Snack Today: Mexican Caviar Dip

bean dip smallerIf you want to be a hit at your next get-together, make this Mexican Caviar Dip! This is my go-to dish when I am asked to bring something, and I am usually asked to bring this. It is the recipe I get asked for the most. Beans, corn, lentils, celery and peppers all marinated in an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing.

The original recipe came from my godmother and has been tweaked to use less sugar and add fresh cilantro. To make this recipe super simple, you can use canned beans and corn, but if you have time and energy, soak the beans and use fresh corn on the cob that has been roasted and cut from the cob. Continue reading “Snack Today: Mexican Caviar Dip”

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Dinner Tonight: Lentil Stuffed Peppers

lentil stuffed peppersTraditionally stuffed peppers are made with some sort of ground meat. This recipe for Lentil Stuffed Peppers goes vegetarian with lentils instead of beef. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, way more than you would find in ground beef. They also have a heartiness comparable to meat so they make an excellent vegan-friendly substitution in pretty much any pasta, stew, and soup. Peppers, are chock-full of vitamin C also supply plenty of vitamin A, fiber and potassium.

Lentil Stuffed Peppers

• 1 cup cooked lentils
• 1 cup spinach, shredded
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Natural Ways to Fight Constipation

bathroomWhile it may not be the most comfortable subject to talk about, it is one that almost everyone is familiar with. It is estimated that one quarter of Americans have been affected by constipation. In fact, constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the United States, outnumbering all other chronic digestive conditions.

So what constitutes constipation? Well, constipation can mean different things to different people. Many people confuse constipation with regularity and think if they have a bowel movement two or three times a week, they’re fine. All too often doctors and other health professionals shrug off this condition as long as there is regularity. Continue reading “Natural Ways to Fight Constipation”

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Dinner Tonight: Squash and Turkey Chili

turkey-chiliI woke up Saturday to fall-like weather and it instantly put me in the mood for cozy comfort foods like soup, chili and stews. The great thing about these types of foods is that they can be made in big batches and frozen for future quick and healthy meals. I know I am not alone when trying to balance work, kids’ homework and extracurricular activities; carving out a little time on the weekend to make a couple of big meals will save you some time and money when you are trying to figure out what to make after you have just spent 3 hours at an ice rink or a soccer pitch!

Batch cooking is basically preparing large quantities of foods at once, to be doled out over the days to come. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Squash and Turkey Chili”

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Lunch Today: Green Power Salad

salad-in-a-jarPacking a lunch for school-aged children can be challenging, but I find it almost as challenging to pack a lunch for myself. As an adult, it sometimes seems easier to grab a sandwich, soup or salad from the deli counter in the building, than it is to take some time and brown bag it… or in this case, Mason jar it.

The problem with eating out is that you can’t control the fat, sodium and all the additional preservatives take-out food may have. Take some time in the evening to prepare a healthy salad that is packed full of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and you will have a salad that will power you through the rest of the following day. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Green Power Salad”

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