recipes: good for you

  • alton brown’s slow-roast tomatoes
    Again, we were in a predicament where we had too many tomatoes and not enough time to eat through the whole batch before it went bad. We had the Exploratorium’s Science of Cocktails event in a few days, then we were flying out to NYC the very next day. This recipe is so simple, we whipped it up from memory. The measurements and herb mix don’t have to be precise; we usually make do with whatever we have on hand. The tomatoes keep for a month in the fridge and keep forever in the freezer. Our favorite way to eat these are with a piece of baguette. We simply cut the baguette to size, slap on some goat’s milk butter, throw on a slow-roast tomato, and then warm the whole thing in the oven. Since the tomatoes roast for about 10 hours, we usually prepare this before going to bed. Adapted from Alton Brown’s book I’m Just Here for the Food: Food + Heat = Cooking. tomatoesolive oilsugarfresh minced herbskosher saltblack pepperbaguette or other crunchy bread
  • cherry tomatoes and garlic
    This is a really easy, versatile dish that we cook whenever we have cherry or grape tomatoes on hand. We found this in a Real Simple magazine years ago, and it was described as a sauce that you can spoon over fish or chicken. We have used it as prescribed but have also whipped it up as a quick side or even served it as a tapa with fluffy, buttered pita wedges that we dip into the sauce. Sometimes we even serve is as a cocktail snack. Leftovers can be tossed into an omelet the next day. This recipe has stayed with us through the years. We cooked it for our engagement photos and included this recipe as part of our wedding cookbook. Adapted from a 2007 issue of Real Simple magazine. olive oilgarliccherry tomatoesfresh thymesaltpepper
  • easy hand blender salsa
    We'll often whip up this salsa when we have extra fresh tomatoes. The ingredients will often vary and are often subject to what we have on hand, so it is a surprise every time, but it always turns out good. Proportions are never exact for this, so none are listed in this recipe. We use the hand blender to mix up the cumin, garlic, and veggie scraps that we then combine with the salsa for a rich, saucy texture. After all the salsa is gone, we'll often combine leftover salsa juice with tequila for a quick bloody maria. cuminlime juicegarlictomatoonionjalapenocilantrogreen onionfish saucepepperketchuptortilla chips
  • Egg Flowers
    Visually stunning and simple to prepare, this lovely dish always brings a smile. Use Omega-3-rich organic eggs from pasture-raised chickens if available. Any color of bell pepper will work, but try to select 4-point bell peppers instead of 3-point. They taste better. bell peppersolive oileggssea saltfreshly ground black pepperfresh herbs
  • green bean salad with red onion & salsa dressing
    This is such a tasty way to enjoy lean green beans. This dish can be enjoyed the night it's prepared, and leftovers can be tossed into a salad the next day. Minimal cooking is involved - the green beans cook in the microwave! This can be prepared in advance and would be great for a picnic. green beansvegetable oilsalsalime juicecilantrosalt red onion
  • hard boiled egg
    This combined technique from Jacques Pepin and Nom Nom Paleo yields eggs that are easy to peel and don't have that weird green ring around the yolk. (That unsightly ring is sulfur by the way. The ice bath removes it.) We usually make a batch of eggs on Sunday then eat them throughout the week. Sometimes we chop them up and add them to salads, and sometimes we simply enjoy them with a little bit of salt. They're a great way to incorporate some lean protein into our diet! eggsbaking soda
  • jacques pepin's consommé recipe
    Broth is one of the most fulfilling things you can make in the kitchen. Consommé is the funnest magic trick you can do with your broth. Here’s how I got there. Sick in bed one day in May with the worst allergy attack of my life, I watched the DVD that came with the Jacques Pepin (JP) book Essential Pepin. In a KQED radio interview, JP said that the DVD was more valuable than the book, so I think to myself, "word, I better check this out!" In addition to lots of timeless techniques that he integrates into his show, the DVD also contained a segment where JP turned cloudy soup stock into crystal clear broth called consommé. I was so amazed that I made consommé as soon as I was feeling better. Adapted from Jacques Pepin’s latest book, Essential Pepin. homemade stockground beefcelery leavesparsleyleekcarrotsblack peppercornsthymeegg whiteswatersalt