January, 2009

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Better with Butter-nut

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I just picked up my produce box for the week (from Riverdog Farm) and once again, felt like a kid at Christmas.  The surprises each week are so fresh and exciting, accompanied by ‘field notes’ and recipes to aid even a veggie veteran like me.  I will be diving right into the butternut squash and preparing another favorite dish from “The Soup Bible” for Soup-er Bowl this weekend. It’s a simple, smooth, seasonal soup (say three times fast) which is ‘mighty’ flavorful, ‘packed’ with nutrients, and ‘scores big’ with my family every time. Click to continue »

Cheaper by the Dozen

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Even with a new administration, we are still feeling the squeeze buying every day necessities, especially at the supermarket.  But saving time rarely means saving money – we do pay for convenience.  So when you’re shopping for food, try to plan ahead and get creative with your own recipes for saving your health – and your wallet.

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Orange Poppy Seed Muffins

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Aside from the obvious vitamin C punch, oranges have many other healing properties.  In traditional medicine, fresh orange juice was once used for its antidepressant and an anti-inflammatory qualities.  Oranges also work well to help the digestive process, fluid circulation and hydration. The vitamin C not only fights the common cold; it makes optimum use of calcium contained in food pairing as well.

But wait!  That’s not all!  The peel is just as if not more nutritious (organic, of course.)  Citrus peel has been shown to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol, and, according to a recent study in a medical journal, the white layer found just on the inside can help suppress hunger for up to 4 hours.  Once again, proof positive that many parts of a plant are not only edible, but good for you, too.  Click to continue »

Food Levity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products. Click to continue »

Red Cabbage and Carmelized Fennel

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

This is my favorite time of year for cooking because I can justify spending more time in the kitchen.  A: it’s the warmest place in the house, B: I can watch chefs on TV for inspiration  – in the name of ‘research,’  of course, and C: it’s where all good things come to life.  I have held on to one recipe for a couple of years and when we decided on a dinner to include Fatted Calf green sausages, well this accompaniment had to happen. Click to continue »

Ch Ch Ch Chia!

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Recently I’ve been making the rounds discussing healthy foods for the new year and featuring an item which I use in my everyday diet.  Loaded with Omega 3s, it’s a great alternative to flax seed when I’m short on time to pull out the grinder.

If you missed the ads in the late seventies, I’ve attached a picture of the Chia pet for your viewing pleasure.  (Actually it started out as a ram, but morphed into many other types of animals after breeding:)

What does this have to do with nutrition, you might ask?  An amazing amount as you will see… Click to continue »

Cranberry Muesli

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Before soaking

before soaking

Mue-what?  Muesli (mews-lee) is Swiss by origin, where in the 1900′s a doctor prescribed it for his patients needing a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables. (Alas, no veggies in this one.)  Mues relates to an old English word meaning moose, or pottage, and that’s just how to describe this breakfast dish.

All the ingredients of muesli are considered important elements of a healthy diet.  It can contain up to two servings of fresh fruit, reducing risk of cancer and other age-related diseases.  Whole grains are high in fiber, and when soaked, are easier to digest.  Oats, as you know, are beneficial in reducing cholesterol and therefore good for the heart.  Seeds provide healthy fats and essential amino acids; and yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein.  Cranberries are great for the kidneys and probably on sale post-holidays.  Click to continue »

Healthful Hints

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

You’d have to be living underground not to read or hear about all the diet options people are pushing this time of year.  But remember, as a rule, drastic diets don’t work for the long term.  Americans spend more than $30 billion annually on various fad weight loss remedies and experts agree this is not only a waste of money, but also a potential threat to our health.

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Happy Whole New Year!

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Now this is my idea of how to start a fresh new year…even if we veer away from the green, orange and yellow foods for a moment.  (I’m sure blue counts!) It’s a wholesome version of a breakfast classic which will keep you satiated until the next batch is ready:)

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