Use lean cuts of beef such as flank steak to cut back on extra fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. Shiitake mushrooms also add a meaty taste without adding fat, while bok choy, a Chinese variety of cabbage, is an excellent source of vitamin C. Serve over brown rice for a meal that’s packed with flavor and fiber.
From the Kitchen of…Blakeslee Giles, Food Styling Assistant
“I have fond memories of Thanksgiving in Richland, Georgia, with my grandmother. Her dressing was to die for.”
We kept all the love Blakeslee’s grandmother poured into her dressing and added chestnuts for texture and earthy flavor. If you aren’t up for roasting and opening your own, find whole roasted chestnuts, in a pouch or jar, in the baking aisle.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with banana bread. It’s a breakfast classic, like a plain bagel or a glazed doughnut. However, there are times when a classic just doesn’t thrill. That’s when we pull out the green stuff. Avocado and matcha green tea powder may not be part of your regular baking routine, but not only do they dye banana bread a delightful deep green, they add earthy flavors that tone down the banana-ness of the loaf.
Pureed avocado adds moisture to make the quick bread even more tender, plus a mild vegetal note you just can’t find in plain ol’ sweet banana bread. Then, a hit of matcha ups the complex flavors where avocado drops off, and doubles up on the vibrant color. Slice into the bread while it’s still warm (or pop it in the toaster) and smear it with a thick swipe
This gluten-free recipe makes classic sugar cookies that are perfect for decorating to your liking with frosting and sprinkles! Shape them into pretty hearts for Valentine’s Day, egg-shaped ovals for Easter, four-leaf clovers for St. Patrick’s Day, and trees or stars for Christmas.