When it’s too hot to cook, and the farmers market produce is perfectly fine to eat raw, a creamy dip makes your cucumbers and carrots feel like a meal. And it doesn’t hurt that many dips are painfully easy to make: just add your ingredients to a food processor and you’re basically done.
Some like it hot — and if you are one of those people, this list of hot sauces is for you: super-spicy honey, better-for-your Sriracha, fiery harissa, and more. Everything brings the heat and does it without tons of added sugar, artificial flavors, or unpronounceable ingredients.
The beach is calling — but what kind of snacks are you packing? Here are the six healthiest, tastiest dips you’ll find us packing in our coolers this summer.
The lunch struggle is real. Turns out Costco is a great place to stock up on staples for quick and healthy midday meals.
Foil packets are here to make your life easier and more flavorful. Need proof? Here are 8 delicious foil packet recipes that taste delicious and require minimal cleanup.
When it comes to summer drinking, I have a simple rule: It should be cheap and cheerful. For me, that almost always means rosé wine. If you’re not already on board the #yeswayrosé bandwagon, allow us to explain why you should drink pink this summer — and get our top picks.
There’s frozen pizza and then there’s this frozen pizza: Made in Italy from the best local and organic ingredients, flash-frozen, and delivered to your door, it is very, very good.
You might associate the Instant Pot with stews and hearty meat dishes, but it’s also the perfect tool for summer because it won’t heat up your home. You can make pulled pork, the most delicious potato salad, and so much more.
In case you needed another reason to justify your chocolate intake, recent findings suggest cocoa consumption can have brain-boosting benefits for everyone — not just the elderly. Here’s what to know.
If you think the words ‘healthy’ and ‘celebration’ shouldn’t exist in the same sentence, we get it. But this party cake recipe from Ambitious Kitchen delivers the best of both worlds. It’s perfectly moist and decadent, but its ingredient list is 100% feel-good.
Sandwiches are the ideal summertime food: They’re easy to make and easy to clean up, super-portable and totally-customizable.
We asked eight of the best, brightest, and busiest health and nutrition pros to share their morning routines.
These five recipes are simple, seasonal, and highly cookable. They make the most of asparagus, green beans, and tender lettuce and don’t require a ton of time in the kitchen.
While burgers and hot dogs are great on the grill, there’s so much more you can cook over a fiery flame — like allllllllll the veggies!
Are you feeling lazy right now? Us, too. That’s why we rounded up some of our favorite supermarket shortcuts that make it super easy to get something healthy on the table.
Honestly? It’s easy to see how you could tip the sugar scales without ever touching a brownie.
Spring has sprung and summer is nearly here, so why shouldn’t you switch up your pasta game? Think: lots of greens, lemon, herbs, lean protein, and in-season vegetables.
Don’t have a grill? No problem. The air fryer is the summer appliance you need to serve up everything from beef kabobs and hot dogs to air-fried shrimp sandwiches and avocado fries.
What’s the difference between a lunch salad and a dinner salad? To me, the answer is opulence. And this is the opulent, dinner-worthy salad you’ve been looking for.
Adaptogens are everywhere these days, not just in health food stores and specialty markets. They’re all over Instagram and they’re in nearly every aisle of the grocery store. It seems a new direct-to-consumer brand offering ashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil and maca supplements and powders pops up every day.
Hostess gifts should be affordable, practical, and thoughtful. Need a few ideas? We have some! And they’re all $10 or less.
Put down the wine (or beer or cocktail). And pick up one of these healthful and delightful afternoon drinks instead. These fruity, fizzy beverages with benefits are just the thing for when it’s too late for coffee, but too early for booze.
