Ingredients A-Z: Black Rice (Forbidden Rice)

March 6, 2014

The legendary black rice once reserved for Chinese Emperors, “Forbidden” rice is fabled to enrich health and ensure longevity. No wonder. There’s lots of healthy nutrition in that beautiful color. 

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Ingredients A-Z: Artichokes

March 4, 2014

Artichokes – the vegetable version of a pinecone. My thanks to the brave soul who first figured out a prickly artichoke was good to eat. Served warm, room temperature or chilled, I often put a platter out for guests hanging out in the kitchen to snack on as I finish cooking dinner. When the leaves are gone and the fuzzy choke is removed, a prize awaits – the artichoke heart. Slice and devour.

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Quick and Creamy Guacamole Dip

March 2, 2014

Creamy, cool, and smooth, this guacamole dip whips up fast in a food processor for a healthy afternoon snack. Serve with crunchy raw vegetables or homemade baked corn chips. You can also use it like a creamy sauce with grilled flank steak or chicken along with fresh salsa.

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Ingredients A-Z: Avocados

February 28, 2014

Creamy, buttery, avocados. Some call them God’s butter.  Shaped like pears with a dark green, leathery skin, they are also called alligator pears. Avocados can fit in the palm of your hand, or weigh several pounds each. Most of what we have at the market are the Haas variety, but you may find avocados with names like Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Bass, Lamb, Pinkerton, Reed, and Zutano. Many varieties but one incomparable taste.

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30 Minute Pasta Sauce

February 23, 2014

Whether you call it spaghetti sauce, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, or marinara, it is a staple in the kitchen. With basics that you probably have in your pantry, it takes just 30 minutes to make. Use it for dinner, then freeze leftover sauce for an even faster dinner in the future. Try it with Turkey Meatballs or to top Quick Chicken Cutlets topped with Parmesan cheese for easy Chicken Parmesan. 

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Zucchini Noodles with Pasta and Roasted Tomatoes

February 16, 2014

Zucchini noodles? Yes! They are terrific. If eliminating pasta is too much of a switch all at once for your family, try this recipe. Half zucchini noodles and half pasta noodles – a terrific combination.

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Pan Seared Halibut with Miso Butter Sauce

February 11, 2014

Go fish! For Valentine’s dinner, here is an easy and elegant halibut dish you can prepare in a snap. Make the rice ahead of time and re-heat, prep the asparagus in a minute to roast and you can have a healthy Valentine’s dinner on the table in just minutes. The savory miso-butter sauce is delicious as well as versatile.

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How to Make Zucchini Noodles

February 4, 2014

Zucchini noodles? Yes! Long strands of zucchini that look like pasta noodles and taste terrific. Zucchini noodles are a great way to add vegetables to your diet. You will need an inexpensive tool called a spiral vegetable slicer to make them. 

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

January 27, 2014

Perfect for hungry Superbowl guests or a busy weeknight dinner for family, Asian lettuce wraps or lettuce cups are a winner. Best part is you can make the filling a day or two ahead and warm it up to serve for less time in the kitchen.

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Quick Homemade Coconut Milk

January 22, 2014

Coconut milk is a delightful option for a morning breakfast smoothie.  How to avoid unhealthy additives? Make your own, in just a few seconds! It’s nice in oatmeal too.

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