Whenever I feel as though we’ve eaten too much red meat, we take a break and consume loads of veggies and ancient grains such as bulgur.  It’s this sort of balance that keeps us healthy…I can’t recall the last time I had a cold or the flu.  Bulgur is made from precooked wheat berries.  It’s…

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I have to admit I first used kale last year.  I guess I’m a bit late on the kale bandwagon.   The “queen of greens” has been gaining in popularity for a few years.  It’s in the same family as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels spouts and collards.  Because of kale’s anti-oxidant health benefits it has been studied…

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I try to make a conscious effort to include fiber-rich foods in our daily diet.  Legumes such as navy beans, dried peas, lentils, barley, black beans, garbanzo (chick) beans, kidney beans, soy beans etc. are rich in fiber.  Fiber has an important role to play if you want a healthy body.  It helps with weight…

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Quinoa Salad with Bacon and Lemon Vinaigrette

I love cookbooks and I have an eclectic mix which I have collected over the years as gifts or ones I purchased.  My husband and kids all know that if they’re in doubt as to what to get me for Christmas or birthdays…a cookbook will be happily received!  I like the ones that are unique,…

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How can anyone resist a salad that is popping with color?  Not only is it colorful but healthy.  Kale’s anti-oxidant health benefits means it has been studied more extensively in cancer research than any other health condition.  Kale’s nutrient richness is found in three areas: 1) antioxidant nutrients, 2) anti-inflammatory nutrients, and 3) anti-cancer nutrients…

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I’ve been eyeing this recipe a few weeks but every time I ‘thought’ I was going to make it, my dinner menu would change so yesterday I was bound and determined to finally make this.  Belgian endive (pronounced on-deev) is part of the chicory family which includes radicchio, escarole and curly endive (pronounced en-dive).  Endive…

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Quinoa (keen-wa) is one of those grains that I love to use and it’s so versatile.  I first used this ancient grain back in 2007 and since then its been a staple in my cupboard.  Nutritionally, these grains are supercharged!  Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rank high in nutrient richness and quinoa provides over twice the amount…

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What inspires you to cook?  Is it a photo from a food magazine, cookbook or simply food that’s in your refrigerator?  For me, it’s a combination and the other night it was the contents in my fridge that dictated what I would make for dinner.  I had a couple of heirloom tomatoes left from Lieb’s…

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Originally posted in 2007 this recipe has come to light again because Kitchen Daily (Huffington Post) liked my photo for their fig roundup.  I received an email from Joe, the associate editor of Kitchen Daily wanting to know if it was ok to include my photo in their feature about figs.  As you can imagine…

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I first made this salad 6 years ago and have enjoyed it many times since then…I never tire of its fresh, clean taste.  Fattoush comes from the Levantine cuisine and makes wonderful use of stale or leftover pita bread.   Full of nutrients and vitamins – a perfect salad to bring to a family function, picnic…

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