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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

The mighty coconut.  It harbors many uses in the kitchen.  The meat has been used in both sweet and savory preparations all over the world.  The milk and cream make for wonderful additions to just about any sauce, soup base, or dessert imaginable.  Its oil was the go-to cooking oil up to the invention of… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

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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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Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

Sodium is probably the most controversial nutrient.  For decades it has been closely associated with table salt (sodium chloride) and used interchangeably in everyday conversations.  Often vilified, sodium is usually portrayed as harmful and bad for human health.   However, sodium is a necessary part of a balanced diet.  It is needed for survival, and in… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Sodium

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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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Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in that unlike other vitamins, the body can produce it (in response to sun exposure).  The body can also receive vitamin D through foods rich in the vitamin.  It is an important nutrient since it plays a pivotal role in many systems of the body.  What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

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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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10 Things to Consider While Eating on a Budget

Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to resort to overly processed ingredients to eat on a budget.  Real food can be consumed, even when pockets are not overflowing with cash.  Eating meals that are tasty, full of nutrients, and affordable are not a pipe dream.  For some, it may take a new way… Continue reading 10 Things to Consider While Eating on a Budget

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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: Selenium

Selenium is one of those nutrients we don’t hear about often, but boy does it play a major role in our bodies.  It is an essential nutrient, which means we have to get it from the foods we eat. What is Selenium? Selenium is a vital mineral that plays a significant role in many areas… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Selenium