Simple & Savory Ideas for Holiday Turkey Leftovers

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Should you find yourself with leftover turkey this holiday season, rejoice! There’s no end to what you can do with leftover turkey. (Or chicken, for that matter. In fact, just about any leftover meat can be put to a myriad of culinary uses.) This easy-to-make soup includes a host of holiday ingredients: carrots, green onions, […]

Celebrate Your Strength With Nutritious Food This Week! Simply Delicious (and Deliciously Simple) Egg And Spinach Breakfast Tacos

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Breakfast tacos are a beautiful thing when you make them yourself: you can use whatever filling you’d like, you can use whatever toppings you like, and you can make your tacos as hearty or as light as you’d like. And the best part? These tacos only take about five minutes to make, ten if you […]

A New Kind of Pizza for a New Year

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Happy New Year, everybody! I thought I’d start off 2012 by breaking an established culinary tradition: pizza toppings. Don’t get me wrong – I love mushroom and (pastured) pepperoni as much as the next guy – but I also enjoy venturing into off-the-spun-dough territory. I first had Thunfisch (tuna fish) pizza in Germany and have […]

Boost Your Brain Health With Food!

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We eat for many reasons. First and foremost, we need fuel to allow us energy throughout the day. Many of us eat a particular way for the benefit of our heart, our diabetes, our hypertension, our muscles, our weight, etc., however I rarely hear of individuals eating for their brains. The brain controls the body […]

Mediterranean Meals: More Than Just Olives

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Although popular conception would have you believe that the vaunted Mediterranean diet mostly consists of olive oil and vegetables, in reality, it also involves a lot of pastured eggs and dairy. What self-respecting Greek would be without her feta cheese? Or halloumi or kasseri? Then there’s the whole extra-thick, double-strained yogurt that has caught on […]

They’re Crunchy and They’re Noodle-y…and They’re Kelp!

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About a year ago, I attended a potluck with some very unique culinary contributions. Probably the most unique of them all was a bowl of what I’d assumed were whole-wheat noodles tossed with alfredo sauce.Darn, I remember thinking. Guess I gotta avoid that – it’s definitely a mess of gluten. I proceeded to happily stuff myself […]

Unrefined And Loving It

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Unrefined oils are a deliciously wonderful thing. They can also be difficult to find even when you know what you want. Fortunately, though, extra-virgin olive oil is in just about every grocery store aisle nowadays, and many non-chain stores and health-oriented stores – read: not Wal-Mart, Costco, Meijer or Kroger’s – also stock unrefined peanut […]

Having Scrabble for Dinner (a Q & Z Dish)

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Now that summer is in full swing and we have zucchini and greens and herbs growing everywhere they can (found random cilantro in my garden yesterday!), it makes sense to combine these in-season favorites to create an easy summer meal.  Adding pecans and raisins to this dish gives you nutty-sweet kick + crunch, and using […]

10 Healthy Food Choices For Around $1.00!

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Here are 10 great, nutrient-packed food choices that you can still find for around $1 per serving: 1. Two Cage Free Organic Eggs: $0.84 Eggs can be one of the most healthful foods in the world. But, not all eggs are equal. There is more and more evidence of a huge nutritional difference between true […]

Enjoying Hot Dogs in a Medieval Kind of Way

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Although “sweet” and “savory” have become separate worlds in today’s American restaurants and home kitchens, in many cultures they’re freely combined: Thai salads with papaya and beef, the Hawaiian penchant for cooking pineapple with pork, Polynesian dishes featuring mango and shrimp.  Even European cooks used to blur the sweet/savory boundaries at will.  (Hence the tradition […]