The Mediterranean diet is composed of key healthy ingredients, such as EVOO, fish, seasonal produce and robust spices. Although we can celebrate these unbeatable recipes and flavor combinations every month, May just so happens to be Mediterranean Diet Month, giving us yet another excuse to get in the kitchen and try out some new and exciting dishes. But before we get cooking, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Eat more fish: Heart-healthy fats (such as Omega 3 fatty acids) are key to this way of eating, and fish is full of them.
2. Embrace herbs and spices: Besides being an easy way to wake up mild meat like chicken, herbs and spices have all kinds of health benefits, too.
3. Go with the grains: Whole grains are high in fiber, filling you up so you’ll have less room for unhealthy foods.
4. Fill up on veggies: Vegetables provide all kinds of nutrients, especially those typically found in the Mediterranean diet. They can be a meal unto themselves, or make up a started course called meze.
5. Rethink your proteins: Who says you can only eat eggs in the morning? They’re a phenomenal source of protein for any time of day.
6. Finish with fruit: Fresh or dried, fruit is a healthy, delicious finale to a meal, and replaces sugary desserts completely in the Mediterranean diet.
Try some of our favorite Mediterranean recipes this month!
Yep, these little crustaceans have an entire day devoted just to them! Easy to prepare, quick to cook and great at absorbing almost any flavor, shrimp are great any day of the year. But on May 10th, make sure to celebrate shrimp and cook some up, one of these suggested ways:
Not so fast! Make sure you know how to de-vein a shrimp before you get cooking!
May might be National Hamburger Month, but the second week of May (which started yesterday) is National Hamburger Week! You told us some of your must-have burger toppings, which included the standby cheese, tomato, onions and ketchup, as well as more out-of-the-box toppings like grilled pineapple, fried egg and potato chips. No matter how you like to top your patty, here’s a fast idea that’s sure to satisfy even the biggest of burger connoisseurs: Bacon-Cheese Sliders.
Although these sliders are simple and quick to make, they’re packed with flavor from smoky bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and tangy pickles. Perfect for a casual night with friends or family dinner, you really can’t go wrong (especially during National Hamburger Month). Get the full recipe here.
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Every week, we check out YOUR food photos on Instagram and pick a
“Whatcha Cookin’ Wednesday Featured Cook of the Week” to appear on our blog and have a chance to be featured in a future issue of the magazine.
Once we found out today was International Macaroni Day, there was no way we could pass up featuring instagram user @wickeddeliciouskate‘s mouth-watering photo of Applewood Smoked Bacon and Peppered Ham and Sharp Cheddar Mac and Cheese! Kate asks, “Anything containing bacon and cheese is a winner?” and we would definitely have to agree! Looking to celebrate the food holiday yourself? Try one of our 20 Most Popular Macaroni and Cheese Recipes!
It seems as though every day is some sort of food holiday, but today is definitely at the top of our list of ones worth celebrating: It’s National Grilled Cheese Day! Whether you’re a grilled cheese purist or the sandwich version of Jackson Pollock, there’s a recipe for just about everyone. We love grilled cheese because it’s super quick to put together and no matter what you have in your kitchen, you’re bound to find a delicious combination of ingredients. We love adding hearty veggies, a mixture of cheeses and even fruit preserves to our sammies. From classic to crazy, try some of our best recipes for lunch or dinner (or both!) today:
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If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that cheese fondue will never go out of style. It’s been circulating restaurants and kitchens alike since the 1960′s, and seeing as there’s nothing quite like a bubbling pot of gooey cheese, we don’t see it going out of style any time soon. If you’re looking for an excuse to get cheesy, look no further: It’s National Cheese Fondue Day! Friday night is the perfect time to kick back and relax around a pot of fondue (in, nonetheless, Rachael Ray’s Fondue Set — use the code MAGFREE for free shipping!). So grab your bread, veggies, fruit and some friends and make this Apple-Cheddar Fondue tonight:
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We know it’s only Monday, but here’s a reason crack open a cold one: It’s National Beer Day! If you’re looking for the perfect beer to take the edge off, consider one of these two appetizing ales from Founders Brewing Co.
Curmudgeon Old Ale is blended with molasses and then oak-aged for a strong, rich and malty flavor. The result is a smooth and drinkable beer, perfect for a rich dinner on a chilly spring night. But get it while you can! This beer is only offered from April to June.
Is light beer more your thing? Try Founders’ best-selling All Day IPA, which was developed due to the need for a full-flavored IPA with a lower ABV (only 4.7%!). What you’re left with is a complex, aromatic beer with a very clean finish. The IPA is offered year round, and is also available in 15-can packaging (the first major craft brewery to do so), which they are rightfully calling a “Brewer’s Dozen.”
As we begin another week, here’s a thought to perk up your Monday: It’s National Chocolate Cake Day! Between the pumpkin pies, cookie swaps and juice cleanses, you may have forgotten about this old friend, but we’re here to give chocolate cake new life in 2014. Whether you want a classic recipe that looks right out of Matilda, or you’re interested in a chocolate cake remix, here are some ideas to get you started.
The Classic: Chocolate Layer Cake
The Sweet Piece of Nostalgia: S’mores Lava Cakes
The Most Indulgent: Hot Fudge Sundae Cake
The No-Sharing-Necessary Dessert Fix: Black-Bottom Cupcakes
Did you know the fourth week of January is considered to be Irish Coffee Week? Neither did we. But now that we do, we no longer need an excuse to make and drink one of our favorite seasonal cocktails every day for the next 7 days. In order to keep it interesting, though, we’ve gathered some recipes with unique takes on the classic drink, including fun ingredients like peppermint and chocolate. So grab your Baileys and get to it!
Cheers to January!
Besides being the ultimate movie theater munchie, popcorn is a great snack that provides a blank canvas for flavor combinations. Salty or sweet; spicy or cheesy; mixed with nuts or straight up; the possibilities are endless. While throwing a bag in the microwave and pressing that “popcorn” button is as easy as it gets, think outside the bag tomorrow, on National Popcorn Day, and whip up something delicious and impressive. We’ve compiled our top 5 most popular popcorn recipes that cover all your flavor combo bases, so you’re sure to find one that speaks to your taste buds. Happy snacking!