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Irresistibly summer: Tomatoes!

Irresistibly summer: Tomatoes!

It's tomato time again! This re-post from last summer will help you utilize all the gorgeous largesse. If you haven't yet tried slow-roasting tomatoes, you MUST! This caramelizes and intensifies the flavor, creating an unparalleled summer treat!

 

On my countertop right now I have a collection of tomatoes. It looks like they’re having babies! We’re at the pinnacle of tomato season, when they’re the juiciest, the most flavorful, the most irresistible. I can’t THINK of anything I don’t want to incorporate them into!

 

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Slow-Cooked Anasazi Beans

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Dating back to 130 A.D, The Anasazi Indians lived in the four corners area ( now Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico) and are recognized for their architectural achievements known today as "cliff dwellings"."Anasazi" is a Navajo word perhaps best translated as "the ancient ones".

Anasazi Beans were one of the few crops cultivated by the Anasazi. These heirloom beans are most commonly used in Latin, Mexican and Southwestern cuisine; they turn pink when cooked and are used in refried beans, chilis and hearty stews. Packed with protein, fiber and healthy starch like all beans, Anasazis are also rich in potassium, iron and folate. 

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Soups… for summer!

Soups… for summer!

Soup is not just for winter! 

 

The last thing people think of when it’s boiling hot outside is soup! We have this notion that soup is a warm, nourishing hug. So true! But it’s even more. Soup can also be that deliciously chilled, tastebud-thrilling tonic we need in midsummer. It’s like that quick dive into the swimming pool — bracing, flavor-packed, nutrition-full. 

 

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Salads sublime!

Salads sublime!

What, I ask you, could be more sublime for summer than salads?

I have a history with salads. When I was growing up, my father was called the Condiment King, because he manufactured salad dressings and mayonnaise. Our fridge was always filled with sample jars of the latest dressings, so we were very on trend salad-wise. My father truly loved salads. He had his Sunday salad, his Thursday salad, his Saturday salad, and they were all different. In other words, salad was a BIG thing in our house!

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Strawberry, Fennel and Arugula Salad

Strawberry, Fennel and Arugula Salad

Variety isn’t just the spice of life; it will also keep you from falling into a food rut. People often tell me that they love salad but get bored with the same old version they always make. This disenchantment can lead folks away from the greens their bodies really need. If that sounds like you, let this salad serve as a springboard for endless seasonal variations. Eating with the seasons isn’t just a catch phrase. Each season brings new foods just hitting their peak; in this case, strawberries and arugula, some of the welcome early harbingers of the spring. In addition to having an incredibly sweet taste, strawberries have anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, when combined with mint and a lemony balsamic vinaigrette, they make for a salad that feels like Pop Rocks going off in your mouth.

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Chill! Best beverages for summer

Chill! Best beverages for summer

What you can drink during the summer months that’s refreshing and different? And not soda!

The reality is, sodas are bad for your health. Want details?
 
Harvard School of Public Health: Soft Drinks and Disease
13 Ways That Sugary Soda is Bad For Your Health
Diet Sodas Tied to Dementia and Stroke
 

Ok, but it’s summer! Summer means that we tend to get a little more dehydrated because of the heat, and we’re THIRSTY for something really refreshing. Soda isn’t the right solution, and water just won’t do. Something with a little fizz, a little delight, right?
 
You KNOW I’m not going to leave you in the lurch :)
 

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Quinoa Kale Salad with Red Grapes

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Kale is quirky; with the right touch it shines like an emerald and tastes delish, but if you ignore a few key steps it can resemble Astroturf. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to get on kale’s good side. Once it’s ripped and stripped it loves a bath in olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. This spa treatment break down the kale’s fibers, making it easier to digest (the olive oil’s fat also increases the bioavailability of kale’s fat-soluble nutrients). I’ve included mint, parsley, quinoa, cumin, and coriander in the dish and added one additional surprise: red grapes. There’s something about chomping on a sweet grape that’s just joyous, and the anthocyanins that give the grape its deep color are also phenomenal antioxidants, with other studies showing they may also enhance memory.

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Perfect Potluck!

Perfect Potluck!

It’s that time of year! We’re invited to block parties, 4th of July fests, family reunions, picnics, and potlucks of all shapes and sizes. This is when we’re supposed to show up with the PERFECT dish that everyone loves, something that won’t wilt in the heat, will go with whatever everyone else brings (or at least out shine all those other dishes).

