Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Gado gado means “mix mix” in Indonesian, and is a popular dish with different variations throughout the region. Here, it gives inspiration for a grilled snack plate, with a delicious and zesty peanut sauce that transforms humble ingredients into a treat. Feel free to switch up the vegetables used, adding grilled or boiled potatoes, chicken, shrimp or hardboiled eggs to…

Switch up your go-to grains with fonio, a grain grown in West Africa that has nourished people there for thousands of years. Grown in countries like Senegal, Nigeria and Mali, this planet- and people-loving grain thrives in poor soil and requires very little water. It cooks up in five minutes, has a neutral taste, a texture similar to couscous and…

chilled Moroccan watermelon tomato soup

The sweltering days of late summer call for cooling, hydrating foods. All the better if they require little time in a hot kitchen. This simple recipe transforms basic summer ingredients into a flavorful, beautifully-spiced meal that’s elegant enough for entertaining but easy enough for weeknight dinner. Watermelon and tomatoes both contain lycopene, which boosts your skin’s defenses against sun damage.…

Cool, creamy and refreshing, labneh is a traditional Middle Eastern food, stemming back from ancient times. Made from strained yogurt, labneh was an important source of protein for the Bedouin tribes and holds a central space in Armenian, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian and Israeli culinary traditions. It can be made from goat, sheep, cow, camel or buffalo milk, each with its…

This hearty recipe combines shelf-stable pantry staples for a healthy and comforting meal. Sweet potatoes are packed with beta carotene, making them excellent for supporting healthy vision. They also boast fiber for gut health and vitamin C for immunity. Leaving the skin on boosts their fiber and antioxidant content, while also saving you time in the kitchen! Chickpeas add additional…

This classic Lebanese salad features a refreshing mix of greens, herbs and crisped flatbread, all tossed in a zesty sumac-spiced dressing. Perfect for pairing with meat or poultry, this salad also stands well alone as a hearty vegetarian meal with sides of tabbouleh and hummus. Sumac is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory spices you can add to your cooking.…

Inspired by the Macrobiotic diet, which focuses on whole grains and plant-based nutrition, the Buddha bowl is flexible and typically includes grains, steamed or roasted vegetables, beans or soy, and a fermented ingredient like sauerkraut or kimchi. Zen Buddhism encourages this balanced and moderate way of eating, and Buddha subsisted on whatever simple foods local people could spare for him…

brown rice mushroom congee

Congee, the ultimate Chinese comfort food, gets a whole-grain spin with the easy substitution of brown rice. Simple and satisfying, this recipe is just the thing to make when you’re feeling under the weather or craving something warming and heartening. Brown rice is a nutritional powerhouse, offering fiber to aid in digestion and satiety, protein for sustained energy, zinc for…

roast chicken with moroccan spices

This one-pot meal is like a warming hug; comforting and satiating while still remaining light and healthy. Fragrant Moroccan-influenced spices add depth to simple roasted chicken and grains, while traditional dates bring sweetness, and lemon and fresh herbs bring brightness. Rather than cook these separately, this recipe utilizes the broth and aromatics used to roast the chicken to cook the…

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