If you're looking to avoid the common cold — who isn't? — we have a few recipes you must become familiar with this Fall. Since mushrooms contain immune-boosting antioxidants, they are your secret weapon to staying healthy year-round. Not only that, they taste good too! Mixed into a salad or served up as a burger substitute, mushrooms are a great way to satisfy a vegetarian's meat cravings and fill any diet with potassium, B vitamins, and fiber, too. Before you dismiss mushrooms for good, consider adding one of these exceptionally easy dishes to your dinner plate this week.
Next time you find yourself at the market, snatch up Summer's best — think tomatoes, basil, eggplant, corn, peppers, and the like — before it's all gone. Don't know what to do with your bounty? Plan out the week ahead with these five recipes that highlight seasonal produce in a variety of dishes.
Cutting back on gluten and grains? This veggie-powered pizza needs to make its way to your kitchen. Freshly grated cauliflower serves as the base for the creative and delicious crust that you can fold up just like traditional pizza! The recipe only called for grape tomatoes and fresh basil, but feel free to toss a ton more veggies on this pizza pie to bulk it up a bit. At less than 300 calories for half the pie, this is a pizza recipe you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading for this clever recipe.
If the busyness of Summer has you craving a home-cooked meal, consider preparing one of these five Italian dishes. Using fresh, traditional ingredients loaded with flavor, these dishes prove that simple doesn't have to be boring. From garlicky pasta to shrimp with piquant salsa verde, this dinner Italiano is certain to impress guests and can be prepared in a matter of minutes!
If you're going to go through the trouble of making homemade pasta dough, you may as well make it worth your while. Rather than drown tender noodles in sauce, why not take a more minimalist route, like in this lightly dressed dish of goat cheese ravioli?
Enhanced by little else than a confetti-like burst of crushed pink peppercorns, lemon zest, and tarragon, the delicate but toothsome pasta and its tangy filling shine. As a sneaky bonus, this minimalist sauce of sorts takes mere moments to whip up, a boon given the initial effort expended rolling out the homemade pasta dough.
More time-consuming than difficult to prepare, it would make for a rewarding weekend project. (If you have the time, make a double batch of the pasta, and freeze the extra filled ravioli for a speedy dinner down the line. Add the frozen pasta directly to boiling water, without thawing.) Trust me here, it's absolutely worth the effort.
Tired of your usual pasta go-tos? Then mix things up with the likes of strawberries or caviar instead. We promise you'll be surprised: weird as they sound, these ingredients actually translate to dishes bursting with flavor. Rather than judge a
book dish by its cover, open your mind (and stomach) and give these six pasta dishes a chance. In turn, you may just come across a new favorite.
If you haven't worked with soba yet, it's time to acquaint yourself these protein- and fiber-filled buckwheat noodles. They help bulk up many salad and soup recipes, but they also stand strong on their own. Treat your taste buds to this Thai-inspired salad, perfect for warmer weather. Smooth and tangy ginger peanut dressing complements the chewy noodles and crisp veggies. This is one recipe you'll love having for leftovers the next day, since the flavors develop with time. Keep reading for this quick and satisfying gluten-free recipe.
If you're not yet acquainted with larb, a Thai meat- and herb-based salad that simultaneously manages to hit salty, sour, spicy, sweet, and savory notes, then it's about time your paths crossed. If you're already a fan — as nearly anyone who's tried it is — you may notice that this version is a bit atypical, primarily in the method of meat prep. Most larb is based around ground meat, but my favorite Thai restaurant's must-order duck version features bite-size chunks of roast duck, burnished, luxuriously fatty skin and all, and since my first bite, I've become a steadfast convert.
This recipe reflects that, but with a slight nod to more user-friendly ingredients, swapping chicken thighs for the duck (feel free to sub duck if your market stocks it). Either way, it's a tantalizing dish that brings a taste of Thailand to your dinner table in a flash. Get the exceptional and exotic recipe.
Even when you're short on time, takeout isn't the only option. In less than 20 minutes from prep to plate, you can easily enjoy one of these healthy dinners.
Penne Alla "Not-ka"
Traditional penne alla vodka recipes lay the cream and saturated fat on heavy. This lightened-up penne alla "not-ka" might take the booze out of the equation and cut down on cook time dramatically, but the flavor and texture is just as delicious as the original.
Quick Chicken Soup
Swap out your standard can of sodium-laden condensed soup for fresh, homemade, dilly chicken noodle from POPSUGAR Food. As long as you have some precooked chicken breast in your fridge, you can have a big pot of soup ready to go in less than 20 minutes. Just be sure to use low-sodium chicken stock for this easy supper.
Baked Coconut Shrimp
Bulk up a plate of baked coconut shrimp by serving it over a big bed of lettuce. No need to search for a dressing to complement the recipe; simply toss your greens in some of the creamy Greek yogurt dipping sauce.
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What's the easiest way to take humdrum weeknight dinners from flat to fantastic in a flash? Add bacon, of course! Smoky, savory, and salty, this superstar ingredient adds depth of flavor like no other; keep reading for five fast and easy recipes that benefit from its addition.