Posts by Audrey Humaciu

Chili Peppers – 25 Delightful Vitamin Rich Recipes

25 chili peppers recipes

Hot chili peppers are a wonderful way to add a spicy flavor to your dishes as well as nutritional benefits. The Capsicum genus originated in the Americas and spread throughout the world after the Columbian Exchange resulting in the wide variety of colors, shapes, and heat levels we see today. Chili versus Chilli versus Chile…

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Eggplant Parmesan – Healthy One-Pan Vegetarian Meal

eggplant parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan is a healthy one-pan vegetarian meal that you can have on the table in about 30 minutes. It is low in fat, loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and can be made gluten-free (use gluten-free flour) or vegan (egg substitute and vegan cheese) if desired. While the skin of the eggplant contains powerful…

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Purple Carrot Ketchup – Low Sugar and Full of Antioxidants

Purple Carrot Ketchup

Purple Carrot Ketchup is a homemade low sugar recipe of one of America’s favorite condiments. And not only is the color fun and 100% natural it adds a little added nutritional boost. The purple carrots get their color from antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Plus, you get the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. With just a…

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Zucchini Sausage and Rice Casserole

Zucchini Sausage and Rice Casserole

Zucchini Sausage and Rice Casserole is a versatile one-pan meal that comes together in about 30 minutes (depending on which kind of rice you use).  I used up all of my fresh tomatoes, but if you have some, chop them up and add in place of, or in addition to the tomato sauce. Does your…

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Layered Beet and Carrot Salad – Healthy as it is Beautiful

Layered Beet and Carrot Salad

Layered Beet and Carrot Salad is a colorful salad that is as healthy as it is beautiful. The bright colors of the beets and carrots help provide powerful antioxidants for your body. Paired with the natural probiotics in the yogurt, you have a showstopper salad with plenty of health benefits.  And it is pretty tasty…

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Japanese Pickled Cabbage – A Quick Pickle

Japanese pickled cabbage

Japanese Pickled Cabbage is a salad/condiment served alongside meals in Japan. This is a quick pickle, with the vegetables sitting in the brine for just a few hours to pull out some water and infuse them with flavor before serving. Cabbage is the star here. Napa or white cabbage would traditionally be used, but it…

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Caramelized Balsamic Shallots – a Simple Condiment

Caramelized Balsamic Shallots

Caramelized Balsamic Shallots is a simple condiment that is great on top of canapes, smeared on a sandwich, or served alongside a cheese or charcuterie tray.  The flavor profile of Caramelized Balsamic Shallots is so complex, so interesting. Any hint of sharpness is gone, and instead, you get this wonderful, creamy sweetness. It’s like magic!…

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12 Fruit and Vegetable-Based Dips to Help You Snack Healthy

12 Fruit and Vegetable Based Dips

With these 12 Fruit and Vegetable-Based Dips, you can skip the boring store-bought dips and make your own healthier versions for daily snacking or your next party. When people start eating healthier, they often find healthy snacking is a challenge. Chips and premade dips are inexpensive, readily available, and require no work other than opening…

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Spicy Garlic Cucumber Salad – Stay Cool and Hydrated

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Salad

Spicy Garlic Cucumber Salad is a great way to stay cool and hydrated in the summer heat. Enjoy it as a side salad or add leftover steak, chicken, shrimp, etc., to make a complete meal. Eating spicy foods sends signals to your brain that you are too hot, so a cooling response (perspiration) is triggered…

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