How could I not like quick breads when “quick” is the first word? Sweet or savory, quick breads are awesome because they basically require one prep bowl, one loaf pan and an oven. Dump, stir, bake — it’s that easy. But it’s also easy to overload on fat and sugar, because that’s what keeps quick breads moist and flavorful. One slice of regular banana bread has 330 calories and 11 grams of fat. Truth is, you don’t need that much fat and sugar for an amazing treat. Check out 3 of my favorite healthier quick breads.
This year, surprise Mom with a breakfast-in-bed classic: QUICHE! Quiche is basically milk or cream and eggs baked in a pie crust — delicious, yes, but not exactly healthy fare. Variations like quiche Lorraine with bacon and cheddar add even more calories and fat to the mix. Get the facts on your typical slice of quiche, then try my lighter version.
This week I realized that my local supermarket not only sold hot rotisserie chickens, they also sold them chilled and cut up (into 8 pieces.) They were also on sale, so it was a no-brainer: I snatched the last two! Pre-roasted chickens are perfect for busy weeknights, because they’re fully cooked and super-lean when you dodge the skin. So, what did I create with the chopped chicken? Get 4 of my best chicken recipes after the jump.
When I cook for holidays, I always have loads of leftovers. I actually plan it that way, because I like revamping tasty ingredients into completely new dishes. After Easter, it’s mostly ham and hard-boiled eggs (and most of the eggs have multicolored whites from the dye)! Since both don’t stay fresh for more than about 3 days in the fridge, I get to morphing pretty darn quick! Check out my favorites.
Primavera is a pasta dish loaded with vegetables, but that’s where the rules end: The noodles can be long, short, twisted or tubular and the vegetables can be anything from broccoli rabe and bell peppers to yellow squash and wild mushrooms. Today I’ve given you three of my favorite pasta-and-veggie combinations — something for every craving.
When hungry cooks scour the Internet for dinner recipes, two of the words most frequently keyed into search boxes are “chicken” and “healthy.” It’s not surprising, considering chicken is easy to work with, family-friendly and affordable, and most of us try to eat healthy most of the time. Today I’m giving you fast and fabulous chicken dinners, spruced up with fresh spring produce.
Even though temps are still pretty low in some parts of the country, there’s no doubt we all have spring fever. After harsh winters, we long for sunny days and the floral aroma of spring. And we crave spring produce — I’m ready for a bounty of fresh apricots, artichokes, asparagus, chives, fennel, leeks, scallions, peas, strawberries, rhubarb and watercress. These simple ring-in-spring meals celebrate the freshest produce, and are on the table in just 20 minutes!
So what if your bracket is busted? You can still cheer along your favorite teams, old and new, with these snacks by your side. These crowd-pleasing appetizers are lighter than your average party food, but still packed full of flavor. Enjoy the games and, more importantly, the munchies!!
Depending on your age, St. Patrick’s Day has different meanings. For my kids, it means dressing up in green, eating green scrambled eggs for breakfast and drinking green water. When I was single and living in Philadelphia, it meant jumping on a drinking bus and hopping from Irish bar to Irish bar all day long. Now, I enjoy watching my kids celebrate while I find creative ways to cook with beer! Beer lends a wonderful depth to all kinds of dishes, and it’s a super-affordable way to spruce up a meal. Check out some of my favorites.
I love packing lunch for my two boys every day. It’s a little part of me that I send in a brown bag (actually, a thermal lunch bag.) It like to imagine them opening lunch to find my surprises. These are my favorite simple, healthy foods to pack up, plus, my easy prep and planning tips.