Thursday, September 21, 2017

Recipe ReDux Post # 62 “Everything” Baked Broccoli and Tofu

September’s Recipe ReDux is “Sheet Pan Meals” where our challenge was to create an entrée that is cooked all together on one sheet for a simple meal with less clean up!  This was a fun one for me because aside from pizza, or maybe lasagna, I had never really cooked an all in one meal in the oven!  My daughter loves tofu and broccoli and I happened to have those on hand, not to mention the new Trader Joes “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning in my cupboard which I had been waiting to try!! After pressing the tofu, I combined cubes of it and broccoli with a simple sauce and the seasoning , baked it in the oven and it came out delicious! If you do not have the Trader Joes seasoning you can also substitute plain sesame seeds as well. I hope you will try it along with the other Sheet Pan creations from the RecipeReDux group!


¼ cup low sodium soy sauce (use gluten free brand if on gluten-free diet)
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon Traders Joes “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning or sesame seeds
16 ounces extra firm tofu, cut into ½ inch cubes
8 cups raw broccoli florets
parchment paper or cooking spray


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, oil, garlic power and seasoning/sesame seeds.  Add the tofu to a large bowl, pour in half of the soy sauce mixture and toss to coat.  Spread the tofu on one side of a large baking sheet topped with parchment paper or coated with cooking spray.  Add the broccoli to the bowl, pour in the second half of the sauce and mix to coat.  Spread the broccoli on the other half of baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes, turn over and then bake for another 5-10 minutes until lightly browned.  Sprinkle with additional sesame seeds for serving if desired

Makes 6 heaping cups 6 servings

Serving size: 1 heaping cup  Calories 190 Protein  14 g Carb 9 g Fiber 2 g Sugars 3 g Fat 9 g Saturated fat g Sodium  655 mg


Sunday, September 17, 2017

In the News: The Latest and the Greatest From the Cranberry Institute

Check out the latest news and recipe sent to me from the Cranberry Institute!
Cranberries and Health
Deep Data Dive: Cranberry Products and UTIs
Even with evidence to support the health benefits of a food, assessing the culmination of data allows practitioners to confidently make recommendations to their clients and patients. This is true for the medicinal use of cranberry products to protect against urinary tract infections (UTIs). Led by Ângelo Luís, a team of scientists took on the task of taking a deep dive into clinical studies involving cranberry products and UTI. The systematic review and meta-analysis of data revealed that through the years, studies have confirmed that there is significant support of the use of cranberry products in reducing the incidence of urinary tract infections. Their work also found that for those with some risk for UTIs, the effects of cranberry products were more pronounced. The outcome of their analyses provided support for their conclusion statements: [the results] could be used by physicians to recommend the ingestion of cranberries to decrease the incidence of UTIs, particularly in patients with recurrent UTIs.

With just a few exclusive months of fresh cranberry season, the weeks between late September and early December are some of our favorites! There are just so many fresh cranberry recipes, and so little time!

Below, we’ve shared some of our favorite ways to use the first fresh cranberries of the season. Over the next few weeks, we’re excited to see how you enjoy the #FirstCranberriesOfTheSeason!

4 Reasons, 4 Seasons 
We LOVE fresh cranberry season – but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy cranberries all year! Our newest resource, 4 Seasons, 4 Reasons for Cranberries Year-Round, can help your readers discover a healthy reason – and recipe – to enjoy cranberries (and their health benefits) during every season of the year.

And don’t let these Insta-worthy recipes go unnoticed – keep an eye out for news in just a few weeks with the annual Cranberry Friendsgiving Photo Contest (hint: there will be $4,000 in prizes!).

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Cranberry Health Research Library 
Browse the selections by year to find the most recent publications:

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

New Segment: Nutrition News Bites!

I've decided to start a new segment called "Nutrition News Bites" to provide some interesting updates going on in the world and nutrition all in one post.  Here is the first edition, enjoy!

Check out this great review on color additives that discusses labeling considerations, labeling and safety!

There was a huge study published about the benefits of plant based eating, recently. This large dietary study which included 18 countries revealed some great results, including that even moderate intake of legumes, fruits and veggies can help lower risk of CVD and death.

Did you know that consuming caffeine can change your tastebuds? This study showed that it may temporarily adjust perception of sweetness of food and drink!

That's all for now, keep an eye out for more updates soon!


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