Recipe: Grilled Corn and Grass-Fed Steak Salad

Freshly shucked corn and perfectly ripe tomatoes are the very definition of summer.  Toss in a grill and additional seasonal produce, like radishes and scallions, and you’ve got yourself one easy breezy warm weather salad.  Here I’ve paired the abovementioned with grass-fed steak in a way that will satisfy the healthy to the hearty.  Continue reading

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2012 Rankings

It’s that time of year again…  For the eighth year in a row, the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group has released its annual Dirty Dozen list of the 12 most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables on the market as part of their 2012 Shoppers Guide (along with the coinciding list of the cleanest 15).  To compose this year’s list, EWG researchers looked at 45 popular fruits and vegetables based on pesticide-load reports conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.  The database includes 60,700 samples taken over a 10 year period, beginning in 2000.  The group found that 68 percent of the food samples tested had detectable pesticide residues, even after they had been washed and/or peeled.

Like last year, apples top the dirty list, while Continue reading

Cooking Tip Thursdays: The Just Right Smoothie

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

Nothing beats the summer heat like a cold refreshing smoothie.  Ok, so maybe there are a few other things that are fantastic on a hot summer day, but smoothies definitely rank in the top 5.  Whether for breakfast, lunch or an in-between meal boost, you can fill up on all your daily vitamin, mineral, and nutrient essentials with one click of the blender.  And who doesn’t love a perfectly healthy and balanced meal that’s ready in less than 5 minutes?  So in honor of the warm weather, here’s our NON-cooking, cooking tip of the week: Preparing the perfect smoothie. Continue reading