On a recent sponsored trip to coastal Maine, I was fortunate enough to tour the magnificent wild blueberry barrens and get down and dirty with this native North American berry. Read more
As cozy as a crisp fall morning, this pumpkin spice latte oatmeal was made for curling up on the sofa, mug of coffee in one hand and breakfast in the other. Just like its namesake beverage, the moment you taste this oatmeal you’ll know we’ve left behind the dog days of summer and entered scarf season. Read more
The search for the next big superfood
Now that chain-store consumers are devouring acai, quinoa and chia seeds en masse, seekers of edgy new superfoods are scouring the world for the next big thing, something packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals … and coated with the allure of the exotic. Warning that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is probably sufficient for health and energy and that unusual foods can be unpredictable and even possibly harmful (for one thing, they may interact unfavorably with medicines), the Los Angeles Times lists a few superfoods gaining favor: Will moringa, E3 live blue-green algae, citicoline, freekeh, turkey tail mushroom or Sideritis be the next kale — or just a big fail? Time and tastes will tell.
Many well-known celebs spend long stretches of time on the road, which can leave them searching for some of the comforts of home. Find out what healthy foods your favorite stars have asked for while traveling the world. Read more
Do you have enough seafood in your life? Many people don’t. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating two servings of seafood weekly, but a new study by the USDA shows that 80-90% of Americans — most of us — aren’t hitting those numbers. Why? Many people are intimidated by fish, view it as “restaurant food” that’s too difficult to make at home, think it’s too expensive or just don’t know what to make. If you’ve been making these excuses, it’s time to rethink fish. These tips and recipes will have you eating more seafood in no time. Read more
Hearty soups are to fall as ice pops are to summer: We can’t get through the season without them. Now, with cooler weather ahead, it’s time to break out the slow cooker (or stockpot) and reacquaint ourselves with the comforting recipes that define fall cooking. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and the like are once again at the forefront of our minds, and when used in warm soups, these ingredients offer a cozy complement to autumn weather. If you’re planning on tailgating this year, you’ll definitely want to prepare for chilly days spent outdoors. Next time you’re heading to the stadium, fill your thermos with one of these comforting yet healthy soups – from chunky stews to smooth vegetable bisques.
Slow-Cooker Tortilla Soup
Once you try Melissa d’Arabian’s Mexican-inspired soup, it will instantly become your tailgating companion. It’s loaded with juicy chicken, diced tomato and black beans for a filling chili-like consistency, but each bowl contains just 275 calories. Best of all, the dish practically cooks itself. Simply pile the ingredients into your slow cooker a few hours before your tailgate and it will be ready just in time for the game.
Apples are the crowning fruit of fall, and with these recipes, we’re making them shine in new ways — apple “noodle” kugel, anyone? But, roasted, they also make sweet sidekicks, softening the gentle grassiness of green tea in a stovetop matcha grainless granola. Returning to more humble ways, apples, along with the warm spices used in gingerbread, give our honey apple butter its rich, almost buttery texture. Read more
At first glance a hunk of cacao butter looks just like white chocolate, but it’s actually the cream that comes from cold-pressing raw cacao beans. The other byproduct from cold-pressing is the fiber from the beans, which is ground into raw cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder, which is ground roasted cacao beans). Read more
This kiddie snack can be so much more than a lunchbox staple. Check out these clever hacks using lower lower-fat, part-skim mozzarella string cheese sticks. Read more
Chef Robert Irvine has built a career on helping people achieve things they thought couldn’t be done. On his Food Network shows “Dinner: Impossible” and “Restaurant: Impossible” he routinely turns around seemingly doomed situations — challenging both himself and the others involved to dig deep in order to succeed. Read more