Thursday, June 23, 2011

Giveaway and Buffalo Chicken Chili From Joy Bauer

From the Today Show, Joy Bauer is their nutritionist. Her two new books one on health Food Cures and a  cookbook, Slim & Scrumptious,  these two books have recipes that are healthy and original. I am presenting one of her recipes today from her cookbook Buffalo Chicken Chili,  this is just the start of many wonderful recipes in this recipe book! After reviewing the books she so graciously sent me, I was offered the opportunity to give away 4 more books to my readers!!!!
So lets get going on this great giveaway, enter now to win!  Remember there will be  four Giveaway Winners! To enter read the rules at the end! Giveaway ends on July 9th @ 11:58 EST.

Here's Joy's Recipe from slim & scrumptious!



6 carrot cleaned and sliced half moon style
6 stalks celery sliced
6 cloves minced garlic
2 pounds ground chicken breast 99% lean
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups low sodium vegetable or tomato juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Topping 1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles

Coat large pot with oil spray. Preheat on medium.
Add carrots, celery,  stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes, add water, a tablespoon at a time as necessary to prevent scorching. Add garlic and saute 1 minute. Add ground chicken. Saute 5 minutes until chicken is cooked. Sprinkle in chili powder and flour stir quickly to distribute them evenly. Add vegetable juice and hot sauce bring to a boil. Heat on low and simmer partially covered stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes.
While chili is simmering, prepare blue cheese topping. In a small bowl mash sour cream and blue cheese with a fork till well combined. Set aside.
Season the chili with the salt. Ladle chili into bowl and top with blue cheese topping. Enjoy!!

Optional: ( Fat free sharp cheddar cheese and jalapenos ( adapted to how my family likes it, cheese is a must!)


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Home Grown Basil, Insalata Caprese and Health Benefits

Basil is a popular herb in Italian cooking, particularly in pesto. This fragrant and flavorful herb, a relative of peppermint, is an excellent, nutritious addition to your pasta sauce, pesto's,  soup, or salad. I love to grow a variety of these herbs, this is one of many plants I grow at home. You can grow them in pots, organic soil is best.

An array of flavonoids exist in basil, which help to protect cells and chromosomes from damage. Essential oil of basil has been shown to inhibit the growth of several types of bacteria, many of which have become resistant to antibiotics. This essential oil has been found to inhibit growth of the widespread staphylococcus, enterococcus, pseudomonas, and e. coli bacteria, among others.

Adding basil to your vinaigrette will both enhance the flavor, and ensure that the fresh salad greens are safe to eat.

Basil is also a good source of vitamin A, which helps to prevent damage to the cells by free radicals. Vitamin A also prevents free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the blood stream, preventing the cholesterol from building up in the blood vessels.

Magnesium is also present in basil. This essential mineral helps the heart and blood vessels to relax, improving blood flow. Other nutrients found in basil include iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
The fresh, spicy flavor and scent of basil will wake up any boring salad or soup. Use fresh basil whole, or shredded to add a burst of flavor to your dinner. If you are using fresh basil in a cooked dish, add it towards the end of cooking, so that the oils will not be dissipated by the heat.

Insalata Caprese is a simple salad, using tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil.

1/2 pound, fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4 inch thick.
2 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick.
1 cup fresh basil leaves.
salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil.
On a serving plate, arrange the mozzarella and tomato around the edge, alternating mozzarella and tomato slices.
Basil leaves, and place them on top of the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
Just before serving, drizzle the extra virgin olive oil over the salad.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Healthiest Foods and Grilled Honey Salmon



Have you ever wondered if there exists a list of the healthiest foods around? If you were to search "healthy foods list" on the internet, you would get a wide range of results. Some of these foods include blueberries, sweet potatoes, salmon and spinach.
I try to use these foods in as many ways as I can in different recipes and combinations. Try a few of these recipes yourself, and find out how easy and delicious healthy eating can be.


4 5 oz. salmon fillets
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 Tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves, chopped fine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

lemon slices optional

Preparation:
Preheat grill and lightly spray with cooking oil.
Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on grates coated with cooking spray. In a small dish, whisk together the oil, honey, and garlic and set aside. Sprinkle the salmon fillets evenly with the salt and black pepper. Using a basting brush, spread the honey mixture evenly over the salmon fillets. Grill until salmon flakes easily. Serve on a bed of sauteed spinach.

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