All Posts By Liz Gray

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: Aida’s Fruit Chips

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 6, 2010
Fruit Chips
Aida Mollenkamp's Fruit Chips

We’re serving up fresh healthy gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Help a friend get their apple a day this holiday season with a container of Aida’s easy spiced fruit chips. These festive chips are super-simple to make, and they’ll stand out from the crowd of cakes, candies and cookies.

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Healthy How-To: Breaking Down a Butternut Squash

by in Healthy Tips, November 24, 2010
Breaking Down Butternut Squash
How to Break Down a Butternut Squash

It’s winter squash season! Butternut squash is delicious in tons of dishes, from muffins to risotto to soup, but breaking one down can be a little daunting. How do you peel it, seed it and dice it up without it slipping out of your hands? Well, find your sharpest chef’s knife and follow these step-by step instructions.

If you’re making a dish that uses squash puree, it’s a little simpler: Just cut in half longways, scoop out the seeds and roast with a little salt, pepper and olive oil until tender enough to scoop out with spoon, no peeling necessary.

TELL US: What’s your favorite butternut squash recipe?

Seven Days of Thanksgiving Sides: Stuffing, Slimmed

by in Healthy Recipes, Seven Days of Sides, November 23, 2010
Shiitake-Squash Stuffing
Shiitake-Squash Stuffing - Photo Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re counting down to Thanksgiving with a new side dish every day! Thanksgiving turkey would be lost without stuffing (or dressing, if you prefer it that way). But sticks of butter and pounds of sausage are not mandatory ingredients.  Instead, combine rich sauteed shiitake mushrooms with in-season butternut squash and sourdough bread cubes for a fresh, lighter take on classic stuffing.  Here’s to a new holiday tradition!

Get the recipe: Shiitake-Squash Stuffing

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Get more healthy Thanksgiving ideas, plus 100s more Thanksgiving ideas at FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Seven Days of Thanksgiving Sides: Quinoa With Pine Nuts and Raisins

by in Healthy Recipes, Seven Days of Sides, November 21, 2010
Quinoa With Pine Nuts and Raisins
Ellie's Quinoa With Pine Nuts and Raisins

We’re celebrating the last few days before Turkey Day with a new side dish each day. Today, add Ellie Krieger’s Quinoa With Pine Nuts and Raisins to your menu. This flavorful, protein-packed quinoa side dish will please everyone at your Thanksgiving feast: It’s gluten-free, vegan and delicious enough that everyone will be asking for seconds.

Get the recipe: Quinoa With Pine Nuts and Raisins

Get more healthy Thanksgiving ideas, plus 100s more Thanksgiving ideas at FoodNetwork.com/Thanksgiving.

Seven Days of Thanksgiving Sides: Lighter Green Bean Casserole

by in Healthy Recipes, Seven Days of Sides, November 20, 2010
Giada's Green Beans and Kale
Giada's Spicy Green Beans and Kale

Green bean casserole is one of those almost-mandatory Thanksgiving dishes, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to the preservative-and-fat laden canned version. Make your own slimmed-down version, or try Giada’s fresh take on this holiday favorite. She combines kale, wild mushrooms and fresh green beans, then coats with a white wine sauce and tops with a little Parmesan cheese. Yum!

Get the recipe: Giada’s Spicy Green Beans and Kale

More ways to slim down green bean casserole »

Fall Fest: Sweet Potatoes 5 Ways

by in In Season, November 17, 2010
Alton's Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Alton's Chipotle-Smashed Sweet Potatoes

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Early this fall, I went on a tour of my CSA’s farm. We walked past rows upon rows of waning okra, squash and tomatoes, then saw a glimpse of what was coming up next: the tiny greens sprouts that will become the spicy arugula I love so much, the beginnings of covet-worthy kale and the heart-shaped leaves of growing sweet potatoes, almost ready to be plucked from the ground.

Each week when I get my knobby, misshapen sweet potatoes, I think about the farm as I drizzle on oil to roast them. But this week’s batch marked my last box of the season, so I’m breaking out of my roasting routine and going in a new direction. Here are the sweet potato recipes I’m trying this week.

Get 5 sweet potato recipes, plus more ideas from fall fest bloggers »

Fall Fest: Kale 5 Ways

by in In Season, November 10, 2010
Green Beans and Kale
Giada's Spicy Green Beans and Kale

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out   awaytogarden.com.

It may not be easy being green, but it’s easy to eat your greens when there’s so many to choose from at the farmers’ market this time of year: mustard greens, collard greens, Swiss chard, spinach and, my personal favorite, kale.

Instead of cooking greens into oblivion with lots of fat and salt, I prefer kinder, gentler treatments that preserve nutrients (not to mention flavor) , from kale chips to pesto to a riff on green bean casserole . Get ‘em while they’re fresh, then try them 5 delicious ways.

Get 5 kale recipes, plus more fall veggie ideas »

Fall Fest: In-Season Root Veggies

by in In Season, November 3, 2010
Root Veggies at the Market
Root Veggies at the Market

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Fall is in full bloom, and with it the full array of dirt-dwelling root vegetables. Sure, (almost) all veggies need dirt to live, but these guys spend their lives buried in the stuff, soaking up flavor and nutrients. We visited the local farmers’ markets to see what fresh-from-the-dirt root veggies were making an appearance.

See our root-veggie roundup, plus more root veggie ideas »

Fall Fest: Mad Squash Stash

by in In Season, October 27, 2010
Baked Bree's Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Butter
Baked Bree's Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Butter

We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Fall Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Pumpkin farms are so seductive, with their fields of fresh squash and piles of pumpkins. From carving pumpkins to butternut squash to sugar pie varieties, I never want to neglect a single one. So, I come home with more pumpkin than any one person should keep in their apartment.  The pile of pumpkins on the kitchen counter is calling — here’s how I’m planning to put them up for the winter.

5 ways to preserve pumpkin, plus more ways to save fall goodies »

Photos: 40 Healthy Weeknight Dinners

by in Healthy Recipes, October 21, 2010

slow cooker pork tacos

What’s for dinner tonight? If you’re drawing a blank, don’t resort to takeout — try one of our quick, healthy dinner ideas. From better beef chili to oven-fried chicken to lighter pesto pasta,  these perfect-for-fall meals will satisfy without a high-calorie toll.

Browse 40 weeknight meal ideas »

TELL US: What are your go-to healthy weeknight dinners?