Archive for December 30, 2013

Recipe – Basic Pea Salad

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(picture of) The ‘Simply Delicious’ Pea Salad

Ingredients:

You will only need 4 ingredients for this delicious recipe:

  • 1 15 oz. can of green peas
  • 4 medium chopped boiled eggs
  • 3 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. of Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  • Carefully place eggs in a small to medium size pot.
  • Add enough water to cover the eggs and boil them for 10-15 minutes or until they begin to crack.
  • Once they are boiled run cold water over them until they are cool to the touch.
  • Remove the shells and dice. Make sure that you drain the water from the canned peas.
  • In a large bowl add all of your ingredients and begin mixing with a large wooden spoon.
  • Mix until everything is well blended and comes together nicely.
  • Just in case your mixture is to dry add another tablespoon of mayonnaise.
  • Chef Ann’s Tip: Always remember to taste your food before serving; you may need to add a bit more seasoning [aka “season to taste”].

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Yield: 6 servings


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NOTE: This is the basic recipe, I plan to offer the “Simply Delicious” version as a bonus for those who complete the poll and contact form [so we can email the “Simply Delicious” Pea Salad recipe].


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The Benefits of Spinach

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Originally posted on theCaregiversHCS.com; I provide additional information here

Nutrition of Spinach

Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants. The calcium content is good for bones. The A and C vitamins plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Another benefit is folate, your friend that, lowers the amount of homocysteine [a protein that damages arteries] in your blood.

Helps in prevention

So spinach also helps protect against heart disease. The flavonoids help protect against age related memory loss. The secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly.


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Ann’s tip:

The next time you want a salad, make it with fresh (thoroughly washed) spinach and imagine how healthy your body will be.

A little extra information

Did you know Lenexa, KS is considered the “spinach capital of the world”?

“It may play a role in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration, and the degeneration of the immune and neurological systems.” an excerpt from drugs.com‘s “usage of spinach”

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Olive Pomace Oil is not For Eating

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Pomace (Photo credit: Lance and Erin)

Olive pomace oil is good for industrial purposes; keep pomace olive oil away from your kitchen. Used by permission from Olive-oilz.com

Pomace: the pulpy residue remaining after fruit has been crushed in order to extract its juice.

How olive pomace oil is made?

A genuine extra virgin olive oil is extracted by mechanical means only. By the definition of the International Olive Council (a UN organization) “(olive oil is) oil obtained solely from the fruit of the olive tree, to the exclusion of oils obtained using solvents or re-esterification processes”. After the genuine extra virgin olive oil is extracted, the residue that includes the pomace, the pits, the fruit skins and even leaves and stems is left over. Amazingly, it still contains olive oil, another 3-5% that was not extracted by the mechanical process. View the detailed process of making genuine olive oil.

Re-esterification: the chemical process of reconstructing fatty acids from triglycerides

In our modern times, growers and oil producers do not like the idea of waste; every penny counts. So, they dissolve the pulp in hexane (a derivative of crude oil) to chemically extract the “olive oil” (remember – by definition this oil cannot be marked as olive oil). The oil that was thus “extracted” (the producers sometimes call it second press) is heated up to evaporate the hexane. If the producer is eager to make a quicker buck, he heats up excessively (above the “safe” temperature of 195 degrees F, 90 degrees C), rendering the olive void of all its health benefits. Even worse, carcinogenic substances like benzopyrene show their ugly face.

Olive oil is the only oil that can be pressed out from its fruit or from vegetables. All other oils are extracted by solvents, heating and refining. One example is canola oil. Pomace olive oil is therefore not better than canola oil, soy oil and corn oil and its production process makes it dangerous in the kitchen. Sensible countries such as Spain, Germany and New Zealand banned the use of pomace oil as a food. Pomace oil can however be used successfully for industrial applications such as lubrication, bio-diesel and alike.

What are the dangers in eating pomace olive oil?

Whether sold as is, or mixed with virgin olive oil, or sold under fancy names, olive pomace oil consumption is risky. As I wrote above the production of olive pomace oil can produce benzoperene. Benzoperene can be found in coal tar (a resultant of wood fire), volcano eruptions and cigarette smoke. It presents health risks such as accelerated aging of cells and increasing the probability of carcinogenic cell mutations.

image of olive oil in decanterI recommend that you read the chapter titled “Industrial Oil” in Tom Muller’s book’s Extra Virginity – The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil. Once you read it you will see the scandalous side of the olive oil industry; this will disabuse you from the idea of using anything but high quality virgin olive oil.

 

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Welcome to My Kitchen

Finally my own website

Have you ever pursued a dream and wondered why it took so long to become reality? Well this is the result of one of my dreams, WELCOME!

My desire is to make you comfortable and want to return often. How do I plan to do this?

Recipes – from my heart to your table

 

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Nutrition

You know it helps to know a little more than just following someones recipes. Are you swamped with the cares of everyday living with little time for research?  Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a single place to go for help? I will do my best to provide helpful links to articles and the benefits of my knowledge and research… Who loves you, I do and I want the best for you!

Health – not many of us are blessed with high metabolisms

Have you found that you need to make lifestyle changes? Let me infuse my 26 years of care giving into your life. I offer insights from a caring perspective…

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This is my signature salad
“Ann’s Garden Delight”

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Try this healthy whole grain vegetarian pizza for lunch, dinner or anytime!

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The Benefits of Vitamin C

Vitamin C offers more than you might think

Most of us think of vitamin C as an immune booster, but let us look a bit deeper into this wonderful vitamin. Did you know that Vitamin C can slash your risk of heart attack and stroke?

It promotes healthy arteries by increasing your body’s production of collagen, which is a “reinforcement molecule” Vitamin C also promotes healthy gums by supporting your connective tissue. Thereby lowering our risk of heart trouble.  Because our body’s cannot make its own Vitamin C and can not store it either, we lose it every time we void.

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Eat your Vitamin C

Here is a list of the top 10 foods that have the highest levels of Vitamin C.
  1. Hot Chili Peppers
  2. Guavas
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Thyme
  5. Parsley
  1. Raw Kale
  2. Kiwi
  3. Papayas
  4. Oranges
  5. Strawberries
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“Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold (though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.” [Courtesy of WebMD ©2013, WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved]
So on that note I will encourage you to go right out and get a fresh dose of this vitamin right away!
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