Posts with the tag
Mediterranean diet

Sheet pan meals are one of our team’s go-to weeknight dinners. They are called sheet pan meals because the whole meal is made on the same pan at the same time – talk about easy! Sheet pan meals can be made up of only vegetables or a combination of vegetables and meat. This is not a traditional recipe, but instead, we share our 6-step guide for how to make any combination of sheet pan meals. Dinner is served! 6 Steps… Continue reading »

I love a non-recipe recipe. A recipe that really is just a very simple prep technique with a few ingredients. No need to measure. I recently had a breakfast for our department and wanted to serve one vegetable dish. Not an easy feat for a Westerners that usually don’t eat vegetables at breakfast. We had multiple dishes but this one went first – a HUGE bowl quickly disappeared. You could serve this for breakfast as we did or as a… Continue reading »

I love making homemade spaghetti sauce…that is until I had Giovanni Rana’s Marinara. I cannot make it any better and the addition of carrots in their recipe means it is low in added sugar. You can find it in the refrigerator section with the fresh pasta in many grocery stores. When I saw it in Eataly (a large Italian gourmet grocery store) I knew it had to be good. I use Rana’s Marinara for many things, pasta (of course), pizza sauce, baked eggs… Continue reading »

Now that we have our new Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens on NC State Campus, I have been doing more culinary training including our Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School. Working to help others be better cooks always makes me a better cook and helps me analyze what is important in the kitchen. What is essential to making good food? There are literally hundreds of things that make a good cook. However, I wanted to boil it down to… Continue reading »

Persimmons are not as common in the US as other parts of the world, but we have been seeing more of them – which is great! Persimmons ripen in late fall to early winter here, so you’re probably seeing them on the grocery store shelves now. We recently got some in our produce box, so I’ve been looking for a variety of ways to enjoy this tasty fruit. Persimmons are a good source of many vitamins and micronutrients, particularly vitamin… Continue reading »

Fall has certainly hit North Carolina which means it is a great time to experiment with spaghetti squash. One of my favorite ways to cook spaghetti squash is in the air fryer. What is Spaghetti Squash? Although in the squash family, spaghetti squash is not as starchy as other varieties. At only 42 calories per cup (compared to 220 calories per cup of spaghetti), this low-calorie swap can help keep your calories on track while boosting your veggie intake. Spaghetti… Continue reading »

Pomegranate Kale Salad Servings: 6 to 8 Ingredients: 1 bunch of kale, stemmed and leaves julienned 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds 1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped Garnish with Parmesan cheese Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup white wine vinegar 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon honey Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Place washed and stemmed kale in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, salt, and pepper. Pour dressing over kale… Continue reading »

There are several places in the world where living to be over 100, with a healthy body and mind is the norm. Deemed, the Blue Zones, these rare longevity hotspots around the world are located specifically in Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Nicoya (Costa Rica), Icaria (Greece), and Loma Linda, CA (US). National geographic journalist, Dan Buettner, and a team of medical researchers, anthropologists, demographers, and epidemiologists took to studying exactly what could be contributing to these longer life spans by looking… Continue reading »

An easy dinner to throw together on a busy weeknight? AND one that serves as a great lunch the next day? These Greek Bowls are just that. They can be made in advance to meal prep for that week’s lunches but they can also be put together quickly for a last-minute dinner (and if there are leftovers – lunch the next day too!). This recipe is flexible, feel free to add or remove anything based on what you have on… Continue reading »

I stumbled across this great recipe for Lemony Artichoke & Quinoa Salad from budgetbytes. It is a refrigerator salad (i.e. doesn’t get limp or soggy) that works great as a side dish or as a light entrée. When I made this recipe I add some crumbled feta cheese (see picture), which I thought was a nice addition to the other flavors in this salad. Lemon Artichoke Quinoa Salad Ingredients 1 cup quinoa  1 fresh lemon  1/4 cup olive oil  2 cloves garlic, minced  1 tsp salt  freshly cracked pepper  1 13oz. can quartered… Continue reading »