by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, September 29th, 2014
by Caitlyn Callegari in Recipes, September 22nd, 2014
The benefit of Italian-inspired dishes is that oftentimes meat never even factors into them. Giada De Laurentiis’ Three-Cheese and Artichoke Calzones is one of those particular meals — satisfying and appetizing all on its own. Another draw to this cheesy dish? Food Network lists it as one of its Top Tailgating Recipes, a fancy and flavorful pick to accompany you in your Monday Night Football fun.
There’s a cheese for everyone’s varying palate in this recipe, and the artichoke hearts only enhance the pungent flavor. To make Giada’s dish, first, take the three cheeses (ricotta, Pecorino Romano and fontina), the artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon juice, salt, pepper and lemon zest and combine in a food processor. For the outer shell, cut up the dough and roll it out into separate circles, and brush the dough circles with egg white. Then, put the cheese-and-artichoke mixture on one side of each circle so you can fold the dough over. Pinch the dough closed with your fingers and put the calzones on a baking sheet. Drizzle them with extra virgin olive oil and add a bit of salt and pepper. Bake till the calzones are golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Once done, serve with warmed tomato-basil sauce.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 15th, 2014
What better way to celebrate Meatless Monday than with a classic, cozy favorite? This Rachael Ray dish is here just in time for autumn, a warm and creamy meal to soothe the outside chill. Despite its savory, mouthwatering nature, this Macaroni and Cheddar Cheese (pictured above) recipe is actually quite easy. It’s an ideal meal to prepare when you’re in a time crunch, taking only 30 minutes to both prepare and cook.
The draw of this meal, other than its rapidity, is that it uses few, readily available ingredients. One of them, of course, is cheese. Rachael’s cheese of choice is pungent white cheddar. Other ingredients include butter, flour, olive oil, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and elbow macaroni. In fact, this meal may not even require a trip to the store! For this dish, the sauce comes first as you let the butter and oil melt together, subsequently adding in flour and then whisking in milk. Once the mixture thickens, cheddar is added a handful at a time. To spice up the sauce, you can season it with the cayenne, nutmeg and a bit of salt. Once the sauce is complete, you can mix in the cooked pasta, coating it with the cheese sauce. From there it’s simple: Put it in a baking dish, add more cheese, and bake until the cheese topping has browned.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 8th, 2014
Although summer’s juicy tomatoes and sweet peaches are nearly a thing of a past, fall brings with it an abundance of produce too: Welcome to the season of crisp apples, golden sweet potatoes and a myriad of squash, like kohlrabi, acorn and butternut. A bell-shaped squash with a thick skin, butternut squash shines in dishes from creamy soups and simple salads to rich purees and hearty casseroles, like Food Network Magazine’s Gnocchi with Squash and Kale (pictured above).
The beauty of this one-pan supper is that it starts with store-bought potato gnocchi, which means that the dish can be on the table in as few as 35 minutes. After sauteing the squash in a buttery mixture with garlic and sage, add the kale and gnocchi, then top with a blanket of nutty Parmesan cheese and finish in the broiler for a cheesy, comforting family-friendly dinner ideal for busy weeknights. Since this pan moves from the stove to the broiler, be sure to start with an oven-safe pan.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 1st, 2014
While some meat-focused recipes may suffer if you remove their beefy components, paella — often made with chorizo, chicken and shellfish — isn’t one of them. This classically Spanish meal is rice based, and so long as you keep the bold flavors of spices like paprika and saffron, it will maintain its tried-and-true flavor when you swap out the meat for nearly any and all of the vegetables in your refrigerator.
Food Network Magazine’s Vegetable Paella (pictured above) is a big-batch dinner that’s surprisingly simple to prepare. This stir-fry-casserole hybrid starts with fresh veggies like fennel, baby artichokes and eggplant seared on the stove, then it’s moved to the oven for the final minutes of cooking. Because this hearty meal is made with short-grain paella rice, similar to risotto rice, it needs that time in the oven so the rice can absorb the rich taste of the tomatoes and white wine and become tender. A final addition of salty capers and sweet piquillo peppers promises next-level flavor and texture, while parsley will offer a welcome burst of freshness before serving.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, August 25th, 2014
Chicken, burgers, brats and barbecue may be all the rage on Labor Day, but you don’t have to forgo your plans for Meatless Monday on account of the holiday. Celebrate the day with a hearty, satisfying cookout starring tofu instead of traditional meats. If you’ve never before cooked with tofu, know that while its flavor is plain on its own, tofu can easily adopt the bold tastes of marinades, rubs and sauces. Plus, extra-firm tofu is hearty enough to stand up to high heats, so it’s a go-to pick for grilling on this unofficial last day of summer. Try featuring it with barbecue sauce, in tacos or in a next-level take on the classic banh mi sandwich.
