February 20, 2024

American Stew Is the Perfect Comfort Food

American Stew This tasty stew is the perfect comfort food. It’s easy to make whether you’re staying at home or out all day. I like to use bison or grass-fed beef because these meats are better for the environment and for our health. When bison or cows eat grass instead of corn, their meat is higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally raised animals. It’s a win-win. Benefits Bison, like beef, contains protein, vitamins, and minerals such as copper, which forms collagen for skin, bone, and joint health; iron, which helps transport oxygen throughout the body; and phosphorous, which helps […]
February 20, 2024

Energy-Boosting Beet Salad Is All Go-Power

Nordic Beet Salad Today, beets are having their moment. Scandinavians, however, have been eating them for centuries. They also love their sea buckthorn berries, which aren’t as well known, made into pies or juice. You can find sea buckthorn juice online, or purchase sea buckthorn powder and mix it with water to create a juice, or simply substitute orange juice. If you have time, make the dressing and roast the beets the day before. Then toss the beets in the dressing and marinate them overnight. Benefits Beets and particularly beetroot-juice products may improve athletic performance and treat chronic disease. Beets […]
February 15, 2024

Want To Boost Immunity? Try These Dishes

Even though the calendar (and the groundhog) says we’re less than six weeks from spring, we’re still in the middle of cold, flu, and Covid season. It’s important to boost your immune system to help ward off these nagging afflictions. It’s much easier to keep them at bay than to fight them off once they’ve settled in. If you haven’t already, you should read the article by our contributing writer and nutritionist Ginger Hultin. It provides in-depth descriptions of foods that contain vitamins, minerals, and compounds that help your body fight diseases. These FoodTrients can be found in delicious recipes […]
February 13, 2024

Apple Barley Salad Delivers Fiber & Detoxing

Apple Barley Salad Barley is a great source of detoxifying fiber, B vitamins, and selenium. I pair it with apples in this bright, crunchy salad. For the corn kernels, I prefer fresh-roasted corn, but you can use thawed frozen corn kernels, too.  The apples can be any variety or color that you like, or even a combination. All apples contain quercetin, a compound that helps support the immune system, thereby “keeping the doctor away.” Raisins provide antioxidants and resveratrol, the same heart-healthy compound found in red wine. My Honey-Lime Dressing increases the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting components of this recipe. […]
February 13, 2024

Delicious Dishes That Can Help You Detox

We’re well into the new year, so it’s time to think about cleaning out our systems and starting fresh. However, I’m not going to suggest a juice cleanse or an exotic tea. You can try these from time to time for a short while, but you can also detox in other ways. Why not enjoy delicious foods that support the body’s natural detoxification systems, including that vital organ/filter, the liver? What exactly is “detoxification?” It’s the processing and removal of compounds in the body that cause damage to tissues. We often associate detoxing with expensive specialty products, vitamins/minerals, herbal extracts/teas, or other […]
February 13, 2024

Shrimp in Tomato Sauce Mediterranean Style

Shrimp and tomatoes are a very Mediterranean combination. I use soy sauce in place of salt and add Worcestershire sauce to create a nice depth of flavor. You’ll get selenium from the shrimp, allicin from the garlic, and lycopene from the tomatoes. Serves 2 Ingredients 3 Tbs. olive oil 1 Tbs. chopped garlic 1 cup chopped onion 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce 2 tsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 3⁄4 lb. peeled shrimp (devein, if desired) Chopped parsley as garnish Chopped chives as garnish   Procedure Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add […]
February 13, 2024

Try These Top 5 Gluten-Free Hot Cereals

Winter mornings can be tough. Waking up when it’s still dark out, the cold of the floor when climbing out of bed and the thought of the inevitable frosted car windshield never fail to make a person want to crawl back under the covers. Cold cereal in the winter just didn’t cut it, because the versatility of deciding what to add to hot cereal was much more appealing. Fresh berries, slivered almonds, flax, raisins, brown sugar, the possibilities really are endless! Oats were problematic and cream of wheat was completely off limits. What other options are out there? It is relatively simple to […]
February 8, 2024

Ikarian Walnut Pesto

The region of Ikaria, Greece, is a Blue Zone, meaning some of the world’s longest-living people live there. Ikarian Greeks include walnuts in their diet, and it’s no wonder many of them live well past the age of 100! Walnuts are one of the best foods for you because of their many nutritional qualities. In this pesto, the light, fresh flavor of the celery leaves goes well with the rich flavor of the walnuts. Just buy a bunch of celery with plenty of leaves still on the stalks. If you can’t find enough celery leaves, you can use stemmed watercress […]
January 31, 2024

Home-Smoked Fish

This recipe uses a procedure that allows you to create smoked fish at home without using a smoker. Though it takes approximately 6 hours to brine, marinate, and bake the fish, it does not require considerable effort. The secret ingredient is hickory-flavored liquid smoke. Leaving the bones in the fish keeps it firm while it’s “smoking.” Serves 4-6 Ingredients 4 lb. fresh trout, salmon, or mackerel, cleaned and gutted 1 cup kosher salt dissolved in 4 cups water 1 cup olive oil 1⁄4 cup hickory-flavored liquid smoke Lemon slices as garnish Rock salt (optional) Fresh herbs (optional)   Procedures Leave […]