When most people think of meal planning, they think of multi-hour regimented planning sessions that map out every single meal of the week, perhaps combined with all-day Sunday meal prepping. And that’s certainly one version of meal planning, but it’s not the only one. For Clean Plates founder Jared Koch, it’s more about meal planning ideas: He makes sure his kitchen is always stocked with ingredients to make a handful of meals, which are more like templates than actual recipes. There’s a list on the fridge with mains and sides and he and his family pick what they are doing for the day a few days to a week in advance. And that’s it. Want to know what’s on his regular rotation? Here are the 8 meals he and his family have been eating since the pandemic started. And they’re not tired of them yet. 1. Pancakes Specifically Birch Benders Paleo pancakes, served with banana and some nuts. (It’s worth mentioning here that Jared has three girls, age 5 and under.) More pancake ideas: 10 Healthier Pancake Recipes Photo Credit: Lexi’s Clean Kitchen 2. Sausage Either an organic chicken sausage or a mild Italian pork sausage, sliced for the kids, whole for the adults. Not a meat eater? We Tried a Bunch of Plant-Based Meats and Found a Few Favorites 3. Pasta Gluten-free brown rice pasta: Jared likes Tinkyada and Jovial. Meat sauce for adults, butter and Parmesan cheese for the kids. 4. Ground Beef One night of the week almost always involves beef in various forms, i.e. meatloaf, burgers, or something else. Every once in a while, they’ll splurge on steak. Photo Credit: Love & Lemons 5. Omelet One big omelet with whatever is in Jared’s kitchen at the moment. It’s always heavy on the vegetables, and he’ll usually add in lox, bacon, or cheese. 6. Chicken Breast Jared cooks chicken breast on the stovetop or oven until it’s mostly cooks, then chops it up and continues to cook it feels more like chicken tenders for the kids. More chicken ideas: 20 Recipes That Will Make You Excited to Eat Chicken 7. Burritos This is a relatively new addition that Jared and his family are loving. He’ll heat up some frozen gluten-free Annie’s burritos with salsa, add some frozen corn on the cob, and fresh greens like spinach or broccoli. Dinner, done! 8. Hot Dogs Grass-fed hot dogs served with vegetables and a bunch of different condiments like ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, barbecue sauce, and raw sauerkraut, a new favorite for both his 3- and 5-year old daughters.
The obsession with Trader Joe’s newest spice blend is real — and once I tried it, I understood why. The love fest was immediate. Here’s what I learned from a week of sprinkling Ajika on everything.
This keto bread is firm and flavorful and so reminiscent of the hearty slices of black bread I grew up with. Unlike the bread of my childhood, however, it’s grain- and gluten-free. It also has 5 grams of protein, a whopping 9 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of net carbs — in case you’re counting.
If you’re trying to cook better-for-you meals, your pantry is a great place to start. Keep a well-stocked pantry and you can always pull together some sort of quick and healthy snack, WFH lunch, or weeknight dinner.
We know what mom really wants: It’s chocolate. But not just any garden-variety supermarket chocolate. Special chocolate. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite chocolate gifts. (And there’s something for moms who don’t like chocolate in here, too.)
“This simple grated-then-marinated carrot salad—flavored with lemon juice, cumin, parsley or cilantro, and a touch of honey—is a staple of classic bistros and grab-and-go boucheries alike. Now it makes regular appearances in my kitchen too.”
In case you missed it, Trader Joe’s has a pretty impressive collection of salad kits. Have you ever been curious about whether or not they’re healthy… or tasty? So were we! We rounded up our favorites.
Cast iron pans are incredibly versatile, durable, affordable, and manage to get a perfect sear every single time. Still, no cookware is foolproof and cast iron pans are no exception. Here’s what you need to know.
I live alone and almost always cook for one. So, when I find a recipe that I don’t get sick of after multiple meals in a row, I know I’ve found a winner (winner chicken dinner). Lately, the recipe I can’t stop making is Amelia Rampe’s Chicken Adobo.
The sky is really the limit when it comes to sheet pan recipes, but we do have some favorites. From sheet pan nachos to sticky orange chicken, steak fajitas and sweet potato hash, here are the recipes we can’t get enough of—and we bet you can’t either.
Want to satisfy your sweet tooth and get in a healthy breakfast? These indulgent breakfast ideas are for you. They rely on small quantities of natural and whole sweeteners, like maple syrup, coconut sugar, and fresh fruit and have absolutely no processed sweeteners. But they’re still so decadent, you could easily devour them for dessert. Be prepared to drool.
Morning routines get all the hype, but a great nighttime routine can offer some pretty significant benefits of its own.
In the morning, collagen provides you with a nice source of protein that helps maintain stable blood sugar levels and curb cravings.
Sometimes spending all day in the kitchen is a total joy. Other times you just want to get dinner on the table as fast as possible. That’s why all smart cooks have a few time saving hacks in their back pocket.
You go to the grocery store, list in hand, only to walk out with a bag full of snacks you didn’t need — and you forgot the chicken for dinner tonight. Or maybe you budgeted $100 for your weekly shop and somehow it ends up setting you back twice as much. We’ve all been there. The good news? There are tons of (easy!) ways to save (big!) on groceries.
