Thursday, March 15, 2012

Harvard School of Public Health:Eating Red Meat a Health Risk

Well, it doesn't come as a surprise to me that a recent study suggests that eating red meat leads to increased mortality. I pretty much got disgusted with red meat around the age of 18, and can go months without eating it.  In this study at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), researchers have found that there is an increased risk of total, cardiovascular and cancer mortality with high consumption of red meat. You can check out the press release here. The study showed that substituting other protein sources such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes is associated with a lower risk of mortality.

The bottom line is: eat red meat infrequently!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Recipe: Swiss Chard, Tomatoes and Sprouts

I've been making a lot of vegetable dishes for dinner lately.  This is one of my favorites. I usually improvise, but I share the recipe to get you started on your own creations. I serve this with brown rice and fish. Fantastic!

Begin with a couple of chopped tomatoes in a skillet along with a Tablespoon of olive oil, a couple of cloves of minced garlic (or equivalent frozen/refrigerated). Cook for a few minutes on medium.

Next, I went out to my garden and harvested some Swiss Chard. I love fresh chard. It has a great texture and wonderful taste.

I also added sprouted mung beans, spinach, chopped red pepper, cilantro and chopped celery...

Let it cook down for 3-5 minutes...

I added some walnut pieces for some crunch toward the end of cooking.  Sorry, but no final picture on this one. Everyone must have been hungry!

Food: Home Bottled Tomatoes

I've had these bottled tomatoes done for a couple of weeks now. I love having home canned tomatoes on hand. I love fresh, but when I don't have fresh, these are the next best thing.

I got a case of tomatoes from Bountiful Baskets and ended up with 9 quarts of tomatoes. Love it!

I use bottled tomatoes for all kinds of recipes including, pasta sauce, chili and sauteed vegetables.

The next canning project will be black beans, since I've used up the ones I had on hand.

Canned anything lately? Share a link in the comment section.