by Julie Hines in Recipes, May 21st, 2017
by Julie Hines in In Season, Recipes, May 21st, 2017
You’re driving along, enjoying the scenery passing you by or, more realistically, sitting in traffic on your way to the beach, when you heard the words most dreaded by seasoned road trippers, “Are we there yet?!”
Extra bathroom and snack breaks make a long trip even longer, so how do you keep everyone in the car happy? Snacks. And lots of them.
Keep a variety of snacks – sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy – in your arsenal to avoid hangry passengers. Fruits and vegetables are a great way to start; carrot sticks, apple slices and zip-top bags full of berries are fantastic mess-free snacks. But if that doesn’t quell the crankiness? We’ve got some make-and-take snacks that will rock your summer road trips.
Ranch-Flavored Crispy Cereal Snack Mix (above)
This is not your average snack mix. Homemade ranch seasoning and fresh herbs boost the flavor levels on this crunchy, addictive snack.
by Colleen Park in Recipes, May 18th, 2017
A few days of nice weather in a row have us dreaming about lazy summer dinners. But then we snap back to reality and realize that, between camp, sports and work, summer weeknights are just as hectic as the rest of the year. These quick, Italian-style meals will inspire your dinners all season long.
Antipasto Salad (above)
Giada turns pasta salad into a full meal with the addition of antipasto staples like salami, smoked turkey and provolone cheese.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, May 15th, 2017
As our calendars start to fill up with plans for picnics, potlucks and backyard barbecues, it’s safe to say that we’re going to be seeing a lot of pasta salads. The danger of such a staple side dish though is that “safe” can quickly become “boring.” Don’t let pasta salad after pasta salad blur together this season. Take a break from your standard mayonnaise-laced fare and give these 7 recipes a try.
Tuscan Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables
Grill, meet vegetables. Radicchio, fennel and bell peppers take a turn on the grill to add a crisp-tender texture and charred flavor to a dish simply seasoned with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese.
by Foodlets in Family, Recipes, May 12th, 2017
As a parent, I need to make dinner every single night. There are times when I simply cannot face turning on the stove, yet my four small children dutifully line up for dinner. There they are, ready for dinner. Reporting for duty. On these nights, I load up a tray (a cutting board will do just fine), pile it with a bunch of no-cook or quick-cooking bites, and declare it Snacks for Dinner Night. Here’s how to do it.
Version 1: The Feast
Somewhere between putting out a major spread and cleaning out the fridge, this kind of dinner is a collection of yummy flavors piled together in a big buffet. My kids call it “feasting.” I call it “dinner with no work.”
by Emily Lee in In Season, Recipes, May 11th, 2017
For years, our four kids referred to lettuce of any kind as “salad.” Picture this: “Could you please take that salad off my sammich?” But that didn’t stop me from serving tons of fresh salads anyway, because, for one, salads are delicious and good for you. And two, not every salad has to be a green salad. They’ve since come around to the green stuff, but in the meantime, we discovered lots of simple and satisfying salads that don’t require even one head of lettuce. There are our favorites.
Greek Quinoa Salad (pictured above)
Bursting with fresh tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and briny kalamata olives, this salad tastes like the Greek salad you know and love — but with a protein punch. Thanks, quinoa.
by Liz Olanoff in Holidays, Recipes, May 10th, 2017
Buying and preparing in-season produce is part and parcel of maintaining a balanced diet, but it’s much easier to eat nutritiously when the whole family is on board. In a world full of boxed mac and cheese and freezer-friendly dinners, we can understand why packaged or prepared foods are a reliable fallback. But we’re hopeful that the right seasonings and preparation methods can turn spinach, carrots, asparagus and more into healthy homemade dishes for the whole family to enjoy. Here are six recipes that incorporate spring produce in ways that will appeal to even the pickiest eaters.
Carrot Mac and Cheese
We’ve never known a kid to turn down mac and cheese, so in our eyes, it’s the perfect dish for camouflaging vegetables! You can get really sneaky with it by mixing pureed carrots in with your family’s favorite recipe: Before baking, just stir in one tablespoon of carrot puree for every serving of mac. Not only does it fortify the dish with an extra serving of vegetables, it also lends a beautiful boost of color.
by Foodlets in Recipes, May 9th, 2017
It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air and breakfast is in bed, or at least that’s one way to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day. But your mom’s not a regular mom; she’s a cool mom! And maybe she wants to sleep late on her special day, thank you very much.
As lovely as the classic Mother’s Day crafts and recipes are, they’re hardly one-size-fits-all. For the mom who prefers a perfectly seared steak to a homemade edible shower scrub, here are a few unique and easy Mother’s Day dishes that are outside the papier mache box.
Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak (pictured above)
Fire up the grill, and crack open a cold one (or two — one for drinking and one for the marinade). Beer and beef aren’t just for Father’s Day anymore, folks. Go ahead and tuck your napkin into your shirt, and dig into this flavorful cut with a fork and knife, or slice against the grain for tacos perfect for any picnic.
by Sara Levine in Family, Recipes, May 7th, 2017
With bright colors and fresh flavors, these breakfasts are the perfect way to celebrate spring. We’re got make-ahead meals, plus plenty of items that are easy enough to take with you on the go — ideal for busy mornings.
by Julie Hines in Holidays, Recipes, May 5th, 2017
Depending on their ages (and your tolerance for mess), you may or may not want to turn dinner prep over entirely to the young chefs in your home. But these easy-enough-for-a-busy-weeknight recipes are perfect for involving both big and little kids in the kitchen, and they make tasty meals that everyone will have fun devouring. Read more
The only thing you need to do to be an instant hit at a party is show up with a bowl of homemade guacamole. And while there’s nothing wrong with a big bowl of classic guac with the regulars – ripe avocados, tomatoes, onion, lime juice and cilantro (plus a jalapeno or two to give it a little kick) – mixing it up a bit won’t leave you disappointed.
Smoky Guacamole (Pictured at top)
Rachael Ray adds a hint of smokiness to her guac with canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Add any leftover chiles in adobo to a salsa for a smoky dipping duo perfect for your Cinco de Mayo festivities.