Healthier grilling requires just one step: grill something other than meat. Studies show that cooking meat at high temperatures causes chemicals called HCAs (heterocyclic amines) and PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) to form. These carcinogens can cause changes in DNA that can lead to cancer.
If you do make meat, marinate it in a non-sugary marinade before grilling; the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii found that a teriyaki marinade reduced HCAs by 67%. A turmeric-garlic sauce reduced them by 50%. But a sugary marinade can actually triple the amount of HCAs! And if you do get char on the meat, experts recommend cutting away those bits before eating.
The best news is…you can still have an amazing bbq minus the meat. In fact, some of the most delicious items ever thrown on a grill are actually plants. The New York Timesoffers their Top 40 Vegetarian Grilling recipes here. Read on for more fruit & veggie recipes for your next summer bbq.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
Grilled Cantaloupe Brûlée
Grilled Banana Splits
Ginger-Peach Ice Cream in Grilled Peach Cups
Grilled Herb Potatoes
Layered Vegetable Torte
Grilled Summer Squash with Chimichurri Sauce
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Grilled Corn, Tomato, Feta and Herb Salad
It’s FINALLY May! Everyone is coming out of their respective caves and gearing up to socialize, enjoy the nice weather, and celebrate spring. On Mother’s Day (or any other day), brunch is the best kind of low-pressure gathering. Incorporate seasonal produce like the sour, pink stems of rhubarb, or any number of tender green herbs, and the colors and tastes of spring will come alive. And don’t forget to toast to the season with a beautiful brunch cocktail. Cosmopolitan Magazine has a few beauts. Or try this easy, festive recipe for Rhubarb Pie cocktail.
Spinach, Chive, and Yogurt Soup with Grilled Scallions
Green Strata with Goat Cheese and Herbs
Broccoli, Ham & Cheese Quiche
NY Times Asparagus Tart
Strawberry Rhubarb Salad
Baked Oatmeal with Berries and Almonds
Raisin-Cardamom Overnight French Toast
No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites
Lemon Rosemary Coffee Cake
Adjusting to a vegan diet for yourself or a loved one can be a challenge any day of the week, but particularly at the holidays when traditional, family-tested dishes often play a starring role. This Easter, make everyone at your table feel at home with these healthy and delicious treats made for vegans, but beloved by all.
Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes
Vegan Key-Lime Cheesecake
Vegan Carrot Cake
Easy Vegan Macaroons
Vegan Lemon Pound Cake
Vegan Coconut Cream Pie
And of course there is always Rosie’s Vegan Blackout Cake, available by the slice in the grab-and-go case in the Rising Tide Deli. Call a week ahead to custom order a full cake.
When these lovely spears pop up in the markets, you know spring is around the corner. Loaded with fiber, folate, and Vitamins C, E and K, asparagus has all kinds of health benefits, including managing blood pressure, fighting cognitive impairment, and balancing blood sugar. Bake it, eat it raw, or puree it into a creamy, savory soup. Pair it with some of its spring produce cohorts, especially peas. Keep it really simple or make something (see tart recipe) fit for company. But whatever you do, do it now, while these beauties are in their prime.
The New York Times Butter-Braised Asparagus
Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup
Vegan Risotto with Asparagus and Peas
Fettuccini with Shitakes and Asparagus
NY Times Raw Asparagus Salad
Asparagus and Cheese Tart
A garlic compound known as allicin can potentially reduce the risk of developing heart disease and help regulate high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chopping or crushing the garlic clove and consuming it raw is the best way to reap the benefits. (On a side note: raw garlic is thought to be good for any number of other conditions, including boosting immunity, reducing the risk of certain cancers, curing athlete’s foot and other fungal infections, and more.)
On its own, raw garlic can pack too much of a whollop, but incorporated into these dishes/beverages it adds amazing flavor. Check out these easy (vegan!) recipes for garlic-full dishes you’ll make again and again.
Alton Brown’s Guacamole
Basil Walnut Pesto
Martha Stewart’s Garlic Vinaigrette
Homemade Spicy Fire Cider
Some of the best sources of plant-based protein are also some of the most versatile when it comes to cooking delicious, healthy food. If you’re looking to move more toward a plant-based diet, nuts, seeds and legumes will surely be your friends….and for good reason! They’re less expensive than meat, highly nutritious (low in fat, no cholesterol, and high in fiber, folate, potassium, iron and magnesium), and can actually be very “meaty” in texture. Note: most dried beans and legumes need to be soaked prior to cooking. Here’s how.
Dips and Spreads
Vegan 7-Layer Mexican Dip (PERFECT FOR SUPER BOWL!)
Homemade Almond Butter
Mark Bittman’s Best Homemade Hummus
Soups and Salads
Moroccan Spiced Millet & Lentil Salad
Shredded Collard Green Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cashews
Beet Linguini with Cashew Ricotta
Brazilian Black Bean Stew
Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Vegan Lemon Poppy Cake
Overnight Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding
No-Bake Brownies with Hemp Seeds
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies with Flax, Chia & Hemp Seeds