The Freshest Dish of the Summer

Avocado Mac and Cheese hits the spot as a delicious, healthier take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. While the green hue may be slightly disconcerting at first, be prepared to enjoy what’s probably the freshest dish of the summer. Kicks of lime and cilantro intermix with a creamy avocado sauce that awaken the taste buds with light, yet rich flavor. This pasta is best served immediately after preparation because the avocado will oxidize and begin to turn brown over time in the fridge. For an extra boost of [... more]

Squash the Sides

The perfect veggie for all seasons, squash combines freshness and sweetness for a delicious side you’re sure to devour. This Roast Butternut Squash Recipe with Feta and Harissa Crème Fraîche is a great way to use it. Crushed garlic cloves release piquant flavor into each slice as they bake in the oven. A mixture of chili flakes and cinnamon may seem perplexing at first, but makes for a perfect smoky, hearty taste. Generously sprinkled feta cheese and rosemary sprigs top it all off for some earthy tones. Before [... more]

A Different Couscous

Make virtually any meal more delicious with this healthy concoction. Couscous, while typically made by steaming granules of wheat, gets a bit of a makeover with this Warm Cauliflower Couscous Salad. Mince up cauliflower in a food processor before cooking and draining it (as if it were rice). Next, mix in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and herbs before taking this recipe’s final step. To complete your salad, throw in crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds and garnish with a few micro greens.   Now that your [... more]

A Fig Concoction

Top your bread with a combination that will not only engage your eyes, but your palette as well. This recipe for Crostini with Arugula Walnut Pesto, Blue Cheese and Fresh Figs will undeniably wake up your taste buds. Start off by toasting slices of your favorite bread, sprinkled with olive oil, in the oven until golden brown. Then it’s time for the pesto, which is made by combining all the traditional pesto ingredients with a little arugula and chopped walnuts for a unique flavor. A heaping spoonful [... more]

A Bacon Remix

Most of us would most likely agree that bacon makes a perfect side to any breakfast, but now more frequently we are seeing the incorporation of bacon as an accompaniment to our entrees. This recipe for Bacon Wrapped Caramelized Sesame Asparagus transforms a simple vegetable from ordinary to extraordinary. Cover these little green stems in a toasted sesame oil and brown sugar mixture then liberally sprinkle sesame seeds on top before baking them to perfection. The bacon that’s wrapped around each bunch becomes crispy, so there’s no [... more]

Un-Fried Green Beans

An egg-free, vegan-breaded green bean recipe doesn’t exactly get the taste buds somersaulting. But trust us, it tastes so much better than it sounds. In fact, these Breaded Green Bean Fries even give the fried alternatives a run for their money—and they’re better for you. In addition to the obvious baking vs. frying benefit, these fries call for unsweetened almond milk instead of regular milk and extra light virgin oil instead of vegetable oil. And for the vegan breading, a seasoning blend of onion powder, garlic powder, [... more]

French Onion Minus the Soup

French onion soup takes on a new, but just as mouthwatering, form with this recipe. The brainchild of blogger Ree Drummond, French Onion Soup Stuffed Mushrooms just might become your new favorite appetizer. In this recipe, the onions, which have been cooked in butter, wine, and broth and then flavored with a little Worcestershire sauce, serve as the stuffing for the mushroom caps. A sprinkling of gruyere cheese melts perfectly to seal in the onions. Serve these one-bite wonders as hors d’oeuvres at your next party or [... more]

A Twisted Toast Treat

Bacon is America’s favorite breakfast meat, and for good reason. These versatile little slices of cured pork complement the flavors of so many foods and add a savory, salty crunch to any dish. For this recipe, crumbled bacon tops a delicious avocado spread that’s been slathered on sliced baguettes. The French bread is served as-is without any additional baking, creating a soft base for the toppings. Providing a tasty surprise, a drizzle of honey acts as a sweet foil to the bacon’s saltiness. Each savory bite of [... more]

Nuts About This Chicken Salad

A recipe packed with flavor, Nut and Berry Chicken Salad With Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing makes great use of all of the fresh produce available this summer. The juicy strawberries and blueberries provide sweetness, while the walnuts and goat cheese add texture and piquant flavor into the mix. It wouldn’t be a chicken salad without some grilled chicken breast, but this recipe’s author also includes a little pancetta for subtle saltiness. If your mouth isn’t watering yet, wait until you hear about the dressing. A tasty blend [... more]

Reinventing a Classic

The classic Caprese salad features layers of mozzarella cheese, basil, and tomatoes drizzled with olive oil or a balsamic glaze. However, these Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms with Balsamic Glaze are a riff on the antipasto staple and create a crowd-pleasing appetizer worthy of a special occasion. Quinoa, mozzarella, tomatoes, and chopped basil infuse grilled mushrooms with Italian flavor. All of this deliciousness is topped off with a glaze made from balsamic vinegar and brown sugar for an extra kick. Serve these bite-size beauties to guests at [... more]

Loaded Bread

This creative twist on the traditional Caprese salad—red ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil—incorporates another favorite food—bread! Caprese Garlic Bread works well as either an appetizer or an accompaniment to dinner. Scour your local farmers market for the freshest ingredients available to really boost the delicious flavors. A loaf of ciabatta bread serves as the perfect foundation for the other ingredients. We guarantee that this irresistible Italian combination will keep you coming back bite after bite.

Kudos for Cauliflower

Some less-popular vegetables, such as cauliflower, don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Yet, this heart-healthy vegetable, which can help prevent cancer and reduce your risk for a host of diseases, delivers serious benefits. It also tastes great prepared a variety of ways. Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower makes a delicious side dish, especially when paired with seafood (try it with Scallops with Herbed Butter). Top with thyme and some Parmesan, and you’ll be craving these every night for dinner. As an alternative, blend the ingredients together to create mashed cauliflower. [... more]

The Fried List

Northerners like to say that Southerners will fry anything. Well, we don’t know about that, but after seeing this recipe, we just added avocados to the list. Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, Avocado Fries With Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce makes a hearty appetizer or side dish and offers a healthy alternative to the popular potato version. This recipe calls for two avocados sliced into wedges and then coated in breadcrumbs before frying to achieve that delicious crispy texture. The breaded exterior is a [... more]

Easy Apps

Appetizers don’t require a lot of ingredients or a lot of effort to impress guests. You can still “wow” a crowd with quick and easy starters. This Prosciutto, Swiss, and Cucumber Bruschetta recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and yields 40 hors d’oeuvres. The cream cheese and dill spread provides a great flavor, and complements the thinly sliced prosciutto. Top the Bruschetta off with some baby Swiss, and each bite will melt in your mouth. It’s hard to eat just one. Serve at your next [... more]

5 de Mayo: Cheesy Corn Dip

Food just seems to look, smell, and taste better when it’s baked in a cast-iron pan. Summer Corn and Cotija Cheese Dip exceeds all my cast-iron fantasy foods. It’s the perfect party dip to serve straight from the iron beauty you bake it in. Even better, the ease of the recipe, short list of ingredients, and minimal prep and cooking time (only 30 minutes total) will blow your mind. Summer yellow corn shines bright in this recipe, and its sweet flavor heightens when mixed with scallions, garlic, [... more]

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