Kale, Hearty Greens Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Torn Kale, Diced Pears, Cranberries and Slivered Almonds with Jammin’ Vinaigrette

Kale has a lively pungent flavor, somewhat like a cross between cabbage and spinach with delicious, peppery notes. This leafy green powerhouse delivers more nutritional value for fewer calories than just about any other food.

One of the best sources of vitamins A, C and K, kale is a very good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Just one cup of cooked kale contains more then 1000 percent of the daily value of vitamin K and more than 150 percent of the daily value for vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Most people are not aware of Vitamin K. Long known for its critical role in blood clotting, vitamin K is also important for forming and maintaining strong bones. 1.  Kale also contains the health-promoting phytonutrients, zeaxanthin and lutein, which promote eye health. 2. Continue reading “Kale, Hearty Greens Superfood! Recipe: Torn Kale and Jammin’ Vinaigrette”

Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!

 

Tasty, healthful, antioxidant rich and vegan… These Strawberry Banana Pancakes are a great way to start the day!

Pancakes have been with us for a very long time.  There is evidence of pancake cookery from the Stone Age.  Analysis of grinding tools from about 30,000 years ago suggests that pancakes were among the first foods that humans learned to cook.

The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era, pancakes were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.

With origins in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. Traditionally lots of pancakes were eaten as a way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent. Continue reading “Hot off the Griddle ~ High Protein Strawberry Banana Pancakes ~ No Added Fat!”

Grilled Veggies with a Delightful Ponzu Glaze!

Vegetables are a great choice for grilling and whether cooking over an open fire, which imparts a lovely smoky flavor or on a handy indoor electric grill, the possibilities are endless.

While most vegetables do very well on the grill, corn on the cob, summer squash, red, green and gold bell peppers are perennial favorites.

Vegetables with high moisture content, such as leafy greens, celery and cucumbers would not be great grilling options. You should choose fresh vegetables that are still firm to the touch with bright skin without bruises or blemishes. 
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Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet; they provide energy and are necessary for proper organ function. There are two types of carbohydrates, simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are created when commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in whole grains that result in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc.

Simple carbohydrates are absorbed and digested very quickly and spike blood sugar causing a rush of energy followed soon after by a crash. This is an unhealthy outcome.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals.   

Pasta has been criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. The fact is that pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely recommended as an effective regimen for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species. Like Kamut, durum is much older than modern wheat and has not been as domesticated. Continue reading “Summer Salad: Pasta, Baby Spinach and Orange Poppy Seed Dressing”

Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!

Couscous (KOOS-koos) is widely consumed in the Middle East and a staple throughout North Africa, where couscous is the national dish of countries, such as Morocco and Tunisia.

In the 2008 cult classic, “Pineapple Express,” couscous was described as a food so nice, they named it twice and indeed this quick cooking type of pasta is gaining in popularity.

While the granules may look like grains, couscous is actually a form of pasta made by rolling durum wheat flour (semolina) with salted water to form small kernels. Couscous is a light, tasty and very convenient ingredient, as it cooks in just five minutes. Continue reading “Draw Raves with this Luscious Curried Couscous Stir Fry!”

Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous glazed bundt cake? The sheer volume of most bundt cakes make the choice all the more worthwhile. This luscious cake is filed with apple chunks and cranberries, topped with a sweet lemon glaze and calls for Fuji apples. Fuji is a variety that is large, firm and crisp, which makes them perfect for baking.

Poppy Seeds add More than Crunch and Color to Baked Goods

Poppy seeds are a lovely addition to cakes and quickbreads, but they don’t just add color and crunch!  Even the small amount sprinkled on a roll contains some niacin and folate and just one teaspoon of poppy seeds supplies measurable amounts of iron, calcium and zinc. Continue reading “Glazed Poppy Seed Bundt ~ No Eggs, No Dairy No kidding!”

Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!

Roasted Asparagus Salad is a riot of flavors, textures and nutrition

Roasting asparagus spears takes this spring superfood to new heights that impart unique sweet flavor and a moist, tender texture.

Eating asparagus can help flush excess fluid and salt from the body, and that can help prevent urinary tract infections. That is because asparagus contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which makes it a natural diuretic.

Asparagus is packed with beneficial vitamins and minerals,  An excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, asparagus is a very good source of fiber, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.

This delicious dish also features ripe avocado, sweet red onion and bite sized grape tomatoes that contain numerous health benefits. Continue reading “Welcome Spring with this Delightful Roasted Asparagus Salad!”

Boost Your Metabolism with This Tart Cherry Boost Drink!

Year after year, the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight and get fit. Many of us renew lapsed gym memberships and pledge to eat more fruits and vegetables. This year, the trend is less about fad diets and more about dietary strategies that improve overall health and wellness and may also help you lose weight.

Metabolism is a complex biochemical process that combines calories in food and beverages with oxygen to release energy.  It is the process that converts what you consume into the energy your body needs to function.

Metabolism refers to metabolic rate and boosting metabolism is desirable when wanting to lose weight. Simply put, the higher the metabolic rate, the more calories you burn. Continue reading “Boost Your Metabolism with This Tart Cherry Boost Drink!”

Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew

Vegan Basque Stew

Coming home to a fully cooked one-dish supper was once only possible if someone else cooked the meal for you. Having a slow cooker means that with a minimum of time and preparation you can have a delicious meal waiting at the end of the day.

Meals made in a crockpot are easy to assemble and especially useful for dishes that improve with long simmering.  Stews are an obvious choice, as flavors deepen and sauces thicken during slow cooking. You need only to adjust the seasonings before serving. Continue reading “Crockpot Cookery ~ Vegan Basque Stew”

Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, highly nutritious vegetables that include broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts, arugula, boc choi and collard greens among others.

Cruciferous vegetables are an excellent source of beneficial biological compounds. These delicious superfoods are rich in antioxidants, contain high levels of phytochemicals, essential vitamins, minerals and healthy fiber. Cruciferous vegetables are also the best source of phenolic compounds, which confer strong antiseptic and antibacterial benefits. Continue reading “Cauliflower Ranks Among CDC’s Top Powerhouse Vegetables”