• Jam Maker Strawberry Jam

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Prep Time: 30 minutes

    3 1/4 cups crushed strawberries (about three 1-lb containers)

    3 tablespoons Ball RealFruit Classic Pectin

    1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine

    2 cups granulated sugar

    Wash strawberries in cool, running water and drain. Remove stems and hulls. Crush berries one layer at a time using potato masher. Measure required quantity of berries and remaining ingredients for recipe; set aside. Sprinkle pectin evenly over bottom of pot fitted with stirrer. Add crushed strawberries evenly over pectin. Add butter/margarine to help reduce foaming. Press jam button, the cook time will automatically default to 21 minutes. Press enter. Wait four minutes for appliance to sound four short beeps indicating the time to add sugar. Add sugar gradually while stirrer continues running. Place the glass lid on the pot. The appliance will continue to automatically stir your ingredients while it cooks. Stay within earshot of the jam and jelly maker, the appliance will beep again at the end of the process signaling jam cooking is complete. Press cancel, unplug appliance, and immediately remove glass lid. Remove stirrer using a pot holder. Skim foam, if necessary, from top of jam. Preserve jam immediately, using one of the three ways listed below.

    Preservation Methods:


    Spread on thick, then save the rest for up to three weeks in your refrigerator. Ladle hot jam or jelly into hot jars. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Place lids and bands on jars. Label.


    Freeze jam for up to one year, right in Ball Glass Jars. Ladle hot jam or jelly into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Place lids and bands on jars. Label.

    Preserve and Store:

    With Ball Home Canning Products, jams can be stored for up to one year. Prepare your gear (while jam or jelly is being made in your Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker) and fill canner or stockpot half full with water. Place lid on canner. Heat to a simmer. Keep canning rack or Canning Discovery Kit canning rack with lifter to the side until ready to use. Wash jars, lids and bands in hot, soapy water. Rinse well. Keep jars warm until ready to use, in order to minimize risk of breakage when filling with hot jam or jelly. Fill jars. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, one at a time, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe any jam or jelly from the rims of the jars. Center lids on jars. Twist on the bands until fingertip tight. Place filled jars in the canning rack inside the canner, ensuring jars are covered by one to two inches of water. Place lid on canner. Bring water to gentle, steady boil. Process jars in boiling water for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid and let jars stand for five minutes. Remove jars from water and cool. Check lids for seal after 12 to 24 hours. Check the seal. Press on center of cooled lid. If jar is sealed, the lid will not flex up or down. If it is not sealed, refrigerate immediately or re-process. Store sealed jars in pantry for up to one year. Jars may be stored without bands, or you may clean the underside of bands to ensure no moisture is trapped during storage.

    Recipe and image provided by Ball Corporation.

    **Recipe must be made with Ball FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker

  • Chicken Salad

    Weekly Recipe: 

    1 cup grilled chicken breast, cubed

    1 tablespoon finely diced scallions

    2 tablespoons diced celery

    2 tablespoons diced red pepper

    1 tablespoon water

    1/2 cup hummus

    salt and pepper to taste

    Combine all ingredients and stir well. Serve in bowl of radicchio as a salad, on a sandwich, wrap, or as an appetizer with veggies, chips or pita. Makes 3 ½ cups.

    Recipe and image provided by Sabra Dipping co.

  • Become Blue

    As a child, were you fearful of the scene in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory where Violet Beauregarde blows up into a gigantic blueberry after chewing blueberry pie-flavored gum? Or were you scared of the fact that she had to be rolled out and “squeezed” before she exploded? Lucky for us, blueberries have quite a different reaction in our bodies.

    Why you can't live life without blueberries.
    By Amy Vergin
  • Guacamole

    Weekly Recipe: 


    2 avocados

    1 small onion, chopped

    1 tomato, diced

    1 clove of garlic, minced

    juice of 1 lime

    salt and pepper to taste

    Peel avocados and mash them in a small mixing bowl. Mix in onion, tomato, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper. To give it an extra kick, we mixed in a small amount of Brother Bru-Bru's chili pepper sauce. Chill and serve on fish tacos or with organic chips.

  • Dark Chocolate Truffles with Goji Berries

    Weekly Recipe: 


    1 cup grated raw cacao butter

    1 cup raw cacao powder

    6 tablespoons maple syrup

    1 tablespoon vanilla extract


    1/4 teaspoon maca powder

    Pinch of sea salt

    1/4 cup goji berries or a combination of goji berries, cacao nibs, chopped hazelnuts, or shredded coconut

    Blend the cacao, cacao powder, maple syrup, maca, and salt in a food processor. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Shape into walnut-sized balls. Put goji berries and/or ground hazelnuts, cacao nibs, or shredded coconut on a large flat plate and roll balls in them. Eat immediately or store in a jar.

