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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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ginger Lemon Sore Throat Pops


These spicy-sweet ice cold pops are the perfect thing for sore throats. They're easy to make and besides water, you only need three ingredients: ginger, lemon, and honey.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Méranie's Martinique Vinaigrette


Travel always inspires my cooking. Inevitably, all vacations come to an end, which is always bittersweet for me. I feel sad that it's over but excited to cook again in my own kitchen and inspired to create dishes like the ones I loved while I was there. My recent travels to visit my husband's family in Martinique were no different.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tofu with Ginger, Peanuts, and Scallion


Shake off heavy holiday meals in favor of this light but delicious meatless dish. It really does have it all: protein, healthy fat, leafy greens, and anti-inflammatory spices that enhance the body's natural detoxification mechanisms. By itself, tofu doesn't have a lot of flavor, but when you combine it with ginger, garlic, peanuts, scallion, and cilantro, it becomes irresistible. Even skeptical carnivores will ask for more.