Low in calories and rich in fiber, it’s a crisp, healthy pick, as easy to reach for as your favorite glass of wine.
Cabernet is often described as complex, full-bodied with dark fruity flavors which is exactly how a Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomato can also be described. Never heard of the Cabernet Estate Reserve Tomato®? Village Farms International – a Canadian company that specializes in greenhouse grown produce – grows Cabernet Estate Reserve® Tomatoes – a beautiful brown cherry tomato that is very complex starting with the color: a deep wine hue with shades of vine. The texture is semi-crisp and the flavor is deeply earthy with very sweet overtones – which is how a sommelier could also describe a Cabernet. Read more
Pink Lady Chick Pea Salad is the go to salad when you want something fresh and flavorful but don’t have a lot of time. Full of crunchy fruits, vegetables, and legumes – apple, celery, red onion, and chick peas – the Pink Lady Chick Pea Salad comes together with tangy lemon juice, creamy avocado and freshly chopped cilantro. From pantry and refrigerator to the table in less than 10 minutes, this salad is filling but not heavy, and full of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals. Enjoy on a bed of lettuce or serve between two whole grain pieces of bread. Read more
My first experience with lettuce wraps – butter lettuce leaves offered with a wide variety of fillings and sauces – was at the Cheesecake Factory, which was an eye-opening foodie moment for me. Instead of soft tortillas, crispy green butter leaves can be used as a lighter alternative to hold raw vegetables (bean sprouts, minced scallions, carrot sticks, chopped tomatoes, diced avocado, thinly sliced cucumber or radishes) and/or cooked vegetables (sautéed mushrooms and/or onions, corn, tofu) blended with herbs (cilantro, mint, basil), and sauce (soy, teriyaki, peanut). The options are vast and only limited by what’s in the garden, pantry, or fridge. Read more
Quinoa and Vegetable Salad with Tempeh Croutons is a protein and nutrient packed salad that contains a variety of vegetables (green beans, kale, red cabbage, red pepper, cucumber, and scallion) along with quinoa and nutty roasted tempeh. Drizzled with a homemade orange mustard vinaigrette, the salad is cornucopia of flavors and textures. Serve for dinner on a warm summer evening or as a side salad on a cool evening with a hot bowl of soup. Read more
Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy a pasta salad made with savory vegetables – eggplant, zucchini, and spinach – and sweet, juicy nectarines marinated in a light Thai-influenced glaze over rice noodles. Easy to make and full of flavor, Miso-Glazed Veggies with Rice Noodles is a variation of the Purple Carrot’s recipe for Miso-Glazed Peaches and Eggplant with Rice Noodles and Spinach Mint Salad. Read more
France’s oldest (1822) oil and condiment makers – A L’OLIVIER – makes 7 fruit vinegars – Passion Fruit, Mango, Raspberry, Fig, Black Currant, Tomato, and Espelette Chili Pepper (a red pepper grown in the Basque region) – that make a refreshing addition to summer salads. With a thick sauce-like texture and a fruity-tart sweetness, the natural bright-colored A L’OLIVIER fruit vinegars are smooth and delicious as is – or as the perfect addition to olive oil for a light summer dressing. Read more
Pure. Comfort. Food. Vegetable-centric foods that satisfy on every level.
Anyone who eats vegetables knows the worst part of enjoying nature’s most nutritious food group is the chopping, cutting, shredding, and for those who love vegetable noodles – spiralizing which turns nearly any vegetable into a mound of noodles (provided you have a spiralizer, time, and muscles). Read more
I always love a side of guacamole with everything. ~Erin Heatherton
Rich, creamy guacamole made from a perfectly ripe avocado is the perfect topping for a veggie burger or toast, as a sandwich spread, or as a dip with tortilla chips or crackers. But if you want to ramp up the nutrition without compromising on flavor, consider making Green Pea Guacamole – an equally rich, thick, and flavorful side dish that is made with both avocado and fresh green peas. Read more
Golden Berries are making an appearance in grocery stores nationwide. Native to high altitude tropical climates – and particularly Peru and Columbia – Golden Berries are small round berries that look like yellow cherry tomatoes but with a sweet and mild tart flavor.
Also known as Peruvian Ground Cherries, Cape Gooseberries, Uchuva, and Physalis (its scientific name), Golden Berries have traditionally been used to make jams, preserves, and as an exotic garnish on tarts. More recently, the berries are being enjoyed as is, chopped in a salad, or diced in a relish (see recipe below). Read more
At some point we all get into a rut when it comes to making a side dish, whether it’s the dinner salad, rice, or a baked potato. Let’s start with the salad. Lettuce greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and scallions are placed in a bowl, tossed with dressing and voilá, the salad is ready. If we think ahead, maybe some homemade croutons make an appearance.
For rice, we generally chose water and when feeling adventurous, maybe broth (low sodium if we’re in a nutritious frame of mind). Baked potatoes present another challenge, especially for those on dairy-free diets because butter and sour cream are not options. So, what can we do with these three essential side dishes to generate a bit more excitement at the table? Read more