Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Socca with shaved fennel and aioli on a blue plate.

Though its origin is often disputed, you’ll find socca, or chickpea flour pancakes in abundance throughout France, Italy, Spain, and even as far as Argentina. Whether called socca, farinata, or panisse, you’ll be happy to know you can easily recreate this delicious street fare in your own kitchen. Chickpea flour, made from dried and ground chickpeas, is naturally gluten-free, low…

Colcannon in white bowl on marble counter top.

This St. Patrick’s Day favorite is a delicious way to sneak some greens into your meal. Potatoes, an Irish dietary cornerstone, are rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin B6. They also help to lower cholesterol naturally. Leaving the peel on the potatoes increases their nutritional content, and decreases your workload!  Kale, among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, boasts…

French white bean and mushroom cassoulet.

 This vegetarian version of the carnivorous French classic packs all the rich and comforting flavors of the original into a healthier, veggie-forward dish you’ll want to enjoy all winter long. Packed with plant-based protein, fiber, and B vitamins, mushrooms also offer the only vegetable source of Vitamin D, helping to boost immunity and bone health. Beans offer satiating protein to…

Chinese chicken with oranges on a bed of broccoli.

These classic Chinese flavors transform basic chicken and broccoli into a healthy and delicious meal worthy of company. Oranges boast high levels of vitamin C, folate, and potassium, boosting your immune system and helping lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Chinese broccoli is purported to prevent bacterial and viral infections, and also offers an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins…

Vietnamese turmeric fish and cucumber on a black round plate.

This Vietnamese inspired dish combines punchy flavors with ground turmeric, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the body. Garlic, ginger, and chili also help to reduce oxidative stress on the body and aid the immune system, making this dish an excellent addition to your dinner rotation for cold and flu season. Cucumbers offer hydration due to their high water…

Tray of potato latkes with sauce in center.

A traditional treat during Hanukkah celebrations, potato latkes are as symbolic as they are delicious. The addition of riced cauliflower stretches this recipe without detracting from the flavor, giving you more latkes bang for your buck. Serve these traditionally with apple sauce or sour cream, or up the ante with smoked salmon and caviar for a fancier interpretation. Any way…

Butternut squash wellington on white plate on red table cloth.

Though historians debate the origins of the British classic Beef Wellington, many believe it owes its name to the Duke of Wellington, who famously defeated Napoleon. The English have a long-established tradition of meat dishes baked in pastry, so this iteration is a natural progression. Traditionally made with luxurious beef tenderloin, this vegetarian version utilizes butternut squash and brussels sprouts,…

Plate of Thai Crunch Salad on a red and white striped plate.

This vibrant salad is the ideal way to use up leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner, and its fresh and punchy flavors are the perfect way to lighten up and wake up your taste buds after a rich meal. Fiber and water-rich cabbage helps boost digestion and hydration, and mint eases any stomach upset while helping to lower cholesterol levels.…

View of bowl of butternut squash and rice on a wooden block.

This recipe is a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table, and a welcomed riff off of the traditional ultra-rich dishes. Wild rice, squash, berries, and greens were all present at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621, making this recipe an excellent way to celebrate the season. Wild rice is rich in protein and fiber, and contains zinc, magnesium, and B…

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