Kale Steak Caesar

When you’re craving a substantial meal but don’t want to leave out healthy greens, this steak-topped, creamy caesar salad is sure to keep your hunger at bay. A cast iron grill pan is ideal for getting those perfectly charred grill marks indoors, resulting in a beautifully cooked steak that will taste like you’ve spent hours in the backyard. Meanwhile, anchovies, the most important part of an authentic caesar, are salty, umami additions that get mixed… Continue reading

Back to Basics: How to Sauté Mushrooms

There are all kinds of ways to sauté and serve mushrooms. Some prefer oil, others butter. You may love a dash of sherry vinegar at the end while your friend deglazes with wine. Luckily, mushrooms are great alongside tons of savory dishes: crusty bread with a fried egg, fresh pasta or even a seared steak. No matter the style, it’s important to make sure they’re cooked, browned, but not mushy. Here’s how to get them… Continue reading

Cold Peanut and Rice Noodle Bowl

Utilize roast or rotisserie chicken, and dive into a cold noodle salad perfect for school or work lunch. Cucumbers, carrots, and red peppers are crunchy and refreshing alongside the creamy, kid-approved peanut sauce that only gets better as it sits in the fridge. Use whatever veggies make sense for your family, and add in zesty ingredients like grated ginger or sriracha for an extra kick.   Cold Peanut and Rice Noodle Bowl Serves: 4 Difficulty:… Continue reading

Tomato Peach Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Peaches and tomatoes are the best part of summer. Their ruby skins are bursting with sweet juices so they don’t need too many extras—just let them shine. Spicy arugula, floral basil, creamy mozzarella, and a nutty vinaigrette go a long way in this twist on a caprese. Tomato Peach Salad with Fresh Mozzarella Serves: 6 Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 25 min Cook Time: 5 min INGREDIENTS ⅔ cup walnuts, chopped Zest from 1 lemon 2… Continue reading

30-minute Dinner: Mediterranean Chicken and Peppers

Finding time to make dinner during the week isn’t easy. But what if you could make a complete, healthy meal in 30 minutes? Cook a pot of rice, throw a few things on a baking sheet, fire up the heat in your oven, and you’ve got dinner on the table in half an hour. Bonus: clean-up is quick, too. It’s practically faster than ordering takeout. Herbed peppers and onions get a quick fire in the… Continue reading

What to do with Ground Beef

Ground beef is easy on your wallet, particularly when you’re trying to get some extra protein on your plate. Yet there are only so many hamburger patties you can eat, and it’s definitely time to modernize the 1970’s meatloaf. Instead, take a few new recipes for a whirl. Asian-inspired lettuce wraps, Indian kheema, and Southwestern stuffed peppers utilize intriguing flavors and textures that are sure to wake tastebuds up to the versatility of ground beef.… Continue reading

Grilling Indoors: Spicy Chicken Veggie Kebabs

When you think grilling, you think summertime. But what if you live in a small apartment or simply don’t have a grill? Heck, sometimes it’s just too hot to go outside and stand over burning coals all day. In comes the heavy-gauge grill pan—giving you those great grill marks without the grill, all year long. Here are a few tips to create an indoor grill using your grill pan: Season your grill pan according to… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Homemade Vinaigrette

Homemade vinaigrette beats out all the others. Why? You know exactly what ingredients you’re using (no hard-to-pronounce ingredients or fillers), it tastes extra fresh, and you can adjust the flavors depending on your menu and pallet. A vinaigrette, or any sauce for that matter, is a simple combination of fat, acid, salt, heat, and sugar. Fat comes from the oil, acid from vinegar or citrus, salt… is self-explanatory, heat from a spice, shallot, or mustard,… Continue reading

Dressed Greens

Dress the Greens Every ingredient deserves to be seasoned. You wouldn’t eat an undressed salad, so why put that dry-as-a-bone garden on your juicy burger?   Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 5 min   Ingredients: Greens of choice Olive oil Balsamic, sherry, red wine, or white wine vinegar Salt Pepper   INSTRUCTIONS: Drizzle a splash of oil and balsamic vinegar over a bowl of arugula, mixed greens, or butter lettuce. Careful not to overdress—you want the…

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Toasted Buns

You wouldn't buy shabby bookends to hold your collection of antique novels. So don’t use bad bread to hold your perfectly crafted burger. Cold bread tears and melts into your meat in a gooey mess if not given the proper tender loving care. Let your buns stand proudly and hold the fillings without becoming a part of them. The toasted buttery crunch adds a depth and completion to all your hard work. SERVES: 6 -… Continue reading