When any type is being planned by you of catered event, whether personal or professional, you depend on the expertise of one's caterer to assist you design an ideal menu. But there's more to a catered menus than deciding on the best entrees and desserts simply.
You have to decide how much food you will require also. You want to make sure that there is a lot of drink and food for the guests, but you desire to keep that event budget in order also. Now, a skilled caterer will be able to assist you find out just how very much drink and food will be necessary for your event.
If you’re keeping an optical eye on your event budget, you will need to have a simple understanding of just how much food and beverage you will require for confirmed event. So we’ve ready a straightforward cheat sheet with professional catering tips to assist you to keep your caterer truthful, as well as your food costs in order.
First Things First
When gauging food quantities for your event, you'll first have to consider several basic questions:
·What kind of event are you currently planning?
·How many visitors will be attending?
·How lengthy will the function last?
The answers to these fundamental questions will assist you to gauge the quantity of food and beverage you will need during the period of the event. For example, a business cocktail celebration that lasts a couple of hours will require significantly less meals than an all day long marketing event. After you have defined your event completely, you can begin to utilize your caterer to determine how much food you will require, and go on to create your menu then.
It’s not unusual for business coaching and occasions seminars to end up being scheduled on a new weekday morning. Then you will want to function some types of breakfast for the attendees. Here’s a simple breakdown of what you shall dependence on a breakfast menu.
·Beverages - Anticipate typically two beverages (espresso, tea, juice, etc) per person.
·Main Entrees - An individual 5 oz helping per person.
·Sides - Enable the decision of two sides per personal
·Pastries - In case you are helping pastries instead of a full breakfast, enable at the least two pastries per guest.
Once again, afternoon luncheons are ideal for corporate coaching seminars and less intense company gatherings. A light lunch time helps to crack up the full day, and provides your guests the opportunity to refresh and refuel themselves. If you're planning for a business luncheon, use the following manual to estimate your meal needs.
Whether it’s an all day long event, or a stylish dinner party, a sit back dinner typically takes a greater amount of drink and food. Remember, you aren't only serving meals, but are supply beverages and appetizers ahead of dinner also.
While you should depend on the advice of one's catering company, it in no way hurts to possess a rough notion of catering procedures to make sure that expenses are kept in order and that there surely is minimum amount food wastage. Remember, inadequate drink and food could be embarrassing, but an excessive amount of is money wasted.
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Suspected food allergies should be evaluated, diagnosed, and handled by way of a qualified medical expert, like a board-certified allergist. Most of your care provider might refer one to an allergist. You might also search health related conditions directory managed by the Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Usually do not diagnose a meals allergy by yourself. Self-diagnosis can result in unnecessary dietary limitations and inadequate nutrition, in children especially. Additionally, some individuals think they're allergic to a meals if they actually have a different type of food problem, and treatment varies. Some ways of food allergy diagnostics procedures are unproven and also considered controversial, since no definitive studies have shown they can diagnose food allergies effectively. Some may raise the risk of an allergic attack even. The initial step an allergist shall take to diagnose a food allergy is really a thorough medical history. The allergist will inquire questions to find out if food allergy could be causing your signs and symptoms and to identify at fault food(s), and can perform physical exam then. Next, the allergist might conduct tests to greatly help identify a meals allergy. While these tests by yourself do not provide clear-cut answers always, the allergist will combine your test outcomes with the given information given in your health background to provide an analysis. These tests can include: Skin prick test Blood test Oral food challenge Trial elimination diet These tests are proven diagnostic methods. Based on your health background and initial test outcomes, you might have to take several test before receiving your diagnosis.
Spanish winter recipes...Mmmm cazuela pies. This February has seen the second significant covering of snow over Orce village and outlying hamlets. When it comes it comes!,even in an old Andalucian cave house with 2 meter thick walls it gets cold so a good winter warming recipe is called for.
Cazuela pies will certainly keep you warm, (and your lap if you decide to enjoy in front of the tv) in fact the insulation properties of the terracotta cazuela will keep these pies hot for hours. A great way of serving up piping hot winter pies, for this simple recipe we have used beef. Enjoy.
