I’ve been pretty busy this summer and I’m happy to report that the one thing that hasn’t suffered at home are my healthy home-cooked dinners. My secret? Some ultra-quick dinner recipes and a little bit of planning. I can be out and about all day and still have dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less.
Here’s my system: At the beginning of each week I shop for meats and seafood, such as salmon and chicken tenders, that I can cook quickly. I use those up at the beginning of the week with vegetables that come presliced or are easy to chop up. Later in the week, I rely on pantry items, such as pasta, beans and a few spices, for ultra-quick dinners that are done—start to finish—in 20 minutes or less every time.
Pouring milk over a bowl of a sugar-laden cereal may be a quick breakfast option, but it isn’t satisfying, at least not to me. I know because for years that was my breakfast. By early afternoon the sugar jolt from the morning had worn off and I was tired and hungry. Then out came the bag of potato chips. These days my healthy breakfast recipes aren’t heavy on the sugar. They’re still fast, but are full of satisfying, healthy ingredients like fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and lean protein. My healthy breakfasts keep me going until lunch time, so that bag of chips can stay in the vending machine.
Here are a few of my favorite breakfast recipes. They all take 15 minutes or less (except for the peanut energy bar which I make ahead for a grab-and-go option):...read full post »
I was being interviewed for a radio show the other day and the host asked me about summer comfort foods—what to grill, what to bring to a party and of course, what’s for dessert. I immediately suggested one of my absolute top picks for summertime comfort food recipes: Beer-Barbecued Chicken. The EatingWell test kitchen developed this recipe as a healthier version of the famous beer can chicken. If you’re not familiar with that method, you basically stick a chicken on top of an open can of beer and stand the whole thing up on your grill over indirect heat to yield a moist flavorful chicken. Someone who called into the show said it’s also known as “beer-butt...read full post »
I could cook when it’s hot, but why would I when I can just as easily make a no-cook dinner? These five recipes are excuse-proof for those of you burnt out on making dinner: they remove cooking from the equation altogether. Plus they can be made—in under 25 minutes—by anyone wielding nothing more than a sharp knife and a good attitude. There’s nothing a hungry family has to wait around for: roll up an easy Creamy Avocado & White Bean Wrap and dinner is ready. Smoky Ham & Corn Salad and Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken take advantage of the summer-fresh...read full post »
When I was a kid, our 4th of July recipes were pretty straightforward—mostly burgers and hot dogs. But now that my parents have moved to coastal Maine, the typical 4th of July fare has gone out the window. Goodbye hot dogs, hello lobster. Lucky for lobster lovers like me, lobster is pretty inexpensive this year, and even if you don’t live on the coast, you can still find it at well-stocked grocery stores.
Here is my complete 4th of July menu with tips on how to shell a lobster:
Stovetop Clambake: Lobsters, clams, mussels, potatoes and corn star in our stovetop clambake. Serve with flavor-packed sauces, like cocktail sauce or tartar sauce, and there won’t be a need for...read full post »