These super-tasty salads celebrate the season with plates packed with protein, healthy fats, crunchy veggies, and incredible springtime flavor. The only question is: Which one will you make first?
Finding the water bottle that’s right for you can be tough. There are just so many options. Maybe even too many options. We’ve done the hard work for you and found the best water bottle for you based on your personality.
“The pandemic and our 3rd child forced us to finally try meal planning,” he says. And now that he’s on the meal planning bandwagon? “I wouldn’t go back to doing it any other way,” he says. “We’re saving time, saving money, and eating healthier.”
Fast, easy, versatile, and comforting, there’s almost no problem pasta can’t fix — especially when it’s a bowl of gluten-free pasta that’s loaded with protein and fiber. We found the healthiest, best-tasting legume-based pasta that tastes almost like the real thing.
In her new book, Eat Better, Feel Better, Giada argues that the true “superfoods” are the ingredients that make things taste, look, and smell amazing, without putting a strain on your gut. Here are the 11 flavor boosters you’ll always find in Giada’s kitchen.
Grill it, poach it, put it in salad instead of chicken, toss it with pasta, pack them in tacos — the possibilities for a good clean, delicious and healthy meal with frozen shrimp are pretty limitless. Even better, shrimp is easy to cook: It defrosts fast and cooks even more quickly. Read on for 10 delicious ways to turn frozen shrimp into dinner.
For those times when you’re craving something that scratches the margarita itch, but with less sugar and less alcohol, allow me to introduce this healthier margarita in a bottle.
This recipe is perfect for when your heart craves pasta but your body needs salad. It uses an entire head of broccoli (!) and a prodigious amount of herbs. It’s also vegan and comes together in minutes.
In the past year, most of us have spent more time thinking about how to get dinner on the table than we ever have before. And you’ve probably figured out that the process of planning your meals isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. Meal planning is deeply personal! And that’s where knowing your star sign can come in handy. A Virgo and a Sagittarius, for example, are going to approach meal planning in very different ways.
It’s difficult to imagine a time when the dairy aisle at your grocery store didn’t have a gazillion different brands of Greek yogurt. It’s everywhere and in everything. But what is it exactly? And what’s the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt? Let’s take a look.
There’s a wide-open playing field of plant based patty recipes out there, combining veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes into something magical. And it’s easy —and sometimes actually relaxing? — to make plant based patties yourself and freeze them for future meals and snack sessions. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites, whether you are looking for something low-carb, grain-free, or loaded with greens.
After you’ve had your fill of matzo brei, matzo ball soup, and matzo spread with charoset (or anything else), you’ll most likely come to this realization: It’s the third day of Passover and there is still a long matzo-eating road ahead. The good news is that matzo is a blank, if bland, canvas that lends itself to combinations sweet and savory.
To be honest, we wouldn’t turn down any of these freshly baked vanilla cakes. But one definitely stood out from the rest for tasting exactly like a perfect from-scratch yellow cake.
There is a fair amount of disagreement amongst chefs, caterers, and home cooks alike regarding hard boiled eggs. With Easter coming up (and the likelihood of hard boiled eggs in your future), we thought we’d address the five most commonly asked questions about making perfect hard boiled eggs.
Do you have a bottle of distilled white vinegar in your cabinet right now? You probably do. And that means you also have one of the best, most versatile cleaning supplies out there.
Every time I go to Trader Joe’s, I get at least one bag of this healthy freezer staple. Often I’ll grab two or three. (Any more and I feel like I’m just being greedy.) Here’s why I stock up on this one thing — and why you should, too.
In some ways this spring feels many years away from last spring. And in some ways, it feels very much the same. With all of us (still) cooking and using our kitchens more than ever, we thought everyone here would be due for some cheap and cheerful kitchen upgrades.
Sponges can be great, effective cleaning tools. They get super sudsy, can hit the corners of pots, and they’re pretty inexpensive. You probably know all that already. But here are five pointers that you may not know about using your kitchen sponge. Be sure to read to the end before you even think about washing one more plate.
Although other nut butters are making inroads, peanut butter still owns the lion’s share of real estate on supermarket shelves. These days there are more options than ever, including organic peanut butters. We rounded them all up for a taste test to find the best ones.