Ingredients: 1 kilo stewing beef, cubed 3 large carrots, peeled and chopped 1 large onion, peeled and chopped 250g mushrooms, wiped and chopped half bottle red wine 2 beef stock cubes 2 bay leaves salt and pepper 300g shortcrust or puff pastry
How to cook:
1. In a large casserole dish, heat a little olive oil and butter and when it is really hot and smoking, add the beef and brown on all sides. This may need to be done in batches. 2. When all the beef is nicely browned, add the stock cubes and cook until they dissolve in the juices. 3. Add the vegetables and the wine bring to the boil. 4. Add the bay leaves and season. Reduce to a very low heat and cook covered for 3-4 hours, removing the lid for the last hour or so. 5. When the beef is done, preheat the oven to 230 degrees. 6. Spoon the beef mixture into 4-5 14cm cazuelas. Divide the pastry into 4-5 even sized pieces and roll out into rounds. 7. Dampen the edges of the cazuelas and top with the pastry. Press down to seal and flute the edges. glaze with egg wash and make a hole in the middle for the steam to escape. 8. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is a golden brown. 9. Serve with thick cut chips for a hearty and warming winters meal.
The tostada is one of Spain’s most famous breakfasts. Usually served very simply with rubbed garlic, tomato frito, olive oil and salt morning workers can be seen in almost every bar enjoying this Spanish style breakfast with a short beer or “tubo” (named so due the tall slim glass).
I remember our first Andalucian breakfast was a traditional Spanish tosatada - kindly bought for us by the local plumber who had just fitted the bathroom in our cave house, of course it was an introduction to his favourite tapas bar as well and being the newly arrived expat we simply had to find out more about his local watering hole.
Although garlic, tomato and olive oil make the basic version, the humble tostada can be served with a multitude of toppings, this recipe involves a spicy twist with devilled mushrooms which creates one of those get up and go flavours ~ a great recipe for a midday winters lunch. Enjoy.
Half a French stick or “barra” 10 Cup mushrooms, halved 2 Garlic cloves, crushed 75ml Double cream 3 tbsp white Rioja Chili flakes Tabasco sauce Black pepper Salt Olive oil Knob of butter
1. Fry the halved mushrooms and garlic in olive oil and butter for 3 – 4 minutes.
2. Sprinkle a few chilli flakes over the top, add white wine and mix, cook for a further 2 minutes until wine begins to reduce.
3. Add the Tabasco sauce to your preference and the cream, season mixture with black pepper and salt, simmer for a further 2 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, slice the bread lengthways and toast on both sides.
“Para su pagina web!” was the cry from Antonio holding up a full cured tuna fish one Friday morning in his pescaderia. Antonio is also a glazier so one of those surprising situations you have to get used to when customers come into the fish shop and order a pane of glass for their new window…
Antonio is passionate about all things seafood, in season you can experience what can only be described as a highly impressive seafood spread with fillets, shellfish, snails, crayfish and the odd monkfish head carefully parked right in the centre of the display, usually with an unfortunate sardine or anchovy spiked on its teeth. Tuesday sees Antonio doing his rounds in his van, packed with all manner of fresh delicacies, a pair of scales and a large enough float for his euros. It was one Tuesday afternoon (that would be 7.00pm) when he passed by the office to explain in great detail his highest quality bacalao salted cod and his special order “Bonito tuna”
Now, we are already familiar with Antonio’s fabled “bacalao” but this time he presented us with some fabulous examples of full fish salt cod, high grade and weighing a very impressive 2000g. We were advised that the “orejas” or ears of the cod (those are the two flaps on the widest part of the opened fish near the top) are the best part for flavour as well as more recipes for the fish and techniques for getting the “soaking” process just right.
