Carolyn Malcoun's Blog (Page 27)
One of my favorite things about warmer weather are the garden-fresh herbs I plant in enormous pots that line my porch and walkway. I love that I can pluck some basil to make pesto whenever I feel inspired. Or snip some cilantro to garnish a Mexican dish or mix up a mojito with a sprig of mint. The best part? Fresh herbs add a lot of flavor with barely any calories and absolutely no fat. Get great recipes and tips for how to use other herbs, such as lemon verbena, marjoram and sage in EatingWell’s Guide to Fresh Herbs. Here are 5 of my favorite herbs to cook with.
- Basil: No other herb epitomizes the taste of summer like basil. In...
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo—olé! We’re way too busy this week to throw a proper dinner party on a Tuesday night. Plus it’s a “school night,” so we’re just going to have friends over for a low-key margarita and chips-and-salsa party on our deck. It’s a good excuse to get together and unwind after work. And since most salsas taste better with age, I can make them tonight. (And if you do have time to throw a dinner party, check out our Healthy Mexican Recipe Collection!)
My favorite salsa is Salsa Rojo. It’s a homemade version of the tomato salsa served at taco stands and burrito joints everywhere. Try it with all your favorite Mexican foods—it even works as enchilada sauce.
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When I was researching sugar snap peas to write a column for EatingWell, I discovered a man by the name of Calvin Lamborn. You’ve probably never heard of him—I hadn’t. But Mr. Lamborn deserves a round of applause because he’s the guy who made sugar snap peas so sweet and succulent that you want to eat them raw. Though edible-podded peas have been enjoyed for hundreds of years, Lamborn accidentally developed snap peas in the late ’60s while breeding shell peas. Though sugar snap peas are a cultivar of snap peas, you’ll most likely see them called “sugar snap peas” at the grocery store.
Enjoy a delight of early summer tonight with one of these snappy sides. Bonus: A 1-cup serving of the versatile vegetable gives you one-third of your Daily Value of vitamin C and 3 grams...
You all might stone me when I say this, but I make my husband’s lunch. I know, I know, it’s so very June Cleaver, but hear me out. Dan’s finishing up his last year of law school, so his nose is in a very thick, very boring book when he’s not sleeping. If I didn’t make him lunch he would most definitely resort to a slice of greasy pizza or a fast-food value meal. Instead, I make him Pizza Roll-Up Bento Lunch. It’s healthier than grabbing a couple slices of pizza (at age 31, Dan already has borderline high blood pressure), costs far less than take-out and I like to make it in reusable containers, following these 5 principles of Japanese-style bento boxes. The containers cut down on waste,...read full post »
There’s only one thing I love more than eating salad and that’s growing salad greens. Even though the property where I live is too polluted to grow food on (a buried heating-oil tank leaked more than 50 years ago), we have several containers that we grow salad greens in. I recently went through my seed packets and noticed we’ve accumulated over 20 varieties of lettuce seeds. It’s pretty cool that we’ve begun to grow things that we definitely can’t get at the grocery store or have a slim chance of even finding at the farmers’ market. Then there’s the satisfaction of growing our own food. Nothing is more awesome than going out to snip some fresh salad greens when I’m...read full post »