Meatless Monday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE

Spiced pumpkin is truly a fall favorite, and we will likely be using it quite a lot this season. Pumpkins came early and are already so tasty. Here’s a tasty dish that you can make and enjoy as a side dish or as your main for Meatless Monday. Continue reading “Meatless Monday Recipes: Spiced Pumpkin Risotto courtesy of inSHAPE”

Meatless Monday Recipes: Pumpkin Soup courtesy of inSHAPE

The pumpkin is a beloved, if not difficult, ingredient in hearty autumn dishes. A large squash that is equally satisfying in both savory and sweet dishes, the pumpkin deserves a spot on everyone’s table! This tasty soup is surprisingly easy to prepare and tastes great. Coupled with a green salad, your Monday dinner will become an event to celebrate.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Eggplant Parmesan courtesy of inSHAPE

With the chill in the air, its hard not to start thinking of autumn. Eggplant is an autumn delight, and the parmesan style of preparing it remains a favorite. However, the thinly cut, heavily breaded style is boring and a little too heavy on the starchy carbs. So, we did some research and came up with a flavorful version that is twice baked. With whole wheat or quinoa pasta, this dish is a testament to the diminished value of meat on the plate! Cheers to Meatless Monday!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Screaming Succotash courtesy of inSHAPE

Foods ladened with flavorful spices achieve several goals in your healthy eating life. They boost your metabolism, decrease inflammation, and may contribute to a healthier digestive system. This yummy version of succotash is fresh, crunchy and full of flavor. Topped with cayenne dusted ricotta and broccoli sprouts, your taste buds will be as tickled as your waistline.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Green Tomato Parmesan courtesy of inSHAPE

Green tomatoes don’t get the praise of their riper brethren but they taste terrific when prepared well. With a low fat buttermilk coating and blended breading, they satisfy without overdoing it on the processed carbs and calories.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Black Rice Pilaf with Apricot Dressing courtesy of inSHAPE

I still love white rice and indulge in it with sushi every once in a blue moon, but “fancy” rice has taken on a whole new meaning as the effects of refined carbohydrates have been underscored.

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Chef Recipes: Crunchy Black Rice with Green Vegetables and Brazil Nut Milk courtesy of Alex Atala of D.O.M in São Paulo

This recipe for Crunchy Black Rice with Green Vegetables and Brazil Nut Milk is courtesy of Alex Atala of D.O.M in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Chilled Snake Squash Soup with Mint courtesy of inSHAPE

I’d never seen a snake squash until I walked into our local Harlem market and found a huge bin of them. The one that I selected, if you can call it that, had no external cuts or nicks.

The soup is served chilled, which makes it perfect for a summer get together. This is a great recipe to do the day before!

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Meatless Monday Recipes: Paneer Ka Paratha courtesy of inSHAPE

When there’s an active youngster in the house (or more than one), snacks are really important. Buying packed snacks underscore our modern struggle with weight and overall health, so we try to snack mostly on foods that grow or things that we can make at home.  Yes, this can take time and, for what it’s worth, a little muscle. Do yourself a favor and give this simple recipe a try for a yummy snack treat that you and your kids will love.

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Gadgets for the home kitchen: Immersion circulators

Last week I wrote about the awesomeness that is ChefSteps, an online cooking instruction site with a focus on “cooking smarter” utilizing modern techniques and kitchen gadgetry. A gadget they highly tout, and one that has garnered more and more attention over the past couple of years has been the immersion circulator.

Up until the recent past, circulators were only available to professional kitchens or the particularly adventurous home cook who had cash flow to burn. That, however, is no longer the case. Companies like Anova, Sansaire, Nomiku, and one of the original pioneers in immersion circulator technology, PolyScience, have made efforts to bring the device in to the home kitchen at a much more affordable price.

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