The real star of the exercise though was the enourmous “Bonito Tuna”. Antonio skillfully removed a sliver of flesh from the cured tuna loin and presented it to us as a mini tapa to taste test. Rustic, artisan and just as it should be but boy, the flavour, and the texture! With a little negotiation we purchased a 2kg Bacalao and a quality loin of cured tuna plus some complimentary tapas a lesson in cured fish
Over the following weekend we devised various tapas, unfortunately with this Bonito tuna there are few (if any) cooking possibilities, quite possibly a good thing as the flavour of the fish is exquisite.
*Bonito and Philadelphia Spinach wraps
*Bonito and Apple Toasts
*Bonito and Avocado
*Bonito Summer Salad
When the following Tuesday arrived we were invited to photo shoot some full tuna fish before Antonio began his rounds, this time we were in the fish shop so took the opportunity to snap some hanging bacalao too. The full tuna comes as an open fish, the back is tied on two bamboo canes, fillets and half fish are also available. It is worth noting that Bonito is very different to “Mojama” (air dried tuna loin) each have exceptional flavour with the Bonito being more moist than the air cured loin.
If you fancy a loin or two of Bonito tuna then it is special order, however it is available most Tuesdays and Fridays so don't hesitate to get in touch ~ we guarantee it will be worth the wait.
Mussels...arguably the king of shellfish. Its often very difficult to walk by the fish shop in Orce village, especially on Fridays, owner Antonio has a long marble topped bench crammed full with all manner of seafood delights. At the far end though is a spot reserved for mussels where he piles kilos of them into a mini mountain, carefully discarding any that look like they won't make the grade.
"¿cuántos kilos" He always asked that as we usually buy a couple of kilos for ourselves or even double that if the rellies are over and a big seafood paella is on the cards. When these mussels are in season boy are they good...! Enormous tapas, hearing them clunk and rattle as Antonio shovels them into a bag immediately gets you thinking of parsley and white wine - or another favourite we recently discovered "mussels in Asturian cider" as well as summer salads drenched in extra virgin olive oil.
If you fancy something different to do with mussels but yet incredibly simple then why not try a mussel and serrano ham salad ~ or iberico ham if your in a more gourmet mood... Both work very well in this land and sea affair.
1kg Fresh mussels, cleaned 100g Serrano ham 1 Baby lettuce 1 Tomato 2 Slices white bread, cut into squares Cracked black pepper Salt White wine Broadleaf parsley
1 Teaspoon cider vinegar 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Wine from the mussels
1. Place the mussels into a Spanish olla or cooking pot and steam in a splash of white wine for 5 – 6 minutes until all shells are open.
2. Remove the mussels from their shells and keep to one side, retain the wine mussel liquor and reduce over a high heat.
3. Mix 1 tablespoon of mussel liquor with the olive oil and cider vinegar, season with salt and pepper, mix well.
4. In a frying pan add a drop of olive oil, slice the ham into strips and fry.
5. When the ham is crispy, add a little more olive oil to the pan and fry the bread, turning regularly.
6. On a serving plate arrange the baby lettuce leaves with slices of tomato.
7. Toss the mussels, fried ham and bread and place on top of the salad.
8. Pour over the dressing and garnish with torn up parsley.
Pan fried mackerel is an exceptionally easy dish to make, get your fishmonger to fillet the mackerel for you and you have the basic ingredient for a delicious Spanish summer dish. If you are lucky enough to be able to buy from a fish quay or even catch your own then this dish can also be
*cooked outdoors with ease. Great seafood flavours!
You will need: (serves 4)
4 Large mackerel fillets
Handful fresh thyme
Knob of butter
1. Place the mackerel fillets skin side down onto baking tray.
2. Season with the thyme, salt, pepper and grate over with lemon zest then drizzle with olive oil.
3. Leave to marinade for at least 10 minutes.
4. Squeeze over the juice from the lemon then oven bake on a high heat for 10 minutes.
*For outdoor cooking simply prepare the mackerel in the same way described but marinade for 30 minutes. Lightly fry in olive oil or butter for 5 minutes skin side down.
