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Chilled Avocado Soup


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Avocados are relatively inexpensive at this point in the season here in Florida and as such we try to make use of this delicious fruit in as many ways as possible. Given the very warm weather and a propensity toward chilled dishes during the summer, as […]

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Gazpacho with Avocado and Lime Yogurt


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Chilled soups are a favorite around our home during the summer months. Fresh garden vegetables are in abundance and making gazpacho is easy, holds well in the refrigerator for several days and makes a terrific presentation with the addition of the avocados and lime yogurt. Whereas […]

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BEANS


  Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor   Want to lose weight? Eating more beans can help you achieve that goal. Beans are very nutritious, loaded with fiber, low in fat, cholesterol and calories, inexpensive, have a very long shelf life and are very filling, thus satisfying. There are so many varieties that […]

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EGG SALAD BREAKFAST


I know this appears simple, but many people do not think about eating egg salad for breakfast, oddly enough. This recipe features a lower fat type of cream cheese and yogurt instead of mayonnaise. Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor

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BLUEBERRY BUTTERMILK WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES


Original recipe from Allrecipes.com, which has been modified by Donna Hargrove, DO, nutrition editor Pancakes from scratch are not hard to make and are much more tasty and nutritious than anything out of a box, regardless of the claims made on the package. Serve with fresh fruit for a satisfying way to start the day.

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Baked Eggs


Article inspired by Chef Mark Furstenberg, Culinary Institute of American, Greystone campus, Napa, CA, Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives Conference, March 2012 This dish was designed to use leftover, sautéed or grilled vegetables from the day before or whatever might be available in the refrigerator. Take the leftover vegetables from the refrigerator, turn on the oven, […]

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BRAISED GREENS


This recipe comes from Cook’s Illustrated, a publication of America’s Test Kitchen – (If you are not familiar with them, you definitely want to check them out.) Braising is a cooking method most thought of being used with meat, but vegetables too can benefit from braising.

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Black Bean, Roasted Corn and Three Chilies Salad


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a terrific summer salad to add to your arsenal. Easy to toss together, refreshing to the taste buds, and versatile, it serves as a wonderful addition to cheeses, fish, and vegetable salad plates. (See pictures below) This recipe, when I do it, uses ingredients […]

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Chipotle Chicken Stew


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Turn up the heat a little with this chicken and chilies bowl of rustic tastiness! Add a garden fresh salad, a hunk of hot corn bread, a glass of wine and ….. Enjoy!

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Grilled Veggie Pizza – Fun for the Whole Family!


Recipe inspired by  Chef John Ash who shared this method at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA during the 2012 Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives Conference. Adapted and presented by Courtney Thompson. This is a meal fun for the whole family. It allows you to create individual pizzas so there is no […]

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Herbs and Sundried Tomato/Calamata Olive Foccacia Pizza with Three Peppers, Mushrooms, Onions, Basil, Arugula, Olives, and Three Cheeses


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor If you enjoy the joys of freshly baked bread, herbs, olive oil and fresh vegetables this pizza is both satisfying and relatively easy to make. The recipe for the foccacia is varied from the standard by adding whole wheat flour as one third of the flour […]

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Luscious Lemon Meringue Pie with Whole Grain Crust


Recipe courtesy of Sharon Schneider, baker extraordinaire and neighbor From time to time we publish recipes that on the surface, may not traditionally be considered “healthy”. However, there is one common theme; they are made fresh, with whole foods and enjoyed as a celebration, not an everyday item. We present this recipe in the same […]

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FRUIT SALAD WITH CHILE-LIME VINAIGRETTE


Recipe courtesy of Chef Suvir Saran who presented this recipe at the Culinary Institute of America, Greystone Campus, St. Helena, CA during the 2012 Healthy Kitchens Healthy Lives Conference. The fresh fruits in the recipe can be other kinds in season, such as strawberries, blueberries, melons, etc, however, pineapple and mango work very well with […]

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Jerk Gulf Shrimp with Red Onion Pickled Beets and Carrots with Sweet Potato


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor The use of whole spices that have been toasted in a sauté pan briefly adds an entirely new dimension to the flavor and complexity of the whole spice. For this recipe we toasted briefly fennel seeds and mustard seeds combined with freshly harvested carrots and beets. […]

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JERK SHRIMP AND GRITS


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor We have created a tropical spin on a Southern classic. For those that love shrimp and grits, it’s fun to try different variations on the theme.  The jerk shrimp can be prepared in a sauté pan on the stove or on the flat iron over a hot […]

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CRANBERRY NUT GRANOLA


Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor This recipe was inspired by The Culinary Institute at Greystone in California but has been redesigned to my personal tastes. Most who have tried it believe this to be very addictive. It is excellent and nutritious as a snack straight up or as a dessert/breakfast mixed with yogurt or as […]

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LENTIL, KAMUT AND MUSHROOM SOUP


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor A very hearty and nutritious soup that freezes well.  Freeze some in one ladle containers for quick lunches. Add a salad and some dark crusty bread for a great dinner.

