Wait! Don’t toss that stale bread on your counter. Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs instead! Up until recently, Jack and I rarely had stale bread hanging around the house. We just weren’t bread people. Every so often, we’d get a go…
Wait! Don’t toss that stale bread on your counter. Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs instead! Up until recently, Jack and I rarely had stale bread hanging around the house. We just weren’t bread people. Every so often, we’d get a good crusty loaf to enjoy with a pot of soup, or Jack would make his own bread for a fun weekend project. But regular old sandwich bread? Nope, we never had it on hand. But over the last year or so, Jack has started making sandwiches for lunch instead of going out or ordering in like he used to. […]
Rhubarb can have a fleeting flavour which is mild and often masked easily by others. One of the best ways to get the pure rhubarb flavour out of this lovely fruit is to make a homemade rhubarb gin. This really captures the pure rhubarb flavour and will…
Rhubarb can have a fleeting flavour which is mild and often masked easily by others. One of the best ways to get the pure rhubarb flavour out of this lovely fruit is to make a homemade rhubarb gin. This really captures the pure rhubarb flavour and will take all of your cocktails to the next …
This kohlrabi slaw recipe is bright, crunchy and zingy! It’s one of the best ways to eat this unique vegetable.
Got a bulb of kohlrabi and not sure what to do with it? This unique vegetable looks a little like an alien, and if you’re like us: you were stumped on how to use it the first time. Here’s a perfect way to highlight the crunchy, raw texture of this veggie: Kohlrabi Slaw! It’s bright, crunchy and zingy paired with tart apple, sweet carrot and a Mediterranean-style vinegary dressing. It’s our favorite way to use it: bar none.
What is kohlrabi, anyway?
Kohlrabi, also known as the German turnip is a cruciferous vegetable. It’s in the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and kale: so it’s no surprise that it has the flavor of broccoli stems! It comes in both green and purple varieties, and it’s easiest to find at farmer’s markets, though you can also come across it at standard grocery stores.
The kohlrabi may come with leaves attached, or they may be already cut off (as shown in this photo). You can save the greens for use in salads: or finely chop them for use in this slaw if you like!
Ingredients in kohlrabi slaw
The texture of kohlrabi is crunchy and hydrating: it’s similar in texture and flavor to jicama. So it’s at its best used raw, in our opinion! This kohlrabi slaw is a simple way to highlight its super powers: use it thinly sliced into matchsticks along with carrots and apple with a tasty vinaigrette-style dressing. Here’s what you’ll need:
White wine vinegar
Maple syrup, honey or sugar
A few tips on cutting matchsticks
The main time-consuming portion of this recipe? Cutting the kohlrabi! It takes a while to cut the matchsticks, so be patient! Here are the main steps for how to cut kohlrabi:
Remove any attached greens. Sometimes kohlrabi is sold with the greens; other times it is simply the bulb.
Peel the bulb. You can cut off extras when you’re chopping matchsticks so it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Cut thin slices, then place the slices on their side and slice into thin sticks. Then cut off the ends to remove more of the peel.
How to serve kohlrabi slaw
And that’s it! All you need to know about making kohlrabi slaw. There are so many different ways to serve this tasty kohlrabi recipe:
I make roasted cauliflower almost every week. It’s SO simple, it’s healthy, and it’s absolutely delicious. The florets come out of the oven with crisp, golden brown edges and a rich, nutty flavor. They’re perfect for serving as …
I make roasted cauliflower almost every week. It’s SO simple, it’s healthy, and it’s absolutely delicious. The florets come out of the oven with crisp, golden brown edges and a rich, nutty flavor. They’re perfect for serving as a side dish, tossing into a salad, a grain bowl, or a pasta…or eating straight off the baking sheet. You’ll find my go-to roasted cauliflower recipe below, along with my best tips and tricks for cooking it perfectly every time. I’ve also shared a few of my favorite ways to serve roasted cauliflower. Yes, this roasted veggie is great on its own, […]
Picture this: It’s the end of a long week, and you want nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a big bowl of takeout (a.k.a. us right now). But wait! Just a few simple steps and you can do it yourself with this Thai-inspired Salmon Green Curry …
Picture this: It’s the end of a long week, and you want nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a big bowl of takeout (a.k.a. us right now). But wait! Just a few simple steps and you can do it yourself with this Thai-inspired Salmon Green Curry (fresh, sweet, spicy, and packed with nutrients)! Bonus…plenty of leftovers for the whole weekend!
