Dandelions are most commonly thought of as a lawn nuisance, but did you know they are one of the most nutritious greens you can eat? My road to loving dandelion greens has been long. They are quite bitter, and not for the faint of heart (this is coming from someone who lives for arugula). But because they are so good for you, I usually buy a bunch every spring, try to disguise them by combining with salad greens and forcing them down. Until this spring.
Guacamole is easy to make from scratch. It’s particularly delicious in the summer months when you can get your hands on ripe local tomatoes. You can make this recipe more complex by adding diced red onions or cilantro. But I like the simple four ingredient guacamole the best.
I woke up today feeling a cold coming on, and I wanted something warm, comforting, and a little indulgent for lunch. Kale Mac n’ Cheese fit the bill, and also took hardly any effort (mostly because I used boxed macaroni and cheese!). I’ll make this recipe again from scratch, but I thought it was a fun idea and wanted to share it with you.
Artichokes are a nostalgic food for me. I remember eating lots of them as a kid in the early spring when artichoke season rolled around. I loved working my way towards the center, scrapping the fleshy part of each leaf between my teeth. The best part comes last – once you have worked your way down to the heart. It’s food you have to work for, but you are rewarded for your efforts.
It’s asparagus season! At least in the greater NYC area it comes in the springtime. It is one of the first local vegetables to show itself and is a signal that abundant produce is not too far behind. In keeping with the spring time season, roasting asparagus with lemon is a light and fresh preparation. This recipe for Roasted Asparagus with Lemon is easy, fast, and low maintenance.
If you are like me living in the NY/NJ area – the tomatoes are in full swing in late August. My mom’s garden, and the Farmers Markets, are overflowing with ripe, sweet, and beautiful tomatoes in all colors and shapes.
Kale is pretty much the holy grail for health food eaters. But for you skeptics out there that don’t believe it can actually taste good, this recipe is for you. I won’t list of all of the nutritional benefits of kale here, but it really is one of the most nutrient packed foods out there. Just remember that when you fight over the last helpings of this dish.
Asparagus season is in full swing here in the NYC region. I have been buying it and cooking it like crazy. I made this recipe for Baked Asparagus a few nights ago and it was a big success! Chris and I ate the whole batch and I bought more today to make it again. It only requires a few ingredients and it’s pretty low maintenance once you assemble everything in the baking dish.
I think if I had to pick one vegetable to eat for the rest of my life it would be brussels sprouts. I know they are a divisive vegetable – people seem to either love them or hate them. I maintain that the people who hate them have never eaten them prepared correctly. The thought of boiled, naked brussels sprouts makes me shudder too. But when they are roasted and dressed up with olive oil, lemon juice, parmesan and flecks of course sea salt – they are practically like candy. I hope you enjoy these Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Chris and I both love mashed potatoes. We’ll eat them along side a green salad for dinner or with grilled fish or sausages. We even put leftovers inside grilled paninis with roasted chicken, mustard and tomatoes. This recipe for Cauliflower and Potato Mash with Parmesan is so delicious you will want plenty of leftovers.