Posts By Elizabeth Palmer Califano

Panama Shrimp Ceviche

All of the amazing seafood in Panama lends itself perfectly to this fresh and light preparation. Ceviche uses the acid of citrus fruits to essentially cook the seafood without using any heat. This way of preparing the shrimp is very low in fat, and packs a healthy punch of vitamins A and C. To round out this meal, serve the…

Pakistani Vegetable Korma

Traditionally a meat focused cuisine, day-to-day Pakistani food also incorporates smaller amounts of vegetables and legumes. Korma, a classic curry dish popular in Pakistan, is usually made with mutton or chicken, and blended with heavy cream. This lightened up twist on korma puts vegetables and chickpeas at the forefront of the plate, without sacrificing flavor or satisfaction. Chickpeas are an…

Nepalese Lentil Salad

Lentils, packed with protein, fiber, iron, folate, and magnesium, help keep your heart healthy, your blood pressure low, your digestive track moving, and your metabolism and energy kicked into high gear. This recipe incorporates similar ingredients and flavors as Dal Bhat, the national dish of Nepal, but with a lighter, fresher twist. Adding raw spinach and carrots adds fiber and…

turkey chickpeas

In Turkish cuisine, it’s quite common to enjoy a main meal that doesn’t include meat. This vegetarian-friendly dish incorporates eggplant, olive oil, lemon, yogurt, and walnuts, all classic Turkish ingredients. Roasted chickpeas add a welcomed crunch and healthy dose of high-quality protein, with yogurt and walnuts also providing a protein boost. Serve this with a lightly dressed arugula salad and…

Barbadian Fish

With oceans teaming with fresh fish, Barbadian cuisine revolves around dishes that come from the sea. Rich in muscle and metabolism sustaining protein, white fish is a healthy addition to your dinner, when it’s not coated in a thick batter and deep-fried in oil. By swapping that thick batter for a thinner coating of crispy panko, and baking the fish…

croatian tomato tart

Summertime in Croatia offers long sun-soaked days, balmy temperatures, and a bounty of fresh colorful produce. Tomatoes in particular shine, boasting sweet and mellow flavors, bright colors, and ample health benefits. Lycopene, the tomato’s health claim to fame, helps protect against cancer and cell decay, protects the functions of the heart, and gives the skin a healthy glow. Cooking tomatoes…

Herbed New Potatoes with Gravlax

Midsommar, or the summer solstice, is celebrated every year in Sweden on the longest day of the year. Abundant sunshine, flower garlands, maypoles, and the first picks of produce from the summer season mark the holiday. New potatoes, tiny and tender, abound on midsommar tables, but if you can’t find them, regular small potatoes will suffice. Gravlax, or cured salmon,…

Serbian Vegetable Soup

This earthy, simple, hearty soup draws its roots from the Serbian lower class, but its bright, layered flavors make it a modern favorite with no socioeconomic bounds. This healthier version of the traditional soup is no less nostalgic or comforting. By removing the starchy noodles and heavy sausage, and adding in more fiber and nutrient rich vegetables, the calorie count…

nicaraguan elotes

Nicaraguan Elotes (Street Corn with Lime & Cotija Cheese) Elotes, or grilled corn brushed with mayonnaise and coated in chili powder and cotija cheese, are a popular street food in Nicaragua. Served piping hot off the grill, with fresh lime wedges to squeeze on top, they’re a surprisingly delicious combination of flavors that will instantly become a favorite. The mayo…

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