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Healthy Harvest Recipes

The creation of food is good because God Himself created it. Preparing this gift properly can honor God.

Healthy Harvest Highlight: Tomatoes

This morning I picked what will probably be the last of the tomatoes from my garden. I must admit, it made me kind of sad.  Here in the Northeast, the season is rather short for tomatoes. I wait anxiously for the first of these beautiful fruit to appear each summer – sometime around July for …

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Ratatouille is French for stewed vegetables. It’s my “bowl full of garden goodness” in the summer and my “clean out the produce bin of the fridge” in the winter.  Either way it’s a staple in my house.  We’ve made it as a side dish, added it to pasta for a main meal, and topped pizza …

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Fresh Garden Salsa

Garden Fresh Salsa

One of my favorite, healthy snacks to make is homemade pita chips and salsa.  There’s nothing better than fresh salsa (especially when I can add as much cilantro as I want).  In addition to being healthy and fat free, it’s also inexpensive when your vegetables are home grown.  Here’s another recipe that can be changed …

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Healthy Harvest Highlight – Asparagus

I know Spring is here because the asparagus is popping through the dirt in the garden. I haphazardly threw these into the bed last year and didn’t give them a second thought.  This year, with my decision to revamp my goals for our vegetable garden, I purchased more “crowns” and planted them again with a …

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Two Healthy Asparagus Recipes

Crescent Roll Asparagus Rollups (courtesy of 16  Large Stalks Fresh Asparagus 8 ounces, weight Canned Reduced-Fat Crescent Roll Dough 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil ¼ cups Shredded Pecorino Cheese (Parmesan Works Nicely As Well) Salt And Pepper, to taste Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut or break the tough bottoms off the asparagus stalks. Open your can …

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Healthy Harvest Highlihght – Potato

Another great winter, root vegetable is the potato.  Potatoes pack a lot of healthy nutrition, but often get a bad wrap when eaten in excess and loaded down with unhealthy condiments.  One medium potato (with skin) contains: 45% daily value of vitamin C 10% daily value of B6 110 calories no fat, sodium or cholesterol …

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Cauliflower Potatoes

Ingredients: 1 head Cauliflower 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes 1/2 cup Chicken Broth Salt & Pepper to taste Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) Thoroughly wash potatoes and cauliflower. Cut potatoes into medium sized cubes.  Cut core out of cauliflower and break apart stems.  Place cauliflower and potatoes into a large pot of boiling water. Cook for …

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Healthy Harvest Highlight – Pears

Pears are native to Europe and Asia and they are packed with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. They come in many different varieties and are high in vitamin C, K, and copper.  A natural source of fiber, pears are good for the heart.  Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding …

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Cinnamon Scented Baked Pears

Ingredients: 4 Medium Pears, ripe and juicy (check them by gently squeezing the neck to make sure they’re soft) 3/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground (divided 1/2 tea for pears, 1/4 tea for ricotta) 1 cup Ricotta Cheese 1 tsp natural sugar (less if desired, or use 1 tsp honey) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut pears …

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Healthy Harvest Highlights – Brussel Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts are part of the cabbage family.  In the home garden, they are sweetest when picked after a stiff frost.  Their harvesting season, depending upon your area, is autumn through early spring. If you are lucky enough to find them fresh (preferably still on their stalk), grab them, but 80%-85% of the US production …

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