Feed the Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Technically, Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s holiday (it’s the celebration of a victory over French occupiers at the “Battle of Puebla” in 1862), but early May really needs a good food holiday, and Mexican food is SO delicious, we’re willing to make up any excuse we need to get tacos to the table.

Grilled Peppers

Grilled Peppers

If you’re looking for a few great recipes to throw a little fiesta flair into su casa, mix yourself a drink, toast our southern neighbors and check out these five muy delicioso recipes plucked from our One-Click Recipes collection. … 

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Spring into Shape! 3 Smart Ways to Fuel Fitness

Well friends, if recent weather is any indication, it seems that it’s starting to feel a lot like Spring (finally)! And if winter’s lingering melancholy weather kept you out of the parks and out of the gym (and who could blame you), then welcome to a new day!

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

The sunshine and kinder temperatures are perfect for jogging, rekindling a relationship with a hula hoop or jump rope or simply skipping across a field.

Along with a balanced diet, regular exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy weight, strong muscles, joints, and bones and for lowering your risk of the big three chronic diseases in America: heart disease, cancer and stroke. (Plus, it just feels good!)… 

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Behind the Scenes: New FreshDirect Frozen Entrees

Last fall, we launched a truly unique new line of meals: FreshDirect Frozen Entrées.

Chef Tina Bourbeau

Chef Tina Bourbeau

FreshDirect’s Chef Tina Bourbeau designed these meals using a variety of impressive ingredients (seriously: when’s the last time you saw chanterelle mushrooms, Romanesco cauliflower or crème fraîche in a frozen meal?), and they’ve been so popular, we had to launch five new Frozen Entrées this month.

I took a few minutes to quiz Chef Bourbeau about the Frozen Entrées and find out what’s so special about them.

Q: Clearly, what you’re cooking isn’t what people generally think of when they picture “frozen meals.” What do you do to make them taste so fresh?

Chef Bourbeau: It’s the choice of ingredients we use and the quality of those ingredients. Honestly, the stuff we use is more expensive than what other people are using in their frozen meals, and it’s just better. I mean, it’s not like we invented frozen food. We’re just making it better than everyone else…. 

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Celebrate Spring! Five Fresh Easter Recipes

I don’t know about you, but after all the colored eggs have been found and the chocolate bunnies have been nibbled, I find that Easter dinner is a welcome break from the long parade of Easter sugar.

Dyed Easter Eggs

Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter Sunday’s big meal is presented differently across cultures, but it’s always an opportunity to embrace rebirth, renewal and delicious springtime ingredients.

And unlike some holidays (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving!) Easter tends to have fewer “rules” about what’s required on the dinner table. So whether you choose to cook lamb, ham or a vegetarian entrée, it’s easy to accompany the main course with something a little something special that invites conversation (and compliments!) at the table.

To mark the occasion, I’ve chosen five inspiring Easter recipes: two steeped in old-world traditions and three more simple side dishes that salute the season. Bon appétit!

Find more ideas for Easter Feasting in the FreshDirect One-Click Recipes section.

How I Fell in Love with Fennel

I can still remember my first taste of raw fennel.

Fennel

Fennel

I had yet to reach the age of happily consuming vegetables (and broccoli only served to amuse me with its tree-like appearance), but here was a crunchy vegetable that looked a little like celery and… TASTED A LOT LIKE CANDY! One crisp, licorice-scented bite and I was hooked.

Once I started cooking on regular basis, my childhood appreciation of fennel’s sweet flavor developed into a deep, abiding love.

It might seem silly to declare my devotion to foeniculum vulgare, but I find fennel to be such an engaging ingredient. This singular vegetable develops a variety of characteristics based on different preparations, and it brings its distinct flavor to whatever I’m preparing.

Since fennel offers a hint of spring before most of the real spring vegetables arrive, now’s a great time to experiment with a few tasty ideas… both raw and cooked. … 

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Just Desserts: Pat’s Fast & Fancy Fruit Tarts

I can’t wait for my meal to end. I don’t want my guests to leave — I just want dessert.

Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious Apples

Serve up prime rib and my mind is craving cookies. Give me baked potatoes and I’m daydreaming about créme brulee.

In fact, if I could skip the entire meal and munch my way from muffins to pound cake, I would be in heaven. But some people, (my husband and son) actually like eating the entire meal.

With our family’s busy schedule, any dessert to be enjoyed has to be quick and easy, but decadent enough to pass my rigorous crave test. Behold the wonder of frozen puff pastry! … 

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My Top Two Family-Friendly Fish

Looking for ways to serve up seafood the whole family can appreciate? Look no further than mild, approachable white fish.

Royal Dorade

Royal Dorade

My two favorites are Australis Barramundi and Local Ocean Royale Dorade.

The Barramundi is even on sale at my Healthy Living for Less page right now (through May 3rd). It’s also in my refrigerator waiting to be made into dinner tonight (had the Dorade last week).

What makes these two fish top picks in my book? A lot. They’re budget-friendly, great for the whole family, are simple to prepare, and they provide healthy omega-3 fats.

You won’t have to worry about mercury with these fish, and they’re ocean-friendly, too.

Already convinced? Head on over to the seafood market to try them for dinner tomorrow. Want to learn more? Keep reading…. 

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A Lot Can Happen in One Click… (Part 1)

It’s time for another confession: I don’t make shopping lists.

There are lots of reasons for this. There’s a large supermarket around the corner from my apartment, so forgetting something is never a tragedy.

Stack of Cookbooks

One-Click Recipes at FreshDirect

I also enjoy going up and down every aisle, seeing what’s in stock and getting ideas. But there are two main factors in my lack of list-making: I don’t use recipes, and I’m lazy.

Recipes scare me. They’re supposed to make cooking easier, but they just make me panic. … 

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Grilled Cheese? Yes, Please!

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?

Chef Brenanan's Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Sandwich

Chef Brenanan's Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Sandwich

Why? No idea. But I’m not going to argue with any available reason to eat a grilled cheese sandwich.

Aside from the unassailable classic pairing (grilled cheese sandwiches cut diagonally and served with a bowl of tomato soup, of course), there are so many delicious ways to jazz up a melted cheese sandwich, I could probably list a new one for each day of the month.

Instead, I’m going to link you to five terrific (and easy) grilled cheese recipes from the treasure trove of tempting One-Click Recipes here at the FreshDirect website. … 

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Healthy Planet, Healthy You!

People ask me why a registered dietitian should care about sustainable seafood. The heart of the answer is the idea that nothing exists in a vacuum.

Grilled Fish & Vegetables

Grilled Fish & Vegetables

Let me explain: Enjoying a variety of seafood is a great way to benefit from the heart-healthy omega-3 fats that are in all seafood.

Like many health care professionals, I recommend that people enjoy seafood twice a week as part of a heart-healthy diet. Doing so contributes to an increased demand for seafood, for better or for worse.

Since there is seafood out there that is well-managed and caught in environmentally responsible ways, and because it can be confusing to find it, I want to do my best to guide people towards those choices that are good for human health as well as the health of the community and planet. … 

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