If you’re jumping on the Meatless Monday bandwagon, mushrooms are your new best friend. Not only do they lend a meaty flavor and texture to dishes, but they also pack a dose of vitamins and minerals (like vitamin D) and may even help boost your immune system. With a wide assortment of mushrooms available, there are endless possibilities for putting them to work to whip up nutritious entrees and sides. Fall is the perfect time to start experimenting with the hearty ingredient — and these five recipes are a great place to start! (Tip: Store mushrooms in a paper bag to keep them fresh.)
Baby Bok Choy With Beech Mushrooms
This simple dish from No Gojis, No Glory features beech mushrooms, also known as clamshell mushrooms. Characterized by long stems and a nutty flavor, they pair well with tender bok choy, turnips, and Brussels sprouts for a flavorful side dish to accompany grilled chicken or fish.
Spinach and Pickled Mushroom Salad
Put your pickling skills to work and make a jar of pickled mushrooms to have on hand for easy autumn salads. This pickled mushroom
Whether you’re hosting a Hanukkah brunch or the entire family on Christmas morning, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to serve a special holiday meal. Just one baking pan is all you need to add one of these elegant recipes from Sheet Pan Suppers to the menu. With minimal mess and cleanup, each dish is super easy to whip up, looks great on the table, and boasts an unexpected flavor combination that is sure to impress even your littlest guests.
Greens & Eggs & Ham
This children’s storybook favorite gets an adult-worthy makeover when eggs are cracked over a bed of kale and sprinkled with chunks of salty feta cheese and cubed ham. Serve with a side of crusty bread to soak up the runny egg yolks!
The breakfast favorite is given a unique twist when sprinkled with brown sugar and sea salt and broiled in the oven. The vibrant fruit emerges with a subtle char and caramelized coating that looks great on your guest’s plates – and creates a flavor explosion in their mouths.
Chances are, you’ve heard all the rumblings about chia seeds: The tiny powerhouse is touted for it’s omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and fiber content. In fact, each tablespoon packs in 2.3 grams of protein and almost 5 grams of fiber, plus a dose of calcium, vitamins A, B, C, and E, and antioxidants. No wonder they’ve been celebrated as a superfood for both your heart and yourskin!
If you’ve never cooked with the ingredient before, you’re in for a surprising treat. As a crunchy seed, thick gel, or a vegan-friendly egg substitute, the nutritional powerhouse is a simple way to up the health factor of a variety of dishes. Since chia seeds never go bad, stock up on a bag of either the white or black variety (or both!) and include them in your soups, salads, baked goods, and drinks. Here are five starter recipes to add to your menu this week.
Banana Chia Muffins
Start your morning on a healthy note — and use up that last overripe banana sitting on your counter — by baking a
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
3 cups low sodium vegetable juice
½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped bell pepper
7 tablespoons agave nectar
5 tablespoons low sodium Worcestershire sauce
12 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon mustard powder
Steak Sugar Cane Kabob:
12 6-inch sugar cane skewers
½ tablespoon coconut sugar
1 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon dry mustard
¼ teaspoon dried Italian herbs
¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flake
1½ lbs. Certified Angus sirloin steak, cut into strips
3 large portobello mushrooms, sliced one inch thick
1 red onion, cut into large dice
Corn with Kale and Walnut Pesto:
6 each ears of corn, pilled and cleaned of silk
1/4 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and roughly chopped
1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup packed tight baby kale, stems removed and torn into pieces
8 each leaves of basil
1 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
There’s no need to feel guilty about your morning cup o’ joe. On the contrary: People who drink four or more cups of coffee a day have up to a 20 percent lower risk of melanoma than those who sip the dark stuff less often, according to a 2015 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
But this study is hardly the first one touting good news for java junkies. “Coffee is incredibly rich in antioxidants, which are responsible for many of its health benefits,” says Joy Bauer, RD, nutrition and health expert for Everyday Health and The Today Show. And studies show that its caffeine content may also play a protective role in some health conditions.
Beyond lowering your skin cancer risk, you may be surprised to learn that coffee can also decrease your odds of developing the following health issues:
1. Stroke. People who consumed higher amounts of coffee (and/or green tea) each day showed a lower risk of stroke when compared to those who rarely consumed the beverages, according to a 2013 study published in the journal Stroke.
2. Diabetes. People who increased their coffee consumption by more than one
French fries are one of the ultimate comfort foods, and while there’s no denying how satisfying a salty serving of fried potatoes can be, enjoying a serving of fries doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. It’s easy to make healthier fries at home, and branching out from your usual spuds is a great way to up the nutritional value and slash calories while still enjoying the comfort food favorite. Steer clear of your local drive-through window and bake a big batch of one of these nutritious veggie French fries that everyone will flip for.
Daikon is a versatile, white radish from Asia that is naturally low in calories and a good source of vitamin C. When roasted, you’ll get a light golden fry that pairs well with strong, robust sauces like herbed mayo or mustard. Try Christopher James Clark’s take with his Daikon Fries with Thyme Mustard Dipping Sauce.
Bored with steamed carrots? Get creative with the colorful veggie by slicing it into wedges, tossing with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and baking them like in this Healthy Baked Carrot Fries recipe from 2 Teaspoons. You’ll get a low-sodium, vitamin
Pasta may just be the ultimate comfort food, so it’s no surprise that an entire month is dedicated to the dish: and that happens to be October. While we love a bowl of spaghetti just as much as the next pasta-holic, the meal is typically loaded with carbs and calories that make it best reserved for an occasional indulgence. So to fill the comfort-food craving we’re constantly on the lookout for recipes that can satisfy our taste buds and fit into a healthy diet plan. If you’re counting carbs, craving them, or looking to cut back on processed varieties, these five healthy dishes offer a unique and creative take on popular pasta favorites. Using veggies as the base, these alternatives are similar in texture and appearance to pasta noodles, and also add a dose of vitamins while cutting back on refined carbohydrates. Get ready to twirl away without the guilt!
Easy Carrot Spaghetti
These colorful “noodles” from Oatmeal With a Fork are made from vitamin A-rich carrot ribbons, which are super easy to make with a vegetable peeler. Mushrooms give the marinara sauce a hearty flavor and meaty texture. Go homemade with the sauce to cut