 

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Screen-free Family Dining

Screen-free family dining

Last week I had my family for dinner, including my absolutely engaging, never-can-do-wrong 10-year old grandson Brandon (who loves broccoli). I have a rule at my table: there are no screens of any kind. Nobody pulls their phone out, for any reason (which is much harder for my husband than anybody else!). Dinner is family time. 

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Pomegranate Chutney

Pomegranate Chutney

Pomegranate one of the earliest cultivated fruits, prominent throughout history in art, culture, and religion, has been analyzed to have greater antioxidant capacity than red wine, grape juice, cranberry juice, green tea or acai juice. 

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Lime Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

For a tasty way to enjoy the health benefits of Brussels sprouts, try this delicious lime Brussels sprouts recipe. Fresh, home-cooked meals are highly recommended by ayurveda as a means of promoting health and longevity.

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What’s for dinner?

What's for dinner?

Does this question drive you crazy? Here's a favorite post from my archives to provide some useful help!

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Wendy’s Chocolate Date Nut Truffles

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One day my friend, Mat, was reminiscing to his mom, Clair, about an ice cream store he worked at while in college. “I told her that I got so sick of ice cream that for two years after I quit I couldn’t go near it.” At which point Clair mentioned that as a girl she worked for years at the chocolate counter at Gimbel’s, one of New York’s famous retailers. Gimbel’s let you eat as much chocolate as you liked on the job, so long as you didn’t take any home. “I asked Mom if she ever got sick of chocolate. She just looked at me like I was nuts and said, ‘Why would I?’” Which brings us to these little morsels. For chocolate aficionados, nothing provides a better fix than a truffle. My friend Wendy, an incredible chocolatier, designed these confections from a scrumptious mélange of chocolate, dates, orange zest, and ground nuts, all rolled in coconut. I could tell you that the reason to eat these is because they’re high in protein and phytochemicals, but how ’bout we just call that a nice side benefit of yum! Since you’re going to indulge in a chocolate dessert, be sure to make it the best by using high-quality chocolate.

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Ayurvedic Pizza (a great way to sneak vegetables into your child's diet)

Ayurvedic Pizza

Who doesn't like Pizza?  This recipe uses Chapattis for the pizza dough. And, it's so brilliant. By blending cooked brocolli and tofu, and spreading it over the Chapattis with your favorite sauce, you get a great tasting pizza that is healthy to eat. If you are not into dairy products, you can substitute the organic mozzarella cheese for your favorite vegan cheese. 

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Chapati Bread

Chapati-Bread

Chapatis are one of the most common forms of wheat bread which is staple food in South Asia. The word chapat (Hindi:चपत, chapat) means "flat". Another name for chapatis is roti and it's the bread served in most Indian restaurants today.

 

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Two Meals in One: Arborio Rice, Perfect for Risotto & Arancini

Two Meals in One: Arborio Rice, Perfect for Risotto & Arancini

(NewsUSA) -It's been said that risotto waits for no one. And perhaps that is true if you want it fresh, but now you can turn leftover risotto into a show-stopping special meal. While you enjoy a delightful creamy risotto for dinner, the question remains; what do you do with the leftovers?

As delicious as it is freshly made, it doesn't reheat well. To the rescue, arancini, those delicious Italian fried rice balls, crispy on the outside and inside creamy risotto filled with velvety melted cheese centers.

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Vegetable Chow Mein

Vegetable Chow Mein

This favorite one-skillet ( or wok) noodle dish is powerful on flavor and just the right amount of vegetables to go with the noodles. The recipe calls for Chinese egg noodles but it works with rice noodles for gluten free or vegan.

I prefer using fresh noodles from the deli section of our grocery market, it shortens the cooking time when I remember to pick some up. Otherwise, dry noodles are often what I have on hand.

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Simple and Quick Raspberry Salad

Simple and Quick Raspberry Salad

Raspberries remain one of the world's most consumed berries and it's no wonder with their their rich color, sweet juicy taste, and antioxidant power. They are known as Nature's candy and have been gathered for thousands of years by humans and animals alike. 

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Indian Garbanzo Tofu

Indian Garbanzo Tofu

Spices have been closely connected to magic, cultural traditions, preservation, medicine and embalming since early human history. Spices were a key component of India's external trade with Mesopotamia, China, Sumeria, Egypt and Arabia , along with perfumes and textiles - as far back as 7000 years ago - much before the Greek and Roman civilizations.

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Baked Stuffed Artichokes

Baked Stuffed Artichokes

The Globe Artichoke, available 12 months of year, is  believed to be a native of the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands. It belongs to the Thistle group of the Sunflower family. 

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