Food & Recipes

  • In Season: Zucchini

    Though it is treated like a vegetable, zucchini is actually the fruit of the zucchini flower. Ripe in late summer, zucchinis are notoriously prolific. When shopping for them, look for smaller, younger zucchini, typically less than eight inches long. (Zucchini can grow to three feet, but they become fibrous at that size.) They should be firm and heavy with bright, glossy skins.

  • Cook’s Corner: Put the Fun in Back to School Food

    It’s that time of year: The leaves are turning, the busses are rolling, the kids have their new backpacks and new kicks. We want to get them off to a great start in the new school year, but that starts with eating right: Great nutrition must precede great learning.

  • Honey Lemon Chicken

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    Serves 4

    1 whole chicken, 2 to 3 pounds

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    2 tablespoons honey

    1 tablespoon sea salt

    3 lemons

    2 medium onions

    1 head garlic

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Place the chicken, breast side down, in a 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Drizzle the chicken with the olive oil and honey, sprinkle with sea salt, and stuff with one of the whole lemons. Cut the remaining two lemons in half and place in the corners of the baking dish. Cut the onions in half (leaving the skin on) and place alongside the lemon halves. Break the head of garlic apart (leaving the skin on) and scatter the cloves around the baking dish. Bake the chicken for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the skin is well browned. Increase the heat to 450 degrees, turn the chicken breast side up, and bake for about 15 minutes more, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 170 to 180 degrees. Remove the chicken from the oven. Carve the chicken, drizzle with the pan juices, and serve. Source: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam and photo by Leigh Beisch

  • West African Yam and Bean Patties

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    Makes 8 patties

    1 tablespoon coconut oil, extra for frying

    1 onion, diced

    1 pound yams, diced

    1 carrot, grated

    4 - 5 cloves garlic, minced

    1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

    2 teaspoons paprika

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

    1 cup cooked brown rice

    1/4 cup quinoa flakes

    1/4 cup finely chopped almonds

    Sea salt and pepper, to taste

    Lime wedges, for garnish

    Heat one tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced onion, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about three to five minutes. Stir in the yams and add a pinch of sea salt. Cover and cook until the yams are completely tender, about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic, ginger powder, paprika, and cayenne, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat. Empty the pinto beans into a large bowl, and use a fork to mash them. Add the cooked vegetable mixture along with the cooked rice, quinoa flakes, and almonds. Stir to combine and then add salt and pepper, if desired. Hand-shape the mixture into eight patties. Heat a small spoonful of coconut oil in a pan over medium-low, then set a couple of patties in the hot pan. Cook the patties for about six minutes, then flip them over: you should see a nice crust on the cooked side. If they break apart during the flipping, just reshape them with the spatula—they’ll hold together once the second side is cooked. Cook for the second side for another six minutes. Repeat until all patties are cooked. Serve the patties on your bun of choice or atop a bed of greens à la “protein style” with a lime wedge on the side for garnish. Source: Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier

  • Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

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    Makes 2 cups

    1/2 cup cashews, soaked for 20 minutes

    1 15-ounce can cannellini (white) beans, drained and rinsed

    1/2 cup water

    2 tablespoons lemon juice

    1/4 cup grapeseed Vegenaise

    3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    1 medium yellow onion, diced

    4 garlic cloves, minced

    1 1/2 cups thawed and chopped frozen artichoke hearts (or substitute 1 1/2 cups jarred artichoke hearts)

    3 cups chopped fresh spinach (chopped small)

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    Dash red pepper flakes

    1/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Drain the cashews. In a food processor or blender, blend the cashews and beans with water, lemon juice, Vegenaise, and nutritional yeast until creamy. If mixture is too thick, add water one tablespoon at a time until thick and creamy. Scrape into a bowl and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add the artichokes and sauté until lightly browned. Add the spinach and let it wilt down, about two to three minutes. Pour into a large bowl and add the cashew and bean mixture, salt, and red pepper flakes (to taste). Stir to combine well. Pour into a lightly oiled casserole dish and top with bread crumbs. Cover with foil and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 10 minutes more until a little browned. Source: The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook by Melissa Costello

  • Dining Alfresco

    There really is no better way to enjoy a nice summer day than outside eating food, right? Be it a full-blown barbeque or a quick amuse-bouche, it’s revitalizing and fun to get away from the routine of indoor meals at the kitchen table.

    Picnics are a great way to share food and fun this summer
    By Cara Lucas
  • Quinoa Cilantro Taco Salad

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    Serves 4

    2 teaspoons olive oil

    1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

    1 teaspoon cumin

    1/2 teaspoon chili powder

    1/4 teaspoon sea salt

    2 tablespoons poppy seeds

    1 cup quinoa, cooked

    4 cups mixed salad greens

    5 fresh chives

    1/2 cup cabbage, shredded

    6 cherry tomatoes

    1/3 cup sunflower seeds

    1 medium onion, sliced

    1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

    2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

    1 medium carrot, cut into matchsticks

    1 cup Crunchmaster Roasted Garlic Multi-Seed Crackers, crushed

    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

    1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

    1 papaya, cut into 1/4-inch slices

    Combine olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin, chili powder, sea salt, poppy seeds, and quinoa in a large mixing bowl: gently toss to combine. In a large serving bowl, add mixed salad greens, and top with quinoa mixture. Add remaining ingredients: mix well. Source: crunchmaster.com

  • Colorful Winter Salad

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    Serves 4

    1 small head purple cabbage, grated (about 3 cups)

    1 small head romaine lettuce, grated (about 1 cup)

    2 medium carrots, julienned (about 1 cup)

    1/4 cup tahini dressing

    In a large bowl, combine the cabbage, lettuce, and carrots. Add the tahini dressing: toss to combine, and serve. Source: Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam photo by Leigh Beisch

     

    Tahini Dressing:

    1/2 cup roasted tahini

    1/2 cup water

    1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    In a high-powered blender, puree the tahini, water, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt until very smooth. Use right away or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 2 cups.

  • Georgia Juice Shrimp

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    Wash one package of peeled and deveined shrimp in a large bowl of water. If you can, find shrimp with no tails. If not, once thawed and washed you can take the tails off. Melt one tablespoon of unsalted butter in saucepan. Drain shrimp and add to saucepan over medium heat. Gently toss until the shrimp are half pink, add 1/2 cup to one cup of Georgia Juice, and finish cooking shrimp until all pink—approximately five minutes. Sprinkle generously with Uncle Bob’s Cajun Rub.

    Add to bow tie pasta or top a Caesar salad, make shrimp tacos, or whatever else your heart desires. If you make shrimp tacos, be sure to use additional Georgia Juice instead of salsa. Source: unclebobssauces.com

  • Cook’s Corner: Paleo Paradise

    Sometimes dieting is hard. The summer begs for you to eat ice cream, potato salad, chips, and other unhealthy summer staples. You can still get great taste without falling into these food traps, however. Meals that are low-carb and full of protein will pack a punch.

    Low-carb, high-protein meals