Over the years there has been a lot of conflicting information about eggs. As a health professional, I believe eggs are a wonderful food and should be part of a healthy, varied diet. Let’s talk about eggs for a bit and see why they can help you.
Why eat eggs?
Let’s get down to the real facts about eggs. Eggs provide a complete protein including all the essential amino acids in a bio-available form for your body. What does it mean to be bio-available? When you eat eggs your body will absorb a high proportion of the protein. It assimilates easily into the body.
The high protein content contributes to improved weight management because it aids in helping to stay energized and feeling full longer. Because eggs provide complete protein with all the essential amino acids, they help to build muscle mass and strength also aiding in weight management.
Eggs offer several
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It always amazes me how the weather changes after Labor Day. In essence, Labor Day has no bearing on the weather. Albeit important, it wasn’t chosen to signify a change of season or mark an important transition during the year like the equinox or solstice. It just a day. But it seems every year the weather goes from summer, hot, sticky weather before Labor Day weekend to cool and crisp after Labor Day.
This year was no different. I actually welcomed the cooler weather. The heat was getting to be enough. This summer we choose sustainability and reducing our energy footprint and skipped the central air. To say it was a hot summer is a bit of an understatement.
The good news is cooler weather put me in the mood for some bread baking. I like to make a no knead bread that requires a 500 degree oven to bake in.
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Green Beans and Tomatoes, Oh My!
We are getting some great vegetables these days. Lots of tomatoes and the cucumbers just keep coming. I think my son is actually reaching his limit of cucumbers. He no longer insists on having only cucumbers for an entire meal. Good to know there will be some for the rest of us.
This week the share included:
Curly Kale Carrots Eggplant Cucumbers Tomatoes, Heirloom and Slicing Zucchini Onion Peppers Salad Greens Red Leaf Lettuce
Herbs (Not shown) Sungold Tomatoes (can’t get enough of these) Green Beans
The kids just love going into the field and picking the tomatoes and green beans. Then we head over to the playground for a while. Going to the farm is such a treat.
Today’s cantaloupe sorbet recipe is from dinner with friends over the weekend. Two weeks ago I put up some over ripe cantaloupe in the freezer. It was a
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This is my favorite time of the summer. Tomatoes are everywhere. Bright, fresh, juicy and incomparable. Yes, with the globalization of our food supply we can get just about anything we want any time of the year, including fresh tomatoes. But fresh, local tomatoes picked just that day. Big and juicy and delicious. That a rare treat to be savored and enjoyed. I intend to gorge on these beautiful beasts as much as possible over the next few weeks.
Big box of tomatoes, first of many
We did get other wonderful vegetables as well. There were many other choices but we have a huge variety already so we went with things we knew we could get through. This week we received:
Kale — Curly and Red Russian Cucumbers Red Leaf Lettuce Zucchini Tomatoes — Beefy, Heirloom and Green Zebras Eggplant
U-pick (not pictured here)
Sungold tomatoes Green Beans
We got an inordinate
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It has been a few weeks since I posted about our CSA share. We are still getting our weekly share but some how the article posts have been getting away from me. I decided rather than going back I would start from where I’m at right now.
Love those veggies
Tomatoes arrived in our CSA share this past week. I’m so excited as are my kids. U-pick included sungold tomatoes, hands down my favorite tomatoes, were ready. I think the kids ate as many as they picked.
Then we went and picked green beans. So yummy. I make them by tossing them with olive oil and salt and roasting them in a 450 degree oven until they are browned. They work well on the grill too. We call them Green Bean French Fries and they don’t last very long in the bowl. I love
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For the last two years we have gone blueberry picking with friends. It started as a passing comment about my son’s love of blueberries and is probably going to be an annual ritual we love it so much. This year was a bit humid so the rain we endured while picking was welcome. At the end of the day we had blue teeth, 20# of blueberries in the hopes it will get us through the winter and lots of bug bites. More importantly we had fun and created memories for everyone.
Blueberries for Everyone
These are two of the three boxes we filled. There are 20 lbs of blueberries in each box. Then we went back to the barn to sort through all the boxes and remove the green blueberries and other harvested debris. One hour into sorting the blueberries our first full box of beautiful clean blueberries
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CSA Share July 17, 2011
The CSA share may be looking a bit different today. My better half and I don’t always agree on what we should get in our share. To give you a hint I have been doing all the pick-ups until this week. I try to get a little of everything. Another way to go is to stock up on the vegetables we use the most of. That’s what happened this time.
It’s great we have so many cucumbers because my son LOVES them. I can’t understate this point. He will eat cucumbers above just about anything else. Frozen things are probably the only contender in this category. Any indication we have cucumbers precludes consumption of other foods. So that was a good call.
I’m not so keen on all the kale. I think of kale as a cold weather food. It is best after a frost
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This message came to my inbox and it’s the second time I have heard about this. My concern with this proposal is the concentration of the power within the food industry to reduce competition from smaller farms. As with the consolidation of organic standards this agreement would make it cost prohibitive for small farmers to compete in the larger industry.
There are currently FDA handling procedures for green leafy vegetables. This agreement proposes to give the USDA auditory regulation over the existing laws. The result is an expensive certification program for large producers to use in blocking out small farmers from the produce markets. They would in essence be taking more control over where the food supply.
I am a strong proponent for local food and small farms. If you are interested in keeping your food supply local and giving small farmers the opportunity to compete in the larger market,
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CSA Vegetables from July 14, 2011
After being away on vacation it has taken some time to get back on track. I am finally getting caught up. The CSA share this week was full of wonderful root and squash vegetables. I love that we are moving form a share full of only greens and lettuces to these colorful sweet vegetables.
Our share included:
Zucchini Yellow Squash Beets Carrots Cucumbers New Onions Scallions Arugula Totsoi Red Kale Swiss Chard Lettuce
Purple, Lemon and Italian Basil
U-pick this week:
Purple Basil Lemon Basil Basil Parsley Flowers
By far the favorite vegetable of the week is the cucumbers. My son loves cucumbers. I think they trump everything but ice cream and popsicle. If I want him to eat I just need to mention we have cucumbers and he stops everything and comes running.
This beautiful parsley bouquet wound
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CSA Vegetables 6/20/11
Because I have been doing CSAs for over ten years, I’m kind of used to the amount of food that we get each week. Since starting this blog series, I am blown away when I set up these photo shots and see everything laid out like this. There is so much food. We pay $25 a week for our share. I could NEVER get this much organic, local produce for $25 at a grocery store. I would even be hard pressed to get this much food at the farmer’s market for the same price either. It’s mind blowing.
So far this week we have had chard with tomato sauce, pea salad (see the recipe below), steamed greens over quinoa, beets with balsamic vinegar and greens cooked with bacon. The left over greens and bacon made a wonderful pita pizza with just a
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