Monday, February 13, 2012

Food with HEART

Whether you're looking for HEART or LOVE-themed foods for Valentine's Day or just because, the following recipes may help you bring a little something special to the table.

Just click on the name of each recipe to follow the link to the actual recipe!

Fact: Artichokes are super high in anti-oxidants, in the form of phytonutrients.
Artichokes are YUMMY. And guess what's in the center of them? That's right - HEARTS. The tastiest hearts!

Fact: Did you know that strawberries are not true berries? The fruit part of them is actually the tiny black seeds within the delicious red flesh. Strawberries are packed with Vitamin C.
You've got to try this recipe. It is so simple and divine. Set aside a few whole strawberries to cut into heart shapes and use as a garnish.

Fact: Tomatoes are rich in Lycopene, which is a pigment that causes their red color. Diets rich in Lycopene reduce the risk for prostate, lung and stomach cancer, heart disease and age related diseases.
Who doesn't love color-themed foods that are also good for you?! If that doesn't say "I love you" then I don't know what does.

Fact: Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene!
Now wouldn't your little sweet potatoes love a meal that includes these?!

We wish you a Happy Valentine's Day filled with that which you hold dear! Whatever foods you decide to make, be sure to share them! It's the secret ingredient.... ;-)

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Soup-Fest: Day 6!

Today is the last day of our SOUP-FEST and we have saved one of our most useful recipes for last! Our famous SOUP OR SAUCE (SOS) MIX is a versatile mixture of some basic pantry items that can save you in more ways than one. It can be used as a base for a plethora of recipes. It can be used to replace CREAM SOUP in any recipe: Broccoli & Cheese Soup, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, and Chicken Parmesan Skillet to name a few. SOS costs an average of $.17 for the amount that replaces a can of CREAM SOUP. The savings is pretty phenomenal!

We hope you've enjoyed our celebration of soup! Tell us: Which recipe did you appreciate the most?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Soup-fest: Day 5!

This soup is a favorite around here! It is sure to please a crowd or just you, if you like. Once you try it, you'll have a new favorite way to eat CHARD! Try Swiss Chard Stracciatella soup before it's all gone! (Trust me, your guests will want seconds!)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Soup-Fest: Day 4

Today's featured soup is chock full of nutritious foods such as spinach, beans, and couscous. It has a unique blend of flavors, including leek, garlic and mint. Recipes such as this one are one good reason I keep a mint plant growing in my window sill. I love fresh mint! (You can also used dried.) To make this recipe vegetarian, simply use vegetable instead of chicken broth. Try White Bean Soup w/Spinach, Leeks and Couscous today!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Soup-fest: Day 3!

This LENTIL TOMATO SOUP is high in protein, fiber, and folate! It's also quick to make and can be made entirely with ingredients from your pantry (you may need to make a substitution here and there such as using oil instead of butter, dried onion, parsley and garlic instead of fresh.) Enjoy!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Soup-Fest: Day 2!

Are you in the mood to eat something SMART? Mark Twain once described cauliflower as "cabbage with a college education." Although califlower is in season during the fall, you should be able to find it througout most of the winter. This Aromatic Roasted Cauliflower Soup is sure to liven up your breathing space as well as your taste buds. The recipe calls for frozen cauliflower and broccoli, but I recommend you use fresh if you can.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Soup, Glorious Soup!

Who doesn't love to curl up next to a piping hot bowl of the steamy dreamy comfort food known as SOUP? That's why for the next week, we'll be sharing a different soup recipe with you each day. To kick off our soup-fest, we're starting with a delicious recipe that debuted as our National Food Day recipe in 2011. Introducing, Black Bean Stew.
This simmered southwestern soup is a delight with fresh lime, cilantro, and sour cream. You can have it with rice... or a bowl of tortilla chips might be quite complimentary. Don't forget to check out the RECIPE!