April 13, 2021

9 Secrets to Living a Long Life

By Lisa Truesday A trip to the library changed Luann Alemao’s life—and the small city of Cedar Falls, Iowa—forever. While browsing the new-book shelf a few years ago, Alemao found The Blue Zones (National Geographic, 2012) by Dan Buettner, a New York Times best seller showcasing five locations in the world with the highest percentage of people living well into their 100s. Alemao, a former Family and Consumer Sciences educator, remembers feeling more than a little amazed. “I thought, wow, this is everything I used to teach, like food and nutrition, marriage and family and consumer education, plus all the […]
March 30, 2021

Herb and Goat Cheese Crustless Quiches

Thyme’s vibrant flavor enhances mild goat cheese and eggs and aromatically complements parsley’s steady flavor.  Make these easy, egg-based bites up to three days in advance, and store in the fridge for a quick power breakfast on busy days. Ingredients 1 shallot 1 cup packed and shredded baby spinach or kale ½ cup lightly packed, minced fresh parsley 2 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves 8 eggs ½ cup crumbled goat cheese ½ cup low-fat (1 percent) cottage cheese ⅓ cup cornmeal ½ tsp. salt Procedure Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and grease a standard muffin tin with cooking spray. Chop shallot, […]
August 25, 2020

Relax with Mexican Roasted Chickpea Salad

This tasty salad is a mixture of nutritious vitamins from lettuce and grape tomatoes, and offers healthy fats, too. Best of all, it’s vegan, offers a good amount of fiber from the chickpeas, and helps promote sleepiness if you’ve been staying up too late. Ingredients: 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas (drained, rinsed and dried) 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. smoked paprika ½ tsp. salt, divided 2 ears sweet corn (kernels removed) ½ cup fresh salsa ¼ cup plain almond milk yogurt (TRY: Kite Hill or Silk) ¼ cup chopped, fresh cilantro […]
August 11, 2020

Summertime Chicken Salad Cups Are Delicious!

Fresh fruit—including honeydew melon and mango—provides a delicious complementary note to this salad’s savory flavors, offered by jalapeños, red onion, and a dash of cider vinegar. Top it off with some fresh mint and basil, and everyone will be looking for seconds. It’s dairy free and gluten free, too. Ingredients: ¼ cup water ¼ cup cider vinegar 2 Tbs. honey ½ tsp. kosher or sea salt 2 medium jalapeños, stemmed and thinly sliced crosswise (seeds removed) 12 ounces sliced, cooked chicken ½ medium cucumber; halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced ⅓ cup slivered red onion ¼ cup torn, fresh mint […]
June 3, 2020

Vegan Swiss Chard & Spicy Guacamole Quesadillas

Stuffed with perfectly spiced veggies and creamy guacamole, these cheese-free quesadillas will awaken your senses with unique pops of flavor from plumped raisins and orange juice. Ingredients 1 ripe Hass avocado (peeled and pitted; reserve pit) 2 Tbs. fresh cilantro (minced) 1/4 cup red onion (diced) 1 clove garlic (minced) 1/4 (about 1/2 tsp.) fresh habanero or jalapeño chile (seeded and finely chopped) 1 Tbs. fresh lime juice 1 pinch cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp., plus more to taste coarse sea salt 2 Tbs/ raisins (optional) 1 large bunch (1 pound) Swiss chard chiffonade 1/2 Tbs., plus a little extra extra-virgin […]
April 20, 2018

Orzo Salad ‘Lambs’ It Up!

To make this dish gluten free, use gluten-free bread crumbs in the meatballs and swap in quinoa for the orzo. Herbed Lamb Meatballs with Orzo Salad Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, peeled ½ cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves 2 Tbs. fresh mint leaves 1 Tbs. fresh oregano leaves 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. salt ⅛ tsp. ground pepper 1 pound ground lamb ½ cup bread crumbs 1 egg 8 ounces orzo pasta 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes 1 small cucumber, sliced ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 2 Tbs. olive oil ½ cup crumbled feta cheese FOR THE LEMON-PARSLEY YOGURT SAUCE: […]
August 8, 2017

Get Creative with Beet “Carpaccio” Salad

Serve this recipe as a creative salad course, or serve open-faced as appetizers. If serving as appetizers, top beet rounds and cheese with a few arugula leaves and drizzle with dressing. This recipe makes more vegan cheese than you’ll use. Store extra in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. If your beet rounds are especially large, add another teaspoon of vegan cheese per round. It’s Gluten Free and Vegan! Ingredients: 2 large red or yellow beets, scrubbed FOR THE RAW VEGAN CHEESE: 1½ cups raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours 1 Tbs. raw apple […]
June 27, 2017

Balsamic Peaches with Crème Fraîche

A simple mix of sweet-tangy balsamic vinegar, orange juice and honey are all you need to turn in-season peaches into a fancy dessert. Top with a dollop of crème fraiche or Greek yogurt and call it done! The recipe is Gluten Free and Vegetarian. Ingredients: 3 peaches, halved and pitted 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup orange juice 1 Tbs. honey Crème fraîche (for topping) Instructions: Place peaches, cut-side up, in a large casserole dish In a medium bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, orange juice, and honey. Mix well. Pour over peaches and let absorb for 15 minutes. In a large […]
June 13, 2017

Blooming Wild Rice & Blackberry Salad

You don’t need to boil water to make blooming rice, which makes this salad a perfect choice for a hot, late-summer meal or potluck. You can bloom a batch of rice ahead of time and refrigerate it up to 5 days prior to making this salad or using it in other recipes. *Bloomed Wild Rice: Rinse 1 cup uncooked, organic wild rice in a mesh strainer; place in a bowl and add purified water until there is at least 1 inch water above the rice. Let rice soak for 2–3 days until rice “blooms,” changing the water 1–2 times a […]