Pasta with Lemon-Orange Sauce (Easy on the Salt)

by in Seasoning with the Seasons, March 13, 2014

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For those on low-sodium diets, here’s a tasty trick: Grab some citrus. Just like a sprinkle of salt, a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange will perk up any ingredient from leafy greens to proteins, not to mention grab the attention of your taste buds. And while you might not expect it, these fruits are at their best and brightest during winter, so now is still the perfect time to play with their tangy flash of flavor.

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The Chef’s Take: Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Chickpeas, Einat Admony

by in Chefs and Restaurants, March 12, 2014

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At the multiple Middle Eastern eateries Einat Admony owns in lower Manhattan — the restaurant Balaboosta as well as the Taïm falafel franchise — the chef pays homage to her upbringing with remarkable care. Not only does she skillfully prepare honest renditions of the fresh and flavorful cooking she grew up eating, but Admony makes sure her dishes are nourishing too. “I treat my customers the way I treat my kids,” she says, “which means giving them good proteins, whole grains and keeping a vegetable focus.”

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Salad of the Month: Carrot, Feta and Parsley

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, March 11, 2014

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Steamed vegetables absorb flavors more readily than their raw counterparts, making them ideal for lively dressings and marinades. They also create a substantial base for tasty cool-weather salads.

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5 Game-Changing Ways to Use Greek Yogurt

by in Healthy Recipes, March 10, 2014

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If you thought yogurt was just a vehicle for fruit and granola, this may rock your world: The cool, creamy stuff is actually incredibly versatile and can be used in everything from sweets to salads. So think beyond the breakfast bowl and go way past the parfait: These innovative ideas will project Greek yogurt into a whole new stratosphere of wonderful.

Greek Yogurt Onion Dip (above)
Why should sour cream and mayonnaise have all the fun? Swap both ingredients for Greek yogurt: It’s the perfect consistency for a creamy dip to serve with crudites (or, okay, the occasional potato chip).

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake
Rich, tangy cheesecake and rich, tangy Greek yogurt have a lot in common. So, it’s only natural to use the yogurt as a main ingredient in this lightened-up cheesecake recipe. (Pssst … there’s an unexpected ingredient in the crust, too.) Read more

5 Foods To Always Have In Your Fridge

by in Healthy Tips, March 9, 2014

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A fridge filled with health-promoting ingredients is an amazing thing. Next time you stand there scanning the shelves, make sure these foods are within reach.

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Food Fight!: Pasta vs. Pizza

by in Food Fight, March 8, 2014

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They’re in a serious tie for tastiness — but which is healthier, a bowl of spaghetti or few slices of pizza? Find out which cheesy, carb-y wonder has the most redeeming value in this (tomato-spattered) showdown between pasta and pie!

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This Week’s Nutrition News Feed

by in Food News, March 7, 2014

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In this week’s news: The World Health Organization doesn’t sugarcoat its advice; fruits and vegetables feel the love (even in school cafeterias); and food labels get ready for their makeover.

No More Sweet Talk
Studies have associated sugar with everything from headaches to heart disease, and yet most of us still get 18% of our total caloric intake from the stuff. That’s about 22 teaspoons each day. Here in the United States, nutritionists have long lobbied to coax us down to about 10%. But the international community is taking an even harder line. This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) brought its recommendation down to 5%, or about 100 calories per day. The recommendation is yet another strong case for transparent food labels, but until the new ones come out, here’s a crib sheet for some of the most sugar-stuffed packaged foods: Ketchup, salad dressing, soup, crackers, flavored yogurt, spaghetti sauce, bread, frozen dinners, granola, protein bars, shakes and (yep!) sushi.

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3 Ways to Make Tofu the Best Thing Ever

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, March 7, 2014

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Tofu keeps well in the fridge for weeks and can become the basis of a tasty meal in minutes, making it a versatile protein that’s great to have on hand. Here are three very different ways to enjoy this adaptable vegetarian staple.

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4 Baked Goods That Will Make You Love Whole Grains Even More

by in Healthy Recipes, March 6, 2014

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By now, almost everyone knows that whole-grain foods are a nutritional step up from dishes that revolve around refined carbs. But if you’re starting to get the feeling that good-for-you grains are spending just a little too much time on their healthy high horse, remind them of their tasty roots by baking them into one of these whole-grain treats.

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The Chef’s Take: Winter Greens Salad, Caroline Fidanza

by in Chefs and Restaurants, March 5, 2014

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With her out-of-the-box approach to salads and sandwiches, all of which put seasonal vegetables to delicious use, Caroline Fidanza has earned a cult following among the food world’s cognoscenti in New York City, where she is based. At Saltie, her Brooklyn sandwich shop, wholesome creations like the Clean Slate, a sandwich where hummus, bulgur, pickled vegetables and yogurt get held between Indian naan bread, are as tempting as the sinful sandwiches, like the Balmy, which pairs chicken liver pâté with sliced ham and mayo.

“Mainly, I think about what I want to eat,” she says of her culinary process. “Sometimes that falls within the healthy category, sometimes not so much. Over the past five years, though, I’ve definitely thought more about vegetables. As I’ve moved along as a chef,” Fidanza says, “I have thought more about healthy foods.”

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