Now that summer has officially arrived, eating has become pretty simplistic (and delicious). I welcomed the morning with juicy blueberries & farm fresh eggs. My lunch consisted of cucumbers & heirloom tomatoes (courtesy of the Lynchburg Farmer’s Market) splashed with a little balsamic vinegar & olive oil. Most dinners include grilled summer squash and my favorite, sockeye salmon. The beauty of summer is that dinners are simply delicious, with the emphasis on simple. No need for fancy embellishments. Of course, all of this fresh, local food would not be possible without our fantastic farmer’s market. If you are not a regular customer of a market I urge you make a trip to your own local market (wherever that may be). I must admit my heart beats a little faster when I arrive at the Saturday morning Farmer’s market and take in the view of the produce paradise. Check out this recipe that features peaches & tomatoes, two summer market stars.
1 lb fresh butter beans or
frozen baby limas
2 t fresh garlic, minced
⅓ c plain greek yogurt
½ t ea s&p
¼ t cayenne pepper
1 c olive oil
¼ c fresh lemon juice
2. Bring to boil, reduce heat & simmer, partially covered, 40 min
3. Drain & cool
In food processor
1. Combine beans, garlic, greek yogurt, s&p & cayenne, pulse until smooth
2. Slowly pour olive oil & lemon juice through spout
3. Pour into serving dish
4. Serve with raw veggies, pita toasts, gourmet chips
Store, covered, in refrigerator for up to 5 days
There is no doubt sensationalism sells, just check out the latest cover of Time Magazine. Unfortunately what does not sell is sound science and simple explanations of how to interpret this science. If you believe all the hype, one would think that eating butter (and other animal fats) to our heart desires would not lead to any ill consequences.
However, there is little doubt that both fat & sugar contribute to obesity, which in turn are contributing to our epidemic of type 2 diabetes (hence heart disease). The solution to this problem has not changed, all things in moderation, which unfortunately is not a word that most Americans find exciting. What exactly is moderation? Moderation is “the avoidance of excess or extremes”, pretty simple stuff really.
It was the middle of winter when summer squash was only a dream, but when the ad from William Sonoma popped up in my Inbox I knew I was about to make a purchase. Although I am not a huge kitchen gadget junkie, there are certain items that I cannot live without (my Kitchen Aid Mixer & Vitamix to name a few). Although I knew I certainly couldn’t classify the Paderno spiralizer as a necessity, this blog sealed the deal for me and the spiralizer has become my newest kitchen gadget. I think this is the best way to avoid burn out with one of my favorite summer vegetables, after all variety is key.
2 ripe peaches, diced to ½”
1 english cucumber,thinly sliced or julienne
8 radishes, quartered or thinly sliced
coarse sea salt
1T grated lime zest
2T fresh lime juice
2T olive oil
1. Arrange peach, cucumber & radishes on platter
2. Season with sea salt
3. Whisk together lime zest & juice, oil & honey
4. Drizzle dressing over salad
When my son Oliver started public school this year, I told myself I was going to keep an open mind about the lunchroom offerings. Sadly, my preconceived notions about the food were right on target. Admittedly there is some healthy food to be had; it is just not prepared in an appealing manner. Furthermore, my son is only eager to buy on the most unhealthful days of the week, hot dogs, prepackaged peanut butter and jelly (really) & of course chicken fingers.
Granted, I don’t want to appear to be the food police, but I consider these foods to be “fun” and not ones I am happy to see on the regular lunch rotation. Though I believe in food choice, my almost 7 year old would happily eat M & M’s for dinner, washed down with a cup of Gatorade. So how can my son make proper food choices at school if there are so many more appealing, yet very unhealthy options? Is it possible for schools to offer more healthy appealing choices and stay within their budget? I recently read a very insightful column by Mark Bittman discussing these issues. Click the link to read.
You probably don’t need an article to tell you that people who work…are more invested in what they do…when they have positive relationships with their coworkers and supervisors.
After all, loving people and serving others is at the core of our core.
But, Five Things Great Managers Do Every Day, is excellent.
Recently I had the privilege of hearing a very well respected physician speak on the topic of health and nutrition. However, when this physician started quoting Dr. Oz, my inner skeptic went on overdrive. All credibility was lost on me when this speaker began quoting NYT reporter (and major propagandist) Gary Taubes.
Sensationalism. That is the word I think of when I hear Gary Taubes (not a physician by the way), Dr Oz and other “experts” speak about nutrition and weight loss. The quick fixes, the pills, the supplements, no sugar, no gluten, no grains, no wheat, hey how about no food!
Not to say that these physicians and reporters don’t give us something to think about; science is ever changing and these “experts” certainly give us food for thought. However, no matter the credentials a practitioner has we need to be skeptics of the quick fixes and promises that simply do not work.