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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 ...

Weeding out the Nutrition (in Your Yard)

By now, you might have heard that many plants we call weeds are actually great sources of nutrition.  Dandelions are loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron.  Chickweed has become the darling of farmer's markets, with its spinach-like flavor, and is also very high in nutrients.  There are lots more everywhere we look.A wonderful and highly recommended book  by Katrina Blair, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, published in late 2014 describes in detail 13 "weeds" that grow around the ...

Violets are Blue… Food and Medicine for You

Violets are not the stuff of bouquets, with their delicate purple, blue and white tops and heart-shaped leaves barely peeking through the Spring landscape for just a few short weeks.  Yet, both the flowers and the leaves are not only edible, they are loaded with nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, as well as minerals.Make sure you collect from a spot that has not had any chemicals applied (such as lawn fertilizers, fungicides, etc.).  We add the flowers and leaves to our salads and ...

More Fish-Friendly Vegan ‘Tuna’ Salad… This Time with Tofu

Oddly, though I ate my share of tuna fish salad before going vegan, usually on toast, it was not close to my top sandwich choice.  These days, I find myself enjoying the vegan versions far more than I ever did actual fish-based recipes.Real tuna are being rapidly depleted by overfishing, with some Bluefin varieties pushing extinction.  Plus, tuna often contains mercury and other metals that come from our contaminated seas.  And many state tuna feel pain as they are slaughtered. Just a ...

Crunchy Asparagus Miso Soba Noodle Salad

This delicious noodle salad uses raw asparagus and other raw veggies to create a satisfying and light salad that screams SPRING!  Best served cold or at room temperature, it's  a perfect make-ahead meal for guests or even tomorrow's lunch.Here we use purple asparagus, green onions, carrots and red peppers but feel free to substitute your favorites.  If our peas were ready, we'd add them too but it's just been too much crazy weather to make the timing happen.INGREDIENTS:1/2 ...

Yet another Arugula Fennel Grapefruit Salad

Ahhh, Spring!  This salad tastes of Spring but still uses the last of the winter grapefruit.  There are many versions, which are all variations on this delicious theme.This one uses brazil nuts rather than macadamias (pumpkin seeds work too for anyone with nut allergies or who wants an even less costly approach), thinly sliced fennel and a lemon vinaigrette.  It’s a classic for a reason.INGREDIENTS:4 cups washed arugula (we like the wild type, which is sharper)1 red or pink ...

Colorful Health Salad (Before the Spring Veggies Really Return)

Spring always make us wish for fresh garden edibles, with the all the blooming and growing and sprouting around us.  Yet, even without the l-o-n-g COLD winter, early Spring isn't the season for an abundance of fresh vegetables yet, especially in more Northern regions.This salad combines seasonal ingredients, root crops and fresh sprouted peas for a delicious, colorful and healthy serving of veggies.  You can also substitute red cabbage for watermelon radish - less exotic but similar ...

No Egg Salad, School Lunchbox Style

Long a staple of classic lunchtime fare, egg salad evokes simple times and a certain mid-20th century mentality, when it was best known for filling Wonder Bread sandwiches covered in waxed paper and stashed in metal lunch boxes accompanied by plastic thermoses (way before Lunchables and juice boxes).Having given up eggs, this no-egg salad will rekindle the memories (or start some new ones) without any chickens involved (and no risk of egg-borne pathogens like salmonella).To amp up the ...

Classic Tuna Salad – Minus the Fish (Vegan)

What could be more retro and comforting than a tuna salad sandwich?  Chunky tuna, tangy mayo, chopped celery on toasted bread with a pickle and chips on the side?  Yum.Yet, not only is tuna one of those mercury-heavy fish (not so good for anyone, especially kids), the unrelenting quest for sandwiches has meant countless dolphins, turtles, sharks, seabirds and more snared in the tuna trawls along with massive amount of bycatch (that’s the industry word for marine life caught as a ...

New Year’s Lessons from the Romans – Eat Cabbage

De brassica quod concoquit:  on the medicinal value of the cabbage according to the Roman Marcus Cato.Cabbage has long been known to promote health.  Cato puts it well:Brassica est quae omnibus holeribus antistat [It is the cabbage which surpasses all other vegetables] Nam venae omnes ubi sufflatae sunt ex cibo, non possunt perspirare [For when all the veins are gorged with food, they cannot breathe]He continues:  Cabbage promotes general physical health and claims to be a ...