Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Egyptian Kosheri with Quinoa, Lentils & Chickpeas

Widely considered a national dish of Egypt, Kosheri is a comforting, filling, and protein packed dish. Sometimes spelled koshary or kushari, this dish traditionally incorporates white rice, broken pieces of pasta, and an oily tomato sauce. While this combination makes for the perfect street food, a few tweaks elevate kosheri to a healthy dish worthy of a dinner party, and…

Norwegian Roasted Salmon and Hasselbeck Potatoes

Surrounded by crystal clear and pristine waters, Norway produces some of the best wild salmon in the world. Fish features prominently in Norwegian cuisine, and wild salmon ranks among the healthiest choices you could make. Rich in high quality proteins, heart healthy omega fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, E, and B6, wild salmon protects your body from cancer, stroke,…

Quinoa Sushi with Sweet Potato and Avocado

Sushi is one of the most celebrated dishes in Japanese cuisine, both in Japan and around the world. Originally a pure and healthy food comprised of rice, nori, and unadulterated fish, many restaurants have taken sushi down an unhealthy path, complete with deep fried ingredients, heavy mayo based sauces, and an excess of unnecessary ingredients. This revamped version of the…

Asado and Chimichurri

Due to its vastly differing cultural regions, traditional food spans a broad range throughout Argentina. Italian influences bring pasta and gelato, Welsh communities bring teahouses and scones, Spanish influences bring empanadas. But one traditional style of food is represented countrywide: the asado, or barbecued meat. Beef is the most common meat to hit the barbeque, due to the vast ranges…

Australian Fish and Chips

If you’re dining out in Australia, chances are you won’t have to look very hard to find a freshly fried platter of fish and chips. Given that Australia boasts over 11 million square kilometers of clean, clear fishing waters, it comes as no surprise that fish features prominently in its national cuisine. Deep-fried white fish, battered and served with deep-fried…

Shrimp and Scallion Dumplings with Ginger Soy Sauce

Dumplings are served and eaten as a mainstay all over China. Eaten at any meal, any time of day, as a starter or as the main event, dumplings in China come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Whether for a fancy holiday celebration dinner, or a casual roadside breakfast, dumplings always fit the occasion. Many families have specific, fancy ways…

With all its coastal regions, fish holds a central place in traditional Greek food. Fresh, whole fish is easy to find, and simple, quality ingredients help make a simple piece of fish into something special.  Mackerel are the perfect fish for healthy eating. High in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, and full of protein, mackerel provide many of the health benefits…

Smørrebrød, which translates as “butter bread” in Danish, encompasses a broad variety of open-faced sandwiches. Understated, simple, and unpretentious, this Danish national dish exemplifies perfectly the effortless and unfussy Danish sensibility. Easily dressed up or down for a simple lunch or a lavish holiday dinner, Smørrebrød can be suited to any taste. Traditionally built on a slice of hearty, whole-grain…

Pad Thai features prominently in Thai cuisine. One of Thailand’s national dishes, it actually originated in Vietnam, but was brought to Thailand by traders, and after a few flavor changes quickly gained popularity. Often served in a rich peanut based sauce, this recipe gives pad Thai a lighter twist. Lime juice and rice vinegar give the dish a fresh tang,…

With Senegal being one of the biggest producers of peanuts in the world, peanuts feature prominently in their cuisine. Naturally high in protein and healthy fats, peanuts also pack a heavy caloric weight. This soup provides the same rich, hearty peanut flavor as its traditional counterpoint, but with lightened up fat and calories. Chickpeas provide more protein, and stretch the…

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