• Grilled Watermelon “Caprese” Salad With Cardamom Balsamic Reduction

    Weekly Recipe: 
    SERVES 4

    ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

    1 teaspoon organic cardamom

    Extra-virgin olive oil

    ½ (5-pound) watermelon (consider using both red and yellow watermelon for extra color)

    Fleur de sel (or any good, flake salt)

    2 cups organic baby arugula, washed and dried

    1 cup crumbled goat cheese

    Organic ground black pepper, to taste

    Preheat your grill. Real wood charcoal tastes best, but gas works fine. Aim for medium-high heat—if your grill lid has a thermometer built into the lid, it should read about 375 degrees.

    Place the vinegar and cardamom in a small saucepan and reduce, simmering on the stovetop, for roughly 20 minutes. Do not allow to burn. When it reaches the texture of warm maple syrup, remove from the heat and strain through fine mesh or cheesecloth into a heatproof bowl. Use caution: It can stick to your hands and burn you.

    Meanwhile, slice the watermelon into squares, without the rind, about 3x3 inches and ¾-inch thick. Brush them lightly with the olive oil. Grill watermelon about 2 minutes per side, or until it is marked nicely. Remove and season with the salt. Ar­range on a plate, alternating layers of watermelon, arugula, and cheese, then repeat for a three-layer “stack” on each plate. Alternatively, arrange all stacks on a serving platter. Drizzle with the balsamic reduction, sprinkle with ground black pepper to taste, and serve immediately. Optional: Substitute thin slices of fresh buffalo milk mozzarella for the goat cheese. Quick Tip: For a little more flair, cut the watermelon into shapes with a cookie cutter. Source: Simply Organic

  • Cook’s Corner: Healthy Homemade Dressings

    So you’ve decided to be the healthiest version of you possible this year. You’ve fol­lowed your exercise routines, learned to deal with the stressors in your life, and dedicated yourself to eating local and fresh. However, there is yet another factor causing inflam­mation and adding too many unwanted ingredients in your diet.

  • In Season: Arugula

    Whether you know it as garden rocket, salad rocket, roquette, or arugula, this spicy little leafy green veggie botanists call Eruca sativa has many names. Arugula resembles a small-leaved open lettuce and is in the same family as kale, mustard greens, and cauliflower.

  • Raw Recipes to Remember

    Summer may be long gone, but you still need good raw sides for your table. But what do you choose? Most dressings require some sort of oil that is not considered raw. Olive oils that are raw need to be made with ripe olives, which are then stone crushed and cold pressed—many olive oils don’t meet that requirement. Reading labels is crucial when attempting to eat all raw.

  • Cook’s Corner: Chutney, Pizza, and Garden-Fresh Salad

    Whether you grow your own or frequent your local farmers’ market, there’s nothing quite like those first fresh vegetables of the year. (If you’re interested in growing your own, check out our “Raised-Bed Backyard Gardens” feature in this issue.)

  • Red Cabbage

    Cabbage is rich in vitamin C and an excellent source of dietary fiber. One of the oldest vegetables, its origins trace back to Asia and the Mediterranean. Cabbage can be served cooked in soups, steamed, or pickled (producing sauerkraut). Or cabbage can be eaten raw as a salad or used as the key ingredient in coleslaw.

    Get your antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamin C here
    By Dick Benson
  • Reviving a Healthy Tradition

    Yes and no. It’s more like returning to a time-honored tradition, but in a modern way. There are manuscripts dated almost 3000 BC that tout the healthful benefits of sprouting grains. Today, makers of sprouted flours are producing the same healthful benefits, but in controlled environments that meet FDA food safety regulations.

    Is Sprouted Flour the Latest Trend in Healthy Eating?
    By Peggy Sutton
  • 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.

  • Chinese Chicken Noodle Salad with Glazed Walnuts

    Weekly Recipe: 


    1 package of Annie Chun’s Organic Chow Mein Asian Meal Starter

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    1/2 cup walnut halves

    2 tablespoons organic cane sugar

    4 cups romaine lettuce, thinly sliced

    1 cup English cucumber, julienne cut

    1 carrot, julienne cut

    1 cup chopped cilantro

    2 tablespoons minced scallions

    2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced into strips

    Cook noodles as directed. Drain and set aside. Heat vegetable oil in pan over medium heat and cook walnut halves with sugar until caramelized; set aside. Combine remaining vegetable ingredients in large bowl. Add chicken and noodles and toss lightly with sauce. Garnish with walnuts and serve. Recipe courtesy of Annie Chun’s

  • Raisin-Raspberry Salad

    Weekly Recipe: 


    2 cups raspberries

    1 apple, cored and diced

    1 cup seedless green grapes, halved

    1/2 cup celery, thinly sliced

    1/2 cup raisins

    1/2 cup raspberry yogurt

    Garnish with 2 tablespoons sunflower kernels

    Combine raspberries, apple, grapes, celery, and raisins in medium bowl. Stir in yogurt until just combined. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour. Recipe courtesy of Sun-Maid,