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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mediterranean Braised Chicken


This slow-simmered chicken dish boasts flavors of Spain and Italy. Capers, olives, and sherry vinegar make it a bit sour; a touch of honey adds a little sweetness; and a roasted red pepper adds a subtle hint of smoke in this well-balanced one-pot meal.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Indian-Style Scrambled Eggs


These Indian-inspired scrambled eggs make a quick and healthy meal. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner because they contain everything a meal should have -- protein, healthy fat, and fiber-rich vegetables -- as well as a good dose of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory herbs and spices.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Greek Lentil Salad with Spring Onions


This flavorful dish is full of ingredients you might find in a Greek salad: feta cheese, tomatoes, oregano, and Kalamata olives. Cucumbers are usually part of the mix but because they aren't in season yet, I substituted spring onions. And because it's also too early for fresh local tomatoes, I used sun-dried ones soaked in olive oil. You can serve this salad as a side dish or as a main course, topped with grilled calamari, shrimp, or wild salmon.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colored Easter Eggs You'll Really Want to Eat


Forget synthetic dyes and artificial food coloring. These eggs are colored naturally with a beet-balsamic vinaigrette, which also makes them taste good. The purple they soak up on the outside is a stunning contrast to the bright yellow yolk inside.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Easter Candy for Grown-Ups: Dark Chocolate Rum Balls


These DIY dark chocolate truffles will melt in your mouth. Unlike other rum balls full of sugar and corn syrup, they have no added sweeteners and it takes only a few ingredients to put them together.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cheesy Cauliflower


This cup of cheesy goodness brings me back to my childhood, when winters were for sledding and macaroni and cheese was my favorite food. This recipes gives it a grown-up twist with a made-from-scratch spicy aged cheddar cheese sauce. I substituted cauliflower for pasta because, let's be honest, pasta is really just a vehicle for the cheese. So why not use cauliflower? Cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and sulfur-containing compounds like isothiocyanates and indoles that help our bodies detoxify. Strange as it seems, you'll never miss the pasta. And your kids will finally eat their veggies.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blood Orange Salad with Arugula and Walnuts


This light little salad packs a flavorful punch. The curious and complex flavors come from sweet and sour blood oranges, bitter and spicy arugula, creamy walnuts, sharp red onion, salty olives, and savory blue cheese. This salad is full of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. Because blue cheese and walnuts add protein and healthy fat, this dish could be a complete meal.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

An Ode to Bone Broth

Bone broth has been revered as both food and medicine since ancient times. The nutrients and protein in bone broth are particularly well absorbed and they support the growth and repair of connective tissues in the body including bones, joints, blood vessels, and skin. The gelatin acts as a digestive aid and the amino acids support the body's natural detoxification mechanisms.

Bone broth can be consumed regularly as a winter tonic or used as a healthy and flavorful base for soups, stews, and sauces. It’s always been popular with gourmet chefs, serious home cooks, and grandmas, but now bone broth is trending. Even New Yorkers can be spotted sipping it on the street from to-go cups instead of coffee.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Chocolate Honey


I usually drink my espresso unsweetened, with a splash of cream, but on special rare occasions I stir in a spoonful of chocolate honey to make my own version of a mocha. But this delicious sauce isn't just for coffee. Chocolate honey makes a nice addition to any Valentine's Day dessert. Drizzle it over a fresh fruit platter. Or coconut ice cream. Or bananas sautéed in butter with or without a splash of rum. Or pumpkin custard. Or your loved one.

This simple chocolate sauce contains only 3 ingredients -- cocoa powder, honey, and cinnamon -- so it's free of sugars, syrups, flavoring, and other additives. The cinnamon adds a bit of warmth as well as some health benefits.  It's been shown to reduce inflammation in the body, improve blood sugar control, and promote detoxification.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ginger Coconut Soup for Colds and Flu


This soup is delicious, whether you're sick or not. Many of the ingredients -- including ginger, onion, mushrooms, garlic, chili pepper, bone broth, and fermented foods -- add flavor as well as health benefits, boosting immunity and helping the body fight off viruses that cause colds and flu.