An easy, healthy recipe for chilled zucchini soup that’s meatless and make ahead.
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An easy healthy recipe for grilled chicken shawarma with tomato-onion salad and yogurt-tahini sauce.
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A recipe for Mediterranean-spiced lamb burgers served with arugula, feta, red onions, cucumbers, and an olive mayonnaise.
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A vegetarian summer salad recipe inspired by my vacation to Mexico — with cumin toasted corn, roasted poblanos, tomatoes, feta, and a cilantro-pumpkin seed dressing.
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A healthy weeknight-worthy recipe for a salad with grilled salmon, asparagus, peas, fennel, and arugula.
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Using a quick-roasting technique and a good cast iron pan, this recipe for sumac, thyme, and lemon-roasted chicken comes out with crisp skin and super moist meat.
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A substantial yet light vegetarian chopped salad that makes a satisfying light meal.
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Today was très amusant! I woke up to throw together a 1920s French-themed party and share it with my friends on Access Hollywood Live. Seeing as I’ve been working with Moet & Chandon a French-ified party seemed parfait. So, I donned my best 1920s makeup, decorated with a mix of modern metallics and vintage glasses, and assembled an assortment of finger foods with classic French flavors.
Here’s a few tips I passed on, a menu inspired by classic French foods, and a few behind-the-scenes snapshots of the food I prepared.
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It’s that time of the year when some of us have ditched our healthy eating New Year’s resolutions while others are still attempting to hold on with dear life.
I’m in that second group and am doing my best to eat clean and healthy — with the help of a ton of lighter soups, healthy grains, and wintry salads. I know, when I write winter salads, you’re probably saying, “oh, great, that’s sure to be boring,” but it really doesn’t have to be that way.
My search for an interesting seasonal salad combined with my recent time in Hawaii led me to create this green salad topped with some seared miso-marinated tofu. It’s meatless, healthy, and made with ingredients available (to most of us) throughout the winter. The element that separates it from other, more predictable salads is the misoyaki tofu. Here I used the marinade with tofu but, if you’re not a fan, you could use it with salmon, tuna, or chicken. But, another resolution of mine has been to eat less meat so meatless sources of protein like tofu and I have become close friends.
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I had a revelation this trip: food in Hawaii was fusion long before the term was ever coined.
Sure, some modern dishes are historically Hawaiian and others have been slightly tweaked from a distinct ethnic dish, but a good amount of food in Hawaii is the result of a mash up of numerous cuisines and flavors. One such dish is Saimin: it’s origin dates back to sugar cane plantation days when various immigrants worked and cooked together and saimin reflects all those influences. Saimin has a broth reminiscent of Japanese dashi, uses egg and wheat noodles reminiscent of Chinese chow mein noodles, and is garnished with an assortment of toppings hailing from Chinese, Hawaiian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Filipino cuisines.
My first taste of saimin was a late-night meal at the Hawaiian fast food chain, Zippys, which was forgettable, to say the least. Fortunately, I’ve had better tasting saimin since, but every one has been so MSG-filled that I walk away feeling like I’ve made out with a salt lick. Recently, my friends in Hawaii asked me to craft them modern, homemade, healthier versions of their favorite local grindz (aka only-in-Hawaii foods) and when I asked which to start with, one of them blurted out, Saimin!
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