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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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

Side Dishes, Veggies

Healthy Baked Broccoli Bites

This is a quick, easy, and tasty way to prepare broccoli!  Chop into bite-size pieces: Then coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper: Spread the pieces out on a baking tray, making sure they aren't touching each other too much (you want them to bake, not steam each other). Bake at 350 degrees for approximately… Continue reading Healthy Baked Broccoli Bites

Potatoes, Side Dishes, Veggies

The simplest recipe for baked sweet potatoes.

You guys, I just made myself the most amazing snack, and it was so, so easy: I came home from the most beautiful hike, and I was hungry. I rinsed off a sweet potato, cut it in half, and then coated both sides lightly in olive oil. I then wrapped it in tinfoil, and tossed it in… Continue reading The simplest recipe for baked sweet potatoes.

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