Wilted Kale with Bacon and Vinegar

My immediate and extended family had dinner every Monday night when my parents were alive. We ate at one very long table and were served by my Father who worked for much of the day with my Mother, to create memorable dinners. One of my favorite salads my Mom made was a spinach salad with a warm bacon dressing. Now, with the popularity of kale (because it’s very nutrient-dense with few calories) I found this amazing recipe to share: Continue reading

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Yummy Gazpacho

3 cups tomato juice
2 tablespoons Olive oil or vegetable oil
3 large tomatoes, peeled and seeded
1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
1 small onion (Vidalia or sweet onion preferred)- cut up
1 small green pepper, cut up
1 ear fresh corn- cut off the stalk, strings removed
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 natural sea or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/3 cup ground whole wheat bread crumbs
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
In a covered blender at high speed, blend all the ingredients (minus the bread crumbs) in batches, so not to overfill your blender vessel (I personally like a bit of chunk in my gazpacho so I pull out 1/2 cup medium chunked cucumber, green pepper, corn and add after it has been blended. If you like your soup smooth, skip this step) until blended. Put into a large bowl. Fold bread crumbs into the soup, cover and chill.

Because this is a homemade recipe, I don’t have a calorie breakdown, but I think a 1 cup serving is probably around 140 calories, it is mostly vegetables and is a seasonal part of healthy eating!

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In A Rush? Drink Your Salad!

This recipe comes a California girl named Tess Masters.  This drink is loaded with cancer-fighting, digestion-boosting, health-building ingredients!  Unfortunately, she didn’t provide a calorie breakdown, but the ingredients all seem amazingly healthy. Continue reading

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Shrimp Avocado Bowl Salad With A Citrus Dressing

This salad, as seen in oxygenmag.com, July 2009, is high in nutrition (healthy fats, vitamins A & C, and protein) while being low in calories. Continue reading

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Super Kale Salads

Eating a variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables can improve your health, but choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis may provide significant health benefits, including cancer protection and lower cholesterol! Continue reading

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Could An Old-Fashioned Cupcake Pan Be The Hottest New Cooking Must Have?

They’ve been around forever. Your Grandmother had one or more with varying degrees of rust on it from constant use. Muffins, corn bread and cupcakes were created from this kitchen staple. But now cooks are using them for more than just bread products!

They are perfect for creating portion-controlled brunch, dinner or dessert ideas. The magic of the muffin tin is expanding! They are good in the oven or under a broiler and cook food quicker since the depth or width of the item being cooked is smaller. They also work really well to make food products in advance that can be readily frozen for future enjoyment.

Breakfast ideas can include muffins, quiches, egg cups with hash browns, prosciutto cups, or oatmeal or quinoa cakes filled with berries. Continue reading

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Almond Milk- A Healthy Cow’s Milk Alternative

If you know someone with lactose intolerance, you know that it can cause digestive pain and discomfort, and can be a challenge to avoid in our processed food culture.  There are alternatives to traditional cow’s milk such as goat’s milk and almond milk. Continue reading

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Best Brunch Menu!

I have strong memories of spring brunches at my parents’ house with wonderful smells coming from the kitchen.  Trying to enjoy the smell of spring flowers, freshly growing grass and having some down-time on a Sunday.   Many of our brunch get-togethers had a menu of quiche, fresh squeezed orange juice, asparagus and spring mix salad.  The March issues of eating Well and Cooking Light Magazines give great alternative ideas for variations on this theme. Continue reading

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Breakfast For Dinner?!

Our modern schedules are crazy sometimes.  Many families have both parents working, juggling demands and schedules for the whole family.  On top of all that, you have to figure out dinner ideas.  Sometimes, you are so worn out you just want to prepare something every member of your family likes and won’t take forever to make…breakfast! Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Hash

 

Sweet Potato Hash (courtesy of Oxygen Magazine, January 2014)

Ready in 20 minutes • Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper
  • 1 chicken jalapeno sausage, diced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 sweet potato, shredded
  • Hot sauce (optional)
  • 3 fresh sage leaves or 6 cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the onion, bell pepper, sausage and cumin. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the sweet potato and hot sauce. Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Add the sage or cilantro and cook 1 minute. Remove from skillet and set on a plate.
  4. Fry the eggs for 3 minutes, flip, and cook an additional minute. Place eggs over hash. Season and serve.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 224, Total Fats: 9 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 244 mg, Sodium: 414 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 22 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 9 g, Protein: 16 g, Iron: 3 mg

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