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Three Titans of Taste

As we thaw out from the winter, there are some vegetables that come into season in April and May, that thrive in our delightful and cool Colorado climate. Among those vegetables are three titans of taste; spinach, radishes and asparagus. All three are vitamin and nutrient rich helping to boost healthy lifestyle and overall wellness. Spinach alone is always in the top 10 superfood listings.

Spinach is considered a superfood for many reasons. It has antioxidant and anticancer properties, is rich in protein and vitamins including vitamins A, C and E. Spinach is a great source of vitamin K that plays a critical role in protecting your heart, bone health, and helps your blood to clot properly. Spinach is also one of the best sources of dietary magnesium which is necessary for energy metabolism, maintaining muscle and nerve function, regular heart rhythm, a healthy immune system and maintaining an optimum blood pressure. Many of you may know these health facts already, but did you know some of these odd facts about spinach (courtesy of Wikipedia)? Spinach is a native plant of Persia (modern day Iran), it was most probably brought to Europe in the 12th century and to the U.S. in 1806. In the 1930’s, U.S. growers credited Popeye with a 33% increase in domestic spinach consumption. Medieval artists extracted green pigment from spinach to use as an ink or paint.

Radishes, while not the most popular vegetable on the veggie tray, are not only packed with nutrients, but can add beautiful color to dishes like salad and stir fry. Radishes are a good source of vitamin C. A half cup serving offers about 14% of your recommended daily intake. According to Linus Pauling Institute (focused on vitamins and other essential micronutrients and their role in enhancing health and preventing disease), cruciferous vegetables, like radishes, help purge the body of cancer-causing substances and prevent tumor development. [Read more…]

How to Carve a Turkey

Do you ever wonder how to carve a Turkey? Our friends at Wusthof have made this handy video to make carving a turkey easy. May your Turkey be delicious and your day be filled with friends and family. Happy Thanksgiving from The Cupboard!

April Foodie Walk Recipes: Teriyaki Meatballs and Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

You will love these two recipes prepared by The Cupboard’s own Kira Weaver!

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Fall treats!

You will love all four of these recipes! [Read more…]

Dazzling Dips!

With football season in full swing we thought dips would be a great focus for Foodie Walk this month.

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip
*Gluten Free*
4oz. Cream Cheese (half of standard block)
1 C. Plain Greek Yogurt
1 C. Shredded Mozzarella
½ C. Buffalo Sauce (I use Frank’s)
½ C. Blue Cheese
1 T Ranch Spice Blend
3 C. Cooked Chicken, diced or shredded
Mix all ingredients in an oven safe dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Serve warm, with celery sticks and/or chips and crackers.

 

7 Layer Greek Dip
*Gluten Free* *Vegetarian*
3 C. Plain Hummus
1 C. Tzatziki Sauce
1 C. Diced Tomatoes tossed with lemon juice
1 C. Diced Cucumber tossed with Olive Oil and s/p
1/4-1/2 C. Diced Red Onion
¼ C. Finely chopped Mint
1 C. Crumbled Feta
Starting with Hummus, layer all ingredients in serving dish. Serve with pita chips

 

Dessert Dip
*Gluten Free* *Vegetarian*
½ C. Butter
8 oz Cream Cheese
1/3 C. Brown Sugar
½ C. Powdered Sugar
1tsp Vanilla
Pinch of salt
¾ C. Chocolate Chips
Blend all ingredients in a mixer of food processor. Serve with vanilla wafers or graham crackers.