There’s no rule that says eating with an eye towards nutrition can’t also mean delicious meals. These recipes — which call for whole grains like quinoa and spelt, vitamin-rich ingredients like salmon and kale, and techniques like steaming and grilling — are among our favorites. They’re not just good for you, they’re flavorful and soulful, too.
Miso-Marinated Salmon with Green Sauce
JAPAN For thousands of years, Japanese cooks have used the fermented soybean paste called miso to preserve fish. Now that modern refrigeration is available, they turn to miso not for its preservative qualities but for the sweet and salty flavor it lends.
White Bean and Tuna Salad
Rich, fleshy cannellini beans, which are grown throughout central Italy, are used in this dish. See this Recipe Todd Coleman
Winter Squash and Apple Soup
A garnish of fried mushrooms and a drizzle of spiced mint butter adds elegance to a simple pureed vegetable soup.
German Barley Soup (Graupensuppe)
Klaus Weiler, the chef at Weinhaus Weiler in Oberwesel, Germany, shared the recipe for this classic barley soup. Garnished with sausage, it’s substantial enough to make a meal in itself.
Kale Tarts with Fennel and Olives
Kale and fennel lend a unique sweetness to these briny puff pastry tarts. They’re perfect as appetizers, savory breakfasts, or as an accompaniment to a bowl of warm, wintry soup.