This simple recipe for barbequed mustard chicken is quick and easy to make and works perfectly on the barbeque. We cooked this recipe after being given a rather large jar of hot Dijon mustard from a French neighbour in Orce village. The chicken pieces are marinated in the mustard for a few hours before being thrown straight onto the grill, the end result is an almost nutty flavour from the mustard together with the smoky flavours of barbequed chicken pieces.
With winter truly upon us we have been cooking some great typically Andalucian meals over the past few weeks, the threat of snow and hard frosty mornings always gets us in the mood for lighting the wood burner and cooking something with a bit of character for evening meal.
Our winner for best Spanish winter recipe this year is 'Butterflied Lamb & Garlic Asado', a take on the Andalucian lamb asado which uses the famous Cordero Segureno from the Granada region of Spain.
A very simple recipe to prepare and cook, use a terracotta roasting tray if you can and you will get that reassuring 'thud' when the spoon hits the bottom whilst serving up this delicious dish. This Spanish asado is juicer than its close cousin as the lamb is cooked as whole piece instead of steaks. Pop this one in the oven or woodburner and you will create an aromatic dish that is sure to impress the guests as well as the tastebuds!
Spanish salsas and chutney - cupboard fillers for the winter and when you can make your own they taste even better. One of the main ingredients is of course the tomato, vine ripened if possibe but anything ripe and red will do - the ugly ones pack the most flavour!
If you are lucky enough to have a local Spanish greengrocer who grows his own or get given tomatoes by your Spanish neighbours then why not try making a chutney, just as easy as a Spanish salsa but with more clout after it has matured, brilliant with a wedge of Manchego or Manchego reserva and especially tasty for some reason in winter...
Recently we really got into Spanish style chutneys, there are so many great ingredients you can put into them including spices and if like us you like a bit of chilli to liven things up then some of the red stuff adds a great kick.
You can find our recipes for Spanish chutney, salsas, pate and dips on this page (we also love anchovies which make a regular appearance).
An exciting new dining experience has been launched in Oxfordshire this month and what’s more you don’t have to leave home to enjoy it! Dine-in with Style is a quality, stylish, dining experience featuring gorgeous food, beautifully presented in your own home.
The company is the brainchild of Nicola Southall of Bloxham, Banbury. Nicola, wants to create special dining events, equivalent to a first class restaurant experience, in a client’s own home. Dine-in with Style brings a relaxed, but professional, restaurant feel to your own home, enabling clients’ to entertain in style at home with fabulous food beautifully presented, with the table designed to complement the evening.
A number of specialised food themes and menus are available including Italian Trattoria, Greek Taverna, Fish, Ladies Pink night, Spanish, Moroccan, Indian, Chinese or any style of great food the client might require, all creatively designed complemented by themed table settings.
Speaking about the company launch Nicola says, “I want to provide clients’ with top quality cuisine in the comfort of their own homes, for special occasions, all complemented by themed table settings which invites you to sit down and enjoy a unique dining experience. “The simplicity of our service is that you can leave the whole event, whatever the occasion, to us allowing you to thoroughly enjoy the event, be it a birthday party, anniversary dinner, special business occasion, or just a great get together with friends and relatives, knowing that we are in control in the kitchen and even do the washing up!”.
All the food is prepared in Nicola’s kitchen and then finished in the clients’ kitchen before being served.
Nicola’s service includes the following:
Full consultation to discuss your particular requirements
Spanish sheeps cheese with chili pepper? Will it be good? You bet! Direct from the region of La Mancha comes this fabulously different cheese with a bit of a kick...
One of the good things about being in touch with your Spanish suppliers is that on occasion you can accept being the guinea pig and lend yourself to some taste testing of new products, the kind people at Piconero based in La Mancha Spain sent us a new cheese to nibble at and we were not disappointed, in fact the camera came out, the description done and the new sheeps cheese with chili was on the website the very next day.
I love cheese but have to admit that I am no expert - I simply go by aroma then taste and texture then ultimately if I enjoy it or not! Before moving to Spain from the UK my experience of cheese was crackers, grapes and apple with a full blown mature blue stilton accompanied by a half decent port or a bossy red, Brie often entered the equation to calm to taste buds... but in the main I enjoy cheese with attitude! Where we are you cannot get a good old Stilton and although there are all things blue they never really hit the spot like a good old English ripe wheel of goodness!
