Thursday, April 20, 2017

Recipe ReDux Post # 57 : Tips to Reduce Food Waste!



Being that Earth Day also happens to be Recipe Redux submission day for April, the theme for this month is "Ways to Reduce Food Waste" and we were encouraged to share tips on how we do this at home.  Below are some tips on how I do cut down on food waste in my household. And, check out  some other cool tips from the Recipe ReDux crew by clicking the link at the end of the post. Happy Earth Day!!

Orange and Lemon Peel:

Instead of discarding the peels, I grate them and use the zest  in quick bread, muffin and pancake recipes like my Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes!

Overripe Bananas:

These are NEVER tossed in my house, they are used in muffins, pancakes as well as frozen to use in smoothies and or just as a yummy snack straight out of the freezer. Some of my favorite recipes include with over ripe bananas include my Banana Pancakes, Morning Glory Muffins and PB Cookie Dough Smoothie in a Bowl.

Mushy or Tart Berries:

Berries that are getting too ripe or are not the most sweet are great to freeze or use fresh in smoothies, muffins, even salad dressing- like my Triple B Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Protein Muffin, Strawberry Yogurt Dressing,  and Strawberry Vinaigrette recipes.


Old Apples:

I love to use older apples for homemade applesauce, in my Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Apple Pancake recipes.


Wilted Kale:

Kale that is not fresh enough for salad, gets thrown in a pan and used in my Simple Sautéed Kale and Quinoa Kale White Bean with Bacon Saute recipes.

Aging tomatoes:

Any tomatoes that are too soft get used in soups and sauces, like my Tomato Tarragon Cream Sauce, Spaghetti Al Pomadoro and Triple Tomato Bisque.

Stale Bread:

Bread that is no longer fresh can be used for breadcrumbs or croutons, in recipes like my Eggplant Parmesan, Mushroom Meatloaf Turkey Burgers and Parmesan Croutons. recipe-redux-linky-logo

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

In The News: Fresh Fruit Consumption Associated With Lower Diabetes Risk




A new observational study in a Chinese population of over 500,000 people revealed that those with higher intakes of fresh fruit had a lower risk of developing developing diabetes in comparison with other participants. And...in those participants with diabetes, higher intake of fresh fruit was associated with a lower risk of mortality rate as well as lower risks of developing microvascular and microvascular complications. Of note, this was an observational study, and thus the design limits ablity to establish causation and makes it difficult to distinguish the effects of fruit consumption from those of participants other dietary and behavioural characteristics.   Check out the research summary HERE.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring Veggie Recipe Round Up

Now that we are officially a few weeks into Spring,  I thought I'd share some of my favorite recipes highlighting veggies of the season. Enjoy!









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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

In The News: Exciting New Research About Anti-Cancer Compound in Broccoli



Recent research from Oregon State University has uncovered the mechanism behind broccoli's anti-cancer benefits. Their findings, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, showed that sulforaphane, a compound present in high amounts in broccoli and that is known to protect against prostate cancer, may work through influencing long non-coding RNAs. These IncRNAs may play a crucial role in in triggering cells to become malignant and spread.  The researchers showed that treatment with sulforaphane could normalize levels of a specific IncRNA.  This IncRNA, LINC01116, is upregulated in a human cell line of prostate cancer and can be decreased by treatment with sulforaphane.

The researchers noted that an increased consumption of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, which are high in sulforaphane, appear to be associated with a lower risk of developing prostate cancer and that this preliminary research is an exciting look into the potential for cancer prevention and slowing its progress once detected.

Check out a summary HERE 

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Recipe ReDux Post # 56 P B and B Smoothie



The Recipe ReDux challenge for March is "Spring Clean The Kitchen" -  meaning we needed to develop a recipe with what we have on hand already the kitchen. Well, I decided to try this one right before my usual trip to grocery store, meaning the time when I have the least food available. It was a Sunday afternoon, I happened to see some blueberries that were on their last leg in the fridge, so I knew they were going to be involved.  And, my daughter was concurrently whining for a snack so I decided to whip up a quick smoothie to tide her over until dinner. Combining the blueberries with some frozen bananas that I always keep some extra of, along with a scoop of peanut butter and milk worked great to create a peanut butter, blueberry and banana smoothie.  My daughter certainly drank it up and commented several times how "yummy" it was so I'd say this one was a winner.  Hope you will try it, along with all the other delicious recipes by the Recipe Redux group!

Ingredients:

½ medium banana (preferably frozen), sliced
½ cup blueberries
1 tablespoon peanut butter
½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
( a few ice cubes- optional) 

Directions:

Add milk to blender and then the fruit. Blend on high for at least 1 minute, then add the peanut butter and blend for another 30 seconds -1 minute until a smooth mixture is formed. Pour and serve. Chill if not serving immediately.

Makes 1 smoothie, one serving, 

Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories 220 Protein 6 g Carb 33 g Fiber 6 g Sugars 18 g Fat 10 g Saturated fat 1.5 g Sodium 160 mg

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

In the News: Animal Fat and Saturated Fat Associated With Type 2 Diabetes Risk



New research has indicated that a higher intake of animal fat and saturated fat may increase the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.  Scientists evaluated data from the PREDIMED  (Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet), a study on 3,349 adults without type 2 diabetes but at high risk for cardiovascular disease to look at the relationships between total fat, subtypes of dietary fat and foods rich in saturated fatty acids and the incidence of type 2 diabetes. Participants were assigned to a Mediterranean diet group or a control group. They were followed for approximately 4.3 years.  The results showed that participants who consumed higher amounts of saturated fatty acids and animal fat had two times the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those participants with a lower intake of saturated and animal fat.  In contrast the mediterranean diet has long shown to be protective against chronic disease, possibly because its emphasis on unsatured fats like olive oil and nuts.  Check out a summary HERE

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Trader Joes Treasures Post # 2




So in the spirit of keeping the momentum going and spreading the love about some great Trader Joes items, I bring you this post about another one of my favorite products- Trader Joes Steamed Lentils (ready to eat warm or cold).  This box of vacuum packed, pre-cooked lentils is full of potential and nutritional power! A 1/2 cup serving is only 120 calories, has 0 grams of fat, a reasonable 240 mg of sodium and 9 grams of protein!  In addition there are 20 grams of healthy carbs, with 2 grams of sugar and a whopping 8 grams of fiber/serving.

These lentils can be eaten right out of the package, as they are already cooked and they have a hint of seasoning, which is actually very delicious.  They are great in salads, soups, wraps and I have used them in my Lentil Taco FillingMediterranean Rice Salad and Lentil Sausage Pasta Sauce recipes.

If you have not tried them already, grab a box of the shelf in the refrigerated section!




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