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Simple Goodness of Roasted Squash and Cauliflower

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When looking to fix a simple meal that is just as pleasing to the palate as it is nutritious to all of the cells of your body, you might follow this loose set of suggestions for roasting some squash and cauliflower. If you have some broccoli on hand, you can include it along with the cauliflower. Total prep time is somewhere around 25 minutes. One hour later, you'll have on your plate a lovely combination of roasted vegetables that will leave you and your loved ones healthier and fully satiated without feeling bogged down. Read more about Simple Goodness of Roasted Squash and Cauliflower

 

Quinoa: One of Nature's Healthiest Protein-Rich Foods

If you're looking for a truly healthy, protein-rich food to anchor your diet, I highly recommend that you consider quinoa (pronounced keen wah). Called the "mother of grains" by the Incan empire, quinoa is native to South America, and is naturally rich in all nine essential amino acids - these are amino acids that we humans can't make from other nutrients, so must obtain from our diet. Quinoa is one of a few grains that are gluten-free, and for most people, it's easy to digest and utilize. Read more about Quinoa: One of Nature's Healthiest Protein-Rich Foods

 

Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pecans Recipe

Swiss chard is a leafy green that is especially powerful in helping prevent circulatory disorders as we age. Chard contains more than a dozen polyphenol-type antioxidants that offer protective effects for our heart and circulation.

Swiss chard is also an excellent source of betalains, which provide anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects throughout the body. Betalains are the pigments that give the stems and "veins" of chard their vibrant red and yellow colours. Read more about Swiss Chard with Raisins and Pecans Recipe

 

How to Make Kim Chi

Originally posted in September of 2009

Of the countless varieties of kim chi that are made in Korea, by far the most common and celebrated version is made with Napa cabbage.

Kim chi that's made with cabbage is loaded with indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a compound that is well recognized as a powerful cancer-fighting compound. Numerous studies indicate that I3C can offer protection against many different types of cancer and may even stop the growth of existing tumors. Read more about How to Make Kim Chi

 

Buttercup Squash, Apple, and Pear Salad

Many thanks to my aunt for showing us how to make this lovely substitute for a typical potato salad. The main ingredients - buttercup squash, apple, and pear - are all rich in carotenoids, fiber, and vitamin C, and also happen to be at their sugary best for most of us toward the end of summer and beginning of autumn.

In case you aren't familiar with buttercup squash, it looks like this: Read more about Buttercup Squash, Apple, and Pear Salad

 

Soba

If you strive to avoid gluten but find yourself missing the occasional bowl of pasta, you may find the perfect fix in soba noodles. Made with buckwheat and long used in East Asian cuisine, soba noodles are very easy to prepare and are readily available in Asian markets and grocery stores in larger cities.

Most varieties of gluten-free noodles require constant attention while boiling and leave a gooey mess of cooking water to deal with after. Not with soba. Three to four minutes and they're ready to go, and unlike grainy whole wheat pasta, soba noodles have a delightfully clean and smooth feel about them. Read more about Soba

 

How to Make Quinoa Stuffed Avocados

One of nature's healthiest high-protein foods? Check.

Easy to prepare, low in calories, and rich in flavor? Check.

Free of gluten, dairy, and animal protein that can become harmful when exposed to high temperatures? Check, check, and check. Read more about How to Make Quinoa Stuffed Avocados

 

How to Make Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

If you enjoy sushi rolls but haven't ventured to make your own, I hope this pictorial encourages you to give it a try. It's a lot easier than you might imagine, and the cost is minimal compared to buying sushi at a store or restaurant.

Called kim bap in Korea, sushi comes in countless varieties. Once you learn how to make a basic sushi roll, it's a snap to churn out all sorts to suit varying tastes and setttings. Read more about How to Make Vegetarian Sushi Rolls

 

Organic Tofu

I've long maintained that when eaten in moderation, organic soy can be a healthy food choice for most people. One of the major arguments against eating soy is that it contains phytates that can prevent absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron. To this point, I think it's important to consider that minimally processed organic soy has been assessed to contain anywhere between 1.4 to 3.0 percent phytates, while highly processed and concentrated forms of soy like soy protein isolate typically contain closer to 5 percent phytates. Read more about Organic Tofu

 

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