Food & Recipes

  • Tasty Tricks for the Traveler

    Bites and Burns.
    Apply shredded carrots and potatoes to the skin, says Paul S. Anderson, ND, instructor of naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University in Seattle. These root vegetables draw interstitial fluid out of irritated tissues and provide moisture for healing.

    Traveler’s Diarrhea.

    Fight five on-the-road ailments with these foods.
    By Lora Shinn
  • It's Easy Eating Green

    Craving salads this time of year—but tired of the same old bowl of greens? Move over, iceberg: These leafy greens will transform your next salad and help you get your recommended daily veggie intake. San Francisco-based chef and nutrition consultant Grace Avila shares her favorite preparations and pairings for the following eight super-greens.

    Spruce up your next meal with these 8 unusual salad greens.
    By Lindsey Galloway
  • Fermented Food Fest

    When most of us decide to add “good” bacteria to our diet, we typically turn to probiotic supplements and yogurt. Good choices to be sure, but not the only ones available. Look beyond the dairy aisle to fermented foods, which teem with healthy, good-for-you bacteria.

    Simply delicious and easy to make—and so good for your health.
    By Gretchen Roberts
  • Whole-Grain Basil Bread

    1 packet of yeast (1 1/4 ounces)
    1 cup warm water
    1 cup basil, packed
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    3 cups whole-wheat flour
    1 cup whole oats
     

    1. In a small bowl, dissolve a packet of yeast in warm water, and let stand.

    2. In a food processor, pulse basil with olive oil, honey, and garlic powder.

    3. Combine yeast and basil mixture with whole-wheat flour and whole oats. Knead into dough, and let rise, about an hour. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

    Quick Tip: For a savory pizza crust, eliminate the oats and reduce both honey and oil to 1 teaspoon.

  • Grilled Sea Bass With Watermelon Salsa

    2 cups watermlon, diced
    2 tablespoons red onion, chopped
    1 cup cucumber, peeled, chopped, seeded
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2 tablespoons minced cilantro
    2 sea bass filets
    2 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon lemon juice
    Pepper for seasoning

    1. In a small bowl, combine watermelon, red onion, cucumber, lime juice, and minced cilantro.

    2. Serve over two grilled sea bass fillets, rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and a dash of pepper.

  • Chilled Watermelon Soup

    3 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded
    1 cup strawberries
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    1/2 cup plain yogurt

    Blend until smooth. Cover and chill for at least one hour before serving.

  • Watermelon Rind Pickles

    1 ound cubed watermelon rind
    1 cup white vinegar
    1 cup sugar
    4 cups water
    2 cinnamon sticks
    1 teaspoon ginger, grated
     

    1. Combine approximately watermelon rind, trimmed of dark green and pink, with white vinegar, sugar, water, cinnamon sticks, and grated ginger in a large stock pot.

    2. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer until rind is near translucent, about an hour. Pack pickle and syrup mixture in sterilized glass jars, and chill 24 hours. Keep refrigerated.

  • Spinach and Watermelon Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing

    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 tablespoon lime juice
    2 teaspoons honey
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    1 teaspoon poopy seeds
    4 cups spinach leaves
    1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
    2 cups watermelon, cubed and seeded
    3/4 crumbed feta cheese

    1. For dressing, combine olive oil, lime juice, honey, rice vinegar, and poppy seeds.

    2. In a bowl, toss washed spinach leaves and red onion with dressing. Top with watermelon, and feta.

  • Mixed Berry Sorbet

    6 cups fresh or frozen and thawed berries
    1/8 cup lemon juice
    1/2 cup soy milk
    1/3 to 1/2 cup honey
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    Low-fat Greek vanilla yogurt (optional)

    1. In a food processor, combine berries, lemon juice, soymilk, honey and salt; puree until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
    2. Transfer to an ice cream maker and process according to directions. Serve immediately as is, or blend 1/4 cup yogurt into each 1-cup serving of sorbet for a creamier flavor and texture.

    Nutrition info per serving: 211 calories; 1.5 g fat; 0.1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 2.8 g protein; 51.8 g carbohydrates; 9.1 g fiber; 166.4 mg sodium

  • Sweet Spice

    Turns out you don’t have to eat five small meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable: Research shows the polyphenol content in cinnamon actually mimics insulin and activates blood sugar regulator receptors. In a study, type-2 diabetics who took cinnamon powder capsules daily had 20 percent lower blood sugar than a control group.