Got five minutes? That’s more than enough time to shake up some homemade salad dressing that will leave you longing for leafy greens! A good bottle of balsamic vinegar, some herbs and fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice are all you need to create a rich, flavorful dressing that adds extra antioxidants and nutrients to your already-healthy meal. Read more →
Is your garden teeming with zucchini? A quick-growing summer squash, zucchini appears in abundance this time of year, giving you basketfuls of a versatile veggie to cook or bake with. Put your homegrown harvest to good use with this quick-and-easy, 5-minute side dish. Simply toss zucchini slices with olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings and grill over medium heat until tender.
Sweeten a summer salad with fresh, flavorful fruit! Cubed cantaloupe is a colorful and nutritious addition, with a single cupful supplying more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and satisfying 95 percent of your daily “C” needs. Sprinkle on pistachios or another favorite nut for added protein and crunch.
As the weather heats up, keep your kitchen cool! Grilling goes beyond basic burgers and dogs with this homemade pizza cooked over an open flame. Its chewy, crispy crust and bold, wood-fired flavor beat oven-baked any night—and you can easily customize toppings with fresh-from-your garden herbs or veggies.
Veggie burgers are great on the grill, but if they’re unwrapped from a package, you’re still eating processed food. Try grilling up thick, meaty portobello mushrooms instead. This “real food” recipe requires only a light brushing with olive oil, garlic and fresh basil and about 10 minutes on the grill. Serve them burger-style on buns or enjoy as a side dish with any meal.
Only 38 days remain until summer officially begins (not that I’m counting). Have you started your garden yet? No matter where you live, you can grow a garden. Most herbs (and some veggies) require little more than a container, a sunny ledge, a sprinkling of water and a little bit of attention. They’re easy to start from seeds, and when it’s eventually time to harvest, you’ll have aromatic, delicious and nutritious ingredients to cook with—no trip to the supermarket required! Read more →
When it comes to successful (and creative) cooking, the secret’s in the sauce. With a good sauce, you can build many different meals and snacks — from pasta and pizza to stuffed veggies and delicious dips!
Over the years, I’ve perfected several sauce recipes that have garnered the hungry-kid-and-husband seal of approval. (No small feat!) I like to make them on Sundays so I can easily assemble various meals throughout the week — because less time spent cooking means more time spent with the family!
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