Easy Meal Prep for Holiday Cioppino

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As we head into holiday season, now’s a good time to start thinking ahead about menu planning. One of the most stressful things about holiday meals is the pressure to cook a big meal (often with multiple courses) for a group. You are faced with timing the cooking of multiple dishes, ensuring you are meeting the dietary preferences of multiple people, and (most importantly) making sure it all tastes good. This can all be a little daunting.

This year I plan to make one of my favorite holiday dishes: a traditional Italian-American Cioppino. Cioppino, also referred to as a “fisherman’s stew,” originated in San Francisco and includes a variety of fish and shellfish in a flavorful tomato-based broth. I love making this dish during holiday season because it is a nice, lighter alternative to the more common poultry and red meat dishes. It is also always a crowd-pleaser, and looks far more complex than it really is. Read more… “Easy Meal Prep for Holiday Cioppino”

Harvesting a Fall Salad

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This hearty fall salad includes seasonal roasted vegetables with the perfect combination of savory, sweet and spicy ingredients. It’s also packed full of cancer-protective foods including winter squash, Brussels sprouts and chickpeas – all of which are featured in AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer.

The first time I made this salad for a group of carnivores I was met with skepticism that it would be filling enough as a main dish, but the hearty dose of fiber-filled vegetables makes it not only nutritious, but extremely satisfying. The combination of warm roasted vegetables with chilled toppings and crunchy kale chips also enhance the tastiness and texture of the dish. Read more… “Harvesting a Fall Salad”

Easy healthy dinner tonight – crispy walnut tilapia

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Enjoy the same crispiness of fried fish with a fresh, healthy twist by baking tilapia coated in crushed walnuts and whole wheat bread crumbs. This recipe only takes 20-25 minutes to make from start to finish, so it’s perfect for an easy weekday dinner.

Walnuts add crunch, flavor and extra nutrients to this tilapia recipe. Walnuts are one of AICR’s Foods that Fight Cancer due to their high levels of polyphenols, which are phytochemicals that have antioxidant properties. In addition to their cancer-protective properties, walnuts are rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and other important nutrients including copper and manganese.

Tilapia is also the perfect fish to serve coated and baked due to it’s mild flavor and flaky texture. Tilapia is rich in protein while being lower in calories than most other fish due to it’s lower fat content (compared to fattier fish, such as salmon). Read more… “Easy healthy dinner tonight – crispy walnut tilapia”