Author: Kate Parker Spencer

A Holiday Feast

Holiday cooking shouldn’t be stressful. This month, we’ve created three dishes that will be fancy enough for the occasion but without requiring too much fuss to prepare. This month’s menu features an appetizer, and entrée and a dessert that can be prepared at least several hours in advance. Dig into this colorful trio of courses and enjoy!

Lighten up

Whether you’re looking to spice up the average Taco Tuesday or incorporate more fresh fish into your diet, these blackened fish tacos are bursting with flavor along with the cabbage slaw. To accompany the tacos, there’s really nothing better than a cold, crunchy, chunky homemade salsa when it’s hot outside. This black bean and corn salsa is a versatile dip that’s perfect for snacking with chips, packs great for a picnic at the beach, and saves well in the refrigerator for a few days.

Bravo for Brunch!

Every brunch calls for some kind of savory egg-based dish; we’re partial to the frittata. Everything you love about a quiche but without the fuss of a crust, frittatas make for great brunch fare because they can be served hot or at room temperature. A simple whisk of eggs and dairy poured over sautéed vegetables, they’re extremely forgiving and flexible.

Table for Two

If you’ve never roasted your own beets, trust us — it’s worth the effort. The flavor and texture are far superior to those of the prepackaged cooked beets found at the grocery store. The best beet salads are simple and require only a few ingredients. Pairing beets with creamy goat cheese is a must, as the flavors complement each other perfectly.

A Fresh Start

Nutrient-dense smoothies are a great way to work more plants into your diet, especially for those who don’t enjoy cooked vegetables or salads. They’re easy to prepare, especially if you portion out some of the ingredients in advance; you can store most solid ingredients in individual freezer bags.

The Watermelon Is Fine

Nothing beats the summer heat like watermelon. This summer, try tossing it with mint and feta in a delicious salad or blending it with lemon juice and a little simple syrup into August's most refreshing cocktail. We'll show you how.