Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Balsamic Marinated Onions

It's men's health month. These onions taste wonderful as a compliment to a grilled steak. They also work well as a topping for a salad.



You'll Need
  • 3 medium red onions
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon capers

Directions
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cut the onions in half, peel off the outer layer of skin and slice thinly.
  • Toss in a medium-size baking dish with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Cover the dish tightly and bake for about 45 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  • Stir in the capers and season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

Monday, June 22, 2015

All Purpose Marinade

It's men's health month and the BBQ's are in full swing. Try this marinade at one of your summertime outings. Marinating meats prior to grilling is one way to grill in a healthier manner.

You’ll Need
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup soy sauce

Directions
  • Mix all of the ingredients together.
  • Marinate the meat (beef, pork, chicken, or game) for 3 to 6 hours, then use the marinade as a basting sauce.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Korean Green Beans

It's men's health month and the more veggies the better!

You'll Need
  •  2 pounds green beans, stemmed
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

 
Directions



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the green beans and cook, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  • Drain and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until well blended.
  • Add the green beans and toss to combine well. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Easy Black Bean Salsa


It's men's health. This is a recipe that can be prepared in a short amount of time. You can always use the beginning as a base and build on it in order to create a quick meal. To absorb the iron out of the beans you must consume them with a food source that contains Vitamin C. That is why it is helpful to top your salsa with some lime juice.

You’ll Need
  • 1-14 .5 oz. can black beans, drained (or use cooked beans)
  • 1-14.5 oz can corn, low sodium, drained (or use fresh corn)
  • 1-12 oz. jar salsa
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Directions
  • Mix all of the above together and use this as your base.
  • Serve on top of a salad or baked potato, in a wrap or on top of some corn chips.


Variations
  • Add some chopped vegetables or fruit such as bell pepper, carrots, yellow onion, green onion, avocado, or tomato.
  • Add some cooked chicken or fish or shrimp.
  • Add a chopped chili or jalapeno for a spicy flavor. Or add some chili powder.






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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cucumber Yogurt Dressing

It's men's health month so give this recipe a try. It is a great complement to a variety of dishes.

You’ll Need
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 medium cucumber peeled, deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon of salt plus an additional ½ teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 to 3 Tablespoons fresh chopped mint it depends on your preference (you can substitute with dried mint)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped

Directions
  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of salt on the chopped cucumber and let sit for approximately 30 minutes to pull some of the water out of the cucumber. Then drain off excess water.
  • Add all additional ingredients to cucumber and mix.
  • There are many ways to enjoy this sauce such: a veggie dip a salad dressing or a sauce for lamb burgers or fish.

Note: For a thicker consistency try using Greek style yogurt.





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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Asparagus with Red Pepper Sauce

You’ll Need
  • 2 pounds asparagus stalks
  • 3 large red peppers
  • 3 ½ Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Directions
  • Cook the asparagus stalks in lightly salted water for 4 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness), or until tender but still firm.
  • Drain under cold water and set the stalks aside.
  • Broil the peppers on all sides until lightly scorched.
  • Place the cooked peppers in a paper bag for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the peppers and peel off the skin.
  • Cut open the peppers and remove the stem, seeds and white flesh.
  • Puree the peppers in the food processor.
  • Add in the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and thyme to the food processor.
  • Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Top asparagus with red pepper puree.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Salmon Patties


It's men's health month and we all have heard of the health benefits of eating salmon. Try this easy salmon patty recipe especially on a night when you need a quick meal.

You’ll Need
  • 16 ounces canned salmon
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 ¼ cups dried bread crumbs, split into ¾ cup and ½ cup
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • Butter for cooking patties
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  • Place the salmon and the liquid that is found in the can into a mixing bowl. Flake it with a fork.
  • Mix in onion, parsley, cayenne, salt and pepper.
  • Mix in beaten eggs.
  • Add ¾ cup of bread crumbs to shape into patties. Then roll the patties in the extra bread crumbs.
  • Melt butter in a skillet over low heat. Then cook patties until browned on both sides.




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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Roasted Cauliflower

It's men's health month and cruciferous are a super food for health and may aid in the prevention of various types of cancers.

You’ll Need
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into, 2-inch pieces
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin (more if you’d like)
  • Chopped parsley for garnish

Directions
  • Heat the oven to 425° F.
  • Place the cauliflower florets in a large roasting pan and toss with the olive oil (enough to coat), salt, pepper, and cumin.
  • Roast until cauliflower is tender and lightly browned approximately, 35 to 40 minutes.




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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Baked Chicken with Tomato Sauce

It's men's health month and cooked tomatoes are a beneficial food to have incorporated into the diet.

You’ll Need
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 4 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ red pepper, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  • Olive oil

Directions
  • Arrange the chicken in bottom of an oven-proof casserole dish that has been coated with olive oil.
  • Place tomatoes, onions, red peppers, tomato paste, basil, thyme, oregano, salt, garlic and crushed red pepper in a blender.
  • Process on medium speed until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  • Cover and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.
  • Remove cover and continue baking for 10 minutes.


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spicy Rice and Kale

This month is men's health month. Get your nutrients from whole foods first!

You'll Need
  • 2 ¼ cups canned low-salt chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Creole or Cajun seasoning
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 4 ounces kale (about ½ large bunch), stems and ribs removed, leaves coarsely chopped (2 cups packed)

Directions
  • Bring broth and Creole seasoning to a boil in heavy large saucepan.
  • Stir in rice and kale and bring to boil.
  • Reduce heat to low, cover and cook until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

*Kale is a great source of calcium. Calcium is a mineral that your body needs to maintain good health. When you cook with foods that contain calcium, calcium is not lost in the cooking process.





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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Greek Salad

This month we care for men's health. Eating a diet in which the building blocks are vegetables is a great way to do just that. A diet rich in veggies may help to prevent a variety of cancers.

You’ll Need
  • 3 vine tomatoes cut into chunks
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 medium cucumber cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • ¾ cup black Kalamata olives
  • Sliced feta cheese (as big or as small as you would like)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions
Combine vegetables in a bowl. In a small bowl mix oil, vinegar, and oregano then pour over salad and season with salt and pepper to taste. Before serving salad place feta slices on salad.

    




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Monday, June 1, 2015

Garlic Tomato Soup

This month we focus on men's health. Tomatoes cooked with olive oil are a great addition to a man's diet. Give this easy soup a try.

You’ll Need
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 Tablespoon onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
  • Combine garlic and onion in a bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large pot.
  • Add garlic and onion and; saute till soft.
  • Do not brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and; stir in well.
  • After a few minutes, stir in stock and; pepper.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add salt if desired.