Turmeric has been having a moment for a while now—and that’s on top of its long history (we’re talking thousands of years) in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese Medicine. One of the reasons for its longevity? It’s relatively easy to incorporate turmeric into your cooking. This earthy, slightly bitter spice can go sweet or savory — or a little bit of both. Here are 10 delicious turmeric recipes to inspire you.
Do you want to eat more fish but you’re not really sure where to start? May we suggest salmon? It’s super-simple, super-tasty, and super-healthy. Here are 3 cooking methods to get you going.
“Make your bed first thing in the morning.” We’ve all heard this advice before and there’s plenty of good reasons why. Various studies have found that people who make their beds are more productive, happier, and even sleep better. But we have another suggestion.
This pantry staple has the ability to add crunch to dishes sweet and savory, from crisps and crumbles to salads and soups.
The only thing better than a special breakfast on Valentine’s Day morning? One that’s ready to go when you wake up. Luckily, this is not a dream: These make-ahead breakfasts require very little work other than preheating the oven and popping them in.
Most boxed mixes are full of artificial flavors and questionable ingredients. But, as always, there are exceptions to the rule, mixes that offer a shortcut to homemade chocolate cake, minus the junk. We gathered them all up, put them to the test, and found a clear winner.
Few kitchen appliances have ever reached the trendiness levels of the Instant Pot. And yet, a newcomer to the small appliance scene is looking to upstage the uber-popular multicooker. We’re talking about the air fryer. If you’ve been wondering which gadget delivers the best bang for your buck, helping you overcome quarantine cooking fatigue and get healthy meals on the table, pronto, you’ve come to the right place.
Snacking can be a healthy part of most dietary lifestyles, but it’s not always easy finding snacks that fit into your personalized nutrition plan. Craving something crunchy and clean? Trader Joe’s can help. Their in-house brand offers a slew of options that are free of GMOs and trans fats, and low on sugar and salt. Here are the five Trader Joe’s snacks we’re stocking up on right now.
Extra-virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest, tastiest, and most versatile oils available. But that’s only if you’re buying the highest-quality extra-virgin olive oil. Here’s what to look for to make sure you’re getting the best of the best.
There are few cooking techniques that you can learn in one day and use to cook nearly anything. Braising is one of them. Here’s what you need to know about this go-to winter cooking method.
Tomato soup is, perhaps, the most comforting soup on the planet. Vegetarians and meat-eaters adore it. Plus, it makes your grilled cheese taste one thousand times better. But for something so simple, it’s surprising how different all the brands out there can taste. And there are a lot of brands.
You’ve heard it before: Meal planning is the key to eating healthier. Personally, if I know what I’m going to make for dinner for that week, it stops me from eating cheese and crackers for dinner. But meal planning requires more than great recipes and a detailed grocery list. You also need the right tools — specifically, these meal prep containers.
It’s pretty much always a good idea to eat more nuts. Bursting with healthy fats and nutrients, nuts are also relatively easy to add your diet. They’re widely accessible, easily transportable, and they’re a varied bunch, with different tastes and textures. In other words, there’s something for everyone. The disadvantages of nuts are mostly logistical: They’re prone to going rancid, especially if you’re storing them incorrectly.
With a few smart ingredient swaps and add-ins, it’s easy to make healthier baked goods that still satisfy your sweet tooth. Sure, none of these things will turn your cupcake into a green smoothie, but that’s not really what you’re going for, anyway.
If you’ve decided to start 2021 with a booze-free month, or even if you’ve just resolved to drink a little bit less, we applaud you. That said, Dry January doesn’t have to mean boring old sparkling water. Today you can find delicious and complex alcohol-free spirits that can be used as building blocks for mixed drinks, or to simply enjoy on their own. Here are 5 to try.
No more bland lettuce and dull veggies. Trader Joe’s has five healthy salad dressings that should be on your shelf or in your fridge right now. These dressings pack a ton of flavor — without the added sugar, sodium, or unhealthy fats you’d normally find in store-bought salad dressings.
The number one piece of advice I give people who are thinking about doing Whole30 is to really prepare your kitchen. And the easiest way to do that is to fill your freezer with a handful of delicious and compliant meals. Do yourself a favor and make at least a couple of these freezer-friendly Whole30 recipes — your future self with thank you.
For most of my life I’ve done the exact same thing for Christmas. But Covid has changed everything: There will be no IRL gift exchange, or cooking a big roast for 20 people.
