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Flavor Meets Nutrition in These Easy Kale Recipes

January 29, 2015 1:02 pm

Heralded for its nutritional benefits, kale is a having a moment in the culinary world. However, this dark, leafy green requires a little finesse and experience to cook correctly. Here are three recipes to help you get the most out of that fresh bunch of kale:

Whole-Grain Spaghetti With Garlicky Kale and Tomatoes [Real Simple]
Whole grain spaghetti provides a fiber-rich foundation for this weeknight-friendly recipe. Roasted almonds add a little crunch to contrast the tender texture of the kale leaves, which are sauteed in garlic and oil. We suggest adding a handful of white beans to add a little more protein to the dish.

Sauteed Kale [Food Network]
Never cooked kale before? Let this recipe from Food Network star Bobby Flay show you the way. One bunch of kale is sauteed in olive oil and garlic over medium-high heat, then allowed to simmer in a little bit of vegetable stock for optimal flavor.

Chicken and Kale Casserole [Martha Stewart]
A hearty casserole perfect for cooler month, this recipe only takes a little over an hour, start to finish. Shredded chicken is mixed with ricotta cheese and lemon zest, then combined with pasta shells and chopped kale in a casserole dish. Parmesan cheese is sprinkled on top, becoming golden-brown in the oven.

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Expect Modern American Fare and Inventive Cocktails at Vitae

January 21, 2015 12:03 pm

Looking for a sure bet for lunch or dinner in Midtown Manhattan? Head to Vitae, a modern American restaurant that strives to provide excellent service. The tastes are pleasing to traditionalists and those who enjoying experimenting with new flavor combinations. Diners rave about the complimentary duck fat rolls that start the meal. Although you can order a prix fixe tasting, many recommend choosing your own dish from the a la cart portion of the menu. Start with the pear salad made with a Greek yogurt dressing. The sea diver scallops in a Thai curry sauce are a recommended entree, as are the black Maltagliati with lamb sausage and the lobster pappardelle.

The bar specializes in inventive cocktails (try the "On to Oaxaca" with Mezcal, chartreuse, and lemon). If you need a simple bite to eat or an after-work snack, the bar menu offers everyday favorites, including mini pulled pork tacos and veal and ricotta meatball sliders. Not only will Vitae appeal to your taste buds, but mid century modern decor, including mirrored walls, give you eyes a treat too.

Vitae
4 E. 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 682-3562
www.vitaenyc.com
www.yelp.com/biz/vitae-new-york

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Creative Vegetable Recipes

January 14, 2015 12:02 pm

Even if you recognize their numerous health benefits and their daily necessity, it is often difficult to think of creative and flavorful ways to prepare veggies. These unique vegetable recipes might just inspire your creativity:

Asparagus With Lemon Sauce
Ideal for any meal that needs a refreshing zest of flavor, lemon sauce on asparagus makes the vegetable simply delicious. With just a few household ingredients that are low in fat and calories, you can create an elegant side dish to pair with chicken, fish or other main courses.

Creamy Squash Soup With Shredded Apples
Turn an otherwise intimidating squash into a hearty and flavorful soup for the fall and winter seasons. This simple recipe combines squash with apples, pumpkin pie spice and other spices to create a truly original soup with only 4 grams of fat per serving.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce With Caesar Dressing
If you’ve never tried grilling romaine lettuce, you’re in for a real treat with this fast and easy recipe. Grilling the hearty lettuce gives it a smoky, charred flavor, while topping it with a light Caesar dressing balances it out with a delightfully creamy finish.

For more creative and healthy vegetable recipes, visit the NIH website here.

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