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Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

There are so many ways to eat zucchini. Its mild sweetness makes it a versatile ingredient in any kitchen.   It can be diced up and thrown into stews or soups, steamed as a simple side dish, roasted for a flavorful accompaniment at any meal.  It can be spiralized into noodles, sliced into planks, even shredded… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

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How to Prepare More Meals at Home

What comes to mind when you think about your kitchen?  For me it is peaceful, tranquil, a stress reliever.  It brings me joy: where creativity is housed.   It is the place where both my belly and soul are nourished.  Not everyone shares those same emotions though. Not everyone sees a kitchen as a happy place. … Continue reading How to Prepare More Meals at Home

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Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

Although, nowadays many who think of chocolate tend to associate it with Belgium or Switzerland, the origin story of the mighty cacao bean is traced back to Mesoamerica.  The cacao most likely originated in Southern Mexico, where the Olmecs ground the beans with water to create a beverage.  Very little sweetener was used in those… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

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Southwest Chicken

There nothing new about chicken in a cream sauce.  Tale as old as time.  Chicken smothered in cream of mushroom or gravy has been happening for generations. However, it can be challenging to find recipes that involve creamy sauces made for dairy freers because, obviously most sauces include cream.  Mimicking that mouth feel can be… Continue reading Southwest Chicken

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Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

Weekday breakfast is known for its quick grab and go mentality.  Pop something into a toaster, nuke food in the microwave, perhaps cold fare that requires no cooking.  It is rarely about sitting down and enjoying a stick-to-your ribs meal.  Yes, it may be challenging to think of preparing breakfast when so many competing obligations… Continue reading Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

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Tuna Noodle Niçoise

Canned tuna can get a bad rap. It is often associated with gloopy tuna salad sandwiches or flavorless casseroles. Its tinned vessel is looked down upon, labeled as a last-resort staple or that thing you have on hand for emergencies. But canned tuna can be very flavorful and tasty, given the right accompaniments. No disrespect… Continue reading Tuna Noodle Niçoise

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Coconut Chipotle Shrimp

If coconut cream is not a pantry staple in your kitchen you should consider making it so.  It is so versatile.  It can be used in savory recipes, sweet ones, poured into beverages, whipped into topping – the skies the limit (hence its pantry staple status).  I like it because it can be turned into… Continue reading Coconut Chipotle Shrimp

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Nutrient Spotlight: Potassium

The need for potassium can be easily overlooked.  It is not talked about as much as other minerals, nor is potassium deficiency (hypokalemia) diagnosed as often as other vitamin or mineral deficiencies.   It is the third most abundant mineral in the body (behind calcium and phosphorus), yet approximately 98% of Americans do not meet daily… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Potassium

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Mocha Smoothie

It’s starting to warm up (yay!).  As the day starts earlier and the mornings aren’t as chilly, I declare that smoothies can make it back into rotation again (if they were ever out).  Smoothies make for a quick meal or snack.  Easy to take with out and about or sip while lounging around.  This one… Continue reading Mocha Smoothie

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Mexican-Style Picadillo

Picadillo.  So many versions exist.  Every country makes it differently, but at its core it is a dish of ground beef, tomatoes or tomato sauce and raisins.   The Mexican version includes potatoes and can be served inside tacos, on tostadas, or as a filing for gorditas.  It is a versatile dish that is quick to… Continue reading Mexican-Style Picadillo