Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

The traditional centerpiece at Passover, brisket is a mainstay of the Seder meal, and a delicious way to feed a celebratory crowd. This vegan twist on the classic utilizes mushrooms and tempeh as the base for a tender and savory brisket stand-in, that’s braised in the same richly flavored sauce as the original. Tempeh is a nutrient-rich fermented tofu product…

sweet chili meatballs

These crispy, sweet-and-spicy oven-roasted meatballs are perfectly paired with a zingy sesame lime dipping sauce, making them the ideal springtime finger food. Chicken thighs are an excellent source of protein and contain more immune-boosting zinc and iron than white meat. Dark meat also contains greater quantities of metabolism-regulating B vitamins, making it an excellent addition to your healthy recipe rotation. …

This recipe calls for very few ingredients, relying on the quality of each to deliver on flavor and nutrition. Reach for the best extra virgin olive oil you can get your hands on and you’ll enjoy a dish packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids—plus a robust flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet roasted tomatoes.  Cooking tomatoes actually increases their lycopene…

danish cod salad

Ultra-fresh and super healthy, this Danish-inspired recipe serves as the ideal antidote to typical heavy winter fare. Known for their fresh seafood, clean flavors and simple-but-quality ingredients, the Danes can teach us all a thing or two about healthy eating. Packed with beneficial B vitamins and lean protein, cod is also purported to help lower triglycerides and blood pressure when…

korean chicken grain bowl

These colorful and filling bowls pack a big nutritional punch along with a ton of bright, zesty flavors. Gochujang, a staple in Korean cooking, flavors this simple braised chicken, serving as a saucy counterpoint to a cool and crunchy kimchi cucumber salad. Kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage, contains naturally occurring probiotics that strengthen the gut, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol levels…

watermelon poke bowl

Traditionally made with fresh raw fish, poke bowls originated in Hawaii and have grown in popularity all over the world. Super fresh, light and full of clean, bright flavors, they’re the ideal meal to enjoy when you're looking for a break from the heavy food of the holiday season. In this recipe, I’ve swapped the traditional raw fish for cubed…

skillet latke

This fresh twist on the classic Chanukah latkes serves up one big latke instead of many smaller ones, making for an impressive presentation, as well as saving you from flipping latkes at the stove all evening. Potatoes get a bad reputation, but they’re actually packed with antioxidants, and a special resistant starch known to feed beneficial bacteria in your gut…

autumnal stuffed acorn squash

This recipe celebrates the bounty of fall, utilizing acorn squash as the perfect vehicle for a hearty brown rice filling stacked with nutty, sweet and savory flavors that’ll have you coming back for seconds. Acorn squash is rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, and its thin skin lets you skip peeling for a quicker prep time. Brown rice…

Shepherd's pie on plates with green salad

Common throughout the United Kingdom, shepherd’s pie was originally devised as a way to use up leftover meat. Now a delicious dish in its own right, I’ve re-worked this versatile recipe with a creamy and cheesy cauliflower topping to replace the traditional potato mash. Despite its humble appearance, cauliflower boasts an impressive nutritional profile. High in fiber to improve digestive…

Caribbean Shrimp

This bright and summery dish has us dreaming of warmer days with a tropical combination of sweet mango, creamy avocado and zesty lime. Mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, polyphenols, and antioxidants, and help counter damaging free radicals and boost your immune system. Radishes help improve digestion and detoxification, and avocado contains heart-healthy unsaturated fats that allow your…

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