As the need for affordable mental health services surpasses availability, technology has stepped up to the plate. There are apps that connect you with real therapists (like Talkspace, which is convenient but still relatively pricey), as well as artificial intelligence-powered chatbot apps that are free. They’re basically little therapy robots in your pocket.
There is no magic solution, no panacea, no one thing that will guarantee that we won’t get sick, but there are a handful of simple things we can do to strengthen our immune system. This year, we reached for the immune-boosters that are cheap, easy, and time-tested. They may not be revolutionary, but they do work.
Why is the “most important meal of the day” often the hardest to make time for? But listen! If you have 15 minutes (sometimes less), you can make one of these ultra-tasty, ultra-filling breakfasts. Make your mornings a little better.
‘Tis the season for our Clean Plates gift guide. But, like so many things this year, gift-giving feels a little different.
One of the best things a home cook can do is take a night off from cooking. Cooking is a lifelong responsibility to feed ourselves, and, for some, our families. The only way to make it a sustainable joy is to honor our cooking moods. After all, nobody wins if cooking is a constant stress.
We love food as a gift any year, but this year, it feels like an especially luxurious and sweet way to tell someone you care. These are the best food subscriptions to help your loved ones keep a stocked pantry/fridge/freezer/stomach.
Between stocking up on everyday staples like bread and TP and shopping for the holiday roast, Costco members like me typically spend a lot more time at the warehouse store this time of year.
We’ve all been spending a lot more time in our kitchens for the last eight months, so a kitchen-related gift has never felt more relevant than in 2020. Here are three better, but still budget-friendly kitchen tools that will make people wonder how they ever got by with something else.
On the day after Thanksgiving, some people look forward to leftover sandwiches piled high with stuffing and cranberry sauce, others enjoy sneaking a slice of pie for breakfast. Me? All I dream about is homemade turkey stock.
We’ve rounded up some of the best low ABV cocktails to toast with. Many are easily made non-alcoholic, too, so you can cheers (again and again) to that!
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is one of the most essential nutrients in the world. Why? In part because our bodies can’t make it on their own, which means we have to rely on food and supplements to meet our needs. It also plays an incredibly important role in our health and our skin. Here’s everything you should know about this essential vitamin.
I’ve tried so many methods over the years: various rubs and flavorings, smoking, deep-frying, cramming butter under the skin… You name it, I’ve tried it. This is the one trick you need up your sleeve this holiday (and all holidays going forward).
Imagine a completely satisfying Thanksgiving meal without feeling like an overstuffed potato. It’s possible with a killer salad to help keep your meal in balance. These are our favorites.
If you have ever had from-scratch chicken soup, you know that there is no substitute for the real thing. This is especially true when you’re achy/sneezy/coughy/stuffy. Research shows that chicken soup is an effective remedy for the cold and flu — and it’s not just because it’s made with love.
We scoured the freezer aisle to find meals that offered a slew of veggies and whole grains, double-digit grams of protein, and little-to-no added sugar. Then we tasted through them to find the best ones.
Brassicas sometimes have a reputation for being bland, but if your last memory is of mushy, overcooked Brussel sprouts or bland broccoli, it’s time to give this under-appreciated family of vegetables another chance. These clever recipes use cabbage, Cauliflower, and the like in creative ways that are anything but sad.
Chances are, this Thanksgiving is going to look at little different from Thanksgivings past — so why should your sides be the same old sides, swimming in some combination of sugar and butter… or both?Here are 10 clean and delicious sides to get you inspired, from cornbread stuffing that’s gluten-free and vegan to slow cooker Brussel sprouts and cauliflower-sweet potato mash. Yes, please!
A really good soup is akin to lying in bed with a weighted blanket or putting on a pair of your favorite sweatpants after a really hard day; it’s comfort in food form. It feeds your belly and your soul. So grab your biggest — no bigger! — spoon and dig in.
Eating well and improving your diet doesn’t have to be extreme. In fact, transitioning to a healthier diet is often the result of small but strategic changes implemented over time. It may not be as sexy or trendy as going keto or trying out intermittent fasting, but, soon enough, these tiny tweaks will make you feel downright awesome.
Mushrooms make any dish deeper, bolder, and more savory. It’s why portobellos, shiitakes, and creminis are so often used in hearty dishes — like these satisfyingly-filling mushroom dinners.