Author: bgreen

Sweet Organic Strawberry Recipe

‘Tis the season for red, ripe strawberries. These sweet and delicious berries are not only tasty, but healthy, too. Eating them right out of the carton is good, but baking them into this delicious dessert is a great way to enjoy a sweet strawberry treat, plus get some of your recommended whole grains. Strawberry Whole Grain Crumble Bars Prep Time: 40 minutes Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 12 Ingredients: Crust 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1/3 cups brown sugar 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cups (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Strawberry Filling 1 package (16 ounces or 3 cups) Strawberries 1/2 cups granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 2 teaspoons lemon juice Pinch salt Crumble Topping 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cups brown sugar 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Directions: Crust Butter or grease a 9-inch square pan. Stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl using a fork to combine and remove any lumps. Add melted butter and vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined. Press dough evenly into prepared pan and freeze 30 minutes. Filling Combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt in a 2-quart non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Stir...

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Boost Antioxidants for Better Health

Eating lots of antioxidant foods is important for good health. Here’s an easy way to get your antioxidants: two delicious recipes that are packed with good nutrition. The almonds in the chicken coating in the almond and chicken recipe provide valuable vitamin E, and the strawberries are loaded with vitamin C, fiber and cancer-fighting compounds. For the salad recipe, the spinach provides lots of folate and vitamin K. Enjoy a delicious meal, and know you’re providing your body with plenty of healthy benefits! Almond Crusted Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce Ingredients: 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 1/2 cup of almonds 1 egg white 1 cup organic Strawberries, rinsed and stems removed 1 tbsp of Sugar 1 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar 1 tbsp of Corn Starch 1/8 cup of organic Chicken Broth (potentially more if sauce requires) 1 tbsp of fresh Rosemary, finely chopped (2 sprigs of fresh rosemary) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor, process almonds for 1-2 minutes to a chunky bread crumb consistency. Set aside. 2. Lightly pound chicken breast into 1/2″ – 1″ pieces. 3. Dip chicken into a bowl containing the egg white, followed by dipping the chicken into the almond mixture. Coat each chicken breast with almond crumbs on each side. Place is a glass baking dish. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes until chicken is browned and tender. 4....

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Build a Burger for Memorial Day!

With the burgeoning of the U.S. Memorial Day saturnalia and the unofficial kick-off of the pre-season summer festivities, many of us in the U.S. are gathering the traditional picnic and grilling fare for weekend BBQs to commemorate this day of patriotic pride. While Memorial Day is both a celebratory and reserved day of honor for our military, it is also a day of gathering and feasting with friends and family. Hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, and potato salad prominently punctuate picnics across the country. To create a unique organic, vegetarian spin on this traditional holiday, I have included recipes to build your own burger. Thank you, those of you who have served in the military to keep the rest of us safe! Happy Memorial Day and Good Feasting Everyone!   Bulgur Veggie Burgers 1/2 cup chopped onion, divided 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing 1/2 cup Sunnyland Mills Organic Bulgur Wheat 1 cup water 1 cup canned organic pinto beans, rinsed and drained 1 1/2 tablespoon low- sodium soy sauce 3/4 cup walnuts (2 1/2 ounces) 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup packed cilantro sprigs 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon cayenne 4 slices multi-grain bread,toast Cook half of onion with 1/4 teaspoon salt in oil in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Add bulgur and water and...

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Organic Papaya Seed Dressing

Ingredients 1 organic papaya (strawberry papaya if in Hawaii) ¼ cup safflower oil 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar ⅛ cup lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt ⅓ cup organic green onions 2 teaspoons organic agave nectar Instructions Scoop all papaya fruit into a blender. Add half the papaya seeds to blender. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Enjoy! Yields 1.5 cups   *recipe from Down to...

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Hungering for Hawaiian Huna

Huna may appear as a term for an exotic fish or cultural cuisine that can be found exclusively in Hawaii. In actuality, huna is denoted as a modern label for the ancient psychological and spiritual healing practices of Hawaii’s kahunas or native priests. This distinctive Hawaiian word, essentially means “secret”. The term acquired its western meaning from the founder of Huna Research, Max Freedom Long, who became enthralled by the kahuna spiritual practices when he visited Hawaii in 1917. The kahuna’s kept the intimacies of their traditions secret from Long, so he sought spiritual wisdom within the context of the Hawaiian language. Modern huna customs embody seven key principles. IKE is the first principle that proclaims the world to be what we think it is. KALA is the second principle that espouses that there are no limits in the world or in our lives. MAKIA affirms that energy flows where attention goes. MANAWA rallies us to recognize that NOW is the moment of our power. ALOHA, which is the traditional Hawaiian greeting, also appertains to the notion that love means to be happy with someone or something. MANA elucidates that all power comes from within. PONO evokes right action and right behavior arising from truth. These seven principles, when practiced together, combine to form the harmonizing cocktail of huna. Since huna resides in the spiritual realm, how is it connected to such temporal topics as...

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