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.
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.
It is mid-August as I write this, which is about the time that gardens and farms start exploding with tomatoes. My mom sent Chris and me back home with a small box of them from her garden. I’m definitely not a canner, so I came up with this recipe for pasta with fresh tomatoes and kale as a way to use them up quickly and all at once.
I’ve never been a big zucchini fan. When restaurants add it to pasta dishes, like pasta primavera, I usually find it bland and watery. However, last fall I had it prepared at a restaurant in a way that was so delicious, my mind was changed forever.
Sauteed kale with tomatoes is a favorite late summer dish of mine. The ripe, farm grown tomatoes that show up in August at NYC farmer’s markets make this recipe extra special. And I just love how the balsamic vinegar sweetens the kale and compliments the saltiness of the parmesan cheese.
It is April in NYC, and beautiful artichokes flown in from California are starting to appear in grocery stores. I grew up eating artichokes, but it wasn’t until recently that I started preparing them myself. Artichokes are one of my favorite foods, but they are an intimidating vegetable to take on for the first time. The good news is that they are easier to prep than you’d think – you just have to be mindful of the sharp point on the tip of each leaf. If you are new to artichokes, basic steamed artichokes may be an easier first time approach.
This recipe is inspired by a dish my mom made recently with wild rice. The flavors are delicious, but I’ve never been crazy about rice. I love quinoa, however, so I wanted to try making a quinoa version with a few modifications.
I do a lot of things well with my diet – but I do struggle with eating more fish. I tend to gravitate towards beef, eggs, and poultry as my protein choices. I do love seafood, but it’s not my favorite thing to cook at home (except for shucking oysters – more on that in a future post!). However, canned salmon, I can manage. It is an easy and affordable way to eat wild salmon, even wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, which has a higher concentration of inflammation lowering omega-3 fats.