The return of warm weather is synonymous with many things. For men and women who love to grill, spring marks a return to grilling their favorite foods and dining outdoors.
Many people aspire to eat light meals that satisfy hunger pangs without creating feelings of fullness. Some may assume light meals must be lacking flavor, but the following recipe for "Silken Chicken" from Madhur Jaffrey's "Quick & Easy Indian Cooking" (Chronicle Books) is light and packs that familiar flavorful punch that endears Indian cuisine to millions of people across the globe.
Meatloaf is a dinnertime staple for many families. A favorite of adults and children alike, meatloaf can be prepared however cooks see fit, making it a versatile dish for family dinners. Parents who want to enjoy meatloaf with their families and do so while promoting healthy diets can try the following recipe for "Turkey, Vegetable & Oat Mini-Meatloaves with Marinara Sauce" from Michelle Dudash's "Clean Eating For Busy Families" (Fair Winds).
Sporting events provide great opportunities to gather with friends and family and enjoy some time together while watching a favorite sport or big game. Such gatherings are not complete without food, and some foods are widely considered staples of gameday get-togethers.
For many people, winter is a time to huddle up indoors, where the harsh weather synonymous with the season can do us no harm. Food is often a friend during such times, as certain foods act like a warm blanket on an otherwise bone chilling day or night.
Turkey is a succulent staple of Thanksgiving. Though it can be enjoyed year-round, turkey is most popular on Thanksgiving, when families and friends gather for large feasts.
Indian cuisine is known for its unique flavor, which is often a byproduct of the many spices used in popular Indian dishes. Foodies who want to try their hands at preparing Indian food may find the following recipe for "Chicken, Red Lentils and Green Beans in One Pot" from Madhur Jaffrey's "Quick & Easy Indian Cooking" (Chronicle Books) is a simple, easily prepared dish, in spite of its extensive ingredient list.
Many beloved dishes might be enjoyed more often if they were only a little healthier. Author and former personal chef Michelle Dudash was once asked by a client if the she could make a healthier version of chicken parmesan. The result of that request is the following recipe for "Skinny Chicken Parmesan with Spinach," which Dudash ultimately included in her book, "Clean Eating For Busy Families" (Fair Winds). The recipe was a hit with Dudash's client and will surely be a hit at home cooks' dinner tables as well.
Sunday brunch is a popular trend that often finds families and friends gathering at a restaurant for a midday meal. But brunch afficionados need not visit a nearby restaurant to enjoy their meals. The following recipe for "Pan-Fried Eggs and Mixed Mushroom Saute on Toasted Sourdough Slices" from Betty Rosbottom's "Sunday Brunch" (Chronicle Books) is an easy and simple alternative to restaurant brunch.
For many fans who love to see their favorite sports in person, tailgating is as much fun as the event itself. And no tailgate is complete without ample amounts of food. Those who want to add a touch of Louisiana homecooking to their tailgates can try the following recipe for "Chicken, Crawfish and Sausage Gumbo" from Neal Corman and Chris Peterson's "Virgil's Barbecue Road Trip Cookbook" (St. Martin's Press).