Research finds Eating Garbanzo Beans Helps Control Weight!

Chickpea Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Garbanzo beans, AKA chickpeas are very low in fat and calories. A terrific source of fiber and protein, just two cups of this hearty legume would satisfy the adult daily requirement for protein.

This tasty legume is a versatile and satisfying ingredient in all kinds of dishes. The signature ingredient in hummus, garbanzo beans add flavor and texture to soups, salads, stir-fry dishes and stew.

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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!”

Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?

Baby Spinach Salad with Light and Lovely Cilantro Macadamia Dressing

Healthy oils have a number of benefits associated with them, including heart and circulatory system support, skin health and mental function

Olive oil is heart heathy, due to its high concentration of monounsaturated fats that help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. However, olive oil is not the only heart healthy culinary oil with extraordinary health benefits. Continue reading “Buttery Macadamia Nut Oil… Healthier than Olive Oil?”

Wholesome and Hearty Summer Salad

Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

Hearty salads can be assembled in a matter of minutes, really hit the mark at the height of summer and are as good for you as they are for the planet.

Our summer salad combines crisp greens, colorful veggies, baked, marinated tofu and veggie pepperoni with a tart and creamy dairy–free dressing. Continue reading “Wholesome and Hearty Summer Salad”

Herbed Potato Chill – Vegan Potato Salad with a Twist

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Photo: Juan Carlo

The Incas in Peru were the first to cultivate potatoes around 200 BC, and this tasty tuber found its way to the U.S. colonies in 1621, by way of Bermuda.

Potatoes are tasty, inexpensive and nutritious. During the Alaskan gold rush of the late 1800’s, potatoes were so valued for their Vitamin C content that Klondike miners traded gold for potatoes.

Health conscious cooks looking for hearty and wholesome summer salads will love this delicious dish. Herbed Potato Chill is easy to make and features baby red potatoes nestled in a creamy rich-tasting dressing. Continue reading “Herbed Potato Chill – Vegan Potato Salad with a Twist”

3 Fresh Herb Salads with Pomegranate Vinaigrette

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Fresh herbs can elevate just about any dish with distinctive flavor, aroma and eye appeal. In the Mediterranean, fresh herbs are used liberally in salads, enhancing fresh greens with complex flavor and textures.

Oftentimes, fresh herbs can be the primary ingredient in the salad. Parsley, cilantro, chervil and mint are commonly used in this way, as are fresh oregano and thyme, though to a lesser degree.

Arugula is just such an herb. Herb? Arugula is actually an herb and this member of the mustard family is native to the Mediterranean. Herb salads could be composed of a single herb or several. Continue reading “3 Fresh Herb Salads with Pomegranate Vinaigrette”