Eating In

You Put the (Chile) Lime in the Coconut (Popcorn)

Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, especially for late night TV watching. On its own, the kernels are very low calorie, but I have a tendency to dump on enough butter to drown a small bird. Sound familiar? For this recipe, I set out to make a seasoning that was spicy, sour, salty, and a little sweet—one to indulge my midnight snacking habits without ruining a whole day of healthy living. Addictive, with Thai tastes that really pop, this is a snack so satisfying you'll never miss the butter deluge.

Super-Fast Shrimp Tacos That Taste Like Vacation

Ground beef was starting to feel blah. So I decided to liven up taco night with sweet shrimp, made smoky with a little shower of powdered chipotle and finished with a drizzle of chipotle-lime crema. 

In an effort to avoid soggy tacos, I've opted to skip the salsa and keep things simple with the tropical taste of mango and creamy avocado cubes, a nice contrast to the crisp shredded lettuce and juicy shrimp.

Quinoa: The Super Good Superfood You Need to Get to Know

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a grain-like seed worth getting to know. It ranks right up there with kale on the list of super foods — foods thought to be incredibly nutritious and beneficial for your health. When prepared correctly, quinoa is nutty and buttery with an absolutely wonderful texture, making it a great stand-in for couscous and many other grains. But ‘correctly’ is the operative word because when it's not prepared right, quinoa can literally leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It has an outside protein coating that is unpalatable, but this is easily remedied.

Let's Make a Mocktail Worth Drinking

Whatever reason you choose not to imbibe, you deserve a delicious drink. 

Mocktails — the slightly irritating moniker for an alcohol-free beverage — have been getting more attention lately. With top-notch bars and restaurants carrying house-made syrups, infusions and fresh juices, teetotalers and those taking a temporary break from booze have come to rightly expect something made with the same care and attention as a classic cocktail.

  • January 6, 2016

A Resolution-Friendly Salad That's Actually Addictive

On their own, cucumbers can be bland. But this versatile veggie is the perfect vessel for an array of flavors; that's why they're popular in cuisines from all over the world! 

Because cukes have such a light, bright flavor, I like to contrast those qualities with richer, savory ingredients.

Miso paste —  the Japanese seasoning and condiment made from fermented soybeans —  isn't just for soup. It adds wonderful depth to dressings and marinades, and even baked goods, and can range in color from light to dark.

Grandma's Pork And Bean Soup Gets A Makeover

It’s always a tug-of-war this time of year between healthy post-holiday eating and satisfying comfort-food cravings. Like everything in life, it's important to strike a balance. If you commit to only salads and yogurt, in a week you might end up behind the garage binging on leftover christmas cookies. I love this soup because it walks the fine line of feeling somewhat indulgent, while still being healthy and satisfying.

Eating Your Vegetables Is Easy With This Delicious Curry

It's January and you know what that means... time to eat and live healthy(er). Like many, I resolve to eat a more nutritionally dense diet, one that is not only better for me (and my waistline) but also better for the planet. While I'm not a vegetarian, I think vegetables will be a big part of helping me stick to my goals. And I can't think of a better way to consume the recommended daily dose than with a curry. 

  • December 28, 2015

How To Pick Your Bubbles Like A Boss

We break down the basics of choosing a sparkler and our top pairing picks for when the ball drops. 

How To Pick Your New Year's Bubbles Like a Boss | WGBH | Craving Boston

The season of holiday indulgence without guilt is coming to a close. The good news? We still have one big night left and it’s a doozy. Time to send off 2015 off with a delicious bang! Like many people, I enjoy celebrating with bubbles. Lots and lots of bubbles.

(Trivia time. How many bubbles, on average, do you think are in a bottle of French Champagne? The answer is at the bottom). 

  • December 21, 2015