At il Buco, the beloved Italian restaurant in New York City’s East Village, Chef Joel Hough spans the Mediterranean for inspiration. “I like to play around with Spanish and Moorish influences and the flavors of Southern Italy,” he says. This means dishes like quail with pickled dried fruit and pomegranate; spaghetti with olive oil-poached swordfish, Calabrian chiles, capers and parsley; and Bella Bella Farms baby chicken with roasted baby beets, blood orange and mustard greens.
Of all the five tastes, umami is the most mysterious. Technically speaking, the savory flavor comes from glutamic acid. Less technically speaking, when added to recipes, umami makes a dish taste yummy (which is the actual English translation of the Japanese name).
But while umami is most commonly associated with high-sodium, bottled products — like soy sauce, miso paste, and kimchi — here’s the tastiest secret of all: Mother Nature makes it too. Those magical glutamates are also found in mushrooms, meat, seaweed, and even green tea. So when your taste buds crave a savory oomph, try swapping out the salty options for fresh sources of umami. And to get started, try this Umami Mushroom Noodle dish, complete with Five Spice Sauce. If you want to even more flavor, add in umami-rich shrimp and ground pork or beef for a multiplied umami effect.
Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash
Take a break from kale and cook up some collards, the Southern staple that happens to be a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet butternut squash tempers the bitterness of the greens while freshly grated ginger adds a surprising burst of flavor. Read more
If mushrooms aren’t a regular part of your weekly menu, you might want to change your routine. Considered a “low-density” food because they make you feel fuller on fewer calories for longer periods of time, mushrooms also dish up incredible flavor and depth. Given those facts, you might consider revamping one weeknight meal by using mushrooms instead of red meat. You’ll quickly slash calories while feeling satisfied for hours.
You can find several mushroom varieties in most supermarkets, including cremini, chanterelle, shiitake, portobello, oyster, morel, porcini and enoki. Porcini are often sold dry, but don’t let that stop you. Rehydrate them and you can enjoy the chewy ‘shrooms and the incredible broth they create while soaking.
Nutritionally, mushrooms are crammed with vitamin D (aids calcium absorption and helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth), potassium (works with sodium to maintain fluid balance and proper metabolism and muscle function), selenium (an antioxidant that protects cell membranes from oxidative damage), and beta-glucans, substances that stimulate the immune system.
15 Ways to Use Wild Mushrooms
1. Mushroom Soup: Sauté a variety of wild mushrooms with shallots and garlic; season with thyme and bay leaves; simmer in good-quality beef broth for 20 minutes
2. Add sautéed mushrooms to scrambled eggs, omelets and frittatas
3. Add diced raw mushrooms to chicken and turkey burgers (mushrooms keep them moist)
A light, flavorful and bite-sized app that’s perfect for your next soiree. You can’t go wrong with savory stuffed mushrooms.
Here’s why they’re healthy:
Earthy and low in calories, these vitamin and mineral-filled delights make a terrific vessel for finger food. Read more about why we love them.
Have you tried goat cheese? You only need a little of this creamy soft cheese to get big flavor.
I like heading to my parents’ house in Ohio during the spring for many reasons — spring hikes, daffodils and fresh rhubarb — but the thing I love most (besides my parents…hi Mom and Dad!) is the annual hunt for morel mushrooms. As a kid, I spent morel-spotting time balancing on logs, but once I but once I learned to love the rich, meaty flavor of these elusive wild mushrooms, I was hooked on the hunt. Never tasted morels? Learn where to find them, plus get tasty recipes and cooking tips.
Tired of sandwiches for lunch or the same pasta dish for dinner? A warm bowl of this Thai-inspired, nutrient-rich soup will hit the spot.
Snacks are an important part of any healthy eating plan — provided you’re snacking on the right things. This week’s compilation of reader comments has plenty of healthy between-meal ideas, from favorite snack bars and homemade granola to a frozen treat for your sweet tooth.
Figuring out what to eat can be tough. Some foods may be marketed as “healthy” but they’re hardly that. Other foods may have a bad reputation (dark meat, anyone?) and you’re passing them up. Here are 10 foods you may be avoiding unnecessarily.