Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cooking with Cabbage!

Eating cabbage is a fantastic way to bring more Vitamin K into your diet. You may have tasted it in Sauerkraut or Cole Slaw, and cabbage is a delicious addition to many other recipes as well.
Cabbage Roll Casserole (pictured above) is a healthy and tasty way to enjoy cabbage in a meal. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be made all in the same skillet (aside from preparing the rice). This means less clean up and work in the kitchen! It's also low calorie! It can be made to be a more spicy dish or more mild (by excluding the crushed red pepper from the recipe). The recipe uses a half head of cabbage, so you may wish to keep the other half for a delicious snack: Simply sprinkle it with lemon juice for a low-calorie vitamin packed munchie. Cabbage also makes a nice addition to soups and salads. For more ideas on how to cook with cabbage, join us at the Orem Public Library tonight (March 30th) from 7 to 8pm. We'll be tasting a Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry (made with cabbage) and learning about both cabbage and legumes.

When selecting a head of cabbage, look for it to be tightly closed, bright in color, and without any browning. Cabbage can be eaten cooked or raw. However, you won't want to cook it too long! If you let it get mushy, it will likely lose much of it's delicious flavor.

We hope to see you tonight at the class! So, what's your favorite way to enjoy cabbage?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Take a Chance On Salad!

Looking for a new spin on salad? Here's an idea: Savory Pear Salad with fresh dill and orzo pasta is sure to please. It's packed full of nutrients and flavor. This salad is a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C, and a good source of folate and fiber. What is your favorite way to dress up a salad?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

5 Delicious Reasons to Eat at Home This Week!

Frequent dining out can be hazardous to your health, not to mention to your pocket book! We've collected five delicious and healthy recipes for those days when you need something quick and easy or may have a hankering for a dish at your favorite restaurant. Many of the ingredients, you probably have in your pantry or refrigerator!

RECIPE #1: Breakfast!
You might spend several dollars on a serving of a meal such as this one while patronizing one of the popular diners in the area. While you're looking over the menu, you might also decide to add a beverage to your order as well, boosting the cost of your meal up another couple of dollars. For about the same price, this recipe will feed four people! And you won't even have to tip the waiter! Check out the recipe for this Sizzling Potato Skillet!
Goes perfectly with a side of fresh fruit! Try cantaloupe!

RECIPE #2: Meat!
You may have heard the expression that something "tastes like chicken"....Well, you'll wish everything tasted like this chicken! A good barbecue sauce is hard to find and this recipe solves that problem by allowing you to create your own! And it's so simple. ThiS
BBQ Chicken Sensation will be great with your favorite summer sides. We suggest sweet corn on the cob or roasted potatoes and fresh greens drizzled in homemade Poppyseed Vinaigrette!

RECIPE #3: Italian!
This popular cuisine is also very affordable to make yourself! Lasagna: It's a crowd-pleaser, and that's probably why there are so many canned and frozen versions of this italian dish available at the grocery store. Unfortunately, these versions are usually high in sodium and many are low in taste. This healthy and quick version actually takes LESS time to make than many of those and it tastes "delizioso"! Try Lightning Lasagna with a side of sautéed veggies, a bowl of fresh greens, and don't forget the garlic bread!
RECIPE #4: Soup!
A hot bowl of gourmet soup may be on the menu for many lunch-goers at local delis and bistros.You can get that same great experience from the much-less expensive comfort of your own kitchen! You may wish to pair this succulent
Swiss Chard Stracciatella Soup with a warm slice of (incredibly easy to make) homemade breadand a bowl of fresh fruit!

RECIPE #5: South of the Border!
So many of the ingredients for this recipe may already be in your pantry! This meal is so affordable! Since we were using what we had on hand to make this recipe, we traded corn for the carrots, and avocado for the sour cream. The only talking going on during this meal was to express delight and satisfaction. We served our Touchdown Tostadas with a side of rice and black beans. For the most nutrition and flavor, use dark greens as opposed to light. We used spinach. Oh, and the post-meal siesta is optional!

So, there you have it! We hope you enjoy trying out these recipes, and when you do; please be sure to leave us feedback! We love to hear from you! In fact, we'd love to hear from you right now! Please comment and tell us which one of these recipes are you most likely to try? Also, what is your favorite food to order when you eat out? Have you ever tried making it yourself? Thanks! Happy eating!