A hummus bowl makes the best easy lunch or dinner: no cooking required! Layer a dollop with crunchy veggie toppings.
Hello and welcome to the best quick lunch or healthy easy dinner around: the Hummus Bowl! At it’s base, this simple concept requires no cooking at all: layer a dollop of hummus with crunchy veggies and serve with pita wedges. It’s easily customizable and you can make it super basic or fancier with easy additions of ingredients. It takes just 5 minutes to make this Mediterranean-style meal that’s bursting with creamy, tangy, crunchy, fresh, and savory flavors. Here’s how it’s done!
What’s in a hummus bowl?
This concept is so simple for easy lunches and dinners where you don’t even have to think. It’s great for filler days of the week where you don’t want to cook, or you want to use up veggies in the fridge. There are a few elements that are required, and then lots of fancy toppings that can step it up from basic to beautiful. Here are the required elements in a hummus bowl:
Hummus: find the best purchased brand you can, or make your own (see below)
English cucumber: An English cucumber is long and thin with no tough skin, no seeds and a milder flavor than standard cucumber. Look for it in the produce section!
Cherry tomatoes or red bell pepper: It’s nice to have a red element: we eat with our eyes!
Olives: Kalamata olives add a satiating salty pop; try Castelvetrano olives as a milder option
Red onion: or use shallot for a milder option
Pita bread or gluten free crackers: It’s nice to have a bread item for dipping: use whatever fits your diet
Baby greens or chopped lettuce (optional): Baby greens add texture and nutrients
Feta cheese (optional): A sprinkle adds another savory element; omit or try vegan feta for dairy-free
Rice or another grain (optional): This makes the hummus bowl more filling, so it’s nice to include as a dinner option. We like using the microwavable pre-cooked rice packages for quick meals, or using leftover cooked rice or quinoa, farro, or other grains.
Variations: more hummus bowl toppings
Want to make a fancy hummus bowl? The great thing about this concept is you can make it as fancy or plain as you like. You can use leftover veggies from the fridge, or fancier pantry items to give it unexpected flavors. Or top it with a protein to make it into dinner! Here are some ideas:
Jarred roasted red peppers
Harissapaste add some heat
Jarred Calabrian chilis are very spicy (use caution when adding them!)
It’s easiest to pick up purchased hummus for this recipe: there are so many options at the grocery store these days! Look for a great quality brand with creamy, balanced flavor (for example to us, Sabra brand has an overly salty, artificial flavor). Or, you can make your own! Meal prep it over the weekend, then enjoy it for meals throughout the week. Here are some of our top homemade hummus recipes:
We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and fille…
We love homemade crackers and Everything Bagel Seasoning, but have you ever tried them together? Woah — get ready to be wowed. Inspired by a recipe from the wonderful Carolina Gelen, these crackers are perfectly crispy, light, toasty, savory, and filled with nutritious seeds!
They’re also super easy to prepare (just 8 ingredients and 1 bowl required) and suitable for gluten-free, plant-based, and nut-free eaters.
Are you looking for a sweet lentil pancakes recipe made with red lentils? Imagine a light and fluffy pancake without eggs and milk that contains a natural protein source and only 6 other pantry ingredients. They are essentially vegan protein pancakes w…
Are you looking for a sweet lentil pancakes recipe made with red lentils? Imagine a light and fluffy pancake without eggs and milk that contains a natural protein source and only 6 other pantry ingredients. They are essentially vegan protein pancakes without protein powder. The best part is that the taste of the red lentils...
