These days, when you enter a hip restaurant, you can expect the menu to offer at least one trendy take on kale, Brussels sprouts or even cauliflower. But cabbage? Cabbage is still waiting for its moment in the sun. We encounter this leafy green, rich in vitamins K and C, most often as a co-star in sauerkraut, slaws and old-fashioned stews. We celebrate with cabbage just one day a year — on St. Patrick’s Day — and even then it’s overshadowed by fatty cuts of slow-cooked corned beef. But from a chef’s perspective, cabbage has a lot to offer: It usually clocks in at around $1.24 per pound, whereas kale or Brussels sprouts might cost you double at some marketplaces. It’s also highly abundant around this time of year, when produce supplies start to thin out.
Chimichurri is a flavorful, tangy herb sauce that originated in Argentina. It’s traditionally served as a condiment for grilled meats, but its punchy flavors are fantastic on just about anything. Since one of the dominant ingredients is red wine vinegar, you can use it as a dressing, making it perfect for a summery salad like this one. Here, the zesty combination of parsley, cilantro, garlic and hot pepper livens up the earthy flavor and texture of wheat berries. The addition of crisp cucumbers, juicy sweet corn kernels and cherry tomatoes creates a refreshing, light meal. If you like, you could choose another large grain in place of the wheat berries, like spelt berries, wild rice or Israeli couscous. Read more
Compared with much-in-demand kale, broccoli, that other verdant vegetable, has long suffered a far less glamorous fate. When diners do spear their forks into the nutrient-rich green, however, typically it’s the springy crown they crave, not the squat stem. Jeanne Cheng, chef and proprietor of Kye’s in Santa Monica, knows her passion for broccoli stalks rather than florets is unusual, but she became hooked as a kid, when her Chinese mother pickled them. “She’d marinate the stems overnight and they would get crispy,” Cheng recalls. “It’s funny, because I stir-fried them for my son when he was very young, and he would cry when it was time to take the plate away. He loves the stalks just as much as I do.” Read more
One of the most-popular sides at a summer cookout is the classic spud-filled salad. Traditional versions, however, are drowning in gobs of full-fat mayonnaise, making it rather difficult to taste the actual veggies. Let the flavor of this tuber shine by making a lightened-up potato salad using these simple steps. Read more
It’s prime time for farmers markets, and the bounty of fresh produce means summer cooking is in full swing. Enjoying foods at their seasonal peak is not only delicious, but it’s more nutritious, affordable and better for the environment. Read more
Who says chicken salad has to be unhealthy? With some smart swaps, this summer staple can be just as tasty as mayo-laden versions. Whip up one of these crowd-pleasing recipes — just in time for your next cookout! Read more
Broccoli is probably the most-reliable vegetable available in the produce aisle of your local supermarket. It seems that no matter what the season, broccoli is there, looking perky and ready to offer up an abundance of nutrients. A high level of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and pro-detoxification compounds make broccoli an excellent cancer-fighting food. With an easy-to-absorb calcium content that rivals whole milk and high levels of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), broccoli is definitely a vegetable you want to be eating more of. And I’m not talking about steamed broccoli every other day; I’m talking about super-tasty meals that use broccoli as a base. These three broccoli salads, made from a simple and easy-to-prepare roasted broccoli base — which is also irresistible eaten on its own — will change your mind about broccoli forever. Read more
The next time you’re shopping at the grocery store, look for solutions to healthy skin in the produce section, not the beauty aisle. It turns out that what you put in your body can be just as essential as what you put on your skin. Good fats — like Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in ingredients like salmon, walnuts and flax seeds — take the spotlight. Read more
It’s the dead of winter in most of the country, and a salad of sweet, juicy oranges is like sitting in the warmth of the summer sun. Gerard Craft, the five-time James Beard-nominated Best Chef: Midwest, is serving a beautiful Orange Salad tossed with picholine olives, tarragon leaves, red onion and extra virgin olive oil at Pastaria, one of his four St. Louis restaurants (others are Niche, Brasserie by Niche and Taste by Niche).
Cooking a large pot of chickpeas (or other beans) at the beginning of the week is a great way to ensure you have a healthy protein on hand that can become the basis of quick weeknight meals. I often give this advice to friends and clients when they want to eat more homemade meals but have time restrictions. Not only is it convenient and cost-effective, but home-cooked beans also taste much better than anything you’ll find in a can. High in protein, chickpeas also contain more iron and vitamin C than any other legume. Their creamy texture and pleasing mild flavor make them the perfect pantry staple.