The author and E! News host offers up her favorite in-a-pinch meals and the cooking mantra she learned from Mom, with whom she penned her latest book.
The author and E! News host offers up her favorite in-a-pinch meals and the cooking mantra she learned from Mom, with whom she penned her latest book, The Every Girlâs Guide to Cooking ($22; amazon.com).
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On finding inspiration
âCooking was such a big part of my life growing up. My grandfather was a chef in Greece, and my mom was a school cafeteria cook, so cooking is in my blood. Living with a type 1 diabetic father meant our meals were always healthy, because they had to be.â
On her mom's best advice
âNot to be afraid. There are no mistakes. Thatâs why I wanted to write this book with her. The tips throughout the book encourage women to try to make the meals their own so they have control over their diet and realize cooking isnât so scary.â
On healthy eating myths
âThat healthy meals have to lack taste. I know vegetables can look boring, and theyâre not our instinctive choice, but healthy foods can taste amazing, and you will feel better than if you ate a cheeseburger. Although, thereâs a time and place for that, too!â
On her go-to ingredients
âCrushed red pepper makes almost any dish delicious and flavorful. We use it a lot in our house. Olive oil is essential. You need it for everything. And beansâany kind of bean is generally pretty easy to make and a great source of protein.â
On her get-out-the-door snack
âSpeedy egg saladâsmash up a hard-boiled egg with some mustard and salt. Spread it on whole-grain or gluten-free toast, or scoop it with celery sticks. Or a caffeine smoothie for the girl who needs both and doesnât want to juggle two drinks in the morning.â