Eggplant


Contributed by Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor   If you are like most home gardeners in Florida, right now you have a lot of select produce coming in from your garden; eggplant, more eggplant and okra. I posted this article last summer but like to remind folks that eggplant can be used in so many…

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…

Baby Food


Article courtesy of Dorimar Siverio-Minardi, MPH, MBA, Director, Healthcare Relations & Initiatives, Women’s Care Florida & Mom extraordinaire Once it is time for your baby to have more than breast milk or formula, many people head for the baby food isle in the store and stock up on jars of this and boxes of that….


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…

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…

Sweet Potatoes


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor This is a vegetable you want to eat often! They are inexpensive, satisfying and a powerhouse of health and nutrition. The sweet potato is one of the oldest and most nutritious of all vegetables, dating back to prehistoric times.

Sautéed Portabella Mushroom with Asparagus and Pesto Pasta


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Each day I try to plan to pass through the produce area in one of our local markets, on my way home, to see what is fresh or on sale that I can use for the evening meal. Shopping daily also allows me to get in…

Gumbo


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor There are many versions of gumbo, most combining shrimp, sausage, and vegetables with rice. This is a little different spin, using seasonal vegetables without rice, substituting mushrooms instead to enhance the richness of this brown sauce gumbo. Throw in a tasty salad a glass of wine…

Pappardelle with Red Sauce and Mushroom Meatless Balls


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor I recently made a mother batch of red sauce, and this night I wanted something easy to throw together using the red sauce and pasta. While at the store earlier, keeping the red sauce in mind, I found a sale on a mix of fresh oyster,…

Cilantro Pesto Stuffed Shrimp


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor This is a very tasty and a little spicy dish with great eye appeal. I like to serve them with yucca fries with a honey mustard dip and a cold black bean and mango salad. Enjoy! Equipment/ utensils required: Chef’s knife, cutting board, cast iron skillet…

Tomatoes


Article courtesy of Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Tomatoes, Lycopersicon esculentum, are a member of the nightshade family, a diverse group of over 2,800 species of plants which also includes potatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, tobacco and morning glory, to name a few. For a long time, tomatoes were not eaten due to the…

Roasted Summer Vegetables with Pork Rice and Chutney


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor We’ve discussed the idea of constructing plates of food following the Mediterranean style of proportion, 50 % vegetables, 25 % grains, rice or fruit, and 25% protein. The following dish is a pretty good example of such a construct using seasonal vegetables, rice, and pork left…

The Amazing Artichoke!


Article by Donna Hargrove, D.O., Nutrition Editor Few vegetables can compete with the artichoke for providing large amounts of phytonutrients, minerals and fiber. Its GI health benefits have been known for centuries, yet the artichoke is still a mystery to many people. History: Humans have been eating artichokes, Cynara scolymus, for more than 3000 years.

Grilled Eggplant


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor When eggplant is plentiful this is one of my favorite ways to prepare the vegetable. It is also one of the simplest and quickest recipes for eggplant as well as one of the tastiest, especially if you choose to grill over wood to add a little…

Simple Roasted Corn in the Husk


Recipe courtesy of Chef Bren Ankrum – Culinary Editor Equipment needed: Tin foil, outdoor grill or oven, chef’s knife Ingredients: 5, 6 or more ears of corn in husk Tin Foil Water

Roasted Beets


Recipe courtesy of Donna Hargrove D.O., FACOG – Nutritional Editor Winter and early spring brings lots of fresh root vegetables into play, beets being among my favorites. When our containers and window boxes of beets come in there are usually more than we can consume immediately so we try to stagger the planting of the…