This is a go-to recipe in my house as it pleases the masses. I serve it cold in the winter and cool in the spring and summer. Swapping ingredients for the greens or herbs makes it perfect for any season. I like getting creative when I make pesto to add flavor and save money. Baby arugula is in season right now; it adds a bold peppery flavor to a pesto. It also cuts cost until basil is really in season. I like the texture of chopped lacinato kale with the farro but any spring green would be great. Grape tomatoes are a great way to enjoy the flavor of a tomato year round. As tomatoes become more seasonal you can opt for a diced tomato straight from your garden instead.
Mmm springtime! Forget a basic garden salad, this salad is filled to the brim with flavorful strawberries and a touch of sweet balsamic vinegar and lime juice. You can make this salad to accompany lunch or dinner; I’m planning to serve it to my mother for Mother’s Day brunch on our back deck alongside roasted vegetables. This salad is packed with nutrients — everything from fresh basil to crunchy almonds that will leave you (and Mom) smiling!
This bean salad is perfect for any celebration, but it bursts of flavor make it ideal for Cinco de Mayo. Aside from classic Mexican ingredients, this bean salad takes a twist using white beans instead of black, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and almonds instead of pepitas. This salad can be served as a light, vegetarian main meal or as a side dish for lunch and it’s perfect for the warm weather that’s headed our way!
Work Your Way Up
Start from the bottom and work your way up to the dressing. First course of action: Select your greens. Good choices include romaine, spinach, or a combo of field greens. Keep in mind that iceberg lettuce contains fewer nutrients than darker greens, and build your salad on a plate or in a bowl — stay away from the calorie-laden crunchy taco shell.
Choose several colorful veggies to top your salad like tomatoes, carrots, radishes, cucumbers and bell peppers. More colors mean a wider variety of nutrients. This is a great opportunity to use leftover veggies that are lingering in the fridge—and a perfect way to minimize food waste.
Why are scientists calling quinoa a super grain? Because its a whole grain with a low glycemic index, healthy fats (Omega-3’s and Omega-9’s), and a host of phytonutrients, including flavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. It happens to be gluten free, so even those with gluten sensitivities can enjoy it. Quinoa is also a complete protein, and most grains aren’t because they lack one or more of the 9 essential amino acids necessary to make a complete protein. Pretty super, don’t ya think?
Quinoa is the seed of the chenopodium plant and is related to Swiss chard, spinach and beets. Although there are over 120 species, only three main quinoa varieties are cultivated – gold, red and black. Gold is the most common and boasts a firm texture and subtle, nutty flavor. It’s also easy to prepare (ready in just 15 minutes, like rice). Red is slightly bitter and crunchier than gold and black is sweeter and crunchier than red. Quinoa is incredibly versatile, whether you serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it can easily become a staple in your home.
Dive in to a delicious array of summer produce, perfect for lunch or dinner on a steamy summer day. Each of these recipes has less than 400 calories per serving.
- Grilled Thai Beef Salad
- Crab and Avocado Salad
- Waldorf Salad
- Chinese Turkey Salad
- Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Tuna and Vegetable Salad
- Classic Salad With Chicken
- Caesar Salad With Grilled Shrimp
- Wasabi Seafood Salad
- Hot and Sour Beef Salad
Folks in Arizona will do anything to stay cool in the summer. When it’s 118 for 21 straight days, you get creative. Yes, I know, it’s a dry heat. But it’s still hot. And when I visit the east coast every July and it’s in the 80’s, the humidity makes it feel like 119. You just can’t win sometimes.
No matter where you find your heat, one of the best ways to cool off from the inside out is a crisp, refreshing salad. I stumbled upon an amazing dish, The Valley Salad, at a local restaurant (the area around Phoenix is known as the Valley because it’s surrounded by mountains). It’s a colorful, fun blend of fresh and light ingredients – sweet, tangy, crunchy, chewy – all nestled under an invigorating white balsamic vinaigrette. If there’s one thing we know how to do in the Valley, it’s how to make things refreshing. I’m thrilled to share it with you.
Do you find yourself hungry 30 minutes after eating? Certain foods can help keep you satisfied so you avoid mindlessly munching throughout the day. Add these 10 filling foods to your daily repertoire.
A bowl of warming oatmeal can help jump-start a cold winter day and keep you satisfied, thanks to all that fiber.
Recipe: Apple Harvest Oatmeal
#2: Cottage Cheese
This underappreciated food has a perfect balance of fat, carbs and protein. You can count on the combo of protein and fat to help fill you up. Top ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit or granola or use cottage in dip, quick bread, or pancake recipes.
Recipe: Cottage Cheese Biscuits
Pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts, or cashews— nuts contain healthy unsaturated fat combined with protein to help keep you satisfied. With an average of 7 calories per nut, a small handful (about an ounce) makes a great snack.
Recipe: Almond Lover Trail Mix
I’m an apple-a-day kind of girl: I just can’t get enough of that sweet, crunchy, sometimes tart snack that comes in a myriad of different varieties. Apples are portable, satisfying, pair wonderfully with peanut butter, and travel well (I always have one in my carry-on). But sometimes I’m looking for another way to enjoy my apples, which brought me to create this sweet, savory, chewy and crunchy wheat berry salad.
My family originates from the Middle East so it’s traditional to find babaganoush alongside typical appetizers like hummus, tahini, pita bread, pickled vegetables and olives. Here are the basics to making a killer babaganoush.
Babaganoush is basically a pureed eggplant salad. It’s typically used as a condiment or dip for veggies and pita bread. Make babaganoush by selecting a shiny and firm eggplant that’s heavy for its size. Rev up your oven and roast it for about 30 to 40 minutes until the center is tender. Some recipes call for peeled and diced or sliced eggplant, while others tell you to bake it whole. The main goal is to get the inside of the eggplant soft enough so you can puree it.