Food & Recipes

  • Green Grilling

    Seventy-seven percent of North American households own an outdoor grill, and almost half light up the barbecue twice a week during the summer, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbeque Association. All that grilling takes a toll on the environment, but you can lessen the impact of your summer cookouts.

    By Jodi Helmer
  • The Case for White Wine

    Anyone with a regular inclination for cabernet or Chianti must have breathed a booze-infused sigh of relief at some point over the past decade, as recent studies have shown that a moderate amount of red wine has major health benefits, including helping to protect the heart, thwart certain cancers, slow the effects of aging, and prevent neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

    Move over red, white is healthy, too.
    By Sarah Toland
  • In Season: Sour Cherries

    Cherry pie lovers, your time is now. Ideal-for-baking sour cherries, including Morello, Montmorency, and Early Richmond varieties, have super-short growing seasons, making them available for only a few weeks in June and July.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • Foods that Fuel

    You’d never head to the yoga studio without your mat or to your spinning class without a pair of bike-friendly shorts, yet many exercisers still approach their workout without the proper fuel. Whether you’re exercising for fitness, health, or weight loss, you’ll reap greater benefits if you feed your body the right foods before and after workouts.

    What and when to eat to maxamize your workout.
    By Christie Aschwan
  • The Coconut Oil Controversy

    Few foods stump nutritionists more than coconut oil. Enthusiasts credit the serum with preventing heart disease, speeding weight loss, and bolstering immune function, but government guidelines and some nutritionists continue to warn against saturated fat—including the 91 percent saturated fat in coconut oil.

    By Melanie Warner
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tofu Mousse

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup honey
    1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 cups fresh raspberries
    2 (12.3-ounc) packages silken tofu, drained
    4 ounces quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
    Additional berries and mint leaves for garnish
     

    Directions:

    1. Place honey, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, 1/2 cup gently washed raspberries, and tofu in a blender or food processor, and combine until smooth.

    2. Melt chocolate over low heat in a double boiler or saucepan, and stir until smooth. Gently fold melted chocolate into tofu mexture.

    3. Divide remaining raspberries and place in the bottom of each of 6 glasses or serving bowls; top with mousse. Cover and chill for 1 hour or more. If desired, top with more raspberries and garnish with mint leaves.
     

    Nutritional analysis: 300 calories; 12 g fat; 6 g saturated far; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 13 mg sodium

  • In Season: Fiddleheads

    Although the term fiddlehead describes all coiled ferns as they break through the soil, unfurled ostrich ferns are the type we most often eat. With a flavor that resembles artichokes, asparagus, and mushrooms, fiddleheads are packed with niacin, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin A, which promotes healthy eyes and immune systems.

    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Eat to Look Young

    Aging provides plenty of perks—greater confidence, more wisdom, and discounted movie tickets, to name a few. But growing older also brings a few downsides: age spots, for instance, which boldly advertise your senior status.

    Prevent wrinkles with these 9 foods.
    By Wendy McMillan
  • Chilled Berry Soup

    Ingredients:


    5 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries
    1/2 cup water
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    1/4 cup agave nectar
    1 1/2 cup low-fat plain or vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup white wine
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
     

    Directions:

    1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until well mixed. Chill 1 hour, garnish with berries, and serve.

    Nutritional analysis: 226 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g sasturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates; 7 g fiber; 69 mg sodium

  • Cumin-Grilled Salmon With Kiwi Salsa

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly

    Ingredients:
     

    For salsa:
    4 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
    1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
    2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon honey

    For Fish:
    4 (6-ounce) wold-caught salmon filleets (about 1 inch thick), skinned
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon paprila
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
     

    Directions:

    1. Mix all salsa ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and set aside.

    2. Rinse salmon and pat dry. In a bowl, mix cumin, paprika, chili powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Rub mix over salmon and place in a bowl. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

    3. Preheat an outdoor grill to medium heat or set your oven to high broil. Place salmon on a grill rack and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, turning carefully; or place in a grill pan 4 to 6 inches from your oven's heat source, and broil for 10 minutes.

    4. Spoon salsa over warm fish and serve.

    Suggestion: Serve with a side of steamed asparagus. Trim asparagus ends, lightly peel spears, and steam for 5 to 10 minutes, or to desired tenderness.

     

    Nutritional analysis: 338 calories; 15 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 92 mg cholesterol; 35g protein; 17 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 87 mg sodium