Food & Recipes

  • Frutied Squash Muffins

    1 cup flour
    1 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/2 cup honey
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon orange zest
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 beaten egg
    1/2 cup orange juice
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    1 cup spaghetti squash, cooked
    3/4 cup chopped cranberries
    3/4 cup raisins
    1/2 cup chopped dates

    1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, honey, baking powder, orange zest, and cinnamon.

    2. Stir in egg, orange juice, canola oil, and spaghetti squash. Blend to form batter. Add chopped cranberries, raisins, and chopped dates.

    3. Pour into prepared muffin tin, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Pork and Squash "Noodle" Soup

    1/2 pound pork tenderloin, thinly sliced and browned
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    1 tablespoon gingerroot, minced
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    1/4 cup rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    4 cups chicken broth.
    2 cups spaghetti squash, cooked
    1/4 cups green onions, sliced

    1. In a sauce or stock pan, brown pork tenderloin and minced garlic cloves in dark sesame oil.

    2. Add minced gingerroot, low-sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar, red pepper flakes, and chicken broth. Stir in spaghetti squash and green onions. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until heated through.

  • Global Warming's Effect on Your Dinner Table

    New research published in the journal Global Change Biology says that increased levels of greenhouse gases could decrease the nutritional values of several foods—including barley, wheat, soybeans, potatoes, and rice.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • Pineapple-Date Ambrosia

    Serves 6 to 8

    1 cup Greek or regular plain, unsweetened yogurt
    4 to 6 tablespoons agave nectar (depending upon desired sweetness)
    4 cups diced fresh, ripe pineapple
    1 heaping cup chopped dates
    1 cup coconut flakes
    1/2 cup minced fresh mint leaves



     

    1. Mix the yogurt and agave together in a dish.

    2. Toss all remaining ingredients in a large bowl and gently blend in the yogurt. Let sit 10 minutes before serving to allow flavors to develop.

    Nutrition info per serving (based on 6 servings): 228.1 calories; 6.4 g fat; 4.9 g saturated fat; 5.3 mg cholesterol; 3.1 g protein; 44.3 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g fiber; 24.2 mg sodium

  • Take a Coffee Break

    Drinking caffeinated coffee before breakfast can increase your risk of type-2 diabetes—even if you take your java without sugar, says a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It reported that volunteers who drank caffeinated coffee an hour before they ate cereal had blood sugar levels 250 percent higher than those who knocked back some decaf.

    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • A Salad Fit For Your Skin

    Toss avocado, lettuce, and tomato with a splash of olive oil, and you have a healthy salad. Bottle them up with staples like aloe vera and sweet almond oil, and you have a recipe for serious beauty boosting.

    The nutrients that feed your body can also nourish your complexion.
    By Josie Garthwaite
  • Creamy Tomato Basil Spread

    3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped, drained
    1 8-ounce package cream or Neufchâtel cheese
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 cup basil leaves
    1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

    In a blender or food processor, combine sun-dried tomatoes, cream or Neufchâtel cheese, garlic powder, and basil leaves. Process until smooth and then blend in crumbled feta. Enjoy as a veggie dip, sandwich spread, or topping on French bread toasts with diced tomatoes

  • Grilled Chicken With Fig Sauce

    1 cup onion, diced
    2 teaspoons hot olive oil
    1 tablespoon flour
    1 cup chicken rboth
    1 cup figs, diced
    1/4 cup dry white wine
    2 chicken breasts, grilled or sautéed

    1. In a saucepan, brown diced onion in hot olive oil and sprinkle with  flour. Add chicken broth, diced figs, and dry white wine, and cook on low for 20 minutes or until thick.

    2. Serve over grilled or sautéed chicken sprinkled lightly with salt and pepper.

  • Gingered Fig and Apple Chutney

    1 medium onion, diced
    1 tablespoon gingerroot, thinly sliced
    1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/2 cup apple juice
    1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1 teaspoon cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom
    4 figs, peeled and diced

    1. In a saucepan, soften onion,. Add gingerroot, apple cider vinegar, apple juice, apple, golden raisins, and ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom; cook on medium heat.

    2. Add figs and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until juices thicken. Refrigerate before serving.

  • Moroccan Chicken With Olives

    1 yellow onion, diced
    3/4 cup chopped parsley plus a little more for garnish
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon mild paprika
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (check sodium content of stock)
    1 teaspoon agave nectar or sugar
    2 tablespoons olive oil, plus another tablespoon for drizzling
    6 to 8 chicken thighs, bone in, with skins
    1 cup chicken stock or water
    1 teaspoon lemon zest (grated peel)
    Juice of 1/2 lemon
    1/2 cup Gaeta or Kalamata olives, pits in

    1. Mix the onion, parsley, spices, salt, and agave nectar in a medium bowl.

    2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken in a single layer, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side until slightly browned.

    3. Add the stock and onion mixture. Bring the stock to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook gently for 20 minutes until the chicken is tender and no pink flesh remains.

    4. Place the chicken on a platter. Turn the heat up to medium-high, and let the sauce simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until reduced slightly. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, and olives.

    5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken. Drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with the remaining parsley.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 297 calories; 22 g fat; 5 g saturated fat; 72 mg cholesterol; 18 g protein; 8 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 459 mg sodium