School’s here again, which means so is your daily lunch-making routine. For healthy, safe and fun away-from-home meals, keep these lunchbox-packing tips in mind. And try my recipe for Caramel Apple Dip! It’s a sweet addition to any lunch, or the perfect after-school snack.
Category: The Kitchen Diva
The Kitchen Diva
Cook well, eat well, live well… for me, it’s not about avoiding certain foods — it’s actually about adding new foods and creating recipes using familiar ingredients that are healthy, unique and incredibly delicious. There is so much I want to do in life and I need good health to accomplish my goals. Did I mention that I also like to have fun? I never want to feel like creating a delicious meal is a chore. Cooking should be a fun, appealing, stirring and even ELECTRIFYING experience. I can show you how to be a Kitchen Diva, too, by preparing healthy recipes with sass and soul. The Diva is never dull! Let’s cook.
Bright yellow, tart and tangy, lemons are one of nature’s most versatile, delicious and healthy fruits. They add a refreshing burst of flavor to any recipe. And since they’re available year round, lemons are an accessible and affordable ingredient.
Nothing adds zest or intensity to a dish like a squeeze of lemon. You can easily brighten up the flavor of grilled foods by adding lemon juice to marinades. Or, for an added flavor boost, grill entire lemon halves and squeeze the smoky juice over your dish.
Use a fresh, fragrant lemon for this Grilled Lemon Tofu with Carrot Cashew Slaw recipe. It’s guaranteed to brighten your day!
If you’ve run out of creativity before you’ve run out of squash, fear not. I’ve got a unique recipe your whole family will love.
Squash is deliciously versatile and can be prepared in casseroles, as croquettes, stir-fried, stuffed, baked, boiled or as the “crust” for my recipe for Summer Squash Pizza. It not only tastes great, but it’s good for you. Summer squash is low in calories and a good source of fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, several B vitamins and minerals, plus omega-3 fatty acids. But the nutrients are in the peel, so never peel summer squash.
This all-veggie pizza is full of flavor on its own, but you can add two or three ounces of sliced pepperoni, cooked sausage or cooked, diced, chicken, if you’d like. Any leftover sauce can be used on pasta, refrigerated for up to five days or frozen for three months.
Summer Squash Pizza
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Like many of you, one of my favorite ways to cool off is with a bowl of ice cream, except I prefer to make mine dairy-free. My recipes for Non-Dairy Frozen Vanilla Custard or the Non-Dairy Banana Walnut Frozen Custard are delicious and healthy ways to enjoy two of America’s favorite ice cream flavors.
Non-Dairy Frozen Vanilla Custard
A sandwich is the perfect way to enjoy a simple, yet filling meal. If your taste buds are tired of traditional fare, it’s time to explore sandwiches from other cultures.
A modern Vietnamese bahn mi (pronounced BUN-mee) sandwich is a delicious melding of meat, Asian spices and other ingredients encased in a French baguette. It was introduced by the French to the people of Saigon in 1976.
Originally, the bahn mi consisted of buttered baguettes (which locals called banh tay—literally, “foreign cake”) and ham or pâté. As time went on, the sandwich took on a decidedly Asian flare. The Vietnamese version of the bahn mi sandwich came to include a variety of meats, including sardines, shredded chicken, grilled pork patties, barbequed meatballs, fried eggs and bean curd.
The banh mi, along with its unique variations, migrated to America along with Vietnamese families who fled the country in the 1960s and 1970s, during the war. They further enhanced the traditional bahn mi with ingredients found in their new home.
Today, a variety of bahn mi sandwiches are available, from barbequed pork to vegetarian tofu versions topped with marinated vegetables, spicy chili sauce, soy sauce or mayonnaise, encased in a warm baguette or a flour tortilla. If a Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich isn’t sold in your area, you can make them at home using this wonderful recipe.
While oatmeal is a wonderful way to add fiber, grains and nutrients to your diet, most folks think of it only as a breakfast food. It’s time to take oatmeal beyond the first meal of the day!
Oatmeal is a whole grain because it contains all of the parts of the oat grain, including the bran, endosperm and germ. Interestingly, “regular oatmeal”—the kind most of us have eaten our entire lives—isn’t the grain in its original form.
Adding oatmeal to these delicious salmon cakes boosts the nutrient content and adds a delicious texture. The yogurt dill sauce complements the flavor and is the perfect topping when the salmon cakes are served on a bun.
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