Sheela Prakash

Senior Contributing Food Editor

Sheela is the Senior Contributing Food Editor at Kitchn and the author of Mediterranean Every Day: Simple, Inspired Recipes for Feel-Good Food. She received her master's degree from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy and is also a Registered Dietitian.
60 Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Dinners
Here’s my dinnertime strategy: Bring on the vegetable recipes. I try to make vegetables the star of the show most of the time when I am thinking about what to make for dinner (in addition to keeping mealtime easy, of course!). By making my plate more about the vegetables, I find I automatically eat a more wholesome diet without radically changing much. Some nights that means eating a big dinner salad, while other nights I’ll make a hearty veggie sandwich or one-bowl meal.
May 31, 2024
3 Signs Your Lunch Meat Has Gone Bad
Say no to slimy sandwiches.
May 29, 2024
The Foolproof Ratio to Make an Easy Frittata Any Time
It's the easiest dinner you'll ever make.
May 14, 2024
I Make This Easy Shrimp Ceviche Whenever It’s Too Hot to Cook
When the heat of summer sets in I just want to eat meals that will cool me down. My relationship with soups, stews, and basically anything that comes out of the oven is on hold for these next few months. I prefer easy summer dinners that come together quickly when I don’t feel like cooking.Needless to say, this shrimp ceviche is on heavy rotation.
May 7, 2024
The Easiest Tangy Cucumber Salad
Sliced cucumbers can't be boring when they're made to be bright and tangy.
Apr 18, 2024
My Creamy Cilantro-Lime Taco Slaw Is Essential for Taco Night
It's amazing on fish tacos.
Apr 18, 2024
These Pitcher Margaritas Are a Hit at Every Party
Pitcher cocktails are smart party choices; they easily serve a crowd and don’t require you to be constantly shaking and stirring. These pitcher margaritas are even wiser than the rest, seeing as this recipe isn’t even a recipe — it’s a ratio. Just follow a ratio of three parts tequila, two parts orange liqueur, and one part lime juice.
Apr 10, 2024
21 Delicious Desserts to Serve for Passover
The best part of any meal is dessert, if you ask me, and a Passover Seder is no exception. Dessert is a crowd-pleaser, and there are plenty of recipes for Kosher-for-Passover desserts.In traditionally Kosher homes, dairy is not served after a meat dish, so if you’re buying something for dessert, look for the P on the label (don’t forget the iconic store-bought jelly fruit slices and chocolate-covered marshmallows!).
Apr 9, 2024
If You’re Tired of Kale, It’s Time to Try Mustard Greens
Tender sautéed greens are an easy go-to vegetable side everyone should know how to make. They pair with everything from quick pastas to weeknight chicken dinners, and come together in minutes. These mustard greens are smothered in lots of garlic, kicked up with a pinch of red pepper flakes, and brightened with balsamic. When you have the main dish squared away, mustard greens are the easiest answer to “What should we have with it?
Apr 5, 2024
37 Easy Sides to Serve with Scallops
Scallops are one of my very favorite special-occasion dinners. They don’t come cheap, so my husband and I save them for celebratory meals, which makes them feel like a luxury when we do sit down to them. The best part? Whether they’re pan-seared scallops, baked scallops, grilled scallops, or air-fried scallops, they take practically no time to cook. That leaves you with time to focus on preparing a side or two to round out your meal.
Feb 6, 2024
This Is My Favorite Way to Cook Kale (It’s So Easy!)
While it may feel like kale has overstayed its welcome in the food scene, the hype over the leafy green is very much still alive. And knowing the right way to cook it is a total game-changer. (Don’t miss our in-depth kale guide to learn about the different types of kale and more! )Mastering this method will convert kale-haters, yes, but it will also inspire kale fans who feared they’d never be able to get it right at home.
Feb 5, 2024
30 Party Dips That Will Score You Major Points
I’m sure I don’t need to tell you this, but it’s pretty much a fact that if at least one dip is present when watching the Super Bowl, it’s always the first dish to get wiped clean. Whether you’re hosting people or keeping things low-key, a great dip should absolutely be in your plans, no matter how many of you it is gathered around the television.
Feb 1, 2024
9 Easy Ways to Upgrade a Box of Mac and Cheese
It takes almost zero effort.
Jan 26, 2024
The Easy Oatmeal Pancake Recipe Our Staff Is Obsessed With
They could barely wait to get their hands on this recipe.
Jan 25, 2024
25 Best Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes
If you’re following the Mediterranean diet, you know you should be loading your plate with good-for-you ingredients, from side dishes like roasted root vegetables and farro salad to dinners like salmon, spinach, and chickpeas. But what about breakfast? Fruit, dairy, and whole grains play a big role in the diet, so there’s actually a lot of tasty (and satiating) breakfast options to choose from. Here are 25 Mediterranean diet breakfast recipes to inspire you.
