Jenna Helwig, Recipe Tester

A list of all the recipes Jenna Helwig has tested.

A green bowl filled with sautéed bacon, mushrooms, and lentils with a whole piece of bacon on top.

Sautéed Bacon, Mushrooms, and Lentils

It may seem criminal to bathe the walloping nutrition of lentils and mushrooms in anything but wholesomeness, but there’s something to be said for quality of life. Hello, bacon!

  • (10)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 42
Oval casserole dish with spring asparagus and Asiago gratin, topped with coarse bread crumbs

Asparagus and Asiago Gratin

Our easy and elegant solution when you buy not-quite-spring spears of asparagus from the grocery store? Just add cheese and butter and bread crumbs.

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 30 M
  • 10
A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.

Mini Quiche for One

Quiche for one? It sounds a lot more ambitious than it actually is. It’s truly a cinch to make. So go on. Love yourself a little. Or a lot.

  • (2)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
An open face egg salad sandwich on toasted whole wheat

Open-Face Egg Salad Sandwich

We know. You already have an egg salad sandwich recipe. But trust us, it’s nothing like this one, which is whoppingly old school in taste, blissfully healthful in every other way.

  • (2)
  • 10 M
  • 25 M
  • 16
Two glasses of green smoothie, one of them tipped over and spilled with two spinach leaves beside it.

Green Smoothie

Close your eyes and we swear you’d never guess this sweet, banana-y smoothie is suffused with good-for-you greens.

  • (6)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 25
Cheddar-Parmesan crackers on a black wire rack with a few on a black oval plate beside the rack.

Cheddar-Parmesan Crackers

Who knew that making your own crackers could be so easy?! This dough is a cinch to work with although the results disappear rather frighteningly quickly when there’s wine involved.

  • (3)
  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 6
A southside cocktail on a napkin on a silver tray with a potato chip and sprig of mint beside it.

Southside Cocktail

Mint. Muddled. Mine. When we’ve got this gin-based mojito on our minds, those are about the only words we can muster. Well, maybe add “More.”

  • (1)
  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 12
Eight triangle shaped pieces of nutella brownie.

Nutella Brownies

And, on the eighth day, there was gianduia (zhahn-doo-yah). Namely, hazelnuts harmoniously cozying up to chocolate. Aka Nutella. And the world has been a more glorious place ever since.

  • (2)
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 4
A salt-baked red snapper with all the flesh removed from the bones and a broken salt crust and knife beside the fish skeleton.

Salt-Baked Red Snapper ~ Lubina a la Sel

Bury a whole snapper in a heap of wet salt. Shove it in the oven. Then forget about it. Your reward for so little effort? The sweetest, most tender fish you’ll ever experience.

  • (1)
  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 6