No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

It’s a given that the best cheesecake is a baked cheesecake. But a no bake cheesecake is quick and easy to make.

How so? Well, if you don’t have the time needed for the delicate attention of making a baked cheesecake, than a no bake is the next best thing.

This no bake cheesecake recipe is a combination of heavy cream, sour cream, mascarpone, cream cheese, and goat cheese, making the filling ultra rich and creamy.

No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

And the crust is not your ordinary gram cracker crust. It’s short bread cookies with pecans, finely ground mixed with sugar, butter and cinnamon.

This sweet treat is a refreshing dessert to take to a potluck, family gathering or any occasion for that matter.


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No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake
FOR THE CRUST

Vegetable oil cooking spray, for pan

1 1/3 cups (6 ounces) shortbread cookies with pecans, finely ground

2 tablespoons butter, unsalted, melted

2 tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Salt

FOR THE FILLING

1 cup peaches, chopped

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup peach gelatin

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup sour cream, room temperature

4 ounces (1/2 cup) mascarpone cheese, room temperature

4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 cup), room temperature

2 ounces (1/4 cup) soft fresh goat cheese, room temperature

3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line bottom with a round of parchment.

Stir together cookies, butter, sugar, ground cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Press evenly into bottom of pan. Refrigerate while making filling.

Beat sour cream, 1/3 cup sugar, the cheeses, vanilla pextract, and lemon zest with a mixer on medium speed until very smooth, about 4 minutes.

Whisk heavy cream and 1/3 cup peach gelatin until medium peaks form. Fold into filling mixture. Next add chopped peach’s and mix in.

Spread mixture evenly over crust. Smooth top, and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Refrigerate for 45 minutes before serving.

Run a knife around edge of cake. Release sides to remove from pan, and transfer cake to a serving platter.

No-Bake Peaches & Cream Cheesecake

Plate and serve with a peach sauce, if desired.

Cheesecake can be frozen or refrigerated for up to 2 days.


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Top Nine Varieties Of Cheese’s Enjoyed By Food Lovers

collage of various types of cheese

First Posted March 13th, 2016 – Updated November 15th, 2021

Who doesn’t enjoy cheese, either as snack, on a sandwich, or topped over leafy greens?

There is many ways to include cheese in your culinary delights.

There are many different kinds of cheeses, and they each have their own flavor and best uses.

Among the many cheeses throughout the world, the following are the top nine varieties enjoyed by food lovers.

Feta Cheese

Feta is a white cheese made in Greece from sheep’s milk, or from a mixture of sheep and goat’s milk.

The cheese is bathed in a brine, that is a 24% salt concentration.

Salt is said to be important in cheese making as it keeps the fermented cheese from molding fast. Salt also helps to draw out the whey.

This is a common cheese in Greek dishes. Crumble it over salads, use it on sandwiches like Gyros, and broil it with olive oil.

You can sprinkle it over the top pizza or pasta.

It’s tangy and moist and can be crumbly or creamy.

Try pairing it with fruit as well.


If Your Out Of Feta – Goat Cheese Is A Great Replacement – Try This Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Risotto with Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese


Mozzarella

college of Making homemade cheeseMozzarella  is a southern Italian cheese, and is traditionally made with milk from the from Italian water buffalo.

There are two basic ways to make mozzarella, there is the direct acidification of the milk to form the curds or the culture, also known as rennet method.

In both methods, raw milk is pasteurized and then coagulated to form curds.

This is most commonly used in Italian dishes, mozzarella being the number one go-to cheese for pizza.

You can also eat it sprinkled with olive oil or have it with tomatoes and basil.

This soft cheese has a mild, yet creamy taste with a great texture.

We tried our hand at making homemade Mozzarella (crumble style) with organic pasteurized non-homogenized milk and fresh lemon juice.

All you do is bring 2 to 3 cups of organic pasteurized milk to a soft boil, then add the juice of half a lemon. Stir and wait for the curds.

Once the process has stopped making curds, using a slotted spoon, remove the curds to cheese cloth placed over a bowl, so the whey can drain off.

We added lemon-garlic seasoning and Himalayan salt for flavor.

Store cheese in a glass topped with a tight lid. Cheese is crumbly and can be used to top your favorite salads.

Listen to a NPR 2014 interview with Claudia Lucero, the author of, “One-Hour Cheese: Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chèvre, Paneer–Even Burrata. Fresh and Simple Cheeses You Can Make in an Hour or Less!”

