TGIF isn’t only for kicking off the weekend — any day can be fryday if you put your mind to it. Classic french fries are deep-fried until crisp, sprinkled with salt and devoured instantly, but other vegetables can be made equally craveworthy for side dishes with less guilt.
Check out five of our favorite alternative fries, like Tia Mowry’s zucchini sticks with ranch dip (pictured above) — which are still fried, but made of squash instead of potatoes — and oven-fried potato wedges that may convert you from your fast-food favorites. They’re also a great way to coax your kids into eating vegetables without even realizing what’s under the crunchy batter. Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens.
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Asparagus season is in full swing, but before you go grabbing bunches of it at the farmers market, take a look at some of our favorite recipes for inspiration. Asparagus is one of the most versatile vegetables, because you can eat it shaved raw in salads, chopped and cooked in brunch or pasta dishes or even roasted on its own (sometimes with a little bacon). If you don’t wrap it in a blanket of pork, it’s low in calories — about 4 calories per spear — and it’s a source of fiber and potassium. Asparagus also contains glutathione, a powerful anticarcinogen and antioxidant.
So make use of your local green market’s plentiful asparagus stock with these 25 fantastic uses of asparagus.
- This basic Roasted Asparagus with Orange Glaze recipe from Tiffani Thiessen is a good place to start your asparagus adventures.
- Spaghetti With Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto from Giada De Laurentiis is luscious and rich but takes only a few minutes to prepare.
- White asparagus is grown under soil to prevent photosynthesis from turning the stalks green. Just remember to peel the stalks before you cook them. Try it in Emeril Lagasse’s Fried Soft Shell Crab, White Asparagus and Wild Sorrel With a Grilled Ramp Dressing.
- Creamy Farfalle With Cremini, Asparagus and Walnuts from Giada is a creamy crowd-pleaser.
- Wrap asparagus in almost anything. Rachael Ray wraps it in bacon, Kelsey Nixon tucks prosciutto around hers, Giada goes for smoked salmon (pictured at top), Tia Mowry uses Asian-marinated grilled beef and Ellie Krieger tries smoked turkey.
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The weather has been a fickle mistress this winter, but now that temperatures are cooling down across the States, it’s time to think about ways to keep warm. Whether your office blasts the heat or you’re stuck shivering next to the window, warming yourself from the inside out with comforting soups and stews is never a bad idea.
Transport yourself to a warmer place instead of Elsa’s Frozen tundra with easy soup recipes like Chuck Hughes’ Creamy Tomato Soup, pictured above, which is just waiting for a grilled cheese dipper that you can crisp up quickly in the office toaster oven.
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Some of the most-popular resolutions are eating healthier, spending less money and getting organized, and you can check all three off your list with one activity. In fact, you can do them all in one day if you plan accordingly, using easy meal prep to make cheap, healthy lunches for the whole week.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite lunch recipes that can be packed up in Mason jars at the start of the week to keep you organized and on track for at least five days in a row. Start with a colorful Soba Noodle-Vegetable Salad, pictured above, and get more healthy lunch ideas here.
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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and no matter what holiday you’re celebrating, there’s one you should get on your radar. Chrismukkah — which combines the best parts of Christmas and Hanukkah — is the brainchild of The O.C.’s Seth Cohen, and throughout the show’s four seasons, we learned all the magical ways to combine menorahs and candy canes during the joint holiday.
During the eight days of presents followed by one day of many presents, two things are vital: wearing a Yamaclaus and eating an abundance of food from both styles of feasts. So to help you throw the perfect Chrismukkah party, we’ve put together the ultimate menu fusing Jewish cuisine, like latkes and kugel, with traditional Christmas fare, like prime rib and cranberry sauce.
And remember: Chrismukkah is unruinable. It has twice the resistance of any normal holiday, making it the perfect time to experiment.
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They say that you make your own family with close friends, and that’s never more apparent than during the holidays. Whether you can’t get home for Mom’s down-home cooking this year or you’re just greedy for more turkey, celebrating Friendsgiving with a lively potluck should be your new favorite tradition.
If you’re taking hosting duty, the most-important part of the celebrations is obviously the turkey, but don’t forget the other essential details — like keeping the wine aflowin’. Check out some of our best tips, like how to master make-ahead shortcuts and how to keep the crowd’s hunger at bay as the bird cooks, then get more Friendsgiving recipes and ideas here.
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Gearing up for game-day parties can have a few hurdles, but don’t let them stress you out. Before you sit down and cheer on your favorite team, practice the second-best part of football season: eating. Even though the traditional fare is some of the messiest — aka saucy Buffalo chicken wings — with a few easy tips and tricks, you can keep your eyes on the game and make your stomach happy at the same time.
Dan Pashman is dishing up food hacks on the on-air special You’re Eating It Wrong, Friday, Oct. 23 at 9:30pm ET, but we have a sneak peek at some of his game-day advice. Find out how you’re eating wings, burgers and chips and guac wrong below so your party can be a total touchdown.
Unless you use a fork to spear your wings, you’re still going to get sauce on your hands — there’s no way around it. But by getting most of the meat off in one bite — like with competitive eating champ Crazy Legs’ “The Bone Splitter” method — you can eat a lot in one fell swoop and then get back to the game. Check out our favorite chicken wing recipes to try out this new hack.
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‘Tis the season for apple picking — and overpicking bushels of apples that you don’t know what to do with. When you’re up to your eyes in fruit and can’t possibly eat another classic pie, turn to other harvest desserts and savory dishes to use up your fall bounty.
Get five of our favorite recipes below, including a few that can be doubled and stored for apple goodness year-’round.
You probably have the nine ingredients for this quick caramel sauce in your kitchen already. After the initial dip, roll them in nuts, sprinkles, candy or even shredded coconut. They freeze well, so you can eat them whenever you get a craving.
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Whether the arsenal of recipes in your back pocket has five dishes or 50, one of them should be a perfectly cooked steak. We’re talking about a flavorful cut of beef with a crusty sear on the outside and a just-right temperature inside. So after grabbing some inspiration from the mouthwatering dishes on Steak Out with Kix Brooks, use these six tips to grill like the best steakhouses from the comfort of your home.
To remember all of these tips — ranging from super-aggressive seasoning to low-and-slow heat — consult our quick and easy infographic below:
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