Month: June 2015

What are Garlic Scapes?

We went to the farmers market this morning, and my husband was intrigued by what looked like a bunch of long curly green onions.  But we knew they were not onions! We asked and were informed they were “garlic flowers”.  We got home, looked it up, and found out they were Garlic Scapes!  What the heck is a garlic scape?  We asked the same question.  And so we investigated and purchased some and went home and made scrambled eggs with sauteed garlic scapes and baby asparagus.  Yum.   Garlic scapes are the soft, lime-green-colored stems and unopened flower buds of hard-neck garlic varieties. Scapes have a mild garlic flavor and a slight sweetness, which makes them a prized addition in the kitchen. You can find them in the early summer and mid-fall at farmers’ markets. What to do with them? There are some great links at the bottom of this page.  Also: Roast them! Place the scapes in a hot pan with olive oil and pan-roast them for 2 minutes, or until golden brown. Add …

Pan Perfect

Cooking and being organic is great, but it doesn’t do you a lot of good if you’re using a non-stick pan that causes carcinogenic or toxic substances to deposit on your food.  When I went to Food As Medicine, (an amazing medical conference about cutting edge nutrition research and how food can heal us), we got some great advice from their resident chefs, including basic skillets to purchase for your kitchen. The list is pictured at the bottom of this post.  But I will also add my 22 cents about other pots you should consider.  Here they are, in order of importance: A heavy but reasonably priced Cast Iron Skillet — They are honestly the BEST thing you can do for yourself.  They never warp, and the one we bought in 1975 at a garage sale we still have and use! I’ve gifted all my kids and their friends getting married with them.  You can find them online, they are not expensive, and the brands they have below (Lodge) are what we own. All-Clad or other …

Fasting 101

Okay, there’s been a lot in the media lately about fasting.  Here’s my take on it based on research and what I learned at Food As Medicine. There are amazing immune and cardiac benefits to fasting, in addition to weight loss.  But, you must do it correctly. The benefits are so startling it is worth considering incorporating fasting into your lifestyle as a routine practice.  The type of fasting I will talk about here is INTERMITTENT fasting, and specifically, the kind that only goes for 15-18 hours.  According to the latest research, you get most of the benefits of a fast without the torture of not eating for long periods without eating. Intermittent fasting is: A 15-18 hour period of not eating (eg;  eat dinner, then eat your next meal 15-18 hours later) done 1-2/week on average You can drink water, tea and coffee while you are fasting (non-calorie beverages – NO SODA) People who intermittently fast get benefits in 14-18 hours.  Here’s why:  increased Autophagy.  Autophagy is a normal physiological process in the body …

Raw Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites

I’m always looking for snacks that are low sugar and have some protein, but taste good!  I made these today, and they are good!  So, throw this all in your food processor with the metal blade, and violà!  You have a snack that will give you some holding power. Why does it have holding power?  It has three crucial ingredients:  fiber from dates, fat and protein from nuts.  Some things are this simple! Raw Dark Chocolate “Brownie Bites” Ingredients for ~ 12 balls: 1 ½ Cups Raw Walnut Halves 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract ¼ Cup Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder 10 Medjool Dates, pitted Grind the above ingredients in a food processor. Continue processing until a dough-like texture is formed. Scoop out the mixture and roll into bite sized balls. Store in frig until ready to eat!  Yum.   Here are some finished Brownie Bites ready to eat!