Click here How To Make A Faux Cheddar Cheese In One Hour and listen to the 3 minute interview (link opens in a new window at NPR website).


Try This Mozzarella Cheese Recipe: Herb Panko Mozzarella Cheese Sticks


Monterey Jack

Monterey Jack is a semi-hard, cheese make from cow’s milk. It has a mild flavor and is gooey-when-melted.

It is an excellent match for a deli or meat sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, melted over casseroles and chili, and any Latin American dish that calls for cheese, like quesadillas, tacos, and enchiladas.

Peppers are even added during the fermentation process with the end results being a Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese.

There is even a Colby Jack Cheese. A mix of orange cheddar and Monterey Jake Cheese.

Try this: Mexican Chicken Tortilla Pie

Parmigiano-Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese on a table topThis cheese is a hard, granular cheese. In Italian the word “Grana” means “granular” and refers to a texture well-suited for grating.

The hard, granular cheese can be grated and sprinkled over pasta, soups and salads.

It is used in most Italian dishes, as it adds flavor, even to Italian soups.

Parmigiano-Reggiano is aged up to 24 months, to give it that intense, complex flavors it boasts. Nutty, sweet, grassy, creamy, and fruity.

Do you know the difference between Parmesan and Parmigiano-Reggiano?

Actually, they are the same. Parmesan is the English and American form of the Italian word Parmigiano-Reggiano.

There is also evidence that in the 17th to 19th centuries Parmigiano-Reggiano was called Parmesan in Italy and France (History of Parmesan Cheese).

Try this recipe: Creamy Spinach Parmesan Orzo

Gouda

Gouda cheese has a unique flavor that makes it different from other cheeses.

The longer it has been aged, the stronger and sharper flavor it gets. Young gouda cheese has a mild and slightly sweet taste.

The texture of Gouda cheese can be hard, semi-hard, or soft, depending on its age.

There is diversity in the types of gouda cheese.

There is a fenugreek-infused gouda, cumin-rubbed gouda, and a smoked gouda. If you want a new experience, you can try a bacon-filled gouda.

Try this recipe: Herbs De Provence Fried Potatoes Over Smoked Gouda

Swiss Cheese

swiss cheese on a cutting board with a walnut Swiss cheese originated in Switzerland and cow’s milk is used just about 99% of the time. 

There are 450 different kinds of Swiss cheeses, and are put into five categories, which are extra-hard, hard, semi-hard, semi-soft and soft.

The Swiss cheese you may be familiar with has holes, known as eyes. But not all Swiss cheese contains holes.

According to The Nibble, three types of bacteria are used in producing the types of Swiss that contain holes. The bacteria includes, Streptococcus thermophilis, Lactobacillus, and Propionibacter shermani.

In the later stages of cheese production, the bacteria will excrete the lactic acid called P. shermaniconsumes, which releases the gas, known as carbon dioxide, and in turn forms the bubbles that make the “holes” or “eyes.”

The cheese industry refers to Swiss cheese without holes or eyes as “blind.”

Try this recipe to make A Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich – you can use a few slices of Swiss cheese or your favorite cheese.

Cheddar Cheese

cheddar cheese on a cutting board with a small ceramic bowl of jam This cheese is hard and off-white in its natural color, and can be acidic-tasting.

The orange cheddar that most of us are accustom too, is such because a spice called annatto is added.

Cheddar Cheese originated in the British village of Cheddar in Somerset, though this cheese is produced beyond this region today in several countries around the world.

Cheddar is great mixed in salads and eaten with crackers.

It melts well and is often used in Mexican dishes like tacos and fajitas.

It can be added to casseroles as well.

The sharper the cheese the better the taste for your macaroni and cheese.

Or you can use it in a Teriyaki Cheesesteak Sandwich.

Blue Cheese

blue cheese on a cutting board with green grapesBlue cheese is a general made of cow’s milk, though goat’s milk can also be used.

It is called Blue cheese as it has blue or blue-green mold throughout. 

The blue mold in these cheeses is due to mold spores from Penicillium.

Most blue cheeses produced today are either injected with the mold or the mold is mixed right in with the curds to insure even distribution of the mold. 

Early blue cheese makers used bread to start the mold process and waited for the mold to spread naturally to the cheese curds (Food Reference).

This cheese has a strong effect. There’s a reason why spicy hot wings are served with blue cheese dressing.

