honey-thyme marinated sharp cheddar

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On our early-morning flight home from DC last week, I was far too exhausted to read the book I planned on reading (I’m currently reading Steve Jobs), so I picked up the November issue of the Food Network Magazine. (Buying magazines at the airport is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine!)

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And in between short sleeps on that cross-country flight, I paged through the magazine, ripping out the recipes I want to try. I love the variety that comes in a magazine like Food Network. I currently only subscribe to two food magazines: Bon Appétit, which is great for more modern, upscale recipes and I just re-subscribed to Rachael Ray Magazine, which is great for simpler, family-friendly meals. Often times, I like to merge the two styles into my own cooking style.

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Given that the Food Network is my favorite tv channel, I always enjoy the magazine from time to time. (Food Network side note: I really miss Rachael Ray’s cooking shows.)

But the cheese! This marinated cheese recipe in the magazine caught my eye, right away! I used to buy marinated feta ALL the time (it’s amazing on salads) and any recipe with cheese as the star…well, it’s bound to catch my eye.

In this recipe, sharp cheddar cheese is marinated with olive oil, honey, thyme, smashed garlic clove and red pepper flakes. It’s a bit sweet and a bit hot with a hint of garlic and so much better than sharp cheddar on it’s own. It’s perfect for snacking straight out of the bowl, or as an accompaniment to crackers, of course!

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Traditionally, cheese plates include a sweet and spicy component – here, it’s all combined! I have a feeling it will become your new favorite appetizer. Bring it to every party, serve it at every party. You can’t go wrong with this easy crowd-pleaser!

Serving suggestion: remove the garlic before serving so no one accidentally thinks its cheese…it happened.

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Honey-Thyme Marinated Sharp Cheddar
Author: Emily Dingmann (adapted from Food Network Magazine)
Prep time:
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz block of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4-6 sprigs of thyme
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Cut up cheddar into little squares. (Small enough to eat in one bite!)
  2. Combine remaining ingredients in small bowl (red pepper flakes amount depends on how much heat you want!) and toss with cheese.
  3. Marinate at room temperature for at least a half hour, or make ahead and marinate overnight in the refrigerator if possible.
Notes
The flavors get more intense over time, so if it’s best to make a day or two in advance!

 

sautéed banana oatmeal

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The heat wave finally broke in LA, and now that we can pretend like it’s fall along with everyone else, I’ve got oatmeal on the brain! I love making oatmeal from scratch (as opposed to using the flavored, instant versions – though I use them from time to time!) and loading it with extra flavor, a little sweetness and some protein and/or fat to keep me satisfied until lunchtime.

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And I can say without a doubt that this sautéed banana oatmeal is going to be a staple this fall. It’s sweet, it’s creamy and it tastes quite decadent. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s enjoyable enough for a weekend breakfast, but it’s also healthy enough for a weekday breakfast! (I like to keep breakfasts and lunches pretty healthy during the week but the weekends are another story.)

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Sautéing the bananas, as opposed to just topping cooked oatmeal with raw bananas takes this breakfast from “Ugh, it’s Monday” to “Mmm, it’s Sunday morning and I have the whole day to myself!” It’s ridiculously easy too.

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How easy?

  1. Slice bananas.
  2. Heat coconut oil in nonstick pan and add bananas.
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Serve over hot oatmeal with hot milk.

And that’s it.

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You’ll be “Mmm-ing” and “Yumm-ing” no matter how early you had to wake up!

Sautéed Banana Oatmeal
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 servings oatmeal, prepared as directed
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 medium sized bananas, sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in medium sized pan.
  2. Add bananas to pan and cook for about a minute, stirring briefly.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over bananas, cook for one minute and stir so that mixture coats all bananas.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Divide bananas over oats and serve with warm milk.
Calories: 496 Fat: 20 grams Carbohydrates: 72 grams Sugar: 33 grams Fiber: 7 grams Protein: 10 grams

 

 

tzatziki

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This is my ALL-time favorite dip. ALL. Time. Favorite.

And if you have no idea what tzatziki is, I’ll explain.

