A blender can be your best friend for a quick summer supper. I mean, I'll have to make sure the margarita mix is all gone and give it a quick rinse… But then in goes tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, a clove of garlic, some good white sandwich bread, oil and vinegar—and out comes gazpacho. It's so easy! I can blend up a batch in the morning and let it chill all day, then spend a few minutes in the evening making crispy, herby croutons to garnish bowls (or margarita glasses) of health-packed, song-of-summer, refreshing cool soup for supper.
This chilled soup—made with fleshy chunks of ripe tomatoes, cucumbers crisper than a cold hilltop morning and topped with cubes of crusty bread—can refresh even the hottest August days. That's one reason the Spaniards and Portuguese developed this regional classic. They blend the garden's best with garlic, vinegar...read full post »
Don’t be fooled by the book title. The FastDiet (Atria, 2013), by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, doesn’t call for a total fast—or eating quickly. Also known as the 5:2 diet, it has you adopt a lifelong pattern of fasting two days a week and being “gloriously free from calorie counting” for five days. On those two fasting days, you can eat 500 or 600 calories—for women and men, respectively.
The promise is steady weight loss (about a pound per week). And in theory you don’t pig out on your eat-what-you-want days because your stomach shrinks and can’t handle large volumes of food. The added benefit is better health. The science supporting fasting is growing: research findings from lab animals suggest intermittent fasting may lower your risk of cancer, delay the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s and improve your body’s sensitivity to...read full post »
A veggie-filled omelet is a great way to incorporate vegetables into your morning meal. Ready in seconds, an omelet can be made with almost any cooked or raw vegetable you have on hand—broccoli, onions, spinach, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes are all classic ingredients.read full post »
Who says a salad has to just be a side? Turn your salad into a meal by including these 4 key ingredients of a power salad, which will help you feel full longer.
1. Greens. Start with 1 to 2 cups of lettuce per serving. Combine different types to balance textures and flavors. Try tender, mild Boston lettuce with crisp romaine and bold escarole.
2. Vegetables. Add plenty of vegetables for crunch, flavor and color.
3. Protein. Add lean chicken, ham, turkey, fish or beans, which will help you feel full longer. Starches, such as potatoes, brown rice, whole-wheat croutons or whole-wheat pasta, add nutrients and staying power.
4. Dressing. Fats in the dressing...read full post »
Roasting brings out sweet flavors, transforming even the most challenging-to-love vegetables, such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, or root vegetables, such as carrots, beets, parsnips and sweet potatoes, into something that can taste as sweet as candy.
Here are 3 Secrets to Perfectly Roasted Vegetables Every Time:
1. Make sure you cut the vegetables into equal-size pieces. That way they’ll all cook at the same rate.
2. Spread the vegetables evenly on your baking sheet or roasting pan so they don’t touch. Crowded vegetables just create extra moisture and steam in the pan. (When in doubt, use two pans.)
3. Stir once or twice while cooking so the vegetables get nicely browned on all sides.
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