It cuts the heat well when eaten with spicy things. You can also crumble it on top of salad.

It’s best used closest to its use by date because then it will be at its peak of flavor.

Try this recipe: Blue Cheese and Apricot Crostini.

Pecorino

This Italian cheese is always made from sheep’s milk. The flavor is sharp, nutty and herbaceous.

When using this cheese to prepare a meal, be careful about how much extra salt you add to what you’re cooking, as Pecorino can be quite salty.

A Great Recipe Using Pecorino CheeseGluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon.

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Greek Marinated Chicken With Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad

Greek Marinated Chicken with Butter Lettuce Salad

Greek food or Mediterranean cuisine has a lot of flavors. Such as olives and olive oil  with its three primary flavors: bitterness, pungency (or pepperiness), and fruitiness. There is also lemon juice, cheese, eggplant, zucchini, yogurt, herbs, wine, fish, lamb, poultry, rabbit and pork.

Greek desserts also are known for their use of nuts and honey. Some of the desserts are Baklava, Greek Rice Pudding, and a Quick and Easy Greek Yogurt Dessert, that consists of only 4 ingredients, strained Greek yogurt, sweetened condensed milk, lemon zest and juice.

Greece has a culinary tradition of some 4,000 years. Yes, 4,000 years to perfect their flavorful culinary meals and desserts.

Ancient Greek cuisine rarely included meat in their food preparations as it was not readily available.

But fish was always available, as well as today, their more common source of animal protein.

Their favorite beverages are Portokalada (orangeade) and Lemonada (lemonade). These beverages have been popular in Greece since 1971. These refreshing beverages are served everywhere, in Greek homes, cafes, taverns, and restaurants. They are made with fresh strained orange juice or lemon juice, and mixed with the choice of carbonated water or flat mineral water, and sugar is added to taste.


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Greek Marinated Chicken with Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad

First prepare the marinade for the chicken, then set it aside to prepare the salad dressing. 

Greek Marinated Chicken

1 cup Greek strained yogurt, plain

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

½ tablespoon dried oregano

1 medium lemon

½ teaspoon Himalayan salt

Freshly cracked pepper corns

¼ bunch fresh cilantro

3½ to 4 pounds chicken (mix of drumsticks and thighs)

adding lemon juice to marinade for Greek Marinated Chicken

For the marinade, mix together in a large bowl the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and freshly crushed pepper corns. After mixing ingredients thoroughly, add lemon zest and lemon juice, and mix in.

adding chopped cilantro to marinade for Greek Marinated Chicken

Chop a big handful of cilantro, or about ¼ bunch, and stir it into the marinade. You can use parsley, if cilantro doesn’t agree with your palate.

marinating chicken

Add the chicken pieces and marinade to a large glass bowl, making sure all chicken parts are covered with marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, and place in refrigerator for a least 30 minutes.

While the chicken is marinading, make the Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing for the salad. Here is what you will need.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons pear nectar

1 1/2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon sweet garlic Dijon mustard

One half of a 6-ounce ripe red Bartlett pear, cored and diced, do not peel

1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, with herbs

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly crushed pepper corns

ingredients in a nutri-bullet for Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing

Blend together in a blender, or food processor the oil, pear nectar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, diced pear, cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.

Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing

Pour into your favorite dressing server, or a jar and set aside in the refrigerator.

ready to bake Greek Marinated Chicken

Next preheat your oven to 375 degrees. If it has been 30 minutes, remove chicken from glass bowl and place into a 9 X 13 glass baking dish.

Bake chicken for 45 to 60 minutes or until chicken is cooked (about 165 degrees internal temperature) and golden brown on top. Set aside to cool about 5 minutes.

Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad

1 head butter leaf lettuce, cut into 4 wedges

1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced

1/2 half of a 6 ounce ripe red Bartlett pear, quartered lengthwise, cored and thinly sliced

1/3 cup pecan pieces

1/3 cup dried fruit mix, such as blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and raisins

Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese and Pear Dressing

Place the Butter leaf lettuce wedges on 4 salad plates or one side of a dinner plate. Arrange the avocado slices, pear slices, pecan pieces, and dried fruit over the lettuce. Drizzle with the dressing.

close-up Greek Marinated Chicken with Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad

Next add to each plate two pieces of cooked Greek Marinated Chicken and serve.

