Wild Rice Stuffed Pepper

Go With The Grain

Grains have been in existence for centuries and come in many varieties. Barley, amaranth, quinoa, teff, wild rice, millet, spelt, and bran are just a few of the grains that have sustained man for over 10,000 years. A grain consists of a protective husk; the bran, a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals; the endosperm, a starchy source of complex carbohydrates;  and the germ, the embryo of the grain, which contains a small amount of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Whole grains have not been manipulated or refined; they contain the endosperm, bran, and germ of the grain. The bran and germ contain that largest amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Refined grains do not contain the bran and germ, only the starchy endosperm.

Whole grains offer an array of benefits including antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Other than being an excellent source of fiber, whole grains provide B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, and iron. The medical community has acknowledged the health benefits of whole grains in lowering the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.

Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Ice cream that’s actually healthy!

Think ice cream is off the table when you’re following a healthy lifestyle? Think again! This banana chocolate chip ice cream is both delicious and good for you. Made from frozen bananas, it is dairy free, gluten free, paleo, raw, and vegan! Yet still feels just as indulgent as real ice cream.

Rainbow Salad with Honey and Mustard Dressing

Stuck for salad inspiration? Eat a rainbow!

Everyone knows that salad is good for you, and one of the best things about a salad is that you can throw pretty much anything in there.  If you find yourself reaching for the same few ingredients each time you make a salad, try ‘eating a rainbow’ instead! Think about choosing vegetables and fruit in lots of different colors, and not only will you guarantee a wider range of amazing nutrients, you may also surprise yourself with some delicious new flavor combinations.

Sweet and Tangy Beet Salad

Beet the Challenge

Beets have the reputation of being one of the more challenging foods of which to acquire a taste for. They’re really one of those foods that is loved or despised, usually resulting from good or bad childhood dining experiences. Generally, the red beet is the most popular and recognizable, however there other delicious beet options – golden, white, and “candy stripe” beets.

Candy stripe beets (as they’re commonly referred in culinary environments) are formally called Chioggia beets. When sliced, they are red and white striped and have a sweeter taste than the red, golden, or white beet. The Chioggia beet hails from Chioggia, Italy and can be found in most specialty supermarkets.

This chilled beet salad will convince your taste buds how juicy and delicious beets can be, when prepared correctly. Sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, and spicy, this salad has it all and is perfect for the heat of the summer.

Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps

A beginner’s guide to Thai cooking

Thai cuisine is full of sweet, salty, sour, and hot flavors that dance together in aromatic curries, spicy stir fries, and warming soups. The distinct flavors come from cooking fresh ingredients quickly on a high heat so they retain their goodness and texture. This makes Thai food a great option for quick and nutritious meals and snacks.

In this recipe, fresh herbs, salty pork and fragrant Thai flavors are wrapped up in crisp little lettuce parcels, making for a delicious snack to eat on the go. Alternatively, you can serve with rice for a more substantial meal.

Lentil Soup

Lentils 101

Lentils are pulses, which are the edible seeds of a plant. Their name is derived from the Latin term –lens, most likely due to their shape that resembles a convex optic lens. Lentils have been in existence for over 8,000 years, originating in the Near East and Mediterranean; back then they were known as a poor man’s food and often shunned by the rich. Today they are recognized as an excellent source of protein and are often utilized as a primary source of of it, particularly for vegans. About 50% of the world’s lentils are consumed in India. The flavor of lentils is a very earthy, savory flavor and, like mushrooms, they tend to take on the flavor of the cooking liquid, be it water, chicken, vegetable, or beef broth.

Avocado Dip, Baked Salmon, & Broccoli Rice

Healthy weeknight dinner

This is a slightly different take on the usual salmon and steamed broccoli, and so delicious! The oven-baked salmon is teamed with lemony broccoli rice and a gorgeous spicy avocado dip for a light yet filling summer dinner. Ready in under 30 minutes, it’s the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!

Cream of Mushroom Soup

Of the Earth

Mushrooms have been a staple in the diet since ancient times. They are neither fruit nor vegetable, but actually a fungus that is self-sufficient in nutritional development as mushrooms gain their nutrients from metabolizing non-living organic matter. Mushrooms are the perfect food due to their naturally low sodium levels, zero fat, and cholesterol, and are they’re gluten-free.

White button mushrooms are the most popular because of their very mild flavor; these are found mostly in salads, pizza toppings, and mushroom sauces. Crimini, or “baby bellas” are small brown mushrooms that offer a deeper flavor and usually accompany a pork or beef dish. They are also often found in Asian dishes. Shiitake mushrooms are on the opposite end of the spectrum of white buttons; they offer a deep woodsy flavor and are often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian dishes.

Broccoli Cakes & Sweet Carrot Dip

A delicious way to get your greens

These crispy broccoli cakes are a great way to sneak more vegetables into your diet – perfect for children or grown ups who aren’t keen on their greens! Just throw everything in a food processor, fry, then bake. Enjoy these with a salad for lunch, as a starter at dinner, or as a perfect party snack.

Cashew Cream Of Kale Over Rice

Plan Ahead to Stay Healthy

Planning ahead can be the deciding factor between success and failure. What happens when you get hungry? You want food and you want it NOW. If you didn’t already have a plan or food prepared ahead of time, you may abandon all desires for health and stuff the nearest edible object into your mouth, whether it be stale doughnuts in the coffee room or the 2-year-old Halloween candies on the secretary’s desk.