Recipe – Braised Celery

Celery

Because some people fail to appreciate the unique flavor of celery, its health benefits are often overlooked. Celery is rich in antioxidants, which protect cells, blood vessels, and organs from oxidative damage. Celery reduces inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many illnesses, including arthritis and osteoporosis. Celery and celery seeds have approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds. The ...

Recipe – Popcorn

The ample dietary fiber and typically low calorie count of popcorn make it easy to understand why many people think of popcorn as a healthy food. And guess what? Properly prepared, it is! “[Popcorn] … is a whole grain, and high-fiber whole grains have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, some cancers, ...

Recipe – Edamame Basil Hummus

Legumes

Legumes are plants with pods. They are a staple of many diets around the world including Asia, India, South and Central America, and the Middle East. Though legumes are a part of the American diet, they are not used as a primary source of protein as in other countries, except by vegetarians and vegans.

Legumes include:

Black ...

Recipe – Vegetable Split-Pea Soup

The Carrot

It's Good for You.

The carrot is a root vegetable first grown in Afghanistan around 900 AD. While it is known best for its orange color, it also comes in other hues, including purple, yellow, red, and white. Early carrots were purple or yellow, but the orange carrot was developed in Central Europe around the ...

Recipe – Frontier Cookies

Oats

A Versatile Grain Oats are the grain or seed of a cereal grass. They are a general body builder, good for muscles, glands, teeth, hair, and nails, and contain vitamins B1, E and A. The whole grain is often rolled to make rolled oats or cut into thin pieces to make quick oats. These are excellent ...

Recipe – Roasted Blueberry and Coconut Smoothie Bowls

Smoothies

Smoothies are a type of cold drink made from a liquid such as milk, fruit juice or water, crushed ice or ice cubes, or frozen fruit and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that typically reflect each individual’s taste. I like bananas, pineapple, peaches and strawberries. Popular vegetables include kale, spinach, carrots, celery, and ...

Recipe – Avocado Toast

Avocado

Avocados are a bright green fruit with dark, leathery skin. They are also known as an alligator pear or butter fruit and are considered a large berry containing a single, large seed (pit). Mexico is the largest producer of avocados, but 95% of the avocados supplied to the United States are grown in Southern California. These ...

Recipe – Vegan Potato Soup

Potatoes

What do you think of when you hear the word potato? Some people immediately think “best food ever!” For me, it brings back memories of the root cellar where my grandma stored potatoes and other vegetables. What fun it was to go into the root cellar with my grandma. Embracing the coolness as we opened the ...

Recipe – Apple and Pomegranate Jellies

Pomegranate

The pomegranate, categorized as a berry, is a shrub that produces a red, round fruit about 2-5 inches in diameter. The skin is thick and inedible with hundreds of edible seeds within. Each seed is surrounded by a red, juicy and sweet seed covering known as an aril. The seeds and arils are eaten either ...

Recipe – Hummus Tahini

Recipe – Hummus Tahini, Ingredients, 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans, ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup Sesame Tahini, 3 cloves of garlic or ½ tsp. garlic powder