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Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole

Brussels sprouts look like mini-cabbages more than anything are packed with vitamins and minerals that support a healthy immune system. Their highly nutritious, and extremely versatile in preparation with a number of different recipes.

With a variety of options for how to add them to your diet, you won’t ever get bored with these perfectly crafted vegetables made by nature for you.

brussels sproutsWhat Are Brussels Sprouts?

These little cabbages are grown for their edible buds and may have gotten their name from Brussels, Belgium, where they are believed to have originated and are highly popular. Ancestors of the modern Brussels sprout were most likely cultivated in ancient Rome, but the sprouts we know and love today were likely grown as early as the 13th century in Belgium (Wikipedia).

Nutrition of Brussels Sprouts

They are a small round leafy vegetable, and are packed with phytonutrients, including protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

brussels sprouts in the gardenThe vitamins include, vitamin C and K , some B-complex vitamins, like B-6, and folate. The minerals include, trace amounts of selenium, copper, zinc and manganese, iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

Brussels sprouts are also a great source of vitamin A, which is an antioxidant required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin, and promoting optimal eye health, reducing the risk of macular degeneration.

They can also cause gas and bloating if eaten raw, as they have an enzyme that is difficult to digest. Cooking them breaks this enzyme down and the nutrition of the vegetable becomes more bio-available to the body.

Brussels Spouts and Cancer

Vegetables rich with vitamins A and C have shown to offer protection against some cancers such as oral cavity, and lung cancer. The extent of cancer-protection in Brussels sprouts is still widely researched, but findings hint that this vegetable among others, can help fight cancer causing agents, as well cleansing the body of toxins.

Preparing Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts can be roasted in the oven, used in stir-fry’s, shredded and used in salads, added to soups, casseroles, pasta dishes, and used as garnish around poultry and fish.

There is really no right or wrong way to prepare them!

Now that we have your taste buds going, let’s present our featured recipe: Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole, and here is what you will need.

Creamy Brussels Sprouts Casserole

1 – 8 ounce package, cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup sour cream

1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms (optional)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tablespoons butter (or coconut butter)

1 ½ pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, ends cut off

Optional to use 2 packages – 10 ounces each of frozen Brussels sprouts, thawed and drained

3/4 cup shredded cheese, your choice, cheddar, Monterey, Mozzarella, goat cheese, or any hard cheese

Heat Oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Set aside.

In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Stir in Brussels sprouts. Remove from the heat and stir in cream cheese mixture.

Grease a 2 quart baking dish, and spoon mixture in spreading out evenly.

Cover dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Make 6-8 servings

Enjoy as a stand alone dish, or as a side dish with your favorite meat recipe.

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Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette

Your diet has a large impact on nitric oxide (N-O) production. Beets, spinach, kale and any leafy greens are rich in nitrates. As you chew these foods the good bacteria in your saliva converts the nitrates into nitrites. Once in the stomach, the digestion continues acting on the nitrites and converts them to nitric oxide, among other compounds.

The antioxidants contained in these vegetables react with the nitrogen dioxide produced by the digestion process, scavenging the oxygen molecule, to reduce it to still more nitric oxide. Once completely digested, the N-O is then absorbed through the intestinal tract and pasted into the bloodstream.

Why should all of this be of interest to you? Because nitric oxide circulates through your body helping to keep it alive.  Your heart uses it to keep pumping vital nutrients and oxygen throughout your body.

N-O is also produced in the lining of our arteries, but as we age the body does not produce as much nitric oxide. Studies show as you complete your 4th decade of life, your body is only making about half, if not less then half of what it made when you were 20.

That is why it is important to eat a variety of nitric oxide containing plants, and our featured recipe fits the bill.

Our featured recipe is: Red Kale Beets and Sweet Cilantro Vinaigrette, and here is what you will need.

Sweet Cilantro Lime VinaigretteWe’ll start with the vinaigrette. 

1 cup packed cilantro

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup lime juice ( 1 small lime)

1/4 cup orange juice

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of minced garlic or 1/8 teaspoon of powered garlic

2 – 3 teaspoons of coconut sugar (optional)

Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor, and blend or process until smooth.

Place into a jar with a tighten lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

For the salad you will need:

2 cups red kale, about 3 steams

1/3 cup beets, steam, and diced ( 1 small beet or 3 baby beets)

2 -3 tablespoons pine nuts

3 – 4 tablespoons goat cheese

Remove leaf parts of kale from steams and wash under fresh cool water. Next cut kale into smaller bite sizes portions with a pare of kitchen shears and arrange on a dinner plate.

