Bowl + Spoon: Double-Pesto Zucchini Noodles

by in Cookbooks, June 13, 2015

“What I do well is what I care about most, which is produce,” Sara Forte wrote in the overview of her new book, Bowl + Spoon. Fans of her popular website, Sprouted Kitchen, can already attest that Forte is an ace with produce, and her passion and care for the ingredients she works with shine through in every vibrant recipe in Bowl + Spoon’s pages. The concept of the book is simple: It’s a collection of dishes that you eat from a bowl, with a spoon (or a fork; she’s not picky). “This book is a collection of recipes inspired by the marriage of flavor, color, texture, and wholesomeness that compose a dish —  nestled in a bowl, in particular.” Read more

Nutrition News: Commercial Egg Shortage, Labels and Local Foods, and a Way to Eat Fat and Stay Lean  

by in Food News, June 12, 2015

The Great Egg Crisis of 2015

Worried about the commercial egg supply crisis brought on by the rapid spread of deadly bird flu across U.S. farms? Rightly so. The H5N2 virus has stricken and in many cases killed nearly 47 million birds, most of them hens who provided eggs for processed foods or bakeries. In only weeks, a third of the commercial egg supply has vanished, leaving bakers scrambling. The good news is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has approved the importation of egg products from the Netherlands to help relieve the pressure, and seven countries are now approved to import shell eggs for use by bakeries and food processors: Chile, Argentina, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Even though the flu will likely abate when temperatures rise, the effects on egg supply may linger for years. Meanwhile, the price of eggs for consumers has skyrocketed more than 120 percent, prompting some shoppers to buy less-affected cage-free and organic eggs, which haven’t seen as great a price surge. Read more

9 Nutrients You’re Not Getting Enough Of

by in Healthy Tips, June 12, 2015

Try as you might to eat healthy, chances are you’re falling short on at least one of these key nutrients: vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, folate, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and fiber. On average, Americans don’t get enough of these so-called shortfall nutrients, according to the latest draft of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for All Americans. How much do you need? How do you get more? Hint: Eating a lot more fruits, vegetables and minimally processed whole foods will get you there.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Gluten-Free

by in Healthy Tips, June 11, 2015

If you’re part of the 1 percent of the American population that suffers from celiac disease (or lives with someone who does), even the smallest amount of gluten can have a negative impact on your digestive and overall health. Use these tips to avoid cross-contamination and keep your kitchen safe for everyone. Read more

7 Healthy Slaws for Every Palate — Summer Soiree

by in Healthy Recipes, June 11, 2015

Whether you prefer creamy or bright slaw, we can all agree that the best takes on this cookout classic are crunchy, light and refreshing. Here are seven recipes that fit the bill, making good use of cabbage, fennel, snow peas and more.

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How to Make a Healthier Burger

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2015

It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long! Read more

Tea Time: Celebrate National Iced Tea Day

by in Healthy Tips, June 10, 2015

If warmer temps aren’t reason enough to toss some ice cubes in with your tea bag, then perhaps National Iced Tea Day is. With so many interesting and exotic leaves available from the far reaches of the globe, today’s iced teas bring health benefits that have been relied on for centuries. Here are four good-for-you varieties to try in honor of National Iced Tea Day. Even tea, however, should be enjoyed in moderation! Read more

Is It Healthy: Bottled BBQ Sauce

by in Healthy Tips, June 9, 2015

 Are you drenching your summertime favorites in this picnic staple? Find out whether bottled barbecue sauce is a good option for your cookout or a sure-fire way to sabotage your diet. Read more

Foil Packs: Your Answer to No-Mess, No-Guilt Grilling

by in Grilling, Healthy Recipes, June 9, 2015

Do you love to cook but hate to clean? Then summer is your season. One of the many perks to grilling is the minimal cleanup it involves. Sure, you might whip up a marinade in the kitchen and have to rinse a bowl, but grilling rarely involves scrubbing multiple pots and pans. For even less of a mess, grab a roll of aluminum foil and grill — and even serve! — your meal in foil packs.

Check out these unexpected dishes to grill in foil and witness how versatile this cooking method can be. It’s not just for small vegetables and delicate fish anymore — we’re talking spaghetti, French toast and meatloaf. These genius foil packs will work for your next camping expedition, quick weeknight dinner or backyard barbecue, and low calorie counts are just another bonus. Read more

5-Ingredient Cajun-Spiced Grilled Chicken

by in Healthy Recipes, June 8, 2015

Summer brings warmer temperatures, hungry kids and a lot of outdoor grilling. To get more flavor from our favorite chicken dishes, we often slather on syrupy barbecue sauces. Sure, they are tangy and delicious, but they often contain added sugar. One way to avoid all of those empty calories is to grill with Cajun seasoning and apple cider vinegar — you’ll get the balance your taste buds crave. Read more