Creamy Avocado Salad

simple creamy avocado salad made in food processor

This easy recipe contains only 4 ingredients. It’s easily doubled. I make it in the food processor but it’s easy to do by hand as well. The only fat this contains is the good kind—from the avocado itself. Try it with some fresh bread and a slice or two of lettuce. I mentioned this recipe […]

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Prepare Vegetable Salads in Advance

prepare green salads in advance

One of the most challenging things for home cooks is salad preparation. New mothers and people on a diet have an especially hard time getting fresh vegetables, since the vegetables usually can’t be eaten straight from the package unless you pay for the privilege. But you can prepare a large salad, or just some cut […]

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Ten Kid-Friendly Foods Using Leftovers

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You’re a good cook when you can make a delicious dish from fresh ingredients. But creating something new based on leftovers is especially satisfying. Those of us who value frugality and conservation are proudest when our unique leftover-inspired creation are enjoyed by everyone in the family.

Every home cook has to manage leftovers one way or another. Serving leftovers as they are is the easiest and often the tastiest. But when they aren’t enough for a whole meal, or you suspect there won’t be takers, leftovers can enhance your next cooking project.

Never try to recycle food that is starting to spoil. Spoiled food cannot be salvaged. You will ruin the entire dish and risk getting everyone sick. Always examine food carefully, and heat leftovers thoroughly before serving.

Need help with organizing your leftovers? See Thirteen Smart Ways to Manage Your Leftovers

Follow the links for more detailed recipes.

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Cool No-Cook Summer Salad: Tabbouleh

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Tabbouleh is a simple salad based on bulgur wheat, a boon for a busy cook who wants to eat healthy. To make bulgur, grains of wheat are cracked and partially cooked. Either cook it briefly in boiling water or merely soak it, like in the recipe below. Bulgur is sold according to coarseness, from whole to very fine.

For a light no-cook summer meal for 3-4 people, add some yogurt or canned beans, or serve with tuna or prepared chumus (chick-pea spread).Tabbouleh is a simple salad based on bulgur wheat, a boon for a busy cook who wants to eat healthy. To make bulgur, grains of wheat are cracked and partially cooked. Either cook it briefly in boiling water or merely soak it, like in the recipe below. Bulgur is sold according to coarseness, from whole to very fine.

For a light no-cook summer meal for 3-4 people, add some yogurt or canned beans, or serve with tuna or prepared chumus (chick-pea spread).

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Easy for Summer: Beet Salad with Yogurt

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Cool and easy, healthy and tasty beet salad with yogurt with a Mediterranean twist.

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Greek Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives

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Wednesday is Recipe Day at Cooking Manager. This guest post by Michelle is in honor of Shavuot (Pentecost), the Jewish holiday observed next week when it’s traditional to serve dairy. Greek salad, or horiatiki, is a rough country salad of juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumber, sliced red onion, pepper, crumbly feta cheese and plump kalamata olives. […]

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Interview with Viviana: Cooking with My Grandmother

Viviana Aaron

Please welcome Viviana, the subject of this week’s reader interview:

Name, Location, Family: Viviana Aaron, originally from Argentina, then USA and now Israel. Married, mom to two girls, one in college and one at home.
Describe family meals and your mother’s cooking style. Growing up we only had dinner at home, with breakfast and lunch at school. For dinner we always had soup, even in the summer, and some kind of protein with salad or potatoes on the side. My mom was always working so she did not invest much time in the kitchen.
How is your cooking style different from your mother’s? My meals are more varied than my mom’s. I like to experiment in the kitchen. Sometimes this bothers my family because if I cook something they really like I might not be able to reproduce it a second time. So they better enjoy it the first time!
How did you learn to cook? I was my grandmother’s helper since I was very little. I can still cook her recipes by remembering the way she used her hands to knead dough, mix meat for stuffing, cut vegetables in different ways and many other pictures that I keep in my mind.

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Winter Kohlrabi Salad

Kohlrabi

In the winter, root vegetables make a great base for a salad. You can use kohlrabi the same way you cabbage in cole slaw. Most coleslaw dressing will work for kohlrabi as well.

Peel the kohlrabi with a paring knife or peeler. The peel can be tough, especially the stem and root ends. For the rest, just remove the smooth outer layer and any bruises. The green layer under the skin is edible, as well as the white center.

I hope you enjoy this simple salad, made in the food processor.
Winter Kohlrabi Salad

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Carrot-Apple Salad

Here’s an easy salad, is unusual enough for a pot-luck party. No additional sugar needed.

Ingredients:

* 4 carrots, peeled
* 1-2 apples, cored and cut into quarters. (remove peel or not, as you like)

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Ten Ways to Cook a Turnip

Turnips at the Farmer's Market

This headline from the Tuscaloosa News, The Real Food Challenge: Ten Ways to Cook a Turnip, made my “ears” perk up. The post turned out to be about the challenge of learning to cook with unfamiliar vegetables the author finds at the local farmer’s market. I decided to help her out with a list of ten ways to serve turnips, one of my favorite foods. Turnips are cheap, nutritious and easy to grow.

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