Is asparagus at its tastiest steamed or sautéed? And does it have more flavor in the summer or spring? So many questions, so many vegetables, so little time. But help is finally here in the form of this at-a-glance guide to enjoying vegetables from Cook Smarts. It lists all of your favorite vegetables (in alphabetical order), lets you know when they’re in season, and tells you the best way to cook them! Improving your veggie vocab has never been simpler!
I don’t know if it’s the salt, the crunch, or the grease, but I cannot resist a good chip. And if there’s dip… well you better watch out, because I’m gonna dip that whole bag. If you’re like me and have no willpower when it comes to chips, you may be on the lookout for dipping alternatives.
Leftovers are a conundrum for me. I’m not a fan, but I hate to waste food. If there were ever an opportunity to enjoy leftovers though, Thanksgiving is it. It’s a great opportunity to double-utilize some really beautiful food.
It’s the perfect time to size up our plates and ask, “Is my plate in shape?” “Is half of it filled with fruits and vegetables?” Nutrient-packed, vitamin-rich foods like vegetables are essential for healthy adults and kids alike. Try these family-friendly ways to enjoy more vegetables. It can be easy. It can be delicious. It can be fresh and healthy.
Putting together a quick salad is easy with Earthbound salad blends. I usually place a couple of containers in my order (especially when they’re on sale!).
So when our friends over at Earthbound Farm suggested that I can make meals beyond my basic salad, I was intrigued. Here are three recipes that are just as easy to make:…
It’s local season at FreshDirect, which means we are directing all of our efforts to sourcing and promoting the freshest, best-tasting local produce for your eating pleasure.
From early May to mid-October, Eric Stone, our produce category manager, and I make frequent trips to the North Fork of Long Island, the Hudson Valley and south central New Jersey to check in on the crops’ progress and visit with our farmers. We take pride in our relationship with our farmers and work very closely with them to ensure that we receive the cream of the crop, and in return we offer fair prices and visibility for their fresh products.
There are a few new and exciting things happening in the local department this year! For starters, we’ve sourced a number of our commodity items from New Jersey under the Jersey Fresh umbrella. Produce from New Jersey does not receive the Jersey Fresh stamp of approval unless it meets the “quality standard for the size, shape and coloring of that commodity.” Be sure to check out McGregor’s Microgreens micro arugula and Cassaday Farms strawberries, both great examples of vendors that exemplify Jersey Fresh quality standards….
Ed. note: Growing up, my grandmother would make weeknight dinner meals so much more fun by making shapes out of vegetables. As a kid, her fried rice seemed so much tastier with carrot flowers. So when our Marketing team member Anna decided to write this how-to on pretty, edible garnishes, it brought back such fond memories. Enjoy!
Whether throwing a House Party or entertaining guests, take presentation up to the next level with decorative garnishes on each dish.
Below are three garnish ideas that are simple, yet really add a wow factor to the plate. And they’re all made from food!…
Upgrade what’s on your plate, and you have the power to prevent America’s #1 cause of death. February is American Heart Month, a time to turn the spotlight on essential heart health.
Every year, too many American families are affected by heart disease and stroke. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans. One in every 3 people in the United States has some form of heart disease – that’s 80 million adults. It often develops silently, without symptoms until it’s too late.
That’s why it’s so important to make heart-healthy changes today. Let this February be the start of – or revitalized commitment to – leading a heart healthy life. It’s good for you, and it’s good for your loved ones.
Eating right is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Some of the healthiest foods for your heart are vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, and fruit. (You’ll find my hand-picked selection of seasonal heart-healthy foods at Healthy Living for Less.) Here’s a list of my favorite heart-healthy foods:…
Are you excited for the big game on Sunday? Judging from all of your posts, tweets and mentions on our Facebook page, you’re ready to nosh on some tasty comfort food (corn chowder, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza) as well as dive into some classic party foods (salsa and chips; veggies and dip; cheese and crackers).
We asked our fans for their healthier Super Bowl tips and you did not disappoint! From Eggplant Fries to Parmesan Popcorn, our customers have the best ideas!
MaryAnn Jones, from Manhasset, Long Island, NY says, for her, “The keys to Thriving during a snack-a-licious party are balance & control.” She likes to eat a satisfying snack like a handful of almonds or walnuts before the big game….
Eat healthy food. Lose weight. Get fit. Manage stress. Quit smoking. Sound familiar? These popular (and admirable) New Year’s resolutions have one thing in common: They all improve your quality of life and sense of well-being. That’s worth working for – for you and for your loved ones!
Now, changing the way we behave takes a will, a way, and some inspiration along the way to stay motivated!
As far as healthy eating goes, I hear from people that they want to eat healthy but they’re short on time or ideas. So I spent this past weekend thinking about quick and simple healthy meal and snack ideas, all with the busy home cook in mind. Take a look at my pictures and recipes of what I came up with! Each dish took me 30 minutes or less to cook!…