essential amino acids; protects your eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts; good for your nervous system thanks to their c… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Eat more of this superfood — for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner
Skewered shrimp over a summery saladBefore fall weather sets in for good, let’s postpone the hot-oven dinners and stick with our grills. (I much prefer not to heat up my kitchen with the oven, or even a lot of stove top burners, until September goes.) … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Light Fare: Grilled Shrimp (and/or Scallops) over White Bean Salad
1. Start with a prepared pizza crust, preferably whole grain, one side brushed with canola oil. (Not olive oil; it could burn.) Place on a medium-hot grill for 3-4 minutes, until brown on that side, and remove to a heat-proof plate, browned side up.2. … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: Grilled Pizza in 3 Easy Steps
Although you can make these stuffed peppers any time of year, they’re best when corn, zucchini and the other fine ingredients are fresh from your local growers.(Served with seared red snapper and sauteed spinach) Recipe: Peppers Stuffed with Zucchini … . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: More great uses for summer produce
Fresh okra is the key gumbo ingredient As soon as I see fresh okra at farmers’ markets, my mind turns to gumbo. Although you can make that hearty stew with frozen okra, I have always waited for the fresh, local crop. You can freeze the finished produ… . . . → Read More: Healthy Foodies: It’s time for GUMBO