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Fresh Spring Pea, Fennel and Mint Salad

Peas have been a delicious food since ancient times and archaeologists have found them in Egyptian tombs. They probably dried them for the afterlife (and beyond).  Today, only about 5 % of all peas grown are sold fresh. Peas are a good low calorie source of protein. A ¾ cup serving of peas (about 100-calories) contains more protein than a whole egg or a tablespoon of peanut butter and has less than one gram of fat and no cholesterol. So there.It's a fleeting pleasure to stumble ...

Ten More Products We Saw at Expo West that We Bet You Haven’t Tried

Expo West last month in Anaheim was a bonanza of products including many that are new and unusual. Here's ten more that you probably haven't heard of... in addition to the ones we mentioned in our earlier post here.Arette Tea Seed Oil -- Yet another oil touted for its benefits as well as its flavor, Arette brings several varieties to the market. They claim it one of the most nutritious and healthiest edible oils, with a high percentage of unsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, has a ...

Raise the Bars: Top Snack Bar Picks for 2017

From a few humble meal replacement bars (remember the ubiquitous Power Bar), the snack bar is now a world unto itself. Noted for what they include (protein, sprouted seeds, caffeine, and super foods) and what they don't (grains, dairy, and sugar), they have come into their own for both snacking and meal replacement.After what seemed like hundreds displayed at Expo West, these are our top picks for 2017, worth tracking down.bRaw – These small batch are so good that they are dangerous. ...

Foods You Never Heard of from Expo West 2017

It was the biggest ever Natural Products Expo – over 80,000 attendees and thousands of products spread over three venues in Anaheim California two weeks ago. The world's biggest expo of its kind, it was a challenge just to get through it but the resulting finds were worth it!We found dozens of products that most people – even dedicated foodies – have likely never heard of. Some were hot out of production and some were just new to Americans.Some may have already hit your store ...

Creamy Mushroom Potato Leek Soup – Fast and Filling

Sometimes we just need creamy hot soup to warm us up, especially in the chill of Winter. This soup, which has no actual cream but is still smooth, thick and rich-tasting, hits the spot with its umami flavors derived from the mushrooms and sauteed leeks. Now that we've tried this, it will be hard to go back to simple potato leek as it seems to fall short in flavor.This recipe uses the pressure cooker, which means it can be prepared from start to finish in less than 15 minutes. Yes, really. ...

Got Flu? Try this Herbal Cough Syrup

I got the flu this year, first time in years. This was the hit-you-like-a-ton-of-bricks flu, body-slammed with fever, delirium, the whole works. My lungs and head filled up and a few weeks later I still had a deep, nagging cough.  After staring at all the OTC products on the drugstore shelf, weighing the nasty side effects I read about on the packages and the Internet, I figured it was time to go homemade.Fortunately, I had on hand almost all the ingredients for a kick-ass cherry herbal ...

Whole Baked Kabocha Squash with Apples

This recipe could not be easier. It is so easy, in fact, that I don't even think it's legit to call it a recipe but cookbook authors have told me otherwise. After all, we have entire "recipe books" devoted to juice, which basically consists of 2-5 ingredients put through a juicer.Its flavor belies its simplicity. The squash and apple meld together with the roasty goodness and it makes an amazing hearty winter side dish. Kabocha squash is particularly "meaty" and flavorful, with a cream ...

Crispy Make-Ahead Vegan Latkes: It’s Time!

It's Christmas, it's Hanukkah, it's New Year's. That means it's time to indulge in tasty delights with family and friends. In other words, time for latkes, the crispy potato and onion patties fried to perfection. More than other foods, latkes are part of the core Jewish tradition, at least in the USA.  Most commonly, they are made with an egg or two to bind the  grated potatoes and onions together though there are variations. These tasty bites use flour and an optional egg-replacer to ...

The Lowly Lima Part One: Artichoke Fennel and Lima Bean Stew

This recipe makes us love the lima bean, the humble bean that many people are not even sure they actually like. Fresh bulb fennel is combined with canned or frozen artichokes, lemon juice and lima beans.  Don’t like fennel?  Try this and you may change your mind as the vegetable combination mellows the anise flavor and creates a fresh taste.With its lemony sauce and less common blend of vegetables, this stew is delicious and hits the spot for flavor, with the fennel melting into a ...

Vegan Lentil Walnut Pate: Brain Food With Taste

Did you know that walnuts, which even look like little brains, are really good for your brain function?  Yep, true.  The Omega-3 fatty acids, among other nutrients, support good brain health and with dementia a growing public health threat, we need all the healthy brains we can get.This walnut-lentil pate, which even meat lovers will praise, makes brain food a delicious treat all year-round and is yet another recipe that makes use of lentils - truly one of the best all around foods for ...