Recipe: Radish, Watercress, and Spiced Pecan Salad

I feel like I should be posting a recipe for a scone or tea sandwich in honor of the royal wedding today, but I’ll leave that to the rest of the world.  I just have a recipe for a good ol’ fashioned delicious and healthy salad.  Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Mise En Place

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better….

Mise en place [MEEZ ahn plahs], the French term meaning “everything in its place”, is the key to successful cooks and chefs all over the world.  The idea is to have all the ingredients necessary for a dish prepared and ready to combine up to the point of cooking.  It is the ultimate kitchen organizer and time-saver. Continue reading

Tis the Season….for a CSA Share

CSA season is just around the corner and today’s 80 degree weather is a just another wonderful reminder.  The thought behind Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is simple: You buy a seasonal share in a nearby farm and reap the benefits of local and often organically grown produce harvested throughout the season.  Purchasing food grown closest to you tastes better and fresher, significantly reduces your carbon footprint, and supports local farmers.  What’s not to love about that?  I’ve recently joined the Downtown Continue reading

Vitamins 101: The Cheat Sheet

Carrots are packed with vitamin A; almonds are loaded with vitamin E; salmon boasts huge amounts of B3.  From product packaging to news reports, food has become revered and praised for the vitamins and minerals associated with it.  While it’s important to know oranges are chock full of vitamin C, it’s more valuable to know what that really means.

Here is a breakdown of vitamins, what they are, where they come from, and how each one affects your body. Continue reading

Food Dye and Easter Eggs: The Natural Way

There has been recent debate as to whether or not a possible link between food dyes and hyperactivity exists.  While an FDA panel recently said ‘no’ to food coloring warning labels, the panel did acknowledge that  food coloring may intensify problems experienced by children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  Given there was not enough conclusive evidence to warrant the labels, the impact of food coloring on children is still a point of contention considering the FDA estimates that food dyes can cause asthma, hives, headache, and behavioral changes. Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Almighty Bean

Cooking Tip Thursdays is dedicated to making time in the kitchen quicker, easier, and just plain better….

In keeping with the theme of the week, fiber-rich cleanses and bean pasta, it’s only natural today’s cooking tip should unveil the mysterious curtain surrounding cooking dried beans.  I know it’s much easier to just buy a can of beans, but while definitely convenient, canned beans are not the healthiest or cheapest option.  They generally contain large quantities of sodium and preservatives and aren’t nearly as cost effective.  Cost of cans: at least $.99/can.  Cost of dried beans: generally $1.50 – $2.00 for a 1 lb. bag – which makes approximately 8 cups of beans; or 4 cans worth!

How To Clean and Prep Beans: Continue reading

Recipe: Whole Wheat Penne in a Charred Tomato and Smokey Chickpea Sauce

I find very few foods as satisfying as pasta.  I crave it more than I’d like to admit and in a perfect world I’d eat a huge cheesy bowl of it every week.  Considering this isn’t something I choose to do health-wise, I often find myself creating healthy pasta dishes that feel indulgent without the extra added fat and calories.  This recipe for whole wheat penne is rich, creamy, hearty, and filling, yet incredibly light and healthy.  And I swear, you wont feel the need for cheese at all.

Whole Wheat Penne in a Charred Tomato and Smokey Chickpea Sauce

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Cleansing and Detoxing: The Sane Way

I’ve just returned from a mini getaway to Austin, Texas where I’m fairly certain I ate my weight in chips, guacamole, and barbecue.  The margaritas and Lonestar beer didn’t exactly help either.  This, coupled with the beginning of Spring, has me ready for a detoxifying and energizing cleanse.  If you’re looking to do the same – and the idea of starving yourself or subsiding on liquids is as scary to you as it is to me – here are some key factors to take into consideration.  They’re certain to get out the gunk, in the healthiest of ways.  No maple syrup or cayenne pepper needed. Continue reading

The Latest U.S. Food Recall: Jennie-O Turkey Burgers

Jennie-O Turkey Store has recalled 55,000 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning. The recalled turkey burgers include 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store “All Natural Turkey Burgers Lean White Meat with Seasonings.” Each turkey burger box Continue reading