Butternut Squash is a Nutrition Hero In case you're wondering, butternut and all fall-winter squash are 'up there' on the nutritious vegetables chart. Here is a quick peek at the nutrition facts for those of you who want to see the numbers. Really good news is that these super hard squash are not only healthy to eat, but they are also delicious and versatile in your kitchen. Butternut Squash in 5 Tasty Ways #1 Roasted Halves. My picture at the left shows how to go from cut to cooked. First - very carefully - I cut 3 squash in half and removed the seeds. Then I spritzed the … [Read more...] about Butternut Squash in 5 Tasty Ways
The Why? There are probably more than 100 reasons why to eat more vegetables. I don't want to get boring or teachy-preachy, though. So, I'm going to boil it down to 10 quick reasons why: 1.Colors 2. Flavors 3. Crunch 4. Creamy 5. Sweet 6. Delicious 7. Filling 8. Fun shapes 9. Inexpensive 10. Nutritious The How? There are at least 50 ways to eat more vegetables. Here are 10 of my favorites: 1. Add some sliced cucumbers to your breakfast. 2. Pack a big handful of carrots, radishes, celery into your lunch. 3. Keep a couple cans of tomato juice or V8 in … [Read more...] about How to Eat More Vegetables
A Dessert that's Perfect for Everyone When I first made and tasted this recipe, I thought it was chocolate-y, moist and not too sweet. For me it was a perfect dessert, but I needed other opinions to help me decide if it was a 'keeper' recipe - or not. So, I asked my grown-up son to try it. After going back for a second one, he commented that it was a perfect muffin for him. Great. Next, I shared a plate of cupcakes with my book co-author, Andrea, so that her family of 5 could do a tasting. All agreed that it was a great dessert. Yay. Then, my good friend, Tomomi, made a batch and asked her … [Read more...] about Chocolate and Banana Cupcake Recipe
Fresh Mint is an Easy Herb to Grow I grew up in a family of gardeners. My mom mostly enjoyed growing flowers and my dad liked growing vegetables. So, at least in the summer, we had a colorful yard and we also ate a bunch of homegrown vegetables for dinner. Fresh herbs were not a part of the mix for some reason, so I changed that when I got my first job and moved into a very small house of my own. I immediately planted some herbs in a small, sunny garden out back. Partly I grew herbs because they were easy to grow and partly I did it because I was getting very interested in cooking and … [Read more...] about How to Grow and Use Fresh Mint
Apples are Full of Good Nutrition! Next time you bite into a 3-inch diameter, fresh & crunchy fall apple, here's what your body will get: 90 calories; 0 fat; 0 sodium; 20-25 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams dietary fiber; 0 protein. But, that's not all. Antioxidants in apples are super good for vascular health and they can help keep your brain young & healthy along with the rest of your body. 3 Easy Ways to Eat Fall Apples! Dip them: Pick out any variety of apple, cut it into eighths, and dip it. There are many choices of dip such as hummus, peanut butter, sunflower butter, … [Read more...] about 3 Easy Ways to Eat Fall Apples!
Grow a Garden of Green Growing a small garden is so much fun. It can be in your yard or in a pot on your deck and always a sunny spot is best. Don't worry about getting dirty. Don't worry about getting wet. Don't worry about getting the rows straight or every weed pulled out. Instead, think about how delicious your garden greens will taste when it's time for dinner. Garden Month The spring is a perfect time to celebrate Garden Month and also a perfect time to plant. Here are 5 easy steps to get started: Go to the plant store or seed store. Pick out a few plants or seed … [Read more...] about Grow a Garden of Green!