Use up Your Summer Zucchini

Summer Zucchini Salad

Zucchini is one of the most versatile vegetables out there, and it hits its peak season in August. If you’re stuck with more zucchini than you know what to do with, use these suggestions for tons of delicious dinner ideas to get you through the end of summer.


Weeknight dinners don’t get much easier than stuffed zucchini. Simply slice zucchini lengthwise, scoop out the filling and stuff with a mix of sautéed onions, tomato sauce, parmesan cheese, rice and your choice of meat; Italian sausage, ground chicken, ground beef and ground turkey all work great. Try it with beans for a protein-filled vegetarian option.


Zucchini is the perfect veggie to use if you’re watching your carb intake. When it’s peeled into thin slices, you can use zucchini to replace noodles in all kinds of pasta dishes and casseroles, such as lasagna. It also holds up to sauces and toppings well, making it perfect for side dishes and bakes. Try replacing potatoes with zucchini in your bakes and casseroles for lower carb, leaner options.

Baked & Roasted

For a healthier alternative to French fries, try roasting or baking zucchini. Drizzle sliced zucchini circles with olive oil, salt and pepper for a delicious roasted side dish, or dredge zucchini in milk, breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese for baked zucchini chips or fries, depending on how your slices are cut. You’ll have crispy, flavorful side dishes that are much better for you than deep fried potatoes.

Baked Goods

Just because zucchini is a vegetable doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be eating it for dessert! Zucchini bread, zucchini muffins and even zucchini cake are all delicious summer dessert options that are likely a little healthier than your average ice cream cone. Zucchini goes surprisingly well with chocolate, and nothing tops off a zucchini cake like sweet cream cheese frosting.


Zucchini makes an unexpected addition to all kinds of easy pasta salad recipes, whether they’re hot, cold, or made with an expected grain like barley. Or, make zucchini the star of the show by featuring it as the salad base instead of lettuce. The recipe below is a great, easy way to enjoy zucchini’s freshest flavors; for a fancier presentation, try peeling the zucchini into ribbons instead of slicing lengthwise.

Summer Zucchini Salad
  • 4 small zucchini sliced (about 4 cups)
  • ½ cup sliced red onion
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Wesson® Canola Oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Toss all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Chill or serve immediately.

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat®. For more end-of-summer easy recipes for dinner, visit

Benefits of Eating Garlic

Benefits of Eating Garlic

The smell of garlic often makes people run away in an instant, but there are many health benefits of this vegetable. Eating garlic alone may not be the best way to consume this, but you can find other delectable ways of preparing it like making garlic dip or garlic toast. This is usually used as an herb or spice when cooking meals, but you will get the full strength of garlic when consumed raw. Here are some of the benefits of eating garlic, which can hopefully convince you to start munching on this potent food:


A study made by the scientists in {University of Kuwait} revealed that the serum antioxidant level in diabetic rats was higher after treating them with garlic. Thus, the serum glucose in rats decreased and lowered their systolic blood pressure. If you don’t have blueberries or grapes at home, then you can just eat some garlic.


Also known as the “food of love”, garlic has a long tradition of being an aphrodisiac. Tibetan monks believe that garlic ignites passion that’s why people are not allowed to enter the monastery if they ate garlic. According to Jewish history, {Ezra} ordered that garlic should be eaten every Friday night because it entices love-making. So if you are planning to go on a honeymoon or a romantic date, prepare some garlic, but make sure to brush your teeth after eating. You can trick your loved one into eating garlic by giving that to them while they are playing their favorite game like those at FoxyBingo. There are some people who will eat just about anything when they are engrossed with what they are doing.

Beauty Aid

Garlic contains a high amount of sulfur which can make your hair shinier and can tone up your skin. It can also make your skin smoother and strengthen your nails. If you are suffering from dandruff, then you can use garlic to treat that nasty scalp disease. Garlic when combined with B-complex can increase your metabolism thus making you have a slimmer body. Do you have acne? Just crush some fresh garlic then put them directly on your pimples. Make sure to wash your face right away if your skin starts to burn since the sulfur content in garlic is strong.

