by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 21st, 2015
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 14th, 2015
No longer relegated to layers of red sauce and heaps of meat, lasagna takes a turn for the creamy — and surprisingly healthy — with this big-batch recipe for Squash and Spinach Lasagna (pictured above).
Food Network Kitchen swaps out the traditional marinara or meat sauce in favor of a mixture of onions and fresh spinach in a milk-based sauce made thick with the help of cornstarch. Layer chopped butternut squash for color and an added boost of nutrition, and opt for part-skim mozzarella to keep the casserole light but satisfying. Perhaps the best part about this recipe is that it comes together with no-boil noodles, which means that you can assemble them in the casserole straight from the box; they’ll soak up the liquid of the cream sauce and become tender as they cook in the oven.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, September 7th, 2015
Much like a pizza crust, a tortilla is a blank culinary canvas; there are hardly any rules for what you can and can’t stuff inside it or pile on top of it. While some of the most-classic approaches are the fan-favorite taco or fajita, how you put those together is up to you. When it comes to making meatless fajitas, beans are surely a go-to pick, but when you want to try something new, look to eggs to bulk up the meal.
Ready to eat in only 30 quick minutes, Food Network Magazine’s Cheesy Scrambled Egg Fajitas (pictured above) make for a hearty breakfast as well as a quick-fix dinner. Just like traditional fajitas, these feature tender sauteed peppers and onions, plus buttery scrambled eggs, which add welcome heft. Don’t forget to add a decadent bite with Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheese as the eggs finish cooking — it will slowly melt within minutes. Fill warm tortillas with the fluffy eggs, plus the colorful veggies, then top with a quick-fix combination of creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes and a jalapeno for subtle heat.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, August 31st, 2015
Summer’s not technically over, though the kids are going back to school. The days are turning brisker, though it’s not yet cold. Summer tomatoes are ripe from the garden, but you’re craving something hearty. What to make, what to do? Look no further than Food Network Magazine’s Tuscan Tomato-White Bean Soup (pictured above), ideal for those in-between days in early September.
Featuring a fresh, bright base of juicy seasonal tomatoes, plus the creamy richness of canned white beans, this easy-to-make soup comes together in less than an hour with little hands-on prep. For a subtle punch of bold flavor, sprinkle in red pepper flakes, then let the flavors of the soup marry as the soup simmers before you blend it into a smooth, rich consistency. To round out the bowl, sprinkle a few cheesy croutons on top just before serving; these crispy-crunchy bites can be made quickly in the oven with bread cubes and gooey mozzarella.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, August 24th, 2015
There’s no denying that Mondays can sometimes feel like an abrupt transition from the relaxing weekend. So what better way to spice things up than by putting a fun twist on an ordinary recipe? Follow Bobby Flay’s lead with his Grilled Ratatouille (pictured above).
A classic French dish that combines eggplant, squash, peppers and herbs, ratatouille is a beautiful blend of colors and textures. Bobby transforms these fresh veggies — plus red onion and tomatoes — into a flavorful grilled meal in under 35 minutes. The key to perfectly grilling these vegetables is coating them with enough olive oil and turning them throughout the cooking process to ensure they do not stick or burn. Bobby also removes the tomatoes before the other veggies, as they cook a bit quicker. Once the other veggies are grilled, toss them with the tomatoes along with olive oil, garlic, oregano and parsley for a fragrant finish. Serve at room temperature or pack up for a picnic-ready meal.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, August 17th, 2015
During these sunny and sometimes sticky summer months, a refreshing meal can be just what you crave. And in the season where pasta and potato salad seems to be at every cookout and barbecue, it’s the perfect time to try a new chilled recipe like Food Network Kitchen’s Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Creamy Sesame Dressing (pictured above).
The secret to this dish is toasting the sesame seeds to deepen their natural nutty flavor. With just 4 to 5 minutes in a saute pan, these tiny seeds toast up quickly and are transformed with robust flavor. Food Network Kitchen purees the seeds in a blender with chile-garlic sauce, lemon and oil for a no-fuss creamy dressing with a subtle tang. Once the dressing is ready, drizzle it over spaghetti-like buckwheat soba noodles, which share a natural nuttiness with the sesame seeds. Lastly, top the noodles with a variety of fresh veggies. You’ll get a slight sweetness and bright color from the corn, plus a heartiness from the creamy avocado. Add in cucumber for that crisp and refreshing crunch that makes this meal a delicious summer go-to.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, August 10th, 2015
If you’re looking for a go-to meatless dish but are unsure how to make it satisfying without the meat, try opting for ingredients that are naturally high in protein, like quinoa. Not only is this superfood quick-cooking — making it much more desirable for weeknight dinners (how can you beat a 15-minute cooking time?) — but it is also the perfect blank canvas for adding fresh veggies, cheeses and herbs.
