Joanne Bruno

Peach, Pluot & Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | September 10, 2012

Peach, Pluot, and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Somehow, someway I’ve gotten it into my head that learning to like beets will make me a better person. They’ll make me smarter, funnier, have more friends…or at the least give me one more vegetable to add to my healthy eating repertoire.

Liking beets just doesn’t come naturally to me the way it does to some people, but I’ve found that when you combine vegetables you don’t like with things you’re completely enamored with…they suddenly become tolerable. So in this salad I’ve tossed them with summer’s most delicious stone fruits – peaches and pluots – as well as some feta cheese, whose strong tangy flavor pairs perfectly with the beets’ sweet earthy tones. The resulting dish is so tasty that even I, a former beet hater, can look forward to eating it.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Recipe adapted from Love and Olive Oil

Summer Fusilli with Zucchini Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 27, 2012

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We’re reaching that time of year where you’re either totally fed up with zucchini and summer squash and bemoaning the fact that you have to think of new ways to cook them at least until after labor day (ugh how imposing can they be!).

Or you’re already mourning their sure-to-be imminent disappearance from the farmer’s market, never mind that summer truly does seem like it’s here to stay.

Either way, this is the dish for you. I know, pasta with summer squash and zucchini has been done before, many times over, so while it may seem like I’m not really reinventing the wheel here, I have to say that this recipe is something special.  The zucchini is grated rather than diced or chopped so that it kind of melts in with the pasta and all you really end up tasting is the bright fresh flavor of summer with a dash of parmesan.  It’s perfect no matter which side of the zucchini love/hate spectrum you happen to fall on this week.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Cardamom Crumb Cake Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 20, 2012

Cardamom Crumb Cale

When you work closely with two Europeans, you learn a lot about their perspectives on food. (Especially given that you probe them about it. Constantly.)

They embrace butter and Nutella as if it were sent straight from the heavens. Eat meals that are 3 parts vegetable to one part protein. Have a deep appreciation for the quality of the food they ingest. Needless to say, when we talk about food, I spend a lot of time nodding in agreement. Except when it comes to cinnamon. In America, we use this spice so liberally from the day we are born that we are inured to its strong spicy flavor. To us, it tastes sweet and warm while to Europeans, it’s an unwelcome kick in the taste buds unless eaten in very small amounts.

Cardamom, on the other hand, is much more palatable and so when I brought in this cake to work and informed them that it was spiced with the former and not the latter, the relief that swept the room was almost audible. They dove right in and so did I, because even though I am a card-carrying cinnamon fanatic, this crumb cake and its cardamom infusion was delicious nonetheless.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Pasta with Cranberry Beans & Artichokes Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 13, 2012

cranberry beans

While I try to be super PC about most things in my life, I have a confession to make: I occasionally judge my beans by their pod color. (Oops.)

But when they are just so vibrantly magenta and pretty-in-pink, can you really blame me? I didn’t think so. Fresh cranberry beans are just too pretty to pass up, and the good news is that their beauty is not only skin deep…they are delicious as well. They taste largely like white beans, but with a little less mushiness to them, and happen to meld perfectly with artichokes and zucchini in this pasta dish. Unfortunately the beans lose their color after cooking, making the finished dish seem a little ho-hum in comparison to its starting ingredients, but I can promise you that what it lacks in color, it makes up for in flavor.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Paneer with Peas & Chili Sauce Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 6, 2012

Paneer and Peas

Every so often I wake up in the midst of a coriander, ginger, turmeric-infused dream, with only one thought on my mind and one flavor profile on my lips — curry. On such days nothing will suffice but a perfectly spiced pot of Indian flavors and whatever vegetables I happen to have on hand.

This time around, it was peas and cauliflower with some paneer added in for good measure, but you can truly use whatever vegetables and protein you want. The tomato-chili sauce is spicy in the literal sense more so than in terms of heat, but it is heady with flavor and will surely stand up to whatever you throw at it.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Zucchini, Edamame & Mozzarella Pasta Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 4, 2012

Zucchini, Edamame and Mozzarella Pasta Salad

I like to bathe my pasta salads in a sea of green. There is no hue too verdant, no amount of vegetables or herbs too many, so that every bite tastes like it’s fresh from the garden. Lush, vibrant, and life-affirming in a way. This pasta salad is the epitome of that, pairing the unlikely combination of zucchini and edamame, tossing them with strozzapreti (or any short tubular pasta you can get your hands on), and smothering them in a brightly flavored basil parsley puree.

A bit of buffalo mozzarella is added for richness, but the overall flavor profile is crisp, refreshing and oh-so-satisfying. It is the perfect accompaniment to any summer meal although it can also be served on its own as a main, especially when you inevitably eat so much of it, it becomes its own course.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Kale Breakfast Bowls with Cotija Cheese

By Joanne Bruno | August 3, 2012

Photo by Joanne Bruno

I get into breakfast ruts on occasion where I eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for three years straight. (Not an exaggeration.)

 

Then, I discovered these kale breakfast burrito bowls, which are packed with flavor, a hint of spice and tons of nutritious value. Iron, vitamin A, protein…these burritos have it all. And they might even cure you of that three-year-strong breakfast habit.

 

 

 

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

 

Green Goddess Soup and Pesto Grilled Cheese

By Joanne Bruno | July 16, 2012

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This summer-long heatwave has us all moaning and groaning at the thought of slurping down anything that does not start with the word “ice” and end with the word “cream”, and the thought of soup is enough to send anyone into hysterics.

But I beg of you.  Hear me out.

The green goddess soup that we’re tasting today is filled with the bright summer flavors of zucchini, lemon and cilantro.  It’s light in such a way that even though it’s served warm, drinking it down still feels utterly refreshing.

Paired with a pesto mozzarella grilled cheese with the bright flavors of basil, the duo positively exudes summer. The two work so well together that after every bite or slurp, you’ll find yourself smiling a bit to yourself, grateful that summer and all its delicious produce is unremittingly here. Check out the recipe below (Adapted from In The Small Kitchen)

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Fava, Spinach and Quinoa Cakes

By Joanne Bruno | June 25, 2012

Photo by Joanne Bruno

If you’ve ever seen fava bean pods at the grocery store then you know how intimidating they can be. They’re hairy.  And thick.  And kind of look like they could take you in a bar fight.  It’s no wonder I’ve avoided them for most of my adult life.

Fava Bean, Spinach, and Quinoa Cakes

Fava Bean, Spinach, and Quinoa Cakes

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Red Rice Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | June 11, 2012

red rice and edamame salad

There are three words that strike fear into the heart of every woman worldwide.

They make thighs quiver, palms sweat, and goose bumps…bump. Yup, you guessed it – bathing suit season. It’s imminent and we need to take panic-attack preventative measures.

Salads are a girl’s best friend this time of year, especially salads like this that are chock full of hearty satisfying ingredients like edamame, rice and spinach. So eat up and don’t stress this summer.

With vibrantly healthy foods under your belt, that bikini will be nothing to sweat about.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student.  Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Recipe adapted from The Taste Space

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