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Who Needs Takeout When Stir-Fries Are This Easy to Make at Home?

Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

It doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Thin slices of chicken, your favorite vegetables, garlic and ginger for freshness and flavor, all quickly cooked in a savory sauce. There’s no need to order takeout when stir-fries are this easy—and delicious—to make at home.

Plus, cooking your own stir-fry is nearly always healthier than anything you’d find at even the highest-end Asian restaurants. You can switch out the vegetables each time for variety, and it’s easy to keep the necessary ingredients on hand, so you’ll be ready to whip up a delicious, healthy weeknight meal in no time. Continue reading

Meatless Mondays: Quinoa With Kale

quinoa with kale

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been trying to take advantage of healthier foods lately, and what better way than to cut back on meat? By now, you may have heard of Meatless Mondays, a movement encouraging Americans to cut out meat one day a week. If Mario Batali can do it, why not the rest of us?

Two meatless superfoods that have recently become popular are quinoa and kale. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a complex carbohydrate that looks like a grain but is actually a seed. Aside from the usual health rewards of whole-grain carbs (high in antioxidants, minerals, and fiber), quinoa has the added benefit of being a rare, excellent source of plant-based complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids. And I’ve already hopefully sold you on the benefits of kale when I used it in my lentil soup. Continue reading

Back to Basics: Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce

Everyone should have a quick, easy, basic tomato sauce recipe in their cooking repertoire, and this is mine. Seriously, stop buying jarred, premade tomato sauce. You don’t have to when making tomato sauce is this easy. Keep a batch of this recipe on hand in the freezer, and you’ll always be ready to turn it into a meal: spaghetti and meatballs, pizza, lasagna, and more. Continue reading

Recipe Trend: Engagement Chicken, or If He Likes It Will He Put a Ring on It?

roasted chicken

Allow me to preface this by saying there’s a reason I’ve never roasted a chicken before today. Several reasons, actually. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Recipe #3 on Saveur’s recipe trend list is a simple roast chicken dish known as “engagement chicken.” The recipe was originally published in Glamour magazine in 2004. At the time, at least three marriage proposals had been linked to the dish. At last count earlier this year, at least 70 men had proposed some time after their girlfriends made them this meal, including Howard Stern to his now-wife Beth.

Ladies, I can’t attest to these claims, as my husband and I have been happily married for almost 10 years now, but I will say that my husband liked this chicken much more than I did.

“Enough to propose if we weren’t already married?” I challenged him.

“Maybe. Although most men would propose if you made them something with cheese,” he admitted. Continue reading

Recipe Trend: Butter Tomato Sauce

butter tomato sauce

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical going into my attempt at Saveur recipe trend #1: butter tomato sauce. The skepticism was based solely on an ill-conceived purchase I made a few years ago, back when Giada De Laurentiis started hawking products at Target. Impulsively, I tried a jar of her tomato sauce, but I quickly realized my mistake when it tasted strongly of butter. But not in a good way.

Still, lest I let that one bad experience influence my opinion of today’s sauce, I tried to keep an open mind. And I’m kind of glad I did. Continue reading