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Years ago, we visited Greece with my parents and (in addition to having a different color hair) I was introduced to Greek cuisine and I totally fell in love with it. Some of my favorite memories from the trip are the ones that happened around a table. We started our days with these amazing phyllo dough pastries, had the best gyros in a restaurant with dirt floors and no power, some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had and “extra-amazing” gyros on New Years Day after dancing (if you can call it that) until dawn the night before.

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It was in Greece that I was introduced to their version of yogurt – which was so thick it reminded us of sour cream. And we were totally smitten with it. It’s also where I was introduced to tzatziki and it’s been a staple in my diet ever since. I can’t even believe I haven’t written about it more, because its something I make on a regular basis and it’s surprisingly easy!

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It’s one of those foods that if you’ve ever been intimidated to make it yourself and you buy it from the store – you’ll be blown away by how much better your version is. Seriously, no comparison.

Even better, it doesn’t even require any fancy ingredients. The most exotic ingredient is greek yogurt…and nowadays you can find greek yogurt everywhere. A note about the yogurt: I use reduced-fat or full-fat – never fat-free! The extra flavor and satiety factor are so worth the minimal extra calories in my opinion. Fat-free works fine…if you must!

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Tzatziki is so versatile and it’s honestly good on anything. I’ll often make some for the protein portion of my lunch and serve it with toasted pita bread and some fresh veggies. It’s filling and delicious. It’s great on kebabs or with grilled lamb burgers. And most recently, we determined that it’s fantastic on grilled bread. (Everything is good on grilled bread, but tzatziki really is too!)

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I’m thinking next week’s lunches might have to feature an epic pita sandwich stuffed with hummus, tzatziki, sliced tomatoes and kalamata olives…who’s with me?!

Tzatziki
Cuisine: Greek
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3/4 medium/large cucumber
  • 16 oz greek yogurt (about 2 cups)
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and seed cucumber.
  2. Grate cucumber with a cheese grater and squeeze excess water out with paper towel.
  3. You should have about 1 cup of packed cucumber shreds.
  4. Stir together remaining ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Calories: 163 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 9 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 42 Fiber: 1 Protein: 12

 

 

roasted corn, tomato & basil salad

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

I need to brag for a minute.

I have successfully grown plants. Yes, plural! I’m not going to publicly call it a garden quite yet, but in my mind it is. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to grow edible plants. Ok, I’ll tell you. Pretty much every year, I’ve tried – and failed – to grow vegetables, herbs, and really anything.

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

But that all changed. And this year, I have jalapenos, flowers, succulents, a money tree, cactus and a big OL’ pot of basil. The basil just started multiplying. And then I started to panic…how do I use it fast enough? What can I do besides make pesto (which is a whole conversation in itself)?

So I took the best produce of summer and combined it all together in one, tasty salad.

Can we talk about summer for a minute though? We have done NOTHING. We haven’t gone to the beach, we haven’t been to Malibu, we haven’t even been to the Hollywood Bowl and we haven’t gone to one outdoor movie. We’ve visited our pool once – pathetic. Our favorite outdoor movie location isn’t happening this summer, which is really depressing, we have a few outdoor shows later this summer and we keep talking about the beach, but ugh, we really need to get going.

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

Another important topic: not only is this the summer of plants, but it’s the summer of corn. And, I like it. Mexican Street Corn Crostini was a great start to the corn season and I think I’ve got at least one more in me!

But this corn salad could also be considered a salsa, a topping for anything grilled, scrambled eggs or a topping for a green or tomato salad. The possibilities are endless. (And what I really mean is, put this on anything and everything.)

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad | A Nutritionist Eats

This recipe comes together really quickly, simply shake together the dressing and toss all ingredients together.

Enjoy! (Are you crossing things off on your summer-do list?)

Roasted Corn, Tomato & Basil Salad
Author: Emily Dingmann
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 16 oz fire roasted corn, or about 4 cups of grilled corn
  • 16 oz grape tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 cups basil
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Sauté corn lightly if using frozen. Set aside.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half.
  3. Soak onion slices in cold water. (To lessen the intensity.)
  4. Thinly slice the basil into ribbons.
  5. Combine remaining ingredients in small jar. Shake together.
  6. Stir together all ingredients but basil, then gently add basil and stir just until combined.
Calories: 93 Fat: 4 Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 14 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 11 Fiber: 2 Protein: 2 Cholesterol: 0