Still full from an indulgent Thanksgiving feast? After a recent run of rich dishes, a little cleanse may be in order. Here are seven healthy and humble dinner ideas — one for each day this week — that are light on the waistline but still packed with flavor.
Sure, you can mash them and throw some marshmallows on top for a traditional preparation, but here's a slightly different preparation of this root vegetable for Fall. Sweet potatoes are boiled, peeled, cut into two-inch rounds, browned in butter, and topped with sautéed onions. For the recipe, keep reading.
Generally, I stick to basting or butter rubs to ensure a moist bird, but many Thanksgiving cooks swear by brining.
The Culinary Institute of America certainly does: they recommend brining as the very best method to ensure bold flavor and moistness. Essentially a brine is a seasoned aromatic liquid in which the turkey bathes before roasting. This technique is often used in preparing all kinds of poultry to maximize juiciness in the finished product. The salt in the brine breaks down the turkey's proteins, making it more tender and keeping in moisture that would normally be squeezed out. Here are a few important brining tips:
- Plan ahead: turkeys generally should brine anywhere from 12-15 hours.
- Choose a container large enough to hold the brining liquid and the turkey. You don't want any spillage situations!
For more tips, keep reading.
Turkey Day is right around the corner (we're pretty excited for that tryptophan-induced nap after stuffing our faces), and heritage turkeys are the talk of the town. You may be wondering what the deal is with these birds: Why is everybody talking about them? Why should we leave our old supermarket turkeys behind? Do they taste better? How should they be cooked? Fret not, because we've got some answers for you.
You don't have to worry about a shortage of pumpkin puree, but you will likely encounter the dilemma of what to do with a half-used container of solid pack pumpkin. Sure, you could make the traditional pumpkin pie, but why not think outside the
box can? Here are 10 wonderful ways to use pumpkin.
If all of the ingredients and flavor combinations present in Brazilian food make your mouth water, consider stocking up on some pantry essentials that will help you delve into creating the cuisine at home. While much of the dishes are based on fresh fish, meat, and vegetable, there are some staple ingredients that are relatively easy to get your hands on. Click through to start building your Brazilian pantry.
Here at the office, we're big fans of mason jar meals; we've found you can avoid the hassle that comes with plastic food containers if you bring your lunch to work or school in a Ball jar. These glass storage containers are easy to clean and not prone to residue. We love that they seal, which prevents leaking in your bag, and they leave no plastic flavor in food. Best of all, they can hold anything from salads (think of all the stacked Caprese salads you could enjoy for lunch!) to various types of soup. You can heat up the contents in a microwave and eat it right out of the jar, if you like, to avoid cleaning more dishes. They're also reusable, affordable, and eco-friendly. Next time you find yourself searching frantically for that one lid that fits your plastic Tupperware container, I say think again and reach for the mason jar instead.
How do you bring your food to work?
Putting something in the middle of two pieces of bread and calling it a sandwich is one of the most rewarding art forms there is. But this practice extends well beyond traditional sandwiches. We've compiled a list of our favorite ways to sandwich things together, sweet and savory, hot and cold. Click through to develop a major sandwich craving.
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Translated: spaghetti with garlic, oil, and chili pepper flakes.
This is the kind of meal that makes you stop and think that the simplest foods are often the most wonderful. With only a few ingredients that are staples in most pantries, you can create a beautiful, flavorful, heartwarming meal from scratch.
Spaghetti aglio, olio, e peperoncino is a traditional Italian pasta dish. It's well loved by many because it's so easy and inexpensive to make. This is a perfect solution whenever you're in a bind. For example, if guests come over and you've got nothing to serve, they are certain to be wowed when you present them with this meal.
It packs quite a kick from the minced garlic and chili pepper flakes, and I highly suggest enjoying this dish with fellow garlic lovers. Keep on going for more.
It's picnic season, and that means long, warm afternoons sprawled out on a blanket with good company, good food, and of course, good drinks. Keep things simple by choosing drinks that don't require a lot of complicated preparation like muddling. These 11 options can be made ahead of time, put in a pretty bottle or container, and enjoyed in the sunshine. Click through for the recipes.
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If you're one of those die-hard baseball fans who's been watching Summer games from the comfort of a living room couch, you don't have to miss out on all of the indulgent snacks. Hot dogs, nachos, and a homemade riff on Cracker Jacks are even more delicious when you make them yourself, and we've got all the recipes for you. Ring in baseball season's halfway point tonight: grab a beer from the fridge (it's so much cheaper than the ballpark ones!) and go back for seconds, thirds, and fourths without steep lines — or prices.