For more information visit University of Kuwait | Garlic WikiPedia |

Olive Oil Torte

Trenta Grana Torte - Final & Appvd

These tortes are adorable and equally delicious. Before you have nothing but empty soufflé cups and big smiles, snap off a few shots of them and post to Instagram or your favorite sharing platform. Use #Carapelli #OIiveOilTorte and you’ll find your way on

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Olive Oil Torte
Recipe type: Spring Recipe
  • ¼ cup Carapelli Premium 100% Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil,
  • plus more for coating
  • 5 egg yolks (beaten to ribbons)
  • 2 egg whites (whipped to hard peaks)
  • ½ cup fresh cream (whipped)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup Trentingrana cheese (if unable to locate, use a similar
  • hard, mature Italian cheese like Parmigiano-Reggiano)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup soft herb salad (chives, tarragon, parsley and basil)
  • ½ lemon, zest and juice
  1. Combine egg whites and cream. Gently fold.
  2. In a standing mixer, beat half of the Carapelli with all the flour and cheese into the egg yolks over medium-high speed. Then fold in egg and cream mixture.
  3. Fill a large baking pan half full with water. Place into a 275ºF oven.
  4. Coat 4-6 soufflé cups with Carapelli and fill to top with torte batter. Cover with foil and bake until set, approximately 35 minutes. While you’re waiting, enjoy some Carapelli with fresh bread. Yum. Or better yet, try a project from our Occasions page.
  5. Garnish with a simple salad of herbs, lemon, the remaining Carapelli and chards of cheese. The torte can be served hot, room temperature or cold.



Honey Roasted Soy-nut Kale Chips

Happy Soyfoods Month!

I was thrilled when my sampler package arrived from Soyfoods! The package included these delicious All Natural Honey Roasted Soy nuts and I have to admit I was a little puzzled on what to do with the soy nuts other than eat them….then it came to me Kale Chips. I love kale chips and usually make a vegan cheesy topping from cashews and nutritional yeast. These kale chips turned out amazing, I loved the added sweetness from the honey and the crunch from the soy nuts were perfect.

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Honey Roasted Soy-nut Kale Chips
Recipe type: Snack
  • 1 head of kale, washed tried, and stems trimmed
  • A pack of 1 oz Honey Nutz (soy nuts)
  • ¼ red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ tablespoon soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  1. Soak the soy nuts in just enough water for them to absorb and allow to sit for 1 hour
  2. Add the soy nuts, red pepper, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast to a blender
  3. Blend until smooth
  4. In a large bowl, combine kale and soy nut paste, massage into the kale making sure kale is evenly coated.
  5. Place kale pieces on the layers of a dehydrator, being careful not to overlap
  6. Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees for 10-12 hours (I do this right before bed)
  7. Enjoy!

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April is National Soyfoods Month so it’s the perfect time to learn about the place for soy in a healthy diet and easy ways to incorporate it into everyday meals. Packed with protein and fiber, soyfoods are a tasty way to reduce calories, saturated fat and maintain your weight. Many soy products like veggie burgers cook and thaw faster than traditional meat sources so that means more time and convenience—who couldn’t use more of both?

The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) provides information about the health benefits and nutritional advantages of soy. SANA offers fun recipes and convenient ways to incorporate soy into meals for everyone – from athletes to families. SANA is dedicated to spreading the word about soy, especially during National Soyfoods Month in April!

Soyfoods aren’t just for vegetarians anymore. In fact, dishes made with soy are quick, tasty, and often healthier than traditional protein sources.

Since April is National Soyfoods Month it’s the perfect time to tell your readers about the benefits and ease of cooking with soy!
Here are just a few ways that soy can help make your life easier and healthier:

Take this mixed berry smoothie up a notch with creamy and delicious WESTSOY Soymilk made from whole organic soybeans:
Berry Smoothie

Need a snack on-the-go? Grab some gluten free SOYJOY bars to fuel up with nutrients in seconds.

