This time of year, incorporating crisp, fresh vegetables into your diet can be a challenge. Local winter squash and root vegetables are plentiful, but the greens of summer are dormant, and the produce at the grocery store is usually dull and limp after its cross-country voyage. Continue reading “Curried Carrot Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette” »
As winter and colder temperatures draw near, the warm and easy-to-prepare meals come to mind for the months ahead. How about a chili dish that pairs soybeans with lean turkey meat, dark leafy greens, and other whole foods? A great way to build up your immune system for the winter, as well as all year long. Make a double batch and freeze leftovers for another meal or two!
Soybean & Turkey Chili
Recipe and image courtesy of the Soyfoods Council
1 pound lean ground turkey
2 large onions, chopped
1 each large green and red sweet peppers, chopped
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 can (15 to 16 ounces) tan soybeans, drained
2 cans (15 to 16 ounces) black soybeans, drained
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chiles
3 cups Mrs. Clark’s Tomato Juice
2 Tablespoons corn meal
Toppings: shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped onion
In a large Dutch oven cook meat, onion and peppers until meat is browned. Add chili powder, oregano and garlic salt; stir to blend. Stir in beans, tomatoes and tomato juice. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle cornmeal over top of chili. Stir in and continue simmering 10 minutes. Serve with favorite chili toppings.
For old-fashioned goodness, this colorful turkey stew with tender baking powder biscuits on top has few peers. It is a wonderful way to celebrate after Thanksgiving with the leftovers from the holiday bird. Although it can serve six, four happy eaters with hearty appetites and good conversation could easily finish it. Change the vegetables to suit your taste and substitute leftover chicken for the turkey, if you prefer. Continue reading “Turkey and Biscuits Casserole” »
When honey and vinegar plus a handful of dried cranberries are reduced to glaze young carrots, it becomes a memorable side dish to enjoy for holidays or anytime you want a special vegetable. Thyme honey adds a slightly bitter taste to the complex flavors, but any variety works. These can be made ahead and reheated.
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There’s been a lot of interest in making homemade liqueur as a gift for the holiday season. My good friend, Tina Hewitt Morrison of Blountville TN, submitted this recipe for a homemade version of Kahlua. Thanks, Tina!
When I was first married I was given this recipe by a co-worker in the Provost’s Office at Old Dominion University. So, it’s one that I’ve had since around 1970… but haven’t made it lately. When I was young, it was always considered a great dessert treat to have ice cream with some exotic liqueur over it.
1 pint water
3 3/4 cups sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
Boil all together for about 30 mins. Let cool.
Mix together the following and add to above
1 tsp. glycerin (usually you can get this at a pharmacy)
4 1/2 tbs. instant coffee
1/2 cup of water
Combine all above ingredients with a fifth of vodka.
Pour into bottles and cap tightly. Shake. Let stand for 3 weeks, at least.
Melissa Bouchard of DiMillo’s Floating Restaurant in Portland submitted this delicious Lobster Chef of the Year Finalist recipe! Doesn’t this sound gooood?!!
Maple Butter Poached Lobster Tail with a Sweet Potato and Fuji Apple Bisque and Frizzles of Green Onion
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Here are a few more holiday gift ideas. Homemade gifts are always welcome, and these liqueurs should make gift recipients very happy! They take a while to age, so you may wish to start these now to be sure they are ready for the season. Continue reading “Homemade Liqueurs Make Spirited Holiday Gifts” »
Soy is a strong source of protein and is especially important because protein supplies the amino acids that build the components of the immune system. In fact, soybeans are the only plant sources that contain all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
Couple that with the foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins, like the mixed berries in this recipe, and you end up with a delicious drink your immune system will love!
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Recipe courtesy of The Soyfoods Council.
½ cup strawberries
½ cup blueberries
½ cup raspberries
½ cup soy yogurt
1 cup soy milk
½ cup ice cubes
Drink up, and enjoy!
Another great Lobster Chef of the Year Finalist Recipe. Beautifully Plated Up!
Butternut-Mascarpone Lobster Ravioli, Balsamic Pomegranate Spinach Salad
Rick Skoglund, Samoset Resort
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For this Thanksgiving, Kopali Organics has created a couple of vegan Thanksgiving recipes incorporating their delicious super fruit Goldenberries to add a healthy flavorful spin on classic holiday faves. The exotic raisin of the Amazon is a sweet and sour delicacy and incredibly rich in vitamin A. Continue reading “Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffings” »
You certainly don’t need to use colored gelatins or whipped topping concoctions when this tasty and colorful combination will make the perfect holiday salad. Recipe and photo courtesy of Royal Rose Radicchio.
Radicchio, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad
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