Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Penne with Spicy Vodka Sauce

Want to know my not-so-secret secret? I often over-commit myself.

Last week, for example, I offered to host a dinner for seven people in honor of a friend who was visiting from out of town.

I immediately started polling the FreshDirect Research & Development team on what I should make (admittedly, I’m lucky enough to have insider access to their professional advice!), and they came up with the idea of using our own Marsala Wine & Mushroom Sauce — which is truly to die for.

The party was scheduled for Wednesday, and while I was sure it would take me all night Tuesday to prepare for our dinner party — instead, I just took their advice… and it was brilliant. I was able to prepare everything in less than 30 minutes. Here’s how I did it: (More…)

04/07/2011 by in Short Cuts - Comments are closed
Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Happy Earth Month!

In addition to a month of homage to our shared planet, April also signals the turn of the season from winter to glorious spring — ripe with the promise of fairer weather and fresh foods.

What a perfect time to appreciate “eating green” by eating greens (and reds, blues, oranges, blues, and… you get the idea).

For the planet, eating green could be a great thing, since plant foods don’t typically require copious natural resources to grow.

For your health, eating green is consistent with the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommendation to eat a plant-based diet. (More…)

Checking the Produce

My First Order

If you read my first post, you know I’m not much of a chef — at least not yet.

Though I’m just beginning to appreciate the joys of cooking, one thing I’ve always loved is shopping. I love supermarkets. I love cruising up and down each aisle, from fruits and vegetables to frozen foods, seeing what’s new and what looks good (and what’s on sale).

I have many friends who are devoted fans of FreshDirect, and I’ve always responded to their enthusiastic recommendations by reminding them of my affection for the grocery store. But now that I’ve completed my first order, I know the things they should have said to convince me: (More…)

Fruit Fools

Mixed Berry Fool & Apple-Quince Fool

April fools? No trickery here!

The fruit fool is an old English dessert that was traditionally made with layered gooseberries and custard — very much like a trifle without the sponge cake layers.

Both delicious and easy to make, the fool is a light, fruity dessert that’s ideal for serving after a spring dinner. (More…)

04/01/2011 by in One-Click Recipes - Comments are closed

Hooray — that glass of red wine you just drank is good for your health! Oh wait, no, drinking that bottle of wine is actually pretty risky business. Confused yet? You’re not alone.

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

In this week’s post, the fifth and last in the series of National Nutrition Month coverage of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 (DGA-2010), I’ll try to set the record straight; or at least, to provide a review of what the official state-of-the-science research says about it.

First off, drinking too much has well-known health consequences, and nobody is advocating overdoing it. Abstaining is always an important option.

That said, there are nuances for responsible adults of legal drinking age who enjoy a drink now and then. Namely, there is strong evidence for heart health benefits, and there are also ways for breastfeeding moms to responsibly enjoy a drink, too. (More…)

03/30/2011 by in Eat Right Here - Comments are closed
Welcome to FreshDirect!

Welcome to FreshDirect, Erica!

My name is Erica, and I have a confession to make: I am not a foodie.

I love food, but for many, many years, the foods that I loved could have been counted on two hands. Chicken and rice (though only if made by mom or grandma). Pizza (just cheese, please). McDonald’s. Vanilla soft-serve ice cream. Bagels.

I was picky, but I was happy. I loved my handful of foods, and I could have eaten them — and nothing else — for the rest of my life.

I never understood why other people would gasp in horror, their mouths hanging open, when I told them I didn’t like chocolate or that I had never eaten bacon. (More…)

Fully Loaded Hummus Recipe

Fully Loaded Hummus

‘Tis the season to enjoy March Madness, and there’s nothing more satisfying on game day than settling into a comfy spot on the sofa with a good bean dip.

I’ve created two delicious — and extremely simple — dip recipes that make a nice break from all the heavy food that typically goes hand-in-hand with watching sports. (More…)

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maybe you’re convinced that eating right is important, but are unsure of where to start. You’re not alone. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the nutrition news “noise” and lose sight of simple, yet powerful, ways to eat right and feel great.

This is week four of National Nutrition Month, and the fourth installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits. This week’s focus is on five highly effective healthy habits. (More…)

Steamed Salmon and Asparagus

Steamed Salmon & Asparagus

After a long, cold winter this year, we’re more than ready to welcome spring into the kitchen.

Truthfully, the very best spring vegetables aren’t yet available (though they’re coming soon!), but we’re so excited about the change of season, we’ve selected a few great recipes that use available fresh produce and a few quick-frozen veggies to help bridge the gap between the slushy days now and sunny days that are yet to come.

Try these easy, breezy meals from our One-Click Recipes area to enjoy a luscious taste of spring — even before the temperature rises. (More…)

03/23/2011 by in One-Click Recipes - Comments are closed
Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Maggie Moon, MS, RD

Learn more about four nutrients you should know and love… and two you should give the cold shoulder!

This is week three of National Nutrition Month, and the third installment of how to use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 in real life to go from expert recommendations to everyday healthy habits.

While “everything in moderation” is a mantra you may have heard, like most things — there are exceptions. Nobody likes to be the food police, but truth be told, of course there are good and bad foods (and good and bad habits), and most people know the difference.

I’m not talking about the artisanal champagne truffle or dry-aged steak dinner you enjoy once a year; but I am talking about everyday choices that can make a big impact on your everyday sense of wellbeing.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 feature four superstar nutrients most Americans need to be eating more of, and two that most of us could do with less of — all in the interest of living healthy, vibrant lives. (More…)