Food & Recipes

  • Chocolate-Orange Sauce

    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    1/2 cup agave nectar
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1 cup evaporated skim milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 teaspoons grated orange zest

    Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously. Serve as a dip for fruit.

    Nutrition info per serving (4): 146 calories; 2 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 3 mg cholesterol; 7 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 76 mg sodium

  • Maple-Ginger Pumpkin Pie

    Crust
    1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    1/4 cup hazelnut meal or ground nuts
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    6 tablespoons butter, softened
    6 tablespoons cold orange juice or water
    Optional: 1 tablespoon date sugar

    Filling
    1 15-ounce can pumpkin
    1/4 cup molasses
    1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    1 teaspoon each cinnamon and ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    2 eggs, lightly beaten
    1 cup evaporated fat-free milk
    2 tablespoons flour
    1 teaspoon finely grated, peeled gingerroot

    1. In a food processor, pulse together flour, nut meal, spices, and butter to form crumbs. Pour mixture into a bowl, and gradually add orange juice or water to form dough. Press into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. If desired, sprinkle with date sugar. Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine filling ingredients through evaporated milk, blending well. Stir in flour and gingerroot pieces.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Cool or chill before serving.

    Nutrition info per serving (10): 174 calories; 8 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 57 mg sodium

  • Magic Mushrooms

    Unlike the kind you heard about in college, the chemicals in these ’shrooms won’t give you special powers—or get you arrested for that matter—but they are creating quite a buzz. Developed in Japan in the mid 1980s, active hexose correlated compound (AHCC) is produced from the fermented extract of a hybrid of several medicinal mushrooms.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Ask The Doctor: Vericose Veins

    Varicose veins are caused by pressure from the blood in the veins, which is normally limited by valves every few inches in the vessels. With prolonged pressure from standing upright, hormonal changes, and weakening of the blood vessels, the valves break down, causing veins to grow larger and new vessels to form.

    Alan M. Dattner, MD
  • Asian Chicken Noodle Soup

    2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
    2 teaspoons peeled, diced ginger
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon brown sugar
    1 cup shiitake mushrooms, quartered, stems removed
    2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and shredded
    6 ounces dried Chinese egg noodles
    5 ounces spinach leaves, washed and torn
    Salt and pepper to taste, optional

    1. In a large pot, heat oil. Add ginger and garlic, and stir-fry for 1 minute.
    2. Add broth, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, mushrooms, and chicken. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.
    3. Add noodles, and cook 4 minutes, or until noodles are tender.
    4. Add spinach, and heat 2 minutes more.

    Nutrition info per serving (4 to 6): 308.9 calories; 5.2 g fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 74.8 mg cholesterol; 25.6 g protein; 40.2 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g fiber; 1,443.6 mg sodium

  • Focus On Food: Children's Nutrition

    Through his work as an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, William Sears, MD, has found that as many as 50 percent of the kids who get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD also have poor nutrition. Sears believes they actually suffer from what he calls Nutrition Deficiency Disorder (NDD).

    By Nora Simmons
  • Lung Cancer: Should You Worry?

    The first question most of us ask when someone gets lung cancer is: How much did she smoke? Unfortunately anyone can get the disease without ever lighting up. In fact, about 13 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer are nonsmokers, according to the American Cancer Society.

    By Kristin Bjornsen
  • 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.

  • In Season: Spaghetti Squash

    With more than 145 percent of the daily value of vitamin A per cup and loads of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and manganese, this seasonal favorite should make frequent appearances at your fall table.

    By Wendy McMillan
  • 5 Ways to Save on Organic Food

    The price of food may be soaring, but buying conventional produce rather than organic may end up costing more in the long run. “Eating organic now could save you from expensive health problems down the line,” says John A. McDougall, MD, author of The McDougall Plan: 12 Days to Dynamic Health (Plume Publishing).

    By Bryce Edmonds