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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: Stuffed Zucchini

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something for the garden foodies out there.  This is my favorite time of year – when I get to eat what I grow!  Here’s a simple meal that you can throw together in about 30 minutes.  It’s super healthy, filling, and quick. First you want to gather your …

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Healthy Harvest – Food Prepping

I usually food prep over the weekend or at least on Monday’s when I have the house to myself, but with the holiday weekend, the task of prepping my food for the week and meal planning was on my To-Do list for today.  This simple, weekly routine has helped keep healthy eating on our radar …

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Healthy Harvest Highlight: Parsley

More than a garnish on your plate, parsley packs a nutritional punch when added to your cooking repertoire.  This popular herb is native to the Mediterranean region of the world, but can now be found globally.  Parsley can be found year round in supermarkets and is relatively easy  to grow – and is best grown …

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TAbbouleh Salad

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Tabbouleh

This recipe makes a large salad, making it a great prep style food for lunches or dinner throughout the week. Ingredients: 2 cups bulgur 2 cups very hot water 1 cucumber, chopped 2 small tomatoes, chopped  (I omitted) 1 bunch green onions, (8) sliced  (I used red) 1/4 – 1/2 cup fresh chopped mint, to …

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Parsley Ailoi

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Parsley Aioli

Ingredients • 1 large egg yolk • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic • 1 cup olive oil • 1 1/2  tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Directions In a food processor fitted …

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Wheat Berry and Apple Salad

Cooking With Whole Grains

In my effort to remove processed foods from our diet, I’ve been learning how to switch to the healthier whole grain options. Switching from instant white rice to brown was a no brainer. Then, I began learning more about wild rice options. Rice was pretty much the staple of choice when adding a starch to …

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Wheat Berry and Apple Salad, Cooking with Grains, Wheat Berry

Healthy Harvest Recipe: Wheat Berry, Apple & Chicken Salad with Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette

This tasty winter salad combines juicy cranberries, crunchy apples, and nutty wheat berries for a healthy and satisfying meal or side-dish. 1 cup dried cranberries 1 medium to large apple (in season – I used Braeburn) 1 cup cooked wheat berries ½ cup walnuts Goat Cheese (optional) 3 cups shredded Romaine lettuce Cranberry Pear Vinaigrette …

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Skewered Strawberry Caprese Salad

*1-2 pints of organic (freshly picked are super sweet) strawberries *Approximately 1 cup mozzarella balls (goat cheese would be great with this too) *Basil leaves *Chocolate” Balsamic Vinegar Alternate strawberries, basil leaves, and mozzarella balls onto skewers ( I like the shorter skewers or cutting the 12″ in half).  Arrange on serving dish and drizzle …

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Spring Is For Strawberries

Have you been pickin’ yet?  Strawberries have a short season here in the Hudson Valley, so we’re in the final weeks where you can pick-your-own or find a roadside farmer’s markets to gather these sweet red beauties.  Last year I missed out, so this year my daughter and I, during our birthday week road trip, …

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Goji Berry

Every time I visit my local nursery, I like to peruse the racks of new and exciting plants they offer.  I make it a point to try one new plant and learn about it every year (sometimes I get carried away and try more than one).  Today I found the Lifeberry Goji.  I purchase goji …

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