    Makes 12 to 15 walnut sized balls.

    Optional: For a creamier truffle, add 1/4 cup coconut oil.

    Recipe by Leslie Cerier //

  • Fish Tacos

    Weekly Recipe: 


    3 pounds tilapia fillets, thawed (about 8 pieces)

    3 teaspoons ground cumin

    1 teaspoon sea salt

    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

    6 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    blue or yellow corn taco shells

    shredded lettuce

    chopped fresh tomato

    green onions, thinly sliced

    shredded Monterey Jack or sharp cheddar cheese

    Thaw tilapia. In a small bowl, mix cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of fish. Heat large frying pan, adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil. Fry fish until golden brown and flesh begins to flake. Transfer fish to medium bowl, toss with lime juice and break into small pieces. Fill warmed taco shells with fish and toppings.

  • Why It's So Hard Not to Be Fat and Sick in America

    I cannot figure out how we can go on believing the nonsense being fed to us (pun intended) about food. Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit? It’s obvious to me that the bottom line of food companies and corporations has become far more important than the collective health of the people buying food.

    Why are we not protesting in the streets at the injustices being put on us in the name of profit?
    by Christina Pirello
  • Indian Spiced Salmon

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Salmon contains an abundant supply of omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the heart healthy and reduce inflammation. Several studies suggest that curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, may also put a damper on inflammation, as well as protect against chronic diseases. One study in mice showed that curcumin may also protect against breast cancer.


    1 teaspoon turmeric

    1 teaspoon curry powder

    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon allspice

    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt

    4 (6-ounce) wild salmon fillets or steaks, about 1-inch thick

    2 teaspoons olive oil

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Place the first five ingredients in a small bowl; whisk to blend.

    2. Sprinkle salt evenly onto both sides of the fish. Pat spice mixture onto one side of each fillet.

    3. Heat oil in a large, ovenproof, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.

    4. Add salmon, spiced side down, and cook for two to three minutes or until nicely browned.

    5. Place salmon in oven, and bake it for five to six minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

    Serves 4

    Nutrition information per serving: Calories 266; Protein 34 g; Carbohydrate 1 g; Total fat 13.2 g; Saturated fat 2 g; Cholesterol 94 mg; Sodium 223 mg; Fiber 0.3 g

  • Ratatouille with Scrambled Egg Whites

    Weekly Recipe: 


    2 cloves minced garlic

    1 onion, diced

    4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

    2 zucchini, sliced

    1 green bell pepper, diced

    1 Japanese/Chinese eggplant, sliced

    2 tomatoes, diced

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

    2 teaspoons dried basil

    1 teaspoon dried oregano

    1 teaspoon salt

    8 egg whites


    1. In a skillet, sauté garlic and onion in 2 tablespoons olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes over medium heat.

    2. Add zucchini and bell pepper, and continue to sauté over medium heat for another 3 to 4 minutes.

    3. Add eggplant and continue to sauté over medium heat until all vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, salt, and all the herbs. Mix well and set aside.

    4. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add egg whites; cook until the whites are set but still moist.

    5. Place scrambled eggs on a large plate and top with ratatouille.

    Serves 6

    Nutrition info per serving: 194 calories; 12 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 12 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 543 mg sodium

  • Broccoli-Walnut Pesto with Lime

    Weekly Recipe: 
    Broccoli packs a powerful nutritional punch, with plenty of vitamin C and folate, and the walnuts contribute beneficial omega-3s. I like the added depth of flavor the anchovies provide—they don’t taste fishy in this recipe and they do contribute more healthy fats—but omit them if you wish.


    3 cups fresh broccoli, separated into florets, stems chopped

    2 anchovy fillets, canned or jarred (optional)

    1/3 cup walnuts

    2/3 cup water, vegetable or low-salt chicken stock (more if necessary for consistency)

    1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, or substitute parsley

    2 cloves garlic

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice (or lemon juice)

    1/2 teaspoon salt (less if you use anchovies)

    Fresh ground pepper to taste


    1. Steam broccoli over water or stock in a covered saucepan, about 5 minutes. Do not overcook—it should be bright green.

    2. Remove broccoli from pot with a slotted spoon, and put into a blender or food processor.

    3. Add remaining ingredients to the blender container and process until smooth. For a thinner consistency, add more water or stock, a tablespoon at a time. Adjust seasoning, adding salt, pepper, or more lime juice to taste.

    4. Serve warm over cooked whole-wheat pasta sprinkled with crushed, roasted walnuts, if desired. Or use as a spread on sandwiches or as a dip for fresh vegetables.

    4 servings as a topping for pasta