However, being a lover of chili I was looking forward to a new Spanish cheese, something infused, strong and with a kick, those specks of red in the image pack some punch but it builds, when you first taste this cheese its like a normal Spanish sheeps cheese then the flavour intensifies and you soon realise why a good red wine is necessary as well as some fresh cold fruit to refresh the palate.
This one really is a cracking find, not just because on it is now on our website but because we genuinely enjoy it. The two new partners to this cheese completing a brand new trio from La Mancha are goats cheese with garlic and another sheeps cheese (this time with coffee). A delicious selection of new ideas, get the port on standby...
Earlier in the year we set about the project of building a clay oven on the patio, not an easy job using Spanish materials (traditional curved oven slabs) but in the name of keeping everything traditionally 'Andaluz' the oven was eventually finished and works great for cooking the usual suspects like pizza and bread (garlic and rosemary bread being a firm favourite).
Now the Spanish summer is in full swing we tend to use the oven for cooking hot tapas or a midday light lunch and this is where the terracotta cazuelaperforms really well. As as cooking vessel designed to cope with and retain the heat the 'cazuela' is suited a multitude of tasks, one of which is cooking food in olive oil. The famous 'gambas al pil pil' (chili garlic prawns) may spring to mind but for this very simple tapas recipe we are using fresh mushrooms bought from our Spanish greengrocer.
Leave the mushrooms whole, place in a 23cm terracotta cazuela. Drizzle with olive oil. Add the crushed garlic and mix well. Place in oven and cook on 220 degrees for 20 minutes.
Our clay oven was approximately 250 degrees with the fire going inside so the mushrooms took slightly less time, you also get that lovely smokey flavour with clay oven cooking. As a tapa these mushrooms are great, just make sure to have some fresh crusty bread to hand to mop up that delicious olive oil infusion afterwards.
Spanish seafood tapas are extremely popular in the summer months and with octopus being fairly cheap it is a firm and delicious favourite which is easily cooked. A whole octopus may seem like a challenge but usually the octopus or ‘pulpo’ is ready cooked making it very easy to work with. For this simple tapas recipe you will need half a medium octopus and a tagine - the magic cooking pot which retains flavours and is suitable for a multitude of cooking tasks. Terracotta tagines are also suitable for the barbeque or grill which is how this recipe has been cooked. Great flavours, easy cooking!
You will need: (5 – 6 tapas servings)
Half a cooked octopus
10 Garlic cloves
500ml Olive oil
Equipment: 24cm Tagine
1.Prepare the octopus by removing the beak and chopping into bite sized pieces (leave the thin ends of the tentacles quite long for presentation. You can also simmer the octopus for 30 minutes to make it more tender even of pre cooked.
2.Peel and dice the garlic cloves.
3.Add a splash of olive oil to the tagine and fry off the garlic before adding the rest of the olive oil
4.Slice the courgette and add to the oil with the octopus.
5.Cook over the grill for 10 – 12 minutes giving a quick stir half way through.
6.Serve in tapas bowls or cazuelas with cocktail sticks for perfect seafood tapas.
One of the best ways to prepare salmon is to poach it, in just a little liquid. We often use this “shallow poaching” method with a little white wine and herbs.
You can also make a simple sauce and poach the salmon in it, which is what we are doing here with these fillets, cooking them in a sauce of onions, tomatoes, white wine, and capers. Preparing salmon this way perfect for a quick and and easy midweek meal, and elegant enough for company.
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If you crave a good iced coffee in the summer, but loathe the way so many end up tasting watery or overly bitter, then there’s only one solution: cold brew coffee. This method guarantees a smooth and icy cup, every time.
These grilled Korean beef skewers are a little sweet, a little spicy from the gochujang (which is a Korean chili paste), and full of umami. The best part is that you can have them on the table in about a half hour.