Ready to eat in only 35 minutes, Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Shiitake and Tofu Banh Mi (pictured above) is both easy to make and packed with tastes and texture, boasting layer upon layer of earthy mushrooms, fresh produce and a creamy mayonnaise dressing. The secret to flavor in this sandwich lies in the marinade for the mushrooms and tofu, as this sweet and tangy combination features fresh garlic and hoisin sauce. Once the mushrooms are charred and nearly tender, and the tofu slightly smoky, serve them on a toasted roll and finish with a refreshing salad of cool cucumbers and carrots. Be sure to add a mixture of mayonnaise and Sriracha to the roll for a punch of flavor and subtle heat.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Recipes, August 18th, 2014
Aside from boiling a pot of water for noodles, pasta doesn’t necessarily require the heat of the stove or oven, as sauces can come together with little more than some stirring or blending. And during the dog days of summer like these, that’s indeed welcome news, on account of the scorching temperatures outside. While pesto may be the most-common no-cook sauce, tomato sauces, too, can be served raw, especially at this time of year when tomatoes are at their ripest — and sweetest.
Melissa d’Arabian lets seasonal tomatoes shine in her recipe for light and fresh Mediterranean Summer Pasta with Salsa Cruda (pictured above). The star of this fuss-free supper is a simple yet bold combination of seeded tomatoes, briny olives, salty capers and fragrant mint; after incorporating these go-to ingredients with bright orange zest and olive oil, let their flavors marry for a bit, then top them with just-cooked noodles. The heat of the pasta will gently cook the salsa-like tomato mixture to create a warm, satisfying plate, finished with grated Parmesan for added flavor.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Recipes, August 11th, 2014
Trying to pick a protein source that isn’t tofu for vegetarian meals can be frustrating, which is where quinoa comes in. It has a slightly nutty taste and can easily be topped with a number of seasonings, which adds to its versatility. Packed with flavor, quinoa is the ideal pick when it comes to a weeknight dinner.
In this Quinoa and Vegetable Stuffed Peppers recipe from Rachael Ray, the quinoa is cooked with garlic, chiles, mint leaves and basil to give it a burst of flavor and is topped with feta cheese for a tangy twist. Vegetables like eggplant and zucchini give it an additional nutritional boost, and it is then stuffed in olive oil-roasted peppers for a colorful, tender dish.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Recipes, August 4th, 2014
Pizza can be the ultimate comfort food — rich, gooey mozzarella on soft pizza dough is the perfect treat when you just need a little pick-me-up. But it’s not always the quickest or the healthiest option to make. Try a warm, cheesy flatbread as an alternative — by simply using store-brought pita slices and topping them with any combination of cheese and vegetables that you want, you can re-create a pizza for dinner with hardly any effort at all.
In this Roasted Zucchini Flatbread with Hummus, Arugula, Goat Cheese and Almonds recipe, the zucchini is baked with a drizzle of olive oil to give it a charred, smoky flavor, and is then added to the hummus and crumbled goat cheese to bring out a combination of textures. The pita bread is grilled through to keep it soft and warm, and serves as the perfect base for the ingredients. Easy and flavorful, this is a summer recipe worth raving about.
by Nikhita Mahtani in Recipes, July 28th, 2014
For a bite-size treat that’s perfect for a lazy summer barbecue, try your hand at these meatless mini burgers by Jeff Mauro. Ready-made veggie burger patties tend to be unhealthy due to their use of mock meats, and are full of sodium, which often leads to people skipping them altogether. With a few inventive ideas and a food processor, however, you can create a meatless alternative that is as flavorful as it is healthy.
In this Veggie Mini Burger Pita with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce recipe, the patties are made with a mix of quinoa and cannellini beans to kick up their protein content and are seasoned with breadcrumbs, spices, cilantro and garlic. They are then stuffed into soft pita bread and topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-based dressing for an added pop of flavor. Try these at your next barbecue for a healthy dish all party guests will enjoy.
Quiche is perfect when you’re in the mood to indulge. Made by baking creamy eggs with cheese and preparing them in a buttery pastry crust, this French specialty is a great dish for an extraordinary occasion, and because of its hearty ingredients, it also works as a warming dinner staple. The best part of this dish is its versatility — from smoked meats or vegetable proteins, to different types of cheeses and various vegetables, it can be altered to suit your mood.
In this Caramelized Onion, Mushroom and Gruyere Quiche with Oat Crust recipe from Ellie Krieger, the pastry crust is lightened up by the use of oats, low-fat buttermilk and cooking spray. This makes the crust an incredible source of fiber, without losing the buttery feel of a perfect pie crust. The filling involves a selection of mushrooms and onions to pack in some more nutritional punch, and the creamy Gruyere cheese adds a salty, tangy touch. With flavors this good, you’ll get the feel of an indulgent treat without all the extra fat. Breakfast for dinner, anyone?