Nutrition Advice

New study finds that extra-virgin olive oil can help preserve memory and prevent dementia

In a study published online June 21 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, the researchers show that the consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease. The Temple team also identified the mechanisms… Continue reading New study finds that extra-virgin olive oil can help preserve memory and prevent dementia

Creative Food Combinations, Cultural Cuisines, Dinner, Side Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes

Homemade Peanut Sauce

This is a peanut sauce recipe that I modified, after following the recipe that came in this Hello Fresh kit.  (It goes over a great lime-marinated beef and broccoli stir fry).  I thought their version came out a little too thin and heavy on the soy sauce flavor, so here how I'll make it if and… Continue reading Homemade Peanut Sauce

Side Dishes, Vegetarian Dishes, Veggies

Zucchini, Onion & Chickpea Side Salad with Arugula (Hello Fresh)

I thought this was a creative little side salad idea from Hello Fresh.  It actually came out super tasty. I can't give you the whole recipe here, but just so you get the idea: You start out by sauteeing the chopped onion and zucchini in olive oil, because they take the longest to cook: Then… Continue reading Zucchini, Onion & Chickpea Side Salad with Arugula (Hello Fresh)

Creative Food Combinations, Dinner, One-Container Meals, Pasta, Side Dishes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian Dishes

Cheese Tortellini with Melted Goat Cheese & Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

In my last post, I described a pretty easy way to cook broccoli rabe (blanching it in cold water, and then sauteing it in olive oil). You can then use that broccoli rabe to make this dish. It's super simple: You just boil the tortellini (I used an 8 oz package of fresh Bertoli tortellini,… Continue reading Cheese Tortellini with Melted Goat Cheese & Sauteed Broccoli Rabe

Side Dishes, Veggies

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic

Broccoli rabe (also known as "rapini") is one of those vegetables I've been meaning to learn to cook for a long time.  I finally tackled it the other day before incorporating it into a dish with tortellini and goat cheese (that recipe is coming next!). I have to be honest, it didn't come out perfect… Continue reading Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic

Random Healthy Living Info

Apparently gargling with salt water really does help fight colds

So this obviously not a recipe-related post, but if your winter has gone anything like mine, chances are you might find it useful! I have been sick way too often this winter, and I've been looking for every possible way to fight back against this trend. I'd always heard the advice about gargling with salt… Continue reading Apparently gargling with salt water really does help fight colds