Wendy Ruopp's Blog (Page 10)
Quick. Easy. Tasty. There’s just something about casseroles. People love them: we’re all just looking for comfort and deliciousness in one dish. While the word might conjure nostalgic memories of a well-coifed 1950s housewife in a frilly apron combining cans of creamy soup with leftovers to make dinner, our palates today call for dishes that are healthier and even more delicious.
EatingWell’s healthy casserole recipes aren’t “open cans...read full post »
You heard the buzz (Everybody’s talking about quinoa!) and succumbed to the lure of its popularity (Everybody’s eating quinoa!), so you bought some quinoa. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a delicately flavored grain and one of the only plant foods that is a complete protein, meaning it has balanced quantities of 9 essential amino acids. Both white and red quinoa are available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances its flavor and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa’s natural, bitter protective covering.
Learn All About It: How to Cook Quinoa
So now that you have the hot grain-of-the-moment in your very own kitchen—...read full post »
We have an open-door policy when it comes to Thanksgiving: we welcome in anyone who turns up. Especially this year, when the wild fall weather has made travel planning difficult and unpredictable, chances are a lot more people will be staying closer to home. Their last-minute plans mean I’ll want to cook a big turkey, to make sure we have enough. Chances are good that I’ll go overboard (Thanksgiving math always trips me up—is it 20 ounces per person or 20 minutes per pound?) and that means leftovers.
Good—I love leftovers. They call for creativity and resourcefulness so it doesn’t taste like you’re eating the same thing night after night. Here are 5 dinner recipes that use leftover turkey in deliciously new, healthy ways.
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An invitation to dinner is just about all the appetizer I need—I’m so happy to have someone feed me that I’m not fussy about what’s on the menu. But if, when I arrive, there are little nibbles to start things off, it’s a delightful bonus. Appetizers really take gatherings up a notch, showing an attention to detail I appreciate.
And hors d’oeuvres don’t have to add a lot of time to your meal prep—here I’ve picked 5 no-cook appetizers that are practically ready in an instant. There’s at least one thing these 5 easy appetizer recipes have in common: an instant (read: store-bought) foundation. The part you make rests on a tasty cracker, chip or toasted baguette you buy. Think of that box of fancy crackers as a lifeboat full of party-savers. You can top the crackers with just about anything and...read full post »
Chicken potpie is the epitome of comfort food for me. I think fondly of the frozen chicken potpies I would eat as a kid when Mom and Dad went out for the evening and our babysitter needed something easy to feed my sisters and me. I haven’t had one of those in years, but I still remember the long wait for it to bake! The finger-burning spot between the edge of the crust and the little aluminum pan when you quickly grabbed it to flip the whole thing over onto your plate. The steam escaping when you punctured the bottom crust with your fork, and the tongue-burning first bite because you just couldn’t wait another minute. Crust! Gravy! Perfect little squares of chicken, potato and carrots!
OK, nostalgic interlude over. “Chicken potpie” still sounds comforting, only now I require more nutritional wholesomeness from my food and more...read full post »