May 31, 2022

Brain-Boosting Berbere African Spice Blend

Berebere spice mix has been used in Africa in one form or another for many years. It originated in Ethiopia and/or Eritrea. It most commonly contains a mild to hot mix of chili peppers, coriander, garlic, ginger, fenugreek, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves. More authentic blends will include korarima, an Ethiopian cardamom instead of the Indian variety, along with nigella seeds and ajwain, another type of seed. I use this robust spice mix to flavor stir-fries, soups and stews. It packs some (but not too much) heat. Benefits: Fenugreek has choline which may support healthy brain function and memory. Chilies and […]
September 26, 2018

Warm It Up With Cheesy Pepper Chive Muffins

As fall begins, leaves turn and temperatures drop, it’s time to warm things up. Add a little heat (and cheese) to one our favorite comfort foods – muffins – and you get our Cheesy Pepper Chive recipe. Make a batch for a week of quick morning meals and mouth-watering flavor. Cheesy Pepper Chive Muffins Ingredients: 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt Generous pinch of black pepper 1 cup milk 1 egg ½ cup chopped green onions or chives ½ cup minced red bell peppers 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese ¼ […]
October 17, 2017

Black Pepper Shakes Up the Benefits

Black pepper is a household staple that is likely sitting on your kitchen counter right now. One of the most widely used and common spices in the world, it is a well-known flavor in many types of cooking. But it also has some medicinal and topical uses as well. The active compound, piperine, has shown promise for health benefits when eaten, and also when used as an essential oil. There is evidence that black pepper was used in kitchens dating back to 2000 BC in India. Reference to this spice also shows up in Greek and Roman texts. It has […]
December 30, 2015

Herbed Spinach-Artichoke Dip

The winter months are full of rich foods and parties. This time of year is for celebrating with friends and family, but does it have to lead to yearly weight gain? Support the health of the ones you love with a lighter, healthier holiday classic dip that retains all of its flavor. Artichokes are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; they are also a source of probiotics, which support gut health by feeding the good bacteria that live there. This simple high-fiber dip can be made in minutes with one simple step: blend until smooth! Serve this savory dip alongside […]