Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Bright, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day, this bracing green gazpacho is just the thing when the temperature rises. With roots dating back to Roman times, traditional Spanish gazpacho uses stale bread, vinegar, oil, and salt, with varying fruits, vegetables, herbs, and garnishes. This green version forgoes the common tomatoes in favor of cooling cucumbers, grapes, and green…

This classic Turkish dish revolves around a handful of simple ingredients, making their quality of the utmost importance. Good quality extra virgin olive oil makes all the difference here, both in the flavor of the recipe and in your health. Olive oil contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and also keeps your hair, skin, and nails in tip-top shape. Eggplant is…

These delicious noodle bowls are a deconstructed version of the classic Vietnamese summer rolls. Traditional nut butter dipping sauce is used here to dress fiber-rich brown rice vermicelli noodles, and offset with hydrating cucumbers, detoxifying radish, and digestion-boosting pickled shallots. Mushrooms provide a meaty stand-in for traditionally used shrimp, and provide a boost of vitamin D to help support your…

This vegetarian twist on the classic Swedish meatballs is a wonderful alternative that still hits all the flavor high-notes of the original. Meaty mushrooms and protein-rich lentils form the base of these meatless meatballs, which pair deliciously with creamy mashed potatoes, bright cucumber salad, and rich mushroom gravy.   Traditional Swedish lingonberry jam adds a sweet counterpoint to this savory…

This classic Greek dish typifies the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet. Chock full of healthy vegetables, good fats from extra virgin olive oil, and antioxidant-rich oregano, this comforting Greek casserole makes for an easy and delicious vegan meal. A plant-based diet, even in smaller doses, has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, lower your bad cholesterol,…

This vegan spin on classic Mexican ingredients tastes every bit as delicious as the traditional chips and dip combination with a double dose of healthy fruit and vegetables. Crunchy and fresh romaine lettuce acts as the perfect scoop for a satisfying blend of protein and fiber-rich beans, sweet corn, hydrating cucumbers, and antioxidant-packed bell peppers and tomatoes. The healthy monounsaturated…

Plate with shrimp and sauce on a blue and white napkin.

A mainstay in Argentinian cuisine, chimichurri sauce is as versatile as it is delicious. Full of bright, punchy flavors, this sauce pairs beautifully with the classic Argentinian beef, and also works flawlessly with seafood and shellfish. Cilantro contains powerful detox properties, helping to chelate heavy metals from the blood. Shrimp offers a lean source of protein to keep you satiated…

A cousin to the banana, plantains are a traditional ingredient in many Haitian dishes. In this recipe, they serve as a crispy vehicle for citrusy shredded pork, balanced by pickled onions and avocado. Plantains offer a plethora of nutritional benefits, including high amounts of vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and magnesium. Pork is a rich source of protein and beneficial amino…

This bright and zesty Thai recipe packs a ton of flavor and satisfaction into every bite. Flank steak is one of the leanest cuts of beef, lower in fat than other cuts while still being protein rich. A quick marinade and a fast sear will coax the maximum amount of flavor out of the steak, which pairs perfectly with lightly…

This riff on a decadent Italian classic allows you to indulge without the carb overload of regular pasta. Spiralized zucchini, also known as zoodles, stands in for spaghetti in this fast and delicious recipe. A nutrient dense food, zucchini boasts health-protecting antioxidants and phytonutrients including vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, folate, polyphenols, and fiber. Clams are a tasty source of…

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