Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thai Peach Salad - FEATURE!

1 T brown sugar
1 T minced or grated fresh ginger
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 t freshly squeezed lime juice
1 t soy sauce 1 t hot chili-garlic sauce
1/4 t or more salt
2 T vegetable oil
1 T Asian sesame oil
4 peaches (4 to 6) 2 sweet peppers, preferably red
8 cups mixed salad greens, preferably mesclun mix

In medium bowl, stir together sugar, ginger, garlic, lime juice, soy sauce, chili-garlic sauce and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk in vegetable and sesame oils. Use right away or leave at room temperature up to half a day or refrigerate up to 3 days.

Just before serving, peel peaches. Halve, remove pits and thinly slice. Place in bowl. Quarter peppers and remove seeds. Thinly slice and add to peaches. Whisk dressing, pour over peach mixture and gently stir until coated. Toss in large salad bowl with greens. Taste and add more salt, if needed.

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What are Superfoods and What Do They Do For Us?

The 14 superfoods you shoud be including in your diet.
by Steven Pratt, MD from an interview by Web MD

1. Beans: A great low-fat, low-calorie source of protein and an easy way to help control your
weight and your blood sugar.

2. Blueberries: The best food on the planet to preserve a young brain as we mature.

3. Broccoli: The best food on the planet to prevent cancer.

4. Oats: A sure-fire way to lower your cholesterol.

5. Oranges: The most readily available source of vitamin C, which in turn lowers the rate of
most causes of death in this country, for example, heart disease and cancer.

6. Pumpkin: Loaded with phytonutrients, which keep our skin young and help prevent
damage from sunlight.

7. Wild salmon: A guaranteed way to lower your risk for cardiac-related death.

8. Soy: The only complete vegetarian source of protein.

9. Spinach: The best food on the planet to prevent cataracts and age-related macular
degeneration, thus ensuring a lifetime of good vision.

10.Tea -- green or black: The easiest and cheapest no-calorie way to avoid heart disease and

11. Tomatoes: One of the easiest ways for men to avoid prostate cancer is the consumption of
tomatoes and tomato-based products.

12. Skinless turkey breast: The leanest meat source of protein on the planet.

13. Walnuts: Consuming walnuts is an easy, tasty way to lower your risk of cardiovascular

14. Yogurt: A tasty, easy way to boost your immune system.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Should I buy Organic? Which ones?

Organic Food Shopping Basics
Research from Consumer Reports' February 2005 issue concludes that some items are worth the organic price premium, but others might not be because their non-organic versions are less likely to be contaminated with pesticides, or they have weak standards associated with the organic label.
· Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, spinach, strawberries
· Meat, poultry, eggs and dairy
· Baby food
· Asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet peas
· Breads, oils, potato chips, pasta, cereals, canned and dried fruits and vegetables