Trying Jessica Alba’s Green Drink

After seeing actress Jessica Alba on all the talk shows this week, we decided to try her green drink that she mentioned.  We didn’t have her exact proportions, just the ingredient list, so it was “experimental” to say the least.  But, hey, we had fun and certainly got a good dose of greens in the process!

Best Foods to Fight Inflammation and Arthritis

Inflammation in the body can lead to chronic disease as well as cancer and heart disease. Here is a great guide to the top 7 foods to eat to fight inflammation. How many are you eating?

http://www.joybauer.com/photo-gallery/best-foods-for-arthritis.aspx?xid=nl_JoyBauersDailyDietTips_20130308

Caramelized Roasted Tomatoes

Here is a terrific side dish for fish or chicken.  I actually made a big pot of quinoa and had the tomatoes over quinoa tossed with a little lemon olive oil and parmesan cheese…a perfect lunch!

I love the small heirloom tomatoes available at Trader Joes and Whole Foods. I used one container for this recipe.

Here’s what you need:

1 container small heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, or 10 plum tomatoes

4 T extra virgin olive oil

1  1/2 T balsamic vinegar

2 large garlic cloves, minced

2 t sugar

kosher salt

freshly ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice tomatoes in half and arrange (cut side up) on foil-lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Sprinkle with sugar, salt and pepper.  The garlic is messy but I placed a piece on each tomato one by one. ( I didn’t want any to be left out of the party!)  Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until tomatoes are beginning to caramelize.  May be served warm or at room temperature.

Peace and veggies,

Melissa

Great Grains!

 Bular and Farro and Barley, oh my!
Bulgur and Farro and Barley, oh my!

There are so many wonderfully different types of grains out there to try.  Each having their own unique properties and all whole grains are an excellent choice of complex carbohydrates.  Some are excellent sources of protein as well.  Trying a new grain can sometimes be intimidating.  For me, when I walk into Whole Foods and see all of the grains in the bulk food section, I want to buy them all.  I feel healthier just looking at the endless rows of clear plastic cylinders full of grainy goodness.  But, I have been known to go crazy with those plastic bags and tiny twist ties, only to bring bags of grains home to sit in my pantry for a year, because I didn’t know what to do with them.

I was so excited to see these small, give it a try, three serving packages of grains at Trader Joe’s.  They are pre-cooked (nothing added, just the grain), they only take 10 minutes to prepare and they have the quick cooking instructions and an easy to follow recipe on the side of the package.  I think this is a great way to introduce yourself to a new grain.

Think of grains not only as a side dish, but an ingredient in a salad, soup, breakfast and even desert.  Be creative!  Think of your whole grains as a blank canvas, now create your masterpiece!

Challenge:  Try a new grain this weekend OR give an already familiar grain a new life.

Keep it Real. Keep it Simple. Make it Matter. – Andrea