All Posts By Leah Brickley

Leah Brickley is a Recipe Developer and Nutritionist in Food Network Kitchen. “My day typically bookends with researching, cooking, tasting, enjoying, evaluating and talking about food.”

Food Network Kitchens’ Top 15 Ingredients for a Healthy Kitchen

by in Healthy Tips, October 17, 2012

parmesan cheese
Planning ahead is key for healthy cooking. Keep your kitchen stocked with simple, inexpensive ingredients and weeknight cooking will be much easier (and more fun!). Here’s what the experts in Food Network Kitchens have in their kitchens:

1. Eggs: Whip up a quick omelet, poach eggs in tomato sauce or hard-boil a few for quick snacks throughout the week.

2. Parmesan cheese: Invest in a microplane zester and grate Parmesan into salads and soups just to name a couple. Remember a little goes a long way. We also love to throw pieces of the cheese rind into simmering soups for a flavor boost.

3. Low-fat plain Greek yogurt: Perfect on its own as a snack with fresh berries or the base for a healthy creamy dressing.

4. Real maple syrup: Keep stored in the fridge, add a quick drizzle when you’re craving a little sweetness in things like your oatmeal or coffee.

5. Pickles: Think beyond just dill cucumber pickles. We love pickled green beans, beets, cauliflower and okra. These are great to have on hand for a quick, low-calorie snack or on the side for dinner.

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What’s for Breakfast?: Vietnamese Pho

by in Healthy Recipes, October 13, 2012

pho
We’re all familiar with breakfast staples like cereal, scrambled eggs and toast but how does the rest of the world start their day? In Vietnam a rich and aromatic soup made with rice noodles called pho is often eaten at breakfast.

The soup starts with a long simmered broth of roasted beef or chicken bones typically with spices like ginger, cinnamon and star anise (your kitchen will smell amazing!). It’s ladled over noodles into big bowls and lucky eaters get to stir in their favorite flavors and toppings like lime juice, fish sauce, bean sprouts, chilies, onion, mint and basil.

Hungry? Try pho for breakfast sometime. Here’s a delicious simplified version of pho that can be made in advance. Reheat the broth and keep toppings refrigerated in an airtight container. Try using low-sodium soy sauce in place of the fish sauce.

Remember that pho is perfect for dinner too!

What’s your favorite non-traditional breakfast?

New Play on Cottage Cheese

by in Healthy Recipes, October 3, 2012

white bean dip
Everyone’s familiar with the classic diner combo of cottage cheese and pineapple (or peaches).  Whether you’re a fan of cottage cheese on its own (or with fruit) or not, here’s a new way to use this   with this lighter creamy white dip recipe. We pureed reduced-fat cottage cheese with white beans to make a satisfying, low-calorie dip. Enjoy it as a healthy snack or serve it for game day. Enjoy!

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Potatoes + Lemon = Delicious!

by in Healthy Recipes, September 27, 2012

potatoes
We love this combo in the Food Network test kitchen. The extra squeeze of citrus is an easy way to brighten up potato salad, a baked potato or simple roasted potatoes like Roast Fingerlings With Lemon.

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