Archive for the ‘Vegetables’ Category

Heirloom Tomato, Basil and Feta Cheese Picture Book Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post posted a few weeks ago (Ow!), one of my favorite summer foods is fresh tomatoes right off the field, and one of my favorite ways to have those fresh tomatoes is sliced and topped with fresh basil, mozzarella chcese, a shot of olive oil, a good shot of balsamic vinegar, and a good crunch of freshly ground black pepper (or chopped fresh jalapeños – yah!). Terrific!

Here’s a slight twist on that combination made with what you see below: heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, feta cheese and Read more »

Picture Book Directions Show How to Microwave Cook Fresh Spinach

The most important tip regarding spinach is that the less you cook it, the more you retain its flavor, texture, and terrific nutritional value – high in the oil soluble vitamins A, E and K and water soluble vitamins B2, B6 and C as well as rich iron and magnesium content. There’s just no comparison between quickly cooked fresh spinach and spinach that’s been cooked to a very distasteful mushy mass. (My favorite source for spinach’s nutrition and health benefits is The World’s Healthiest Foods: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=43)

The second most important tip: to avoid an unpleasant crunch on the sandy soil spinach grows in, always give fresh spinach a Read more »

Kale Teriyaki Picture Book Recipe

kale-teriyakiDig kale? I didn’t until only a few years ago, but now I’m a big fan, especially when it’s made the way you see here!

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Nutritionally, kale rates highest along with collard, turnip, and mustard greens, Swiss chard, and upland watercress with a score of 1000 on the Read more »

Oven Roasted Delicata Squash Picture Book Recipe

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I was first introduced to delicata squash only recently when I shot the recipe you see here with a good friend of mine. I’m now a big fan!

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Oven Roasted Butternut Squash Picture Book Recipe

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The toughest part about roasting butternut squash, if you want it in cubed shaped pieces the way you see above, is removing the outer skin as shown in the picture below. After removing the skin (I recommend using a tougher vegetable peeler than the weak and worthless one you see here), roasting is the easiest, most flavorful way I know to prepare butternut squash.

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Microwave Cooked Broccoli & Tuna in Lighter Alfredo Sauce – Easy & All in Pictures

Microwave Cooked Broccoli in Lighter Alfredo Sauce

Making microwave cooked broccoli and tuna in a lighter Alfredo sauce is just one very easy and fantastically flavorful way to take microwave cooked broccoli from simple to exciting! Here’s what you need for ingredients:

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Microwave Cooking Broccoli: Best for Flavor & Health Benefits – In Pictures & Short Video

Microwave Cooked BroccoliAside from its fantastic flavor – quick & easy preparation makes all the difference – broccoli has uniquely potent anti-inflammatory, heart health-promoting, cancer-fighting, body detoxification, and antioxidant properties. To get the most of both flavor and health benefits, it’s best to cook broccoli either by steaming it briefly or cooking it quickly in the microwave oven. You can see how to cook broccoli in the microwave oven (my preferred method for speed, ease, and best flavor & nutrition) by clicking either or both short step-by-step video or easy-to-follow step-by-step picture book recipe links.

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Brussels Sprouts Chips – Flavorful Alternative to Bagged Chips & All in Pictures


Brussels Sprouts ChipsBrussels sprouts chips are an excellent quick, flavorful, and much more nutritious alternative to commercially bagged chips.

Peeling Brussels Sprouts Leaves

The hardest part about making these great tasting chips – and it’s actually not hard at all; it just takes a little time – is peeling the sprout leaves as shown above. After that, it’s just add oil, broil & enjoy!

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Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad – All in Pictures

Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad

Last two posts showed how to cook corn on the stove and in the microwave oven. Easy. Here’s a great way to combine the crisp sweetness of corn with bell pepper (I like using red, yellow, or orange bell pepper for this because they’re sweeter and more flavorful than green bell peppers), onion, garlic, and cilantro. Terrific combination!

Here’s what you need to make this crisp corn and bell pepper salad for 3-4 people.

Crisp Corn and Bell Pepper Salad IngredientsClick any picture on this page for a complete, easy to follow step-by-step picture book recipe. Read more »

Microwave Cooked Corn on the Cob – Incredibly Easy, All in Pictures

Microwave Cooked Corn on the CobAside from being incredibly quick and easy, cooking corn in the microwave oven as shown in the picture book recipe you can get here is probably the best way both to maximize corn’s flavor and nutritional value as the corn cooks inside its own husk.

Here’s what you need to cook corn on the cob in the microwave oven.

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