Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

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…

This Tex Mex Frittata brings all your favorite taqueria flavors to brunch. Sweet caramelized onion, spicy serrano pepper and savory cotija cheese come together with healthy veggies and satiating protein-packed eggs in this delicious dish. Frittatas are an excellent vehicle for all the extra veggies in your fridge, helping to eliminate food waste and limit your trips to the grocery…

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…

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