With benefits ranging from heart to weight management, the Mediterranean diet has captured the media spotlight in recent years. And now the University of California, Berkeley reports yet another key benefit of this easy to swallow diet, which is rich in olive oil, legumes, whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables.
Looking for a sturdy salad that holds up to any summer BBQ, picnic or potluck that comes along? We’ve adapted a recipe from Tufts University featuring whole grains and sun-kissed dried apricots in a lively dressing. This salad contains wheat berries, which are the whole, unprocessed kernels of wheat. This tasty nutritious ingredient can be found in natural food stores and many supermarkets. They are a bit time-consuming to cook, but we’ve included a time-saving method below.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a healthy, high-protein, gluten-free alternative to grains. It is actually a seed and is considered a complete protein and a superfood. Quinoa has a light nutty flavor and is extremely versatile. I often use it in place of rice and toss it on salads and into soups. This quinoa salad is perfect as a side dish or you can throw some grilled fish or chicken on top for a main course. Give it a try!
Weary of the same tiresome summer grill standards? Us too! We’ve adapted a Prevention Magazine recipe that offers a fresh and flavorful respite from the same hotdog and burger fare. Don’t be put off by the pickled peach and onion mixture, as it’s super easy to throw together and will make your dinner guests think you slaved away in the kitchen all day! Swap out corn tortillas if you are going gluten-free.
Adapted from a Prevention magazine recipe, comes a salad that is as simple as it is tasty and healthy. It features quinoa, a grain that is not only full of fiber, but also loaded with plant-based protein. But, the starring role of this salad goes to the luscious avocado that sometimes gets a bad rap for its high fat content. However, this seemingly decadent fruit is actually high in monounsaturated fat that helps increase good HDL cholesterol.
Looking to try a vegan recipe that will appeal to even the staunchest meat-eaters in your family? We’ve adapted a recipe from Prevention magazine that will fill the bill with bright flavors, texture and color.
This tasty soup is very easy to make and a colorful addition to holiday meals. Canned pumpkin puree is an easy source for the mashed cooked pumpkin. Or, you can make your own puree by roasting a small pie pumpkin and whipping the flesh in a blender or food processor.