You have the option to use canned beets (preferably organic grown), dicing the sliced beets into 1/2 inch squares. If you chose to use fresh beets, slice the beets, about 1 inch slices, and place into a steamer, until slightly soft. Remove, and cool a bit, and dice into 1/2 inch squares, making a 3rd of a cup. Arrange the beets over the kale.

Next add the pine nuts and goat cheese. Drizzle with Sweet Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette, and enjoy with slices of olive bread (we used an olive bread made with olive oil and black olives, no canola oil) or your favorite bread .

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Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Leafy greens with are full of nutritional benefits. They include vitamins A, C, K, B complex, minerals and antioxidants.

Now include things like fennel, raspberries, wheat berries, fresh basil, onion, raw honey, and olive oil, and you have a real nutritiously good plate of food.

How so? Well, let’s examine some of those fresh food ingredients.

Fennel

Fennel Bulb

Fennel is a hardy perennial plant, that is documented as an herb, and all parts of the plant are eaten.

The fennel has yellow flowers and feathery leaves. It is a native plant to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Because of its highly aromatic smell and flavor, it has found its way, becoming naturalized in many parts of the world, especially on dry soils near the sea-coast and on riverbanks.

Fennel has found its way into culinary dishes and the medicine cabinet, as it has medicinal uses as well.

The seeds are used whole or are ground into a powder and used in many culinary dishes of India, Pakistan, Ground fennel seedAfghanistan, Iran, and the Middle East.

Fennel has 360 mg of potassium per serving. And Accor to the American Heart Association the more foods that contain potassium that you eat can help keep your blood pressure in normal range.

Raspberries

Bowl of red raspberries According to Lisa R Young, PhD, RDN, author of the book Finally Full, Finally Slim, raspberries are high in the antioxidant vitamin C, perfect for immune health. They also contain the mineral potassium which may help lower blood pressure.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the more potassium you eat, the more sodium you lose when you go to the bathroom. Having less sodium in your system can help ease the tension for your blood vessel walls, which causes high blood pressure.

Raspberries contain 186 milligrams of potassium per cup, which is about 5% of the average daily recommended value.

Fresh Basil

One of the most significant benefits of basil is its contribution to maintaining cardiac health.

The herb is an excellent source of vitamin A, promoting healthy blood vessels and minimizing cholesterol buildup inside the blood vessels.

Basil varieties Depending on the variety, basil can be green, white or purple with a scent reminiscent of lemon, cloves, cinnamon, anise, camphor or thyme.

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad

4 cups of red leaf salad, or leafy spring greens

4 cups basil, fresh

1 fennel, thinly sliced

2 cups raspberries, fresh

1 medium red onion, sliced

6 to 8 ounces goat cheese

1 cup farro or wheat berries, cooked

Raw Honey Vinaigrette

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon raw honey

Make the vinaigrette by adding vinegar, oil, and honey to a jar, cover and shake to combine, and set aside.

Next take the goat cheese and shape into small balls, about 1 inch round, and set aside.

Wheat Berry cooking in olive oilToast cooked wheat berry in one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, about 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

Building the Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese SaladStart building the fresh salad by first spreading the leafy greens over a salad platter. Next add the sliced red onion, then the sliced fennel, and lastly the chopped basil.

illustration of chopping basilChop the basil last as it can brown after the inner parts of the leaf act with the air.

It is better to tear the leaves apart, but if you act quickly, you can use a knife to cut several at a time.

As shown in the image, we collected together three leaves, rolled them up and made 4 or 5 slices across the rolled basil. 

The process can go fast, and the basil will not brown. Make sure though, the knife you will use to cut the basil is sharp.

Fresh Basil Raspberry and Goat Cheese Salad - close up

After building the salad take the goat cheese balls, and roll them in the toasted wheat berries and arrange them on the salad platter.

Next add the raspberries, and drizzle the Raw Honey Vinaigrette over the salad. Plate and serve.

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Food Parts That Are Still Surprisingly Useful

Food Parts That Are Still Surprisingly Useful

Don’t toss the food scrapes just yet! You can still use them to make or prepare something you may never given any thought too.

