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cardamom |

Benefits of Cardamom

Did you know that cardamom is the 3rd most expensive spice?  1st and 2nd are Saffron and Vanilla.  Those two don’t even have the same health benefits as Cardamom. Cardamon has so many health benefits, it can help with cardiovascular conditions, control hypertension, it’s believed to be an anti-depressant, help control gastrointestinal disorders Ii.e. acidity, […]

chicken enchiladas |

White Chicken Enchiladas

The white spicy sauce is great over the chicken and corn tortillas. It’s a time consuming recipe but the end product is delicious. Yes, you will have to wash an extra few items due to the assembly process of this recipe. Perfect comfort food you can make as healthy as you please. I use white corn tortillas, but you can choose to use flour or yellow corn tortillas.

Serve the enchiladas with rice or eat by themselves. Enjoy!

balsamic mushrooms |

Balsamic Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a great side next to a steak, chicken, tossed in a salad, or on an antipasto platter.  Add balsamic to the mushrooms to make them more flavorful, but only add at the end of cooking. Balsamic vinegar isn’t intended to cook with, cooking it kills the distinctive flavorful taste =)

Also, before you use the balsamic, make sure you bought a good balsamic vinegar.

Fresh Salad with Farro

This is a great salad as a side for a BBQ or as a base for a lunch or dinner salad.  You can make it hearty or fresh based on the fresh vegetable you add into it.  Chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, red onions with warm grilled cut off the cob for a great summer salad and add your favorite salad vinaigrette dressing.  The dressing can be store bought or homemade.  I like adding zesty Italian dressing into the mix.

Check out the grilled corn recipe before adding corn into this toasted salad.  Enjoy!

Sugar |

Going Sugar Free…

With so many diet plans out there, not many are as simple as just going sugar free.  Yet going sugar free isn’t as simple as people assume it is.  Everything you eat has some type of sugar in it!  If you check your pantry, your cereals, oatmeal, crackers, breads, pastas have some type of sugar. […]