Blanch Your Peas, Make a Crisp Twist on Side Salad

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With St. Patrick’s Day and spring just around the corner, I was inspired to make one of my favorite, bright green veggie dishes this weekend: a spring pea, asparagus and mint salad. This salad includes a combination of fresh and frozen produce, is simple, packed full of flavor and filled with a powerhouse of nutrients.

Asparagus is packed with folate and vitamin C, and contains fiber. Added to the asparagus are green peas, which are rich in vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of fiber and folate. I prefer to use as many fresh ingredients as possible, but I used frozen peas for this recipe. Fresh peas can be more difficult to find in the store, and using frozen ones can help reduce the cost of the salad. Read more… “Blanch Your Peas, Make a Crisp Twist on Side Salad”

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    Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad

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    Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. These legumes are part of the family of pulses, which also include beans, peas and chickpeas. They are rich in nutrients, inexpensive and versatile.

    Lentils are also hearty enough that they make a great alternative to meat in salads, soups, and burgers. This lentil salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes because it’s simple to prepare with a unique, tasty combination of spices and flavors. Read more… “Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad”

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      Sorghum, a new gluten-free grain for your risotto

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      If you’re from the South there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the grain that is showing up more in stores and products: sorghum. Southerners have been using sorghum syrup as a sweetener for years. Sorghum is an ancient grain that is a staple crop in India and throughout Africa. Here in the US, it’s gaining in popularity due to its strong health benefits and versatile uses.

      This grain has a nice mild flavor, is naturally gluten-free and packed full of nutrients.

      All sorghum is whole grain – containing higher levels of fiber, protein and minerals than most other grains. It’s also rich in phytochemicals that may protect against cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Sorghum comes in a range of colors with darker colored grains containing unique compounds. Read more… “Sorghum, a new gluten-free grain for your risotto”

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