Watermelon Rinds

Watermelon rind has nutritional benefits. It contain vitamin-C and vitamin B-6, both great for skin, immunity, and the nervous system. Here’s something that maybe a surprise to you the rinds may help your sex life. A 2008 study at Texas A&M University research reported that watermelon rinds have high concentrations of a compound called citrulline, which the body converts into an amino acid that helps improve circulation and relax blood vessels.

After cutting up a watermelon save those rinds and blend them into a fruit smoothie, or try using them in a stir-fry. The rinds when cooked have a zucchini-like texture, with a slightly sweeter flavor.

Banana Peels

A 2013 study found that around 40 million tons of banana peels are thrown in the trash and go unused worldwide. Did you know you can use the peels to heal wounds, just rub the pulp side on bruises and scrapes to deliver potassium to heal the wound.  Soak the peels in a jar of water, for a few days, then mix five parts water to one part banana-water, and fertilize your potted plants .

The Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2011) wrote that banana peels contain carotenoids and polyphenols, which are thought to help prevent diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Wash the peel in water then blend into a fruit smoothie. India boasts a dry vegetable curry using chopped banana peels boiled with turmeric powder and salt, then mixed with other ingredients, such as mustard seeds, green chilies, and cabbage.

Sweet Potato Peelings

After peeling a sweet potato, use the peels help lighten those persistent dark circles under the eyes. Even some have used the peels as a remedy to fad away freckles and age spots o the skin. It’s the enzyme called catecholase in the potatoes that give the peelings of the sweet potato this ability.

Stale Bread

Stale bread has always been used to make crumbs or croutons But did you can know you can run stale bread through your spice or coffee grinders to remove any leftover odors or residue?

If you have smudges or marks on the walls, including crayon marks, stale bread can help. First remove the crust, then wipe the marks or smudges with a soft cloth, then rub semi-stale bread against it. The sponge like texture will work like a store bought cleaning eraser.

Onion Skin‘s

The wrapping around onions is rich in the nutrient quercetin, a plant pigment that helps to prevent your arteries from clogging, and helping with lowering blood sugar, and reducing inflammation.

A 2011 study reported that in the European Union alone, around 500,000 tons of onion skins go to waist each year. Though the onion skin is not palatable, you can reap the health benefits by tossing the onion skins into beef, chicken or vegetable broth while cooking soups and stews. The out come will be a rich, flavorful soup. Don’t for get to remove the skin before serving.

Olive Oil

Do you have a bottle of olive oil that has lost its fragrant taste? Will don’t toss it. There are still ways to use it.

Do you have a pair of paints that has a zipper that just won’t budge? Dab some oilve oil on the teeth of the zipper to make it zip again. You can even use it to wipe off eye makeup. Surprised? Just try it and see for yourself.

Other uses include rubbing into the leaves of potted plants to make them shine and look healthier, or even use to polish your leather shoes.

Swiss Chard Stalks

Those of us that use Swiss chard, always toss the stalks, but wait, German researchers reported that the stalks contain glutamine an amino acid , which boosts the immune system, and can also aid the body to recover from surgery and heal wounds.

Cut the stalks into one-inch cubes, roast for about 20 minutes, and season with lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. Add a whole Swiss chard (stalks included) to the blender for a powerful boost to your green juice or smoothie.

If none of the for gone ideas sound appealing to you, you can toss those scrapes into a mulch bend to add to the soil in your garden. Even if you don’t garden, give your scrapes off to a friend who does, or to your local community garden.

 

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Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

(close up) Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese SaladAutumn gives way to cold days and nights. Just about all colors in nature have faded and plant life has gone dormant. But colors of nature are always at work, and they can be found in the foods we consume through the winter months.

Like Belgian endive, which peaks in late November and is generally available through early spring. Also available year round, are Brussels sprouts, which normally peak in the fall to early winter.

Through the winter we can obtain artichoke, bok choy, snow peas, and water cress. Of course most of that produce is green in color.

If you want to see color then feast your eyes on the red beets  as well as green and red apples, including green and red pears.

Fall winter produceThere is also oranges, blood oranges with its sweet red colored flesh, red pomegranates, and yellowish parsnips.

Not to forget cream skinned butternut squash with a deep orange hue colored flesh, and that brings us to our feature recipe: Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad.

Here at Splendid recipes and More we keep the health conscience in mind who not only wish to eat healthy, but also wish to know the nutrient value of the food they consume.

Butternut squash has folate which helps to build a strong heart and prevent a heart attack. The function of folate is to work against compounds that compromise the structure of the blood vessels. A correlation between consuming foods that contain folate and reduced incidences of colon cancer.