Taco night is a rarity in my house. For some reason, I just can't wrap my head around getting all the ingredients prepared and laying everything out for easy assembly. Fortunately, I found a way to get my fill of taco night flavors in a fast and easy (and healthy!) salad form.
My recipes tend to be inspired by beautiful produce, and when I got my hands on some stunning purple radishes, I knew they would be a crisp and refreshing component of this salad. Jalapeño, garlic, and cumin bring a lot of flavor to ground beef, and it takes just minutes to come together.
For this simple recipe, keep reading.
If you're in search of a quick flavor fix, turn to pestos as they're full of bold, concentrated flavors. Pesto alla Genovese — basil, pine nuts, garlic, parmesan, and olive oil — is typically the first ingredient combination that comes to mind, but really, the ground nut-and-herb mixture just brings endless color to all manner of dishes. Here are a smattering of recipes loaded with all kinds of pesto.
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This recipe requires only a few ingredients, takes five minutes to put together, and cooks up in about about 40 minutes. It's the definition of a fast and easy meal, and also incredibly satisfying and comforting without being heavy.
Chicken breasts with the bone in and skin on are actually cheaper than boneless, skinless breasts at the grocery store (there was a $2 difference at the store!), and this recipe actually requires the skin to hold in the goat cheese and basil. The result is a moist, tender piece of meat, packed with flavor. Even if you're not the biggest fan of goat cheese on its own, know that once it's been cooked with the basil and chicken, it takes on a whole new flavor.
For this super simple recipe, keep reading!
A good cup of joe signifies the start of a new day, a well-deserved break, the end of a great meal, and so much more. Coffee is most definitely an important component in many cultures. With that comes an abundance of different types of coffeemakers. If you've ever been curious about the functionality of these different brewers, you've come to the right place. Click through to learn about coffeemakers in every shape and size.
Bridal showers are for gift giving, gossiping, and even a little indulging. What better way to celebrate than with some tasty, dainty desserts? Here are 15 decadent recipes, some of which are rich and some of which are on the lighter side, but all are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
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In order to learn home cooking basics, you've got to get your hands dirty making (and possibly washing) more than a few dishes. To whet your appetite for the stove, we've rounded up our essential cookbooks for every kitchen. Many of these have had a profound impact on home cooking for decades, and others are the classic cookbooks of tomorrow. Read on to check out our picks.
If you or someone you know is about to graduate from college, then it's time to move on from the days of dorm food, meal plans, and affordable campus eateries and get cooking instead. Should the kitchen be somewhat of a foreign place, fear not. Start with basic (but delicious) recipes and meals and work your way up to more complicated adaptations. Here are 10 tasty and essential recipes to start your culinary education.
Make this Mother's Day memorable and delicious with an impressive brunch spread. Don't hold back here — more is more when it comes to brunch. We've got an idea for a tasty menu that will make any mom feel so loved . . . and full.
Mimosas or Bloody Marys? Who says you have to choose? Have a wonderfully boozy start to the day (which will probably be followed by an afternoon nap) with fresh grapefruit mimosas and classic Bloody Marys to choose from.
Sweet and Savory Main Courses
An uncomplicated and filling frittata is a great way to serve eggs to a crowd. This savory recipe is chock full of veggies and it's easily adaptable to fit your taste preferences. For a sweeter counterpart, cook up a fluffy french toast strata with chicken sausage. Make life easier on yourself and put this together the night before, so you can just wake up and stick it in the oven.
A Hashed-Out Side Dish
Sweet potato hash browns are easy to put together and are especially delicious doused in your favorite hot sauce. This side dish complements the sweet and savory items of the brunch spread perfectly.
Seasonal Fruit Salad
For some freshness, grab your favorite fruit and throw together a fresh fruit salad. A rich meal like this benefits from a crisp and juicy component.
Finally, because your mom is totally worth it, make a bunch of chocolate-covered strawberries to finish the meal that will show her just how much you love her.
What are you cooking or eating this Mother's Day?
A cake topper is a great place to get a little bit playful when planning a wedding. We scoured the pages of Etsy and handpicked 27 of our favorite finds, from classically beautiful to some very unique options (fiddlehead fern cake topper, anyone?). Click through for some wedding cake inspiration!