Sweet and Spicy Chipotle Shrimp

This recipe brings back the backyard cooking, although with a bit more effort it can be done on an indoor grill. The marinade is a delicate balance between sweet and spicy, but if you are the type to “turn up the heat” by all means add more chipotle spice to the marinade to get the…

Pesto Rolled Chicken with Pasta

This recipe focuses on fresh ingredients and uses strong flavors like pesto and sun-dried tomatoes but in small amounts so that you can get a taste but not be overpowered by their robust flavors. The pasta itself, while on its own may underperform, in this dish compliments instead. To get the most out of this…

Asian Inspired Slaw

This slaw is a modern twist on an old standby. It is a little, salty, sweet and spicy all at the same time, but doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds. Give it a try today. Gather Ingredients: Coleslaw vegetables, prepackaged (12-ounce or 6 cups) Sesame seeds, 1 tablespoon Avocado or canola oil, 1/8 cup Sesame oil,…

Bisphenol A

Could you imagine pouring a cup of milk from a gallon container made out of glass?  Or accidentally dropping a shampoo bottle in the shower made from glass?  YIKES!  Plastics make our lives easier and safer in many ways, but the convenience of plastic use has some downsides that we as consumers should understand.  This…

Autumn Stuffed Bell Peppers

This recipe is chock full of nutritious elements that together make a complete meal-in-one including the edible bowl.  It contains vegetables, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions and squash, a rich whole grain, quinoa and lean proteins, lentils, and ground sirloin.  It even contains some calcium with parmesan cheese.  This recipe will take a little more effort,…

The Crush

Grapes are everywhere this time of year.  After all, ask anyone in Napa and they will tell you, ’tis the season for the crush.  While I won’t be showing you how to harvest grapes from the vine into wine on this blog, I will be discussing the benefits of these rich varietals with recipes that…

Butternut Squash Soup with a Touch of Honey

Butternut squash is a winter starchy vegetable primarily used for its fleshy inside.  Roasting the squash enhances its natural sugars producing a roasted sweet flavor from caramelization as the heat from the oven removes the water and break downs the squash sugars.  With its bright orange inside, it’s easy to guess that butternut squash is…

Natural vs Added Sugar

Do you or your children eat dinner and routinely ask, where is dessert?  Or, somewhere around 3 pm, do you find yourself reaching for a sugary snack as a quick pick-me-up?  If so, you may be in the company of many fellow Americans who routinely consume too much sugar to maintain optimal health.  A diet…

Sesame Toasted Green Beans

This dish is delightfully different.  It takes the traditional green bean and gives it a twist with a slightly roasted flavor.  Still crisp to the bite, enjoy this crunchy side dish with fish or even beef. Gather Ingredients: 1 pound of green beans 1 tablespoon of toasted sesame oil 1 tablespoon of black sesame seeds…

Coconut- “The Tree of Life”

Coconut comes in many shapes and forms.  If you take a look around most grocery stores you will find many more coconut-based products than you would have a decade ago.  Products like coconut yogurt, ice cream, and especially coconut as a milk alternative are increasingly popular.  This increase in supply is driven by consumers’ demand…

Jicama Mango Salad

  This salad is a little sweet and a little spicy.  It can be eaten as a side accompanying grilled fish or chicken. Ingredients: 1 medium jicama, peeled and cut into match stick pieces 1 large mango, peeled and chopped 1 cucumber peeled and chopped 1 lime- the juice of 1/2 cup cilantro chopped 1/8…

Creamy Vegan Penne Pasta

In this recipe, you won’t miss the meat.  It is chock full of flavor and nutrition.  I’ve taken advantage of a relatively new pasta brand (Banza) that is made, in this case, from chickpeas.  Using this product helps to increase the protein and fiber content of any meal nicely without the addition of meat.  The…