The next time you’re in the mood for an easy baking project, roll up your sleeves and try one of these healthy muffin recipes! They include a recipe for every classic muffin you can think of – blueberry, banana, zucchini, chocolate chip, an…
The next time you’re in the mood for an easy baking project, roll up your sleeves and try one of these healthy muffin recipes! They include a recipe for every classic muffin you can think of – blueberry, banana, zucchini, chocolate chip, and more – but they’re all made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour, almond flour, Greek yogurt, and maple syrup. Still, they deliver everything you want in a muffin, healthy or otherwise. They’re moist, tender, puffy, and lightly sweet. Two (or three) for me, please! Before you get to baking, here’s a tip: all these healthy muffin […]
This Mediterranean tuna salad takes just minutes to put together: it’s a fast and flavorful lunch or healthy dinner!
We’re always looking for fast lunch and easy dinner ideas: and this one works for both. Introducing Mediterranean Tuna Salad! Combine canned tuna with crunchy vegetables, feta cheese, olive oil and a punch of Dijon mustard for the most flavorful salad to hit your plate! Serve it with crackers as an easy lunch, or over greens for a quick dinner with pita bread and olives. This one is so quick and versatile, it’s in our hall of fame of healthy meal ideas. Here’s how to make this tasty Mediterranean diet recipe.
Ingredients for Mediterranean tuna salad
This Mediterranean tuna salad combines quick and easy canned tuna with Mediterranean flavors: cool cucumber, briny caper, salty feta and tangy Dijon mustard. It’s pretty straightforward in its composition, but it’s a genius idea for using simple ingredients to make big flavors. We made it once, and it’s now on repeat for a simple lunch or dinner. Here’s what you’ll need:
Canned tuna: Use either water-packed or oil packed (we prefer water packed).
Shallot: A milder version of red onion, it’s a favorite for salads.
Red bell pepper
English cucumber: This variety is long and thin with no tough skin, no seeds and a milder flavor than standard cucumber: look for it in the produce section!
Capers: These bring big salty, briny flavor: look for them jarred near the pickles in your grocery
White wine vinegar
Feta cheese crumbles, optional
All you have to do for this recipe: flake the tuna, chop the veggies, and mix it together! It’s seriously simple and the pop of tangy, savory flavor is unreal.
Ways to serve Mediterranean tuna salad
This Mediterranean tuna salad is great because it’s quick, healthy, and it’s super versatile! You can serve it as a sandwich or just in a bowl, with crackers, or as a gluten-free main dish. It works as a quick lunch or a super-fast dinner! Here are some ideas for ways to serve it:
Over greens: Place it over crunchy greens and it works as lunch or dinner; add some sliced tomatoes and hard boiled eggs for a heartier meal
Sandwich: Throw it onto bread: you can also use Mediterranean-style breads like focaccia, pita or flatbread
Lettuce wraps: Wrap it into lettuce leaves as a gluten-free main
Crackers: Serve with gluten-free nut crackers (we like Nut Thins) or the cracker of your choice
Crostini: Spread over baguette slices
In an avocado: Throw it into half of an avocado for a healthy dinner option
Canned tuna nutrition
Canned tuna is part of a healthy diet! Even better, it’s shelf stable for 2 to 5 years in your pantry. It’s a pretty amazing ingredient. Here’s what Healthline has to say about the nutritional benefits:
Canned tuna is high in protein and low in calories. One 5-ounce can of tuna has about 30 grams of protein, which is about 60% of your daily need.
Tuna is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids that contribute to brain and heart health.
Look for tuna that is sustainable and low in mercury. Find cans of light or skipjack tuna, and sure they have an MSC certification on the label.
More tuna recipes
There are so many things to do with a can of tuna! And it doesn’t have to be 1970’s cheesy casserole. Here are a few favorite tuna recipes:
Prep the red pepper, shallot and English cucumber as noted above.
Drain the tuna and place it in a medium bowl: mash it lightly with a fork. Add the chopped vegetables, capers, white wine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, feta (if using) and kosher salt and stir to combine. Taste and add more salt if desired. Stores up to 3 days refrigerated.