All Posts By Alia Akkam

7 Easy Salads Starring 7 Summer Vegetables

by in Healthy Recipes, July 20, 2014

Tomatoes? Check. Corn and cucumber? Double check. The next time you overdo it at the farmers market, you know what to do: Let’s get some salad up in here! Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry Tomato Salad with Buttermilk Dressing (above, from Food Network Magazine) Basil and garlic elicit their savory side, but these little tomatoes, tossed in buttermilk-sour creamRead more

7 Ways to Fire Up Summer Vegetables

by in Healthy Recipes, July 13, 2014

Just a few minutes of scorching heat will transform any farmers market find into charred, perfectly smoky bliss. Grilled Ratatouille Salad (above, from Food Network Magazine) A swirl of eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and rings of red bell pepper and red onion —  combined with olive oil, red wine vinegar and fresh basil — turn thisRead more

7 Ways to Amp Up Grilled Chicken

by in Healthy Recipes, June 22, 2014

Poor grilled chicken. Often considered bland and dry, the lean, good-for-you protein gets a bad rap. But these versions — abounding in herbs, spices and other flavor-forward add-ins — ensure that everyone’s summer staple is truly grill-tastic.  Grilled Honey Glazed Chicken with Green Pea and Mint Sauce (above) Solely brushed with honey and balsamic vinegar,Read more

5 Ways to Fire Up Fruit This Summer

by in Healthy Recipes, June 15, 2014

Feasting on fresh fruit is always a summertime ritual, but try roasting some of that just-plucked bounty or throwing it onto the grill until it’s nice and charred. Intense heat adds rich new layers of flavor, deepening and caramelizing sugars. With these vibrant recipes, there’s more incentive to keep the grill’s flames going, long afterRead more

7 Healthy Takes on Summery Seafood

by in Healthy Recipes, June 1, 2014

You may have plunked a few salmon burgers on the grill last weekend, but typically meat gets all the glory at Memorial Day barbecues. These light, healthy fish dishes are exactly what you’ll crave as the warm-weather months heat up.  Fish Tacos with Watermelon Salsa (above, from Food Network Magazine) The chipotle-chile powder-dusted sea bass stuffedRead more

The Next Big Thing in the Produce Aisle: Tiny Vegetables.

by in Trends, May 26, 2014

Baby corn has long been a stir-fry staple, and those so-named baby carrots have become the obligatory sidekick to hummus. But small vegetables only seem to betting bigger — at least in supermarkets and restaurants. Earlier this year, California’s Shanley Farms introduced “single-serving” avocados (trademark name: Gator Eggs) sold in clever packages reminiscent of egg cartons. Produce titan GreenRead more

7 Healthy (and Delicious) Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

by in Healthy Recipes, May 4, 2014

Cinco de Mayo may officially be a commemoration of South-of-the-Border victory over France, but for many, it’s more of an opportunity to gorge on pitchers of too-sweet margaritas and baskets of tortilla chips. Healthy eaters craving a night of mariachi-inspired revelry, however, need not feel left out of the fun times. With these light, vividRead more

Chefs’ Latest Vegetable Obsession? The Easter Bunny Would Approve.

by in Trends, April 18, 2014

They simmer in stocks, accentuate pot roast and stand in as a crunchy, good-for-you snack between meals. But in the hands of deft chefs, taken-for-granted carrots are fast becoming the highlight of the dinner table. “Carrots have a nice bright flavor, sweet, with the slightest bit of bitterness and astringency,” says Rob Marzinsky, executive chefRead more