Necessity is the mother of invention, and this classic Italian dish comes out of the need to use up stale bread. Originating in Tuscany, panzanella traditionally combines cubed stale bread with juicy tomatoes, vinegar, olive oil, and sometimes onions and basil. This summery version of the original celebrates the flavors of summer, and features sweet corn, caramelized red onions, and creamy mozzarella for a dish that’s sure to please. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which helps protect your eyes and skin from the sun- all the more reason to enjoy them in the summer months.
Don’t let the thought of making your own dough deter you from making this delicious recipe. This half whole wheat half all-purpose flour dough is both forgiving and easy to make. Galettes are a classic French dish that can be topped with any number of ingredients. Feel free to substitute whatever cheese you like in this recipe, and mix and match the veggies. Other great toppings could be sautéed kale, tomatoes, fennel, or even thinly sliced potatoes. The mushrooms in this dish provide an excellent source of vitamin D, C, iron, calcium, and other beneficial minerals. They can also help alleviate high cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the body. Serve this Galette alongside a simple green salad for a filling and balanced meal.
Traditionally served as a roll wrapped in rice paper, this Vietnamese classic tastes just as good in a simple to assemble salad. Naturally gluten free rice noodles serve as the base for lots of bright and healthy vegetables, protein packed tofu, and a creamy peanut dressing you’ll want to put on everything. This super hydrating salad is light yet satisfying, and comes together in only 20 minutes. Healthy and delicious in a flash!
This recipe turns the beloved tres leches classic into an ultra-delicious dairy free vegan treat. You won’t miss the traditional milk one bit in this rich, decadent, and utterly indulgent dessert. Coconut milk features front and center in this recipe, lending it a sunny, tropical flavor that’s not exactly traditional, but no less delicious. Both vegans and dairy-lovers alike will be charmed by this crowd-pleasing tres leches cake.
This Tex Mex Frittata brings all your favorite taqueria flavors to brunch. Sweet caramelized onion, spicy serrano pepper, and savory cotija cheese come together with healthy veggies and protein packed eggs in this delicious dish. Frittatas are an excellent vehicle for all the extra veggies in your fridge, and taste delicious hot or cold. Make this for yourself and enjoy the leftovers all week, or serve it up to a hungry crowd and wait for the compliments to roll in!
Note: This recipe utilizes a spiralizer. If you don’t have one, you can thinly slice the vegetables, and then cut them into bite size pieces. You can serve this frittata hot, room temperature, or even cold. You can also serve with a side of avocado, salsa, hot sauce, guacamole, chopped cilantro, and/or sour cream.
To view this recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.
All the flavors of your favorite Mexican street corn, in nacho form! Sweet corn, creamy cotija cheese, spicy jalapeños, crunchy tortilla chips, and zesty lime make for the perfect snack. Make up a double batch if you’re feeding a crowd- these will go quickly!
To view the recipe, visit Latina Magazine’s food & cooking website The Latin Kitchen.
Packed with fiber and protein, nutty and delicious farro makes an excellent swap for pasta or rice in this hearty Italian dish. Butternut squash provides vitamins C and A, and kale supplies vitamin K and folate, rounding out this dish as a super healthy recipe to add to your repertoire. Balsamic vinegar, which provides acidity and flavor in this salad, also boosts your immune system, and offers antioxidants and polyphenols which can protect your body from heart disease and cancer. Feel free to vary the ingredients in this recipe, and add grilled chicken or fish for a well-rounded meal.
This hearty, healthy dish is perfect for warming up on chilly winter nights. Spicy, savory, and super satisfying, it’s ideal for a cozy night on the couch, but also fits the bill for a festive dinner party with friends. The leftovers keep and pack beautifully, making it the perfect take-to-work lunch. The cheddar lime biscuits are this soup’s perfect companion, but are also delicious in their own right. Use any leftover biscuits to make the ultimate egg and cheese breakfast sandwich the next morning.
Traditionally made with dried mushrooms, this fresher take on the classic Russian Christmastime soup comes together quickly and deliciously. Often served as part of the meatless Russian Christmas Eve Hold Supper, this soup will satisfy both vegetarians and carnivores around your table. Rather than thickening with flour, this recipe utilizes a bit of sour cream to add a decadent finish to the soup without weighing you down. Serve this at your holiday meal for a flavorful and satisfying starter.
