You might know fennel for its flavorful seeds, often embedded in breads (think: rye) and sausages. But the underground bulb of this versatile veggie is another edible part with spicy-sweet taste that’s enjoyed cooked or raw—such as in this crunchy, colorful salad. Mixed with shredded green or purple cabbage and thinly sliced red onion, then tossed with a zesty, citrus-balsamic dressing, it’s a side dish that rivals any vinegar-based or creamy coleslaw that’s ever graced your plate.
Kick heavy mayo to the curb! This coleslaw’s creaminess comes from Greek yogurt, a lower-fat dressing alternative that makes this quick side dish a pleasantly nutritious picnic addition. For your mixed greens, pick colorful cabbage or go with a broccoli slaw for hearty crunch and a little nutrient variety.
Ranch dressing has a bad rap (all those calories and fat grams…yuck!). Drizzle on something different with this creamy concoction, made from silky-smooth olive oil, fresh lemon juice, zesty Dijon mustard and a creative, zippy addition: capers. Not a veggie, not a fruit, capers are actually tiny, unopened flower buds from a prickly bush found in Mediterranean countries. Pickled, they’re naturally salty—so you won’t need to sprinkle on any extra!
When you need food fast, fast food doesn’t have to be the answer. Swing by the supermarket and pick up a golden, tender rotisserie chicken for a hassle-free dinner that’s not only healthy but provides plenty of leftovers for additional quick-and-easy lunches throughout the week. After serving tonight’s meal—rounded out with a simple quinoa side or a leafy greens salad—shred what’s left and take a load off. Tomorrow’s lunch is practically in the bag…
Rather than tossing into a salad, let cucumbers stand solo with this refreshing, zesty side dish that takes just minutes to make. Light, cool and crisp, cukes are known for their high water content, but they’re also a great source of vitamin C (supplying six percent of the Daily Value per cup!), vitamin K and potassium. Choose the long, thin English variety for semi-seedless slices and mild, rarely bitter taste.
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 →
In the warm summer months I love grilling outdoors. There’s something about the simplicity of summertime cookouts that makes me feel like life has slowed down a bit and maybe even gotten a little easier, if only for those couple hours. Whether it’s an old fashion block party with my neighbors or watching a gorgeous evening sunset in my backyard, from creative kabobs to decadent desserts, I love it all. Plus, it cuts the after dinner clean-up to a minimum, and I hate doing dishes.
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