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Herbed Foccacia with Grilled Vegetables, Portabella and Sun Dried Tomato Dressing


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Lots of fresh vegetables available at our local organic market plus our own container garden coming in about this time of year here in Florida so tossing them on the grill to cook adds a hint of smoke and, for this nights dinner, provide the basis […]

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Corn, Quinoa, and Roasted Rainbow of Chile Peppers Chowder


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We cooked a large mother batch of corn, beets, tomatoes, and peppers on the smoker/grill the other night which we found on sale at our local organic grocer. As it was going to be a rather blustery and cooler evening we decide soup and salad might […]

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Green Chile Chicken


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This dish may be served straight up with rice or polenta or as a fajita dish, tacos, wraps or other choice of presentation. The recipe is one that may be accomplished relatively quickly using fresh ingredients and a minimum of preparation. The sauce combines the classic […]

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Rosemary and Thyme Foccacia Pizza with Garden Greens and Veggies


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor If you enjoy the joys of freshly baked bread, herbs, olive oil and fresh vegetables this pizza is both satisfying and relatively easy to make. Toss in salad and a glass of wine and ….. Enjoy!

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BUTTERMILK POLENTA PANCAKES WITH CINNAMON TOPPED WITH BLUEBERRY COMPOTE


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Pancakes from scratch are just as easy as taking a mix and adding milk or water to it. If you can use a measuring cup, you can make these pancakes. Mix the dry ingredients together the night before to save time and the compote can be made […]

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WHITE BEANS WITH GREENS ALA MARSALA


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., FACOG, Nutrition Editor It’s Monday and you have decided to do a “Meatless Monday”. Here you go! This dish is so tasty it qualifies as comfort food. If you have followed our site and advice about always cooking a pot of beans whenever you are cooking something else, you […]

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Quick Breakfast Tacos with Fruit


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Recently I posted “One Chicken – Three Meals” in which breakfast tacos were featured. Following up as promised is the recipe for said dish which is totally easy if you made the enchilada dish before the breakfast tacos. If you’ve booked yourself tight in the morning […]

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Roasted Chicken Enchiladas with Red and Green Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Recently I posted “One Chicken – Three Meals” in which an enchilada dish was one of the entrees. Following up as promised is the recipe for said dish. Toss in the glass of wine and ….. Enjoy!

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Having Fun with Salads – Get Creative!


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We all know that fresh vegetables and greens are good nutritionally for us and that homemade dressings are generally devoid of evil chemistry that is used to preserve or other ingredients difficult to read let alone understand what precisely you are putting into your body. Fresh […]

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100% WHOLE WHEAT AND FLAXSEED BREAD


This is a no knead bread from the cookbook: Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. & Zoe Francois This is a great book and I highly recommend it for a variety of breads that are easy and the dough can be kept in the refrigerator for a week. You just […]

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One Chicken – Three Meals


Recipe and article courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor All of us find balancing quality of food, cost, and availability to be challenging. Add to that time constraints, social and family demands, home duties, etc. and we can probably agree that preparing a quality meal two or three times per day can be, […]

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Simple Fresh Salads and Easy to Prepare Dressings for a Quick Meal or Side


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Assuming you have on hand, either from the grocery or in your garden, a few greens and vegetables such as lettuces, tomatoes, garlic, basil, lemons and a few other essentials, tossing together a fun salad for lunch or dinner should be quick and relatively preparation time […]

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Sweet Potato Fries “Bakes?”


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor As we know sweet potatoes are loaded with nutritious goodness, so finding ways to create various dishes with them is not only good for us but can have a very different set of flavor characteristics depending on the direction you choose. Most folks like crisp French […]

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Stuffed Turkey Breast with Gravy and Cranberry Relish Served with Savory Spaghetti Squash Pancakes


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor An eye appealing presentation and delicious combination of those holiday meal flavor favorites associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas Fall brings an abundance of various squash to the market. They are inexpensive, make eye catching center pieces, store for quite an long time at room temperature and […]

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One Pan Fresh Chicken Tacos with Smokey Tomatoes and Chiles


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When we are in the mood for a smoky, spicy taco, this is one of our favorites. To do so we need 1 chicken breast and some previously smoked tomatoes and chiles from a mother batch made earlier in the week. Rather than buy chicken breasts […]

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Buttermilk Fried Okra


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a little twist on Southern style fried okra. Rather than cutting the okra into little chunks and dredging in corn meal I prefer to split the pod lengthways, soak in buttermilk, dredge in a little seasoned flour prior to frying. These cook up very […]

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Sour Dough, Mushroom and Sage Dressing, Cranberry Sauce with Cornish Game Hen and Grilled Asparagus


Recipe Courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Although we think of dressing with poultry this time of year around the holidays it is a great way to use leftover bread throughout the year. It is savory, and has that wonderful herbed smell that brings folks into the kitchen or to the table. A […]

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Savory and Rich Fresh Cranberry Sauce


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor ‘Tis the season when cranberries are a much desired side dish to celebrate the festival fall season of cooking the holiday favorites. Don’t buy cranberry prepared canned sauce when it is so easy and so much tastier to make your own. Anyone can do this! Cranberry sauce […]

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