These easy challah knots are perfect for celebrating Hanukkah- but they’re so delicious, I think you’ll find an excuse to make them all year long. You can also make a double batch and freeze them for later use. Doughy, eggy, and golden brown- these are sure to be a fast favorite.
Check out the easy recipe I used here. I like sprinkling over a little Maldon sea salt after the egg wash and before baking for an extra salty kick.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all heavy starches and fatty dishes. This recipe is packed with good for you greens and fiber rich farro, tied together with just enough dairy to make it feel like a celebration. Greens like kale, chard, and spinach are rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants that lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even help to slow your absorption of carbohydrates into your bloodstream after meals, preventing that energy crash and burn, or “food coma” feeling. They also boost your immune system and help fight off those pesky colds. Make this dish as a vegetarian side for your Thanksgiving feast, and as cozy hearty recipe all winter long.
Okay, so this isn’t really an authentic Caesar salad. It does however have the same tangy, creamy, decadent feel as the original- but with a hefty nutritional boost from super food kale. If you’ve tried kale in the past and hated it, or are too nervous to try it, this salad will make you a convert. Working the kale with a little salt and olive oil gives it a more palatable texture while still keeping it raw and healthy. I’ve swapped the traditional heavy croutons for chopped almonds, which give you a similar crunch, but feel free to add the croutons back if you like. As is, this salad is a seamless way to ease into the lighter eating and cooking of spring. It would be a great accompaniment for a meal, or delicious on its own with any of the traditional Caesar salad toppings. Try grilled shrimp or chicken, or even a fried egg. The kale holds up well to the dressing, keeping well in the fridge for great leftovers.
Makes 6 servings as a side dish, or 3-4 as a main course.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
3 Bunches Kale (Try Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 pinch Kosher Salt
1 tbsp Lemon juice
4 tbsp Low Fat Mayo
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley (minced)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1 pinch Black Pepper
1⁄2 cup Raw Almonds (roughly chopped)
Wash and dry the kale, then cut off the hard stems (usually the lower inch or two). Roll the kale into a cigar shape (like you’re doing a chiffonade of basil) and slice thinly into even strips.
In a large bowl, add the kale, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and massage everything together for 2-3 minutes. You’ll notice the kale will become darker and more silky- that’s the goal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, parsley, garlic, avocado, and pepper. Once everything is smooth and combined, add the dressing to the kale a little at a time (you might not need all the dressing). Once your kale is nicely coated with dressing, add the chopped almonds, give everything another toss, season to taste, and serve your salad with additional chopped almonds on top if you like.
Notes: If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, you can use Nayonaise in place of the regular mayo- it will still taste delicious!
When its chilly and gray outside, I’m always tempted to cook up rich, cozy food at every meal. When the rational, health-minded part of my brain kicks in, I reach for recipes like this one. Pasta always satisfies, and tossing it in this silky sweet potato sauce makes a deceptively rich and creamy meal. Add in a bit of chopped kale, and you’ve got yourself a seriously healthy dish, disguised as something much more decadent. And at a time of year when people are still getting sick left and right, its smart to eat immune system boosting foods like sweet potatoes and kale. Make this dish for even the most veggie-adverse eater, and I’m sure even they will be hard pressed to resist it. Its comfort food you can feel good about eating and serving. (Serves 4).
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes, skin on
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups almond milk (or low-fat regular milk)
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 package linguine (go for whole wheat if you want to be an overachiever)
Get out your biggest pot and fill it with water, bring it up to a roaring boil, then add a few pinches of salt. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium, and add the shallots, garlic, and a pinch of salt, stirring often until softened. Next, add the mashed sweet potatoes and the milk, stirring to combine. Bring this up to a simmer, and allow it to thicken. If you like, you can use an immersion blender (or a regular blender) to smooth everything out. This is a good step to add if you’ve got picky eaters.
Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, adding the kale to the pot during the last two minutes of cooking. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Drain, and add the pasta and kale back to the pot.
Pour the sweet potato sauce over the pasta, add the parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes (if using), and a splash of the reserved pasta water, and toss everything together to combine. Add more pasta water as needed to get the thickness you want. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and finish the plates with a sprinkling of the parsley.