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
What's For Dinner? If you're the everyday 'chef' in your family then you've heard this question hundreds of times before - What's for dinner? When I planned this dinner, I thought it would be a family-pleaser and I was right. I bought a nice piece of fresh salmon as the star of the show and since we are a family of seafood lovers, it was right on target. I try to cook 2 fish meals per week for deliciousness (is that a word?) as well as great health benefits. Do you? What's On-The-Side? I grew up eating a dinner with protein, vegetables, and starch on my plate, and I'm a fan of … [Read more...] about Salmon for Dinner
Enjoying the Simple, Mediterranean Foods of Greece There's nothing like the simple and delicious foods of Greece. Sure - you've been to a Greek restaurant. You've been to a Greek food festival. You've been to a Greek friend's home and savored the home cooking of her/his mother. All of these experiences are super enjoyable and even memorable. But, have you ever thought about how the simple, Mediterranean foods of Greece could become your favorite way to eat day-after-day, like a fresh and new lifestyle? Understanding the Health Benefits of Simple, Mediterranean Foods of … [Read more...] about The Simple, Mediterranean Foods of Greece
10 Mediterranean Style Snacks Hummus with colorful vegetables makes a fun appetizer or anytime snack. Here is my easy recipe for homemade hummus. Sugar snap peas, raw out of the bag (washed, of course) are a sweet nibble. Yogurt layered with fruit is yummy for breakfast or dessert. Here is my easy recipe for a yogurt and fruit parfait. Whole grain crackers with goat cheese are full of flavor. Add a grape or slice of melon to the top for even more 'wow.' Oat granola, nuts & low fat milk, piled high with fresh berries. Sandwich pinwheels with colorful vegetables. Here is … [Read more...] about Mediterranean Style Snacks!
Trying New Foods Are you a food risk taker? Do you like trying something new? I’m going to put myself into the ‘yes’ column on these questions and I’m going to nudge you to do the same. Making the most of new food experiences, including what you eat, opens up new flavors, textures, and top-notch nutrition! Trying New Seafood Seafood in general has a lot going for it. Salmon and shrimp are the top 2 choices of seafood for Americans. Did you know? Think about how many times you’ve enjoyed these two favorites and how many times you’ve cooked them. Probably quite a few. … [Read more...] about Trying New Foods & Recipe for Squid Stew!
Salmon for Dinner is a Favorite! I know lots of people who adore salmon for dinner. I do, too. It's easy to cook at home, it's full of wonderful flavor, and you can find it quickly at your grocery store or seafood market. Cooking salmon really is easy, especially when you grill, broil, bake or saute it with a little butter or extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and black pepper. Delicious. Just for fun, why not get a little snazzy next time with your salmon? This Parmesan & Pistachio Crusted Salmon Recipe is for you! Parmesan & Cashew Crusted Salmon – 2 servings 2 … [Read more...] about Parmesan & Cashew Crusted Salmon Recipe