Tooting My Own Horn: My Bean Homework Is Completed!

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With two kids under the age of 11 and one husband who still sometimes acts like a kid :-), you can well imagine that the topic of tooting comes up a lot in our house. I will spare you the gassy details, but suffice it to say, toots and beans, beans and toots, toots and pretty much anything {we can always blame it on the dog!} make for a lot of giggling at Casa Stewart. If you're wondering what all this tooting talk is leading up to, let me just tell you, that today I am tooting my own horn, because I finally finished the "Bean Homework" … [Read more...]

A Days Worth of {Delicious} Recipes for Skin Cancer Prevention

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Loaded with phytonutrients, this triple pepper kale dip may play a role in skin cancer prevention. I've been celebrating Celiac Awareness all month long, but there is another important celebration going on in May that is near and dear to my heart, and that is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.  I hope you will celebrate with me by trying some of my favorite antioxidant and phytonutrient rich recipes, that are not only delicious, but may also play a role in skin cancer prevention. As a blue-eyed blonde {ahem...with a little help from my … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux: Minty Cilantro Peas

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I never met a pea I didn't like. Nope. Never. As far back as I can remember, I've always liked loved peas. The best part about eating peas in one's childhood, of course, was putting one pea on each tine of the fork. Ah....good memories... All this pea talk is leading up to something, naturally, and that is this month's Recipe ReDux post, "Putting the P(ea) in Potluck." {Click here for more information, if you are new to the Recipe ReDux.} Inspired by Nicole of the lovely healthy living blog, Whole Health RD, the goal of … [Read more...]

Veggie Experiment #3: Dandelion Greens {And a Yummy Pizza!}

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Have you eaten these before??? I hadn't, until the other day... But, spurred on by Marisa, the Food Sensitive Foodie, {My partner in crime in the "Sardine Challenge"} to a "Bitter Greens Challenge", I decided why not eat some weeds {dandelion greens}? Turns out that these particular bitter greens tasted... Well... Bitter!!! BUT... Pair them with sweet caramelized onions, a little aromatic garlic and EVOO, creamy Italian cheese, sweet and crunchy pine nuts, and, should you desire, spicy turkey sausage all on top of a pizza … [Read more...]

My Nutty Chickpea Giveaway and Easy Homemade Hummus

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Let me just start by saying, how can you NOT like a company called The Nutty Bean Company? {Note: My goddaughter's nickname for me is "Bean Bean" but that story is for another day...} I contacted them a little while ago after finding their roasted chickpea snacks on Facebook and asked if I could try them.  I always enjoy sampling new healthy, gluten-free snacks that I can {hopefully}be able to recommend to my clients. Oh, and equally important is that they taste good too!   Well, these Nutty Bean Co. snacks called ChickPz do, … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.

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So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Eating a rainbow: Power Smoothie and Popsicles.

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ROYGBIV... Do you know what this stands for??? Think back to a science class you might have had... Or, try to picture Dorothy singing in the Wizard of OZ... Any idea yet??? It stands for the colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet, and it's the theme {Eat Right with Color} for this year's National Nutrition Month which is taking place the entire month of March. I really like this year's theme, because it incorporates two of my favorite eating philosophies: Eat a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Ring in the New Year with More Fruits and Veggies: Part II

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Here it is, as promised.  The "whys" and "hows" of adding more fruits and veggies to your diet. Do you know that's it's REALLY pretty EASY to consume the optimal number of fruits and veggies when you put a TEENSY bit of effort in to it? Do you know how many fruits and veggies you should be consuming each day?  Would you like to try a yummy, super easy fruit laced dessert tonight?  {Hint: It's made with oranges.}  If so, then read on... How many fruits and veggies should I aim for each day? Aim for a MINIMUM of 5 or more servings each … [Read more...]

In Defense of Potatoes.

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This Thanksgiving, I've been assigned to make the mashed potatoes for our family dinner. I love potatoes!  Baked Potatoes, mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, hash brown potatoes, potato pancakes and yes, even french fries (on occasion).  I love 'em ALL! Sometimes I get really irked, though, when I hear or read information stating that potatoes are bad for you.  And, while I would agree that french fries should NOT count towards your daily servings of produce, I definitely think potatoes can be part of a healthy, balanced … [Read more...]