On those busy weeknights, add some Wildwood tofu to the standard stir-fry for more protein or this spinach fettuccini to your favorite pasta sauce.
Wildwood Tofu

Packing lunches with the same snacks can get a little boring, but honey roasted soy nuts are a sweet and crunchy snack packaged in individual sizes, perfect for the lunch box.
Honey Roasted Soy Nuts

Packed with protein and fiber, soyfoods are a great way to reduce calories, cholesterol and saturated fat.
They also serve as a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin B-12, magnesium and zinc.

Including soyfoods into your diet is easy and convenient. See the recipes below:

Soymilk adds a healthy twist to any smoothie and these scalloped potatoes:
Soy Milk Scalloped Potatoes

Edamame makes a great energy-boosting snack and puts in an interesting twist on this hummus:
Edamame Hummus

Easy recipes to get cooking with soy ingredients:
Easy recipes to get cooking with soy

April is SoyFoods month! Explore the site for recipe ideas and ingredients!

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Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry Vegetables & Sweet Ginger Garlic Jasmine Rice

I was thrilled when Foodie Blogroll and Thai Kitchen  sent me a sampler pack to create a recipe in honor of the Chinese New Year, which is February 10th through the 24th. When I opened my sampler pack I was so excited to see the amazing products. Included in the sample pack was Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry Sauce, Sweet Ginger Garlic Seasoning, Jasmine Rice, Sweet Red Chili Dipping & All Purpose Sauce, and Purple Corn & Rice Noodles so I decided to make two dishes that would compliment each other.


Spicy Kung Pao Stir-Fry Vegetables & Sweet Ginger Garlic Jasmine Rice
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Asian
  • For the Vegetable Stir-Fry:
  • 1 package of Simply Asia Spicy Kung pao stir-fry sauce
  • 4 cups Stir-fry veggies of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon Sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon Wok oil
  • For the Sweet Ginger Garlic Jasmine Rice:
  • 1 cup of Thai Kitchen Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tablespoons Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning
  • 2 cups of Vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  1. Start with the rice
  2. In a medium to large pot, bring broth or water to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low
  4. Stir in rice, Simply Asia Sweet Ginger Garlic seasoning, and butter
  5. Cover and simmer 10 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
  6. Cook until rice is soft and tender
  7. Remove from heat and let stand covered for 5 minutes to insure the rice is completely cooked
  8. While the rice is cooking make the stir-fry
  9. Heat oil in large skillet or wok on medium-high heat
  10. Add vegetables; cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender-crisp
  11. Stir in Sauce until well mixed and heated through
  12. Serve with or over the Sweet Ginger Garlic Jasmine Rice


The Amazing Products I Received!


A Little About Thai Kitchen: At Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia, we’ve made your favorite Asian flavors available to enjoy anytime and anywhere. From noodles to sauces and seasonings, coconut milk to fish sauce, our premium products deliver restaurant-quality Asian cuisine in minutes. Our ingredients and recipes offer simple solutions to spice up any celebration – and what better time to “thai” new dishes than Chinese New Year? The traditional 15-day celebration kicks off February 10, 2013, and is a perfect reason to gather a group of friends and try tasty Asian cuisine. From mild to spicy, appetizers to dessert, Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia have something for every taste bud, sure to please even the most discerning palates.

The aromatic essences. The exotic flavors. The abundant texture. There’s no culinary experience that compares to Asian cuisine – whether you’re preparing a meal for the whole family or looking for a quick snack, we’re here to bring the adventure to your kitchen.

Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia offer a complete line of Asian ingredients and convenience items, including sauces, curry pastes, rice noodles, fish sauce, coconut milk, noodle bowls, and more. Most items are free of gluten, artificial colors/flavors and MSG – more reason to celebrate a New Year, and new you! Our ingredients and recipes offer simple solutions to spice up any celebration – and what better time to “thai” new dishes than Chinese New Year? The traditional 15-day celebration kicks off February 10, 2013, and is a perfect reason to gather a group of friends and try tasty Asian cuisine.

Check out Thai Kitchen and explore their amazing Asian cuisine ingredients!

I also came across this delicious looking dish on Simply Asia and had to share because there are Shrimps involved!

Soy Ginger Shrimp and Noodles

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Follow Simply Asia Food on Twitter at @SimplyAsiaFoods

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