Jan 22, 2024
20 Weeknight Dinners That Start with Ground Sausage
If you were to glimpse into my freezer at any given moment, I guarantee you’d find a pound or two of uncooked sausage inside. Hot Italian sausage is my preference — either ground sausage sold in bulk or as links — but really, no matter the variety, ground sausage makes delicious quick and easy dinners. It’s so packed with seasoning that you hardly need to do much to turn it into a meal.
Jan 18, 2024
15 Easy Desserts You Can Enjoy on the Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is all about moderation, which means dessert is hardly out of the question. Ingredients such as fresh fruit, olive oil, and yogurt are staples when it comes to sweets, resulting in desserts that are light, fresh, and full of flavor. Like so much of Mediterranean cooking, desserts are rarely complicated, often coming together in one bowl with just a few ingredients. Here are 15 of our favorite Mediterranean dessert recipes.
Jan 16, 2024
35 Easy Sides That Go Well With Pasta
Truly, pasta doesn’t need much to make it a crowd favorite at the dinner table. Grab a bowl and a fork and you’re pretty much all set. However, it never hurts to add a salad or cooked vegetable to the situation to make the whole meal feel a bit more, well, whole. Serving up pasta for dinner is actually a golden opportunity to get some extra vegetables on the table. And as for the very best pasta side dishes, know that the options are vast.
Jan 12, 2024
32 Chicken Skillet Recipes for All Your Weeknight Dinner Needs
I am not sure which is more tried-and-true when it comes to weeknight cooking: a trusty skillet dinner or crowd-pleasing chicken. It really doesn’t matter, though, because if you bring the two together you have easy eating at its very best. Take your pick between bone-in or boneless thighs, lean chicken breasts, or even whole chicken, because they’re all fair game in these chicken skillet recipes.
Jan 11, 2024
13 Things You Should Know Before Shopping at Publix for the First Time
The fried chicken is legendary!
Jan 9, 2024
12 Sick-Day Soups for When You’re Under the Weather
These will warm you right up.
Jan 3, 2024
50 of Our Best Broccoli Recipes
Break free of your broccoli rut.
Jan 3, 2024
50 Best Dutch Oven Recipes for Dinner
Dutch ovens are the workhorses of pots. They go from stovetop to oven with ease, making them ideal for braises, soups, stews, and more. Even better, Dutch ovens can be covered to keep foods warm or to transport a hot dish over to a sick friend. Whether you choose a classic cast iron Dutch oven or the ever-popular enameled version, Dutch ovens are easy to clean and can last decades with proper care. I like to think of the day I brought home a Dutch oven as the day my kitchen changed forever.
Jan 2, 2024
How To Make the Absolute Best Crab Cakes
Crab cakes should be all about the crab — no questions asked. They should be crispy on the outside, moist and flaky on the inside, and taste exclusively of fresh, delicious crab. No fillers or excess spices getting in the way. If you agree, you’ve come to the right place. Our crab cake recipe is intentionally unfussy. We’ve put crab meat at the center of the equation, and thrown in just enough extras to hold the patties together.
Dec 29, 2023
My 5-Ingredient Whipped Feta Dip Is the Star of Every Party
It never lets me down.
Dec 13, 2023
105 Best Christmas Cookie Recipes to Leave Out for Santa
There’s nothing better than freshly baked cookies on Christmas. But do you need an occasion to bake them? Of course you don’t! A lazy Saturday or a rainy weeknight is absolutely reason enough. After all, it doesn’t get any more satisfying than biting into a warm cookie fresh from the oven — and we could all use a little extra cozy right now. Everyone has their own cookie preferences, be it chocolate chip or shortbread.
Dec 8, 2023
28 Best Vodka Cocktails Because It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere
Just like whiskey, rum, and gin, you’ll find a bottle of vodka in just about everyone’s liquor cabinet. It’s a staple spirit that’s incredibly versatile in cocktails, whether you’re simply enjoying it with tonic water or shaking it into some sort of fruity concoction. If you have a bottle waiting to be turned into happy hour drinks, look no further. We’ve gathered all our best vodka cocktail recipes and dropped them all in one place.
Dec 8, 2023
106 Cookie Recipes to Make All Year Long
These are totally worth turning on the oven right now.
Dec 8, 2023
45 Hanukkah Recipes for the Ultimate Holiday Dinner
Bring on the latkes.
Dec 1, 2023
25 Hearty Sandwiches to Make for Dinner
No one ever said they could only be eaten at lunch.
Dec 1, 2023
10 Veggie-Heavy Weeknight Meals
Meat takes a secondary role, and we're not mad about it.
Dec 1, 2023
10 Easy Italian Recipes If You’re Just Starting Out
These are simple classics to memorize.
Dec 1, 2023
10 Fast and Cheap Ways to Make a Healthy Pasta Dinner
Yes, it is possible.
Dec 1, 2023
17 Family-Style Pasta Bakes to Feed a Crowd
A big casserole dish filled with baked pasta is the easiest (and tastiest) way to feed all of your family and friends.
Dec 1, 2023
Our 10 Favorite Meatless Pasta Recipes
Bring on the cheese!
Dec 1, 2023