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…

Three Cheers for Green

  We celebrate green as the color theme of this month in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.  Green is one of nature’s most prevalent colors created by the plant chemical chlorophyll which is present to help the plant trap energy and grow.  But plants aren’t the only ones who benefit from chlorophyll. When we eat green…

Heart-Healthy Family

Happy Valentine’s day, and happy American Heart Month! Learning how to keep your heart strong starts at a very young age.  For parents with young children, it is important to help teach them what they need to do to keep their hearts healthy as they grow into adults.  During February we can reflect on what…

F-A-L-L and Nutrition Tips for the Family

   F is for foliage and food which both change color with fall’s cooler temperatures! Enjoy seasonal produce and autumn’s colors at the same time by shopping at your local farmer’s markets! Make a morning of it and explore fresh produce like persimmons, pumpkins, pears, apples and other winter squashes that make the headline for crisp…

HARVEST SALADS

I always love this time of year from a culinary standpoint as the change in flavors compliment the change of season.  As the weather cools off the flavors warm up.  Also, the ingredients often used in recipes tend to get a little heavier as do our clothes this time of year but hopefully not our…