Tag: summer

Summer Wheat Berry Salad  

by in Healthy Recipes, August 2, 2015

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

The Chef’s Take: Broccoli Stalk Salad

by in Dining Out, August 1, 2015

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

Make Over Your Fruit: Roasting Changes Everything!

by in Healthy Recipes, July 27, 2015

Stone fruits, blueberries and grapes have always wanted to be roasted. We know this is true because they taste so good! Roasting amplifies the flavors of the fruit: As they soften and caramelize, they release their juices and their flavor is intensified. Plus, there’s no need to add extra sugar or fat; all you need is ripe and beautiful fruit.  Read more

3 Pea Dips for Summer Parties

by in Healthy Recipes, July 22, 2015

I can’t seem to decide if it’s the irresistible flavors of these pea-based dips that I like the best, or if it’s their sheer simplicity. The truth is I have been relying on these kinds of quick pea dips for years. Read more

5 Healthy Ways to Dress Your Hot Dog

by in Healthy Tips, July 22, 2015

Hot dogs scream summer and barbecue, and that’s especially true during July when it’s National Hot Dog Month. It can get boring, though, dressing up your dog with the same mustard-and-ketchup combo for every occasion. Instead, try these creative and healthy toppers that will give your old dog new life (or make the grilled chicken dog pictured above). Read more

How to Build a Healthier Potato Salad

by in Healthy Tips, July 21, 2015

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

7 Things NOT to Do with Summer Produce

by in Healthy Tips, July 20, 2015

It’s the height of the season for fresh summer produce. To help keep fruit and vegetables tasting their best, avoid making these common mistakes. Read more

Order This, Not That: Healthy Airline Food Options

by in Healthy Tips, July 17, 2015

Between packing your suitcase, making sure you have the right travel documents and figuring out how to get yourself to the airport, making your own meal for the airplane might not be top of mind. If you’re not able to tote along a snack made from scratch, we’ve rounded up the best options to get you through a flight feeling full without feeling like you’ve started your vacation before landing.  Read more

Wax Bean “Pasta” Salad

by in Healthy Recipes, July 16, 2015

Pasta salad is a classic summer dish, guaranteed to make an appearance at potlucks, picnics and barbecues. Why is this dish so popular? Because most pasta salad recipes involve very little prep work besides cooking the noodles, especially when store-bought pesto, mayo or dressings get involved. And since they can be served cold or at room temperature, pasta salads don’t need to be reheated — a major win for hot days. Read more

Lunch on a Stick, 2 Ways: Chicken Kebabs and Tropical Fruit Kebabs

by in Healthy Recipes, July 15, 2015

What is it about eating food off of a stick that makes it so much fun? These sweet and savory lunchbox kebabs are sure to be a hit with your kiddos, plus they’re nourishing and easy to make. The savory version pairs chicken, summer sweet cherry tomatoes, black olives and mozzarella cheese with a creamy Greek Yogurt Pesto Dipping Sauce. The sweet version takes on a tropical twist with fresh mango and pineapple, plus an Orange Maple Coconut Dipping Sauce. Pack ‘em together in a lunchbox for a kid-friendly, healthy and nutritious meal! Read more