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

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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, 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

Creative Food Combinations, One-Container Meals, Salads

Kale salad: avocado, bacon, apple & pomegranate (a little b. good inspiration!)

I think it must be a well-known fact by now that I am officially obsessed with this healthy, "fast" food chain we have on the East Coast called b. good. Pretty much everything on the menu is super healthy, and they have a really interesting way of combining ingredients in a way you wouldn't expect,… Continue reading Kale salad: avocado, bacon, apple & pomegranate (a little b. good inspiration!)

Chicken Dishes, Creative Food Combinations, Dinner, One-Container Meals, Soup

Chicken, Bacon & Wild Rice Soup (from Pinch of Yum)

Pinch of Yum is a really great food blog I've been following a long time.  In addition to their wide range of recipes, Lindsay and Bjork also offer a lot of great advice on topics such as food photography and making an income with your blog. Yesterday I followed their recipe for Chicken Bacon Wild Rice… Continue reading Chicken, Bacon & Wild Rice Soup (from Pinch of Yum)

Nutrition Advice

Coffee: a great tool for dealing with chronic pain

Coffee is probably my favorite substance on earth.  It makes me feel amazing, helps me wake up on a morning when I haven't had enough sleep, and even takes away some of my pain. For a long time I felt a little bit guilty about drinking it because there is so much written about the… Continue reading Coffee: a great tool for dealing with chronic pain

Side Dishes, Veggies

Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrots, and Parsnips

Just a veggie "roasting kit" from Whole Foods.  It came out to about 3 servings, which is perhaps not the best value for $5.99, however, in the interest of time and convenience and not having to chop things, it was worth it. I know... this is probably a somewhat boring post.  I know.  But one of my… Continue reading Oven-Roasted Butternut Squash, Carrots, and Parsnips