Researchers have found that a vitamin A deficiency, caused by A carcinogen in cigarette smoke, contributes to a vitamin-A deficiency, which leads to the debilitating disease of emphysema. Any winter squash including butternut squash, are rich in vitamin-A, which research suggests  could protect against emphysema.

It would be ideal to stop smoking, a diet rich in vitamin A and beta-cryptoxanthin may protect lung health if a person choose not to quit or is daily exposed to cigarette smoke.

Now for the recipe, and here is what you will need.

1 lb. chicken breast, fat trimmed

1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, sliced 2 to 3 inches long by ½ inch wide

8 cups baby spinach, washed

2/3 cup fresh goat cheese

½ cup pecan pieces

2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Himalayan salt

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Carrot and Ginger Dressing

seasoned roasted chicken breast - Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Arrange chicken breasts onto a glass baking dish, and sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder according to taste. Place into a 350 degree oven and roast 10 minutes. Turn breast over and reapply salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and roast another 10 minutes. Check internal temperature of meat, if it is at least 160 degrees remove meat and set aside.

roasted butternut squash -  Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese SaladPrepare butternut squash and place into a large bowl, but only after spooning in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Roast in oven on 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes or just until squash is baked but not soft. Remove from oven and set aside.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash with Spinach and Goat Cheese SaladUsing four dinner plates, plate each with 2 cups of spinach.

Top with sliced chicken breast (about 4 to 5 slices) and 5 to 6 slices of roasted squash.

Top with pecans, and cheese, then pour on the Carrot and Ginger dressing (purchased at Whole foods Market). Serve and enjoy!

Salad can be eaten warm or cold, and served with fresh sourdough bread and real butter.

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Fried Egg Snap Pea & Sweet Pepper Salad

Fried Egg Snap Peas and Sweet Pepper Salad

We were really hungry, but could not decide on what to fix to satisfy the hunger pains. When the fridge door was opened the eggs were staring at me, and I had recalled seeing a few recipes lately that had salads prepared and topped with a fried egg. With the examining of all the rest of the food items in the refridgerator, this was the idea we came up with: Fried Egg Snap Pea and Sweet Pepper Salad.

Take a look at the protein this recipe packs.

A 1-cup serving of cooked snap peas contains 10 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber, and these are the right carbs for your body’s source of energy.

A 1/2-cup serving snap peas contains 2 grams of protein. Snap peas also contain potassium a mineral needed for building proteins and muscle, and it also helps control the acid-base balance in your body.

1 ounce of sweet peppers (red, yellow, orange, and green) has about 0.28 grams of protein.

A 1-cup serving of cooked eggplant contains less than 0.82 g protein.

The mixed greens have from 4 to 5 grams of protein in a 1 cup serving.

One large 2 oz. whole egg without the shell contains 6 grams protein. Of this protein, 3 grams is contained in the egg yolk and 3 grams in the egg white.

We are showing the amounts of protein that is contained in this recipe because you could have it for breakfast. The protein and the fiber contained in the vegetables and mixed greens, can control your blood glucose to healthy levels, also providing extended energy. Which fills you up longer, and you won’t snack on junk food before lunch.

In other words this salad is great to help you control a healthy weight. Here is what you will need.

The preparation is for one serving, you will increase each ingredient depending on the number of servings you want.

Sweet peppers and snap peas

In a large mixing bowl, adding to the bowl first, 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt, a few pinches of black pepper, juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1 tablespoon of organic honey, 1/2 teaspoon of dried basil, and 4 tablespoons of avocado oil. Next add about 10 snap peas, 1 each of  red, orange, and yellow mini-sweet peppers sliced into strips without the seeds.

mixed greens

Next add two handfuls of mixed greens.

Frying egg plant and egg

Next, in a heated frying pan with a little avocado oil, fry some chopped eggplant, about 1/3 of a cup. Add that to the mixing bowl with the other ingredients and mix all together until all is well coated with the wet ingredients. In the same frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of butter, add on large egg with 1 tablespoon of water, place a lid over the egg and fry for 1 minute.

Close up Fried Egg Snap Pea and Sweet Pepper Salad

Plate the salad greens, top that with the fried egg and serve. If you wish you can top that with some goat cheese, which adds more protein to this meal. Also serve with a slice of sourdough bread and enjoy!!

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