All Posts By Priya Krishna

Summer Fest: Marrying the Apple With New Flavors

by in In Season, September 12, 2012

When you think of apples, two classic combinations come to mind: apples and cinnamon and apples with peanut butter. Who doesn’t love a hot, gooey apple cinnamon cobbler? Or some crisp, fresh apples dipped in creamy peanut butter? These popular pairings are certainly delicious, but the repertoire of our tart and fruity friend certainly does not end there.

This week, we are highlighting some ingredients you might not have thought to pair with apples, but that nonetheless make for a perfect—not to mention tasty—marriage. I now pronounce you apple and wife. You may cook the bride.

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Summer Fest: Going Meatless With Eggplant

by in Uncategorized, August 29, 2012

I was vegetarian for about 16 years of my life. It was the lifestyle my parents were used to, so that was just the way they raised me. While I was vegetarian, I operated primarily on the Indian lentils-rice-vegetable diet. In other words, whatever my mother fed me was what I ate. Unfortunately, the one vegetable my mother hated was eggplant, so I went the majority of my childhood and young adult life unexposed to what I later realized was a truly fabulous vegetable. These babies are actually a vegetarian’s best friend. They are hearty, flavorful and actually filling on their own in a way that few other vegetables are. They are also currently in season. Take advantage of this tasty vegetable by trying it as a substitute for meat in some classic dishes – whether or not you are vegetarian, you won’t miss the meat with these healthy and flavorful recipes!

Love Chicken Parmesan? Make Eggplant Parmesan instead

This one may be the most obvious, but Robin’s version is lightened up and given a kick of chili pepper.

Recipe: Robin’s Neapolitan Eggplant Parmesan

Craving a Ham and Cheese Tortilla? Try a Vegetable Tortilla instead

Eggplant, along with onions, tomatoes, zucchini and green bell pepper give this frittata loads of interesting texture and flavor.

Recipe: Vegetable Tortilla (above)

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Your Favorite Ways to Eat Zucchini

by in In Season, August 24, 2012

Out of all the different varieties of summer squash, zucchini seems to be the fan-favorite. This green summer veggie can fit seamlessly into any course, be it an appetizer, main or dessert, and even its flower — which usually gets cut off before the zucchini hits the grocery store — is edible. We asked you, our readers, on Facebook and Twitter to tell us your favorite way to eat zucchini, and we received a lot of really creative answers. Most of you, however, said that you preferred your zucchini simply grilled with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper –  a perfect recipe for savoring the end of the summer!

Here are a few of the great suggestions you made for eating zucchini:

From Facebook:

Peggy Hurlburt Roasted with herbs, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

Lisa Wise Chocolate zucchini cake!

Mary Palmer I grind it up with onions and peppers for a delightful relish.

Mary Swisher Moran Added to spaghetti sauce with other veggies. Or shredded like spaghetti and sautéed.

Sandra Tobias Patterson McDougall Faux pepperoni on a veg pizza – absolutely delish!

Laura Dogsmom As a pie! And with strawberries.

Stef Hernandez Grated up with a potato in a hashbrown.

Diane Geitz Judge Raw, with hummus or baba ghanoush.

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Blogger Spotlight: Kate Taylor from Cookie and Kate

by in Blogger Spotlight, August 24, 2012

Kate is a self-taught photographer and cook from Oklahoma whose passion for food inspires readers to step into the kitchen and start cooking. With a focus on whole food, the recipes she shares on Cookie and Kate are both nutritious and fun to make. She believes in keeping food as close to its source as possible and features exclusively vegetarian fare. Cookie is her friendly canine companion and “chief crumb catcher.”

What does “whole food” mean to you and why is it important to you to eat this way?

Whole food, to me, basically just means real food that is as close to its source as possible. In other words, whole food is minimally processed and doesn’t contain unnecessary junk like preservatives, chemicals or pesticides. Naturally, whole foods are better for us, too. Whole grains retain the nutrients and good fats that processing removes. And fresh, quality ingredients taste better! You can make an incredible meal with just a few great ingredients. That’s why I say my blog “celebrates whole foods,” because I believe that food should both delight the senses and nourish the body. Whole foods can do that.

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Summer Fest: What To Do With Overripe Peaches

by in Uncategorized, August 15, 2012
Ellie's Peach Pie Smoothie is a healthy and refreshing take on a classic dessert.

Peaches are one of the top reasons I love summer. There is nothing quite like biting into a ripe, juicy peach on a hot day and feeling the sweet nectar dribble down your mouth. Napkin? No, thank you.

Unfortunately, peaches are the kind of fruit that can get overripe pretty quickly. Forget them in your crisper for even a few days, and you are stuck with mushy, bruised fruit. Luckily, there are loads of healthy ways to prepare overripe peaches that still bring out all the same delicious summery, peachy flavor. Here are Healthy Eats’ top 5 uses for peaches that are past their prime.

1. Make a chutney – The peaches are already mushy, so they will cook quickly. Plus, you are cooking them with loads of other pungent flavors like shallots, mustard and cherries, so you don’t have to worry about tasting any sourness that might have developed in your peaches.

Recipe: Food Network Kitchens’ Peach-Mustard Chutney

2. Freeze them and blend them into smoothie – Freeze overripe peaches and blend them into a refreshing fruit smoothie. The final product will have great peach flavor and color, and no one will be able to tell they were bruised or mushy to begin with. Freezing peaches generally is also a great way to preserve them past the summer months.

Recipe: Ellie’s Peach Pie Smoothie (above)

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Summer Fest: Summer Squash, Any Way You Slice It

by in Uncategorized, July 25, 2012
Zucchini Rounds: Like pepperoni, but different!

The summer squash is like a Little Black Dress: it’s one of the more versatile items in your fridge (or closet). It comes in many different varieties like zucchini (cylindrical and green), crookneck (usually yellow and bent) or pattypan (white-ish and flat). So what is it that makes this glorious summer vegetable so multipurpose? In the end, it comes down to how you slice it. Grate it, and it becomes hash; thinly slice it, and it becomes carpaccio; halve it, and it becomes a base for stuffing. It is the quintessential chameleon vegetable, and as long as you know all the ways you can cut it, the possibilities are truly endless.

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Healthy No-Cook Summer Recipes

by in Healthy Recipes, No-Cook Choices, July 7, 2012
This may look like fettuccine, but it's actually just sliced zucchini!

During the summer months, I try to refrain from doing anything that might unnecessarily heat up my tiny apartment – that means not charging my laptop overnight, not using my hair straightener or blow dryer and most importantly, avoiding the oven or stove on the hottest days. Though these kitchen accoutrements are certainly useful for whipping up quick, healthy dishes, who wants to stand in front of a hot stove stir-frying vegetables when it is already 90 degrees outside? With a little inspiration, you can make healthful and tasty meals without even having to turn on the gas or the oven. So beat the heat this summer with these flavorful no-cook dishes!

Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce
It’s fettuccine you don’t have to cook! This recipe uses zucchini cut into thin strips to give it the appearance of pasta and a pureed tomato sauce with garlic, pine nuts and a little jalapeno for a kick.

Recipe: Zucchini Fettuccine With Tomato Sauce (above)

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