Next Week’s Meal Plan: The 5 Recipes I’ve Been Dreaming About All Summer — Next Week’s Meal Plan

Every once in a while, I get a week free from obligations — calendar or budget — and can just choose recipes that are new, enticing, or have just been on my to-try list for too long. This is one of those rare weeks, and how it fell in the middle of summer when produce is at its peak I’ll never know, but I’m thanking my lucky stars.

This week’s meal plan features a bunch of seasonal suppers that have had me drooling. The meals are still relatively quick and easy, and almost every dinner uses one or more peak-season vegetable — making the most of our farmers market haul and overrun from our neighbor’s garden.


This Country Eats The Most Ice Cream In The World — And It’s Not The U.S. — Food News

Ice cream is loved around the globe and if you think the United States is the largest per capita consumer of the treat, it’s time to recalibrate your knowledge. According to an annual report from Mintel, the U.S. is neither the country that consumes the most ice cream nor the nation with the highest per capita intake.


15 Easy Ways to Turn Berries into Dessert — Recipes from The Kitchn

I try to make a special trip up to my hometown in Massachusetts every summer to go berry picking. Surely I could go to a closer spot by my current home in New York, but I just can’t seem to nudge the no-frills spot near where I grew up off my summer bucket list. I load up on as many blueberries and raspberries as I can carry back with me on the train and relish their sweetness until the very last berry is polished off. Dessert is my favorite way to feature the fruit — aside from snacking on them straight, of course. Whether it’s a warm, baked cake or cobbler or a light, fresh granita, there is no shortage of ways to feature berries at the end of a meal during peak season. Here are 15 great recipes.


A Short History of Your Life, Told in Cherries — Cherry Checklist

You can define any period of your life based on certain things: the clothes you wore, your favorite bands, your hairstyle, and even what kind of cherries (or cherry-flavored things) you liked. It sounds crazy, but it’s true.

Take a tour through your life (from childhood to now) by following along with this list of graduating cherry preferences.


Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Rice Is So Popular There’s Now a Ration — Grocery News

Cauliflower “rice” is so popular at Trader Joe’s that select locations have placed a limit on how many you can buy. The low-carb alternative to traditional rice is being rationed — customers can purchase two cauliflower rice bags a day — at two locations in the Northeast: South Orange, NJ, and Fairfield, CT. While the former establishment told Well + Good a cap is in effect, the latter said they are not “actively enforcing” the ration.


My Favorite Healthy Recipes: Erin from St. Paul, Minnesota — My Healthy Recipes

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Welcome to Kitchn’s new series My Favorite Healthy Recipes, where we show you how real people around the country (and even world) eat “healthy,” however they choose to define that for themselves. Maybe you’ll even find a few recipes to add to your own meal plan.

Name: Erin Sutton
Location: St. Paul, MN
Age: 36
Occupation: Birth doula and childbirth educator
Number of people in household: Family of six, including four children ages 11, 9, 6, and 3.


Häagen-Dazs Has Alcohol-Infused Ice Cream, But There’s A Catch — Grocery News

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In the last couple years, alcohol has been infused into just about every food imaginable (besides broccoli, I’m imagining). One of the most popular ways to get tipsy and eat, however, is probably with ice cream. Boutique establishments sell booze-infused ice cream for times when you need to cool down and get a little tipsy too, and there’s also a ton of recipes out there for you to make your own boozy concoctions (thanks, Pinterest).

If you have yet to try this trendy combination, you’re in luck. There is about to be alcohol ice cream at a frozen foods aisle near you, depending on where you live.


These Golden Bananas Can Change the Lives Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children — Food News

Vitamin A deficiency is a worldwide public health problem that especially impacts nations in Africa and Southeast Asia — it’s been estimated that anywhere from 650,000 to 750,000 kids around the world suffer from a deficit of vitamin A. According to the World Health Organization, a shortage of vitamin A is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the odds of disease and death by severe infection.

To curb the global epidemic, researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have created super-food bananas that are rich in vitamin A.


Should Supermarket Receipts Contain Calorie Information? — Food News

Imagine a world where you’re grabbing ingredients from your grocery store and the receipt outs your habits by printing the nutritional profile of your entire shopping cart. Would you feel proud? Embarrassed? Maybe shocked? Well those feelings could soon become a reality. A new proposal by academics at Birmingham City University says that shoppers should get details they may not want to confront in their receipts: calories, sugars, fats and salts. Aside from potentially food-shaming consumers, it’s not exactly guaranteed to be as reflective of food habits as one may think.