Play up this grain’s versatility with Ina Garten’s Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta (pictured above) for Food Network Magazine. Ina makes this Mediterranean-inspired dish by tossing the cooked quinoa with a lemony olive oil mixture and plenty of bright herbs like parsley, mint and scallions. Perhaps the best thing about this dish is that it can be made ahead of time, which allows the citrus flavors to meld with the veggies and herbs. When you’re ready to eat, take it out of the refrigerator and fold in the feta cheese for a creamy tang.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, August 3rd, 2015
Let’s face it: If you’re new to the no-meat-on-Mondays plan, eating a veggie-centric meal can be daunting. But the good news is there are a few tricks to not missing the meat, and perhaps the most important is playing up the vegetables with a variety of textures and flavors, just as Jeff Mauro does with his Fried Green Tomato Parm Sandwiches (pictured above).
The fun part about these Southern sandwiches — which make for a delicious addition to eat-with-your-hands barbecue and cookout food — is that kids can get involved, too. Set up an assembly line for the flour, eggs and breadcrumbs, and take turns battering the tomatoes before frying. Though the crispy texture of the green tomato stars in this classically Southern sandwich, Jeff puts an Italian twist on it by adding creamy Burrata cheese and canned tomatoes that he bakes until caramelized. Layer the cheese and two types of tomatoes on a soft brioche bun and top with giardiniera, a mixture of pickled vegetables, for a tangy bite.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, July 27th, 2015
If breakfast for dinner seems to be on your weeknight menu once or twice a week, try adding a frittata into the mix for a satisfying meatless option. Not only are frittatas easy to make, but they also act as the perfect go-to lunch or quick snack, as they keep well in the refrigerator. All you need to make this easy egg dish is an ovenproof skillet and your favorite veggies and cheeses.
Ree Drummond roasts asparagus and mushrooms for her Frittata (pictured above) and adds plenty of flavor to the base by sauteing onions with butter until tender. She chops up a leftover baked potato for heartiness and adds pantry staples like olives and jarred roasted red peppers for an easy boost of flavor. The Pioneer Woman’s cowboy touch? A dash of hot sauce for a spicy kick, and Monterey Jack and Parmesan cheeses for comforting creaminess. Once the mixture begins to set on the stove, it’s ready to go into the oven.
by Christie Bok in Recipes, July 20th, 2015
Since we’re officially experiencing the dog days of summer, there’s no better time to try no-stove-required recipes. Nix the kitchen heat and you’ll not only feel refreshed, but also be highlighting fresh fruits and veggies that are already popular at summer picnics, potlucks and barbecues. While salads may readily come to mind for a meatless meal, Ina Garten has you thinking outside the lettuce box with her Guacamole Salad (pictured above).
A deconstructed version of one of the most-loved dips, this salad plays up colors, textures and flavors, making for a beautiful dish that’s ready in just 10 minutes. Ina uses the guacamole classics — tomatoes, red onions and garlic — plus yellow bell pepper for crunch and black beans for heartiness. She makes a simple lime juice-and-olive oil vinaigrette that she gives a spicy kick with a pinch of cayenne. Follow Ina’s lead and add the chunky avocados at the end to ensure their bright green color and to avoid browning.
One of the best things about making veggie-centric meals is that you can plan your dishes around seasonal vegetables. By using what’s in season, you’ll ensure ultimate freshness and bright, beautiful colors every time. Since we’ve reached zucchini season, it’s time to seize squash’s day and use it in recipes that feature its versatility, like Ina Garten’s Zucchini Gratin (pictured above). Ina sticks with the typical ingredients of a classic potato gratin, like milk and cheese, but replaces the starchy potato with zucchini as a seasonal alternative.
Just because it is summer doesn’t mean we have to steer away from enjoying comfort. A creamy sauce comes together by adding a few tablespoons of flour for thickness — just like you would use for a potato gratin — and hot milk, and it coats the veggies. Ina adds breadcrumbs and Gruyère cheese before baking her gratin to create a golden, bubbly crust.