Publix GreenWise Market Magazine - May 2008
Good to Go
Good to Go
Memorial Day weekend is almost here, kicking off the season for the all-American road trip. But you can't leave home without tasty munchies to go along with all that scenery whizzing by. Instead of hitting the occasional convenience store, take to the road with your own signature snacks. For a good balance of protein and carbs, combine organic nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews or pumpkin seeds) with organic dried fruits (dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries or banana chips). For spur-of-the-moment trips, pick up an off-the-shelf mix for munching.
Think shredded salads like mom's carrot and raisin staple are passé? It's time to dust off your grater, because grating fresh vegetables into a variety of dishes is all the rage. Try adding raw veggie bits—cabbage, carrots, peppers, jicama, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, squash, onions and cucumber—to a crunchy salad dressed with a sesame vinaigrette. Lightly sauté them into a flavorful side dish. Or fill a sandwich or wrap with crisp, grated vegetables. The colorful slivers will capture the flavors of your favorite healthful oil and zesty seasonings.
Alcoholic beverages add flavor to many dishes, and much of the alcohol will burn off if the dishes are cooked. But if you want to run an alcohol-free kitchen, you don't have to throw out your favorite recipe for beef Burgundy or coq au vin. Just make a few simple substitutions.
|1 tablespoon bourbon or sherry
||1 tablespoon apple or orange juice
|1 tablespoon coffee liqueur or chocolate liqueur
||½ teaspoon chocolate extract or
½ teaspoon instant coffee in
2½ teaspoons water
|1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or citrus liqueur
||2½ teaspoons orange juice plus
½ teaspoon orange extract
|¼ cup fruit-flavored liqueur
||¼ cup fruit juice
|¼ cup white wine
||¼ cup chicken broth in savory recipes;
¼ cup apple or white grape juice in dessert recipes
|¼ cup red wine
||¼ cup beef broth in savory recipes;
¼ cup cranberry juice in desserts
Tip: Alcoholic beverages can give a dish a distinctive flavor that is difficult to match, so don't be afraid to whip out your tasting spoon and make some modifications to these suggested substitutions. Add a bit of honey to increase sweetness, a pinch of chicken or beef broth seasoning to push a savory flavor or a teaspoon of vinegar to reel in a too-sweet taste.
How to Handle a Mango
This sweet-tart fruit has a way with other foods. What other ingredient can cozy up to spicy recipes, seafood dishes, red meats, salads and desserts quite like the exotic mango? Cutting it up can be intimidating, but don't let that scare you off. Here's how to wrangle, not mangle, a mango:
- Stand it on a cutting board, stem end down.
- Place your knife about ¼ inch from the tallest point in the center and cut down through the fruit, along one side of the pit. Turn the mango and repeat this cut on the other side. Now you've got two fleshy mango cheeks, with the pit left in the center part that you discard.
- Cut parallel slices into the cheek flesh, being careful not to slice through the skin. Then cut crosswise to make a checkerboard pattern.
- Turn the skin inside out to reveal cubes ready for you to scrape off.
To make the task even easier, try using a mango splitter, a gadget that separates the flesh from its pit.
LEARN MORE: Visit the National Mango Board at mango.org
Say Ole! to May
Cinco de Mayo offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the hottest cuisine on the planet. And what better way to mark the day than by cooking up a healthy quesadilla for a quick, tasty Latin-inspired meal.
- Pour a small amount of olive oil into a nonstick frying pan and place on medium heat.
- Add a whole wheat tortilla to the pan.
- Sprinkle immediately with a fiesta of chopped organic vegetables; low-fat or fat-free shredded cheese; chiles; olives; beans; corn; cooked shrimp, chicken or beef; or organic salsa.
- Top with another whole wheat tortilla.
- When the bottom tortilla is golden brown (about 1 to 2 minutes), flip the quesadilla with a spatula. Then cook the second side until it's also golden brown (another 1 to 2 minutes).
- Slide onto a plate, slice into wedges with a pizza cutter and garnish with low-fat sour cream, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado or cilantro. ¡Qué bueno!