Quinoa: Ancient Incan “Mother Grain”

Quinoa, a leafy plant relative to spinach, is a highly nutritional plant that is gaining popularity throughout the world. The ancient Inca civilization, once a vast and amazingly organized community, revered many plants for their nutritional and spiritual values. Spain’s invasion halted cultivation of these plants, in favor of European cultivation. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wa), a … Read moreQuinoa: Ancient Incan “Mother Grain”

Chicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt-Citrus Dressing

Grilled chicken, hearty greens, and fruit make a satisfying, healthful meal. A creamy dressing made with yogurt adds great flavor and keeps it light. Chicken salads can still be light, healthful meals, even with a creamy dressing. Plain, low-fat yogurt provides both smooth texture and a tangy taste—without the fat and calories of sour cream … Read moreChicken Salad with Creamy Yogurt-Citrus Dressing

Side Dish Recipes: Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables are intense in flavor and easy to prepare. From parsnips, fennel, and asparagus to eggplant, onions, and tomatoes: roasting rules. Roasting vegetables concentrates the sweetness and earthiness of any vegetable you’re roasting. It’s a simple, easy way to make healthful, delicious side dishes while the oven does most of the work! Roasted Parsnips … Read moreSide Dish Recipes: Roasted Vegetables

Back-to-basics Cooking – Making Soft White Homemade Cheese

Most of us run to the store and buy prepackaged cheese; but make your own homemade soft cheese just one time, and your traditions will change. Arouse your taste buds to homemade delight. Soft store-bought cheese just cannot compete with this back-to-basics soft cheese recipe. The ingredients are completely up to you. So, bring your … Read moreBack-to-basics Cooking – Making Soft White Homemade Cheese

Agave Nectar is a Healthy Low GI Natural Sweetener

Agave nectar comes from the agave plant and is a light syrupy sweetener that can be used instead of table sugar or artificial sweeteners. Agave nectar comes from the agave plant (pronounced ah-GAV-ey), Agave is best known as being the plant that tequila is traditionally made from. Agave has been used in Mexican cooking as … Read moreAgave Nectar is a Healthy Low GI Natural Sweetener

Low Carb, Finger-Food Appetizers: Filled Belgian Endive Leaves

Low carb finger-food appetizers start with the simple Belgian endive. A must-have recipe for fresh & healthy gourmet appetizers. Get creative with fillings. Looking for a delicious, gourmet appetizer recipe that’s low carb, tasty and makes an elegant presentation? Start with Belgian endives and fill them with a variety of healthy food combinations. Shaped like … Read moreLow Carb, Finger-Food Appetizers: Filled Belgian Endive Leaves

Planning an Iron Rich Diet: Which Foods are Highest in Iron?

We know iron is important, but do you know the best dietary sources? Read on to help plan a diet for iron deficiency. Iron is an essential mineral in the human diet. It is the basic building block of hemoglobin, the portion of our red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. Where do … Read morePlanning an Iron Rich Diet: Which Foods are Highest in Iron?