I’ll never forget the first time I ate Korean food. We were visiting my mom’s friend in Los Angeles and she took us out for Korean barbecue. My first taste of kimchi, banchan, and bulgogi and I was hooked.
Please welcome my friend Lisa Lin from Healthy Nibbles and Bits as she shares a favorite lettuce wrap recipe! ~Elise
Summertime is all about light, fresh meals, and these teriyaki chicken lettuce wraps fit the bill exactly.
The chicken filling is flavored with a homemade teriyaki sauce. You could substitute your favorite store-bought teriyaki sauce in this recipe, but making your own is easy. I also find store-bought sauce to be too sweet for my taste, so I like that I can control the amount of sugar that goes into this sauce.
What's my go-to summer potluck dish? Sesame noodles! They're easy to make and hold well, so I can make them in advance. This handy sesame noodle recipe formula has endless flavor combinations, so I can make a batch for pretty much every party I go to without my friends giving each other the side-eye and saying, "Oh no, Carolyn brought sesame noodles again."
Even though I’ve cooked meat on the grill (and on my stovetop) one zillion times, I still get a little anxious about cutting into it once it’s off the heat in case it’s not done–especially if I’m serving people other than my immediate family. There’s nothing worse than taking meat off the grill only to sheepishly return soon after and put your partially cooked steak, chicken or burger back on the flames. It’s downright embarrassing.
"BPA-free" is the buzzword of choice for water bottles and plastic packaging. Bisphenol A (BPA)—the chemical that hardens plastic food containers and is in the lining of metal cans to prevent corrosion—has gotten bad press for having a harmful estrogen-mimicking effect, which may cause early puberty and lower sperm counts, even raise your risk of obesity, diabetes and some cancers (breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate).
In the mood for some red, white, and blue? How about red, white, and blue nachos, with blue corn tortilla chips!
I’ve always loved blue corn tortilla chips. I don’t know if it’s my mind playing tricks on me, but I think they taste better than regular tortilla chips. Maybe because they’re less industrial and have more flavor than the corn we get these days?
Whatever, the chips taste great and make a delightfully blue canvas for our white cheese sauce and chicken, and (mostly) red fresh pico de gallo salsa.
Looking for a crowd pleasing-appetizer? Make bacon-wrapped shrimp! Kinda ridiculously good.
I blame the bacon.
Seriously, this one is really easy and crazy good. Bacon and shrimp make a very happy couple. For this recipe we are coating the shrimp with some lime and chili powder, and then wrapping them in slices of bacon, and either oven baking or putting on the grill.
Here are a couple of tips that can help make these even better.
Have an abundance of blueberries? When they are in season you really have to enjoy them while you can, right? Here is a lovely blueberry cake that makes the most of fresh blueberries (though you can use frozen if you want).
In fact, it almost seems like there is more blueberry than cake in this cake; that’s a problem I can live with!
Please welcome guest author Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen as she tempts us with “Floribbean” tropical shrimp. ~Elise
With tropical fruit like mangoes and kiwi, you’ve got to eat the fruit just at the right time of ripeness. Under-ripe kiwi is suck-your-face-in-puckery-sour and over-ripe mangoes are blah and mushy.
So what to do with imperfect fruit? Slightly cook them for a warm, tropical fruit salsa, “Floribbean” style. (Yeah, it’s a dumb name, but restaurants in Florida use it all the time. It basically means Florida + Caribbean style, if you haven’t guessed already. These days, it really just refers to a tropical dish.)
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Warm, soapy water plus some elbow grease is technically the only DIY cleaning solution you need to prevent the growth of most illness-causing bacteria on kitchen surfaces. Before and after food preparation, simply scrub counters, sinks and cutting boards with hot, sudsy water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse well. Wipe dry with a clean towel or let air-dry.
I'm not typically a sneaky chef. I'm lucky that, so far, my daughter eats the same food at dinner that my husband and I are eating. She loves "crazy" stuff like beets, parsnips and rutabaga. That being said, she'd choose a sweet treat over veggies any day, like most kids her age. So I'm not adverse to sneaking more veggies in where she least expects it—dessert. And, let's face it: a little extra veg couldn't hurt the grownups either.
