One of the most beautifully colored foods in all of nature is the purple eggplant, a species of nightshade. You probably know it best from eggplant parmesan, ratatouille or moussake. But here are 10 things you probably don't know about it:1. The flowers and leaves can be poisonous if eaten in large quantities.2. There are white eggplants!3. Wait at least four years after successfive crops before planting in the same spot due to pets and diseases that "stick around."4. About 20 pounds of eggplant has the same amount of nicotine as a cigarette....more
I’ve found over the years that I’m more motivated to cook a healthy home-cooked, low-cholesterol dinner when I have fresh herbs on hand. So, sometime between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day every year, we go out and purchase a dozen or so herbs and plant them in three large containers we keep on our deck....more
In the fall and winter my family thrives on soups, sandwiches and quesadillas. It’s easy, healthy and my kids love them. (As do I!) While I do make a fair amount of Crock-Pot meals, this is really our go-to way to eat dinner on the weeknights. Some of you may think this is boring–and it can be. Following these four tips will get you to preparing a quick and healthy meal every night.
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I have decided. "Why just keep pinning all of these great Pinterest ideas and never try them out?" And so a couple of weeks ago, I started experimenting with some of the recipes I have collected. Today I will share another one that I tried AND a favorite recipe of my own...that YOU might like to try! ...more
A new study out of Spain indicates that older people at risk for vascular dementia improve more with a Mediterranean diet (with extra virgin olive oil or added mixed nuts) than with a low-fat diet that is typically recommended to prevent strokes.So what is it about a Med diet that's so great? - lots of fruits and veggies- very few dairy products- moderate red wine intake- little red meat intake- main source of fat is virgin olive oil\- lots of nuts and pulses foods (think lentils)...more