Here are 9 ways you can turn vegetables into dessert:
Is it hot where you are? We’ve had an unseasonably cool several days, but the weather reports assure us that that’s about to change.
This sesame noodle salad is a perfect cold noodle salad for a hot day. Make the noodles and the dressing ahead of time and let the noodles soak in all the flavor from the dressing (sesame oil, honey, soy sauce).
Over the years I have perfected my banana bread recipe—one of my favorite solutions for using overripe bananas. I use all whole-grain flour or whole-grain flour mixed with white all-purpose flour, and rely as much as I can on the natural sweetness of the bananas to cut the total amount of granulated sugar called for in the recipe. I also like to roughly mash, or chop, my bananas so that there are big chunks of fruit to bite into. I always throw in a handful of toasted chopped walnuts and sometimes I'll add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg and a handful of dark chocolate chips.
Have you ever eaten cactus? Prickly pear cactus paddles, known as nopalitos, are not only edible, but they are darn right delicious! Sort of like a cross between green beans and okra, and good for you too, high in vitamin A, calcium, potassium, and with plenty of fiber.
Perfect for those of us wanting to follow paleo, vegan, gluten-free, or low carb diets. (Note that I said “wanting to follow” rather than “following”. I desire to eat more a more healthy diet than I do most days.)
Like okra, there’s a bit of a slime factor when you cook them, but that can be easily rinsed away.
The prickly pear cactus grows all over the southwestern United States and the mediterranean and the young, tender paddles are a staple in Mexican cooking.
When it comes to grilling, chicken breasts can be problematic, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts. The meat itself is lean, and without the bones to insulate it or skin to protect it, that naked chicken breast on the grill has a tendency to easily overcook and dry out.
So, what to do?
One method is to marinate chicken cutlets, or chicken breasts pounded to an even thickness, and quickly grill them on high heat. We use this method for our cilantro lime chicken and it works fine.
Another way, which doesn’t require you to change the shape of the chicken breasts,
Have you ever tried grilling sweet potatoes? It’s quick and easy. You just peel the sweet potatoes, slice them into 1/4-inch slices, paint them with olive oil, sprinkle on some salt, and place on a hot grill.
To serve, you want to slather them with some sort of vinaigrette—olive oil to keep them from tasting too dry, and an acid like lime juice or lemon juice to balance the sweetness of the sweet potatoes.
I’ve discovered how to make casual summer entertaining super-easy and infinitely more fun: I simply plug in my slow cooker. I used to spend all day making side dishes and sweating for hours at the grill, not realizing until the end of the party that the only time I interacted with anyone was when they came to get a burger from me.
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.
Get all of our Summer Slim-Down recipes and tips here.
Water definitely does a body good. In one 2010 study, people who drank 2 cups of water before meals lost more weight than those who didn’t. Plus, drinking water can help edge out calories from calorie-laden beverages like juice, soda and even sweetened tea or coffee. Unsweetened tea, coffee and seltzer are all good zero-calorie options to try. Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime juice to iced tea and seltzer to make them more flavorful.
When the EatingWell Test Kitchen started talking about the “flautas” they were making, I admit I needed a translation. But when I tasted Oven-Fried Beef Taquitos, I knew just what they were: deliciously crispy rolled-up little tacos filled with beef—and a healthy surprise.
I’m a sucker for stuffed pasta of any kind. I don’t care what shape it is, ravioli, manicotti, whatever, if it comes out of the oven swimming in red sauce, oozing and bubbling under a thick layer of melted cheese then I want in. Who doesn’t? It’s comfort food at its finest. Not so comforting is the fact that meals like these pack a mean punch in the fat and calories department (some upwards of 800 calories and 20 grams of saturated fat!). So to continue to enjoy stuffed pasta, I’ve committed to making my own at home.
Preparing food with heat or fire is an activity unique to humans, and scientists believe the advent of cooking played an important role in human evolution. Most anthropologists believe that cooking fires first developed around 250,000 years ago.