Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Feta
1/4 C. olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2 serrano (original recipe calls for jalapeños), finely chopped
1 -15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
2 t. paprika
1 t. ground cumin
1 T. chopped cilantro
14 medium sized garden tomatoes (frozen from my summer garden; original recipe calls for 1-28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes)
1 C. coarsely crumbled feta
6 eggs (original recipe calls for 8)
1 T. chopped parsley
Preheat over to 425 F. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and serrano; cook stirring occasionally until onion is soft, about 8 minutes. Add chickpeas, paprika and cumin and cook 2 min. longer. Add crushed tomatoes and their juices (I added 1/2 C. water). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens slightly, about 15 min. Season to taste with salt & pepper. Sprinkle with feta. Crack eggs one at a time and place over sauce, spacing evenly apart. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until whites are just set but yolks are still runny, 5-8 min. Garnish with parsley and cilantro. Serve with warm pita bread for dipping.
Give your immune system a boost with citrus. Featured in the photo are lemons, an orange and a lime, which I’ll be incorporating into my meals this week.
Health benefits include the aforementioned immune system boost, plus excellent antioxidant properties, inhibition of tumor growth and reduced risks of the following: cancer, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes.
Nutrients include high vitamin C content, dietary fiber, beta carotene and folic acid (gluten-free folks who are no longer eating fortified flour may benefit from getting folic acid through citrus).
I’ll add fresh squeezed lemon juice to my tea, make homemade lemonade and my favorite homemade Spicy Valentine Salad dressing.
The orange rind will be partially zested into cranberry walnut bread and the rest of the rind boiled up in a curl as part of a homemade mulled apple cider. I’ll snack on the juicy fruit while cooking up the rest of my meals.
Limes are great for Mexican dishes…so I’ll have to figure out something there, but the creativity of cooking is boundless!
Chia seeds are awesome! Featured in this photo are raw, whole certified organic chia seeds soaking in a cup of water to form an uber-healthy gelatinous goo.
What are chia seeds? Edible seeds with a mild nutty flavor.
What are the nutrient contents? Chia seeds are a rich plant source of omega-3, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants and calcium.
What are the health benefits? Chia seeds protect against inflammation, hydrate the body and reduce blood pressure. They are also gluten-free.
This is an exciting new experiment for me to incorporate into my cooking. Two cups of chia seeds soaked in 6 ounces of water form an uber-healthy gelatinous goo that can be used in cooking. I’m going to try using this chia seed goo as a substitute for eggs in some of my baking and see how it goes!
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA (11/2/13) - Beautiful day for cycling today in Bemidji! I rode around Lake Bemidji and greeted many other cyclists, walkers and even a person on skis with wheels! 53 degrees and no wind.
REPOST of statewide press release from MnDOT.
Oct. 15, 2013
Contact: Sue Roe
Minnesota gets a lot more bike friendly
ST. PAUL, Minn – Duluth, Grand Marais, Richfield and Winona will be honored Tuesday, Oct. 15 by the League of American Bicyclists for their commitment to improving bicycling. The League recognizes communities’ efforts to improve conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
The Bicycle Friendly Community recognition comes on the heels of the state of Minnesota being named the fourth best Bicycle Friendly State by the League in May.
“Bicycling plays an important role in Minnesota’s multimodal transportation system,” said Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “When MnDOT plans improvements to the state’s transportation system, bicycling is an important consideration. These awards recognize communities that are enhancing the contributions bicycling makes to economic, social, health and environmental benefits.”
The Bicycle Friendly Community program helps communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation network and then benchmark their progress toward improving their bicycle-friendliness. With this year’s award winners, there are now 291 Bicycle Friendly Community honorees in 48 states. Minnesota’s other Bicycle Friendly Communities are Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Mankato, Minneapolis, Rochester and St. Paul.
“Only about one in five Minnesotans get enough physical activity. Bicycling, for work or play, is a great way to get and stay active,” said Dr. Edward Ehlinger, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Health. “Three of the four award recipients are also Statewide Health Improvement Program communities. One of SHIP’s initiatives is to improve walking and biking routes to school so kids get physical activity.”
“The announcement of four new Bicycle Friendly Communities in Minnesota is a testament to the power of collaboration between government, advocacy groups and the private sector,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. ”The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota’s leadership and the commitment of the Department of Health and the Department of Transportation to creating a more bike-friendly Minnesota is quite unique and very exciting to see.”
Basil is one of my favorite herbs to grow! It’s easy to grow, tastes great and not only has many culinary uses, is very beneficial to human health.
In addition to its potent antioxidant, antiviral and antimicrobial properties and potential for use in treating cancer, the essential oils of basil are also anti-fungal and have insect repelling properties. (Extracts from the basil plan have been reported to be very toxic to mosquitos.) These essential oils have demonstrated the ability to inhibit several species of pathogenic bacteria that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs.
The flavonoids orientin and vicenin found in basil protect cell structures as well as chromosomes from radiation and oxygen-based damage.
Basil is an excellent source of vitamin K and very good source of iron, calcium and vitamin A.
The beneficial anti-inflammatory effects of basil are due to large amounts of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which might have a use in treating inflammatory bowel diseases and arthritis.
Container gardening is a perfect option for growing basil, which easily allows you to extend your growing season by bringing plants indoors in cooler climates. The initial investment to start a basil plant is very minimal, so I encourage you to give it a try and begin cooking up some tasty dishes (that are healthy for you too!).
Parsley & Basil Pesto
1 cup chopped fresh parsley and basil leaves
1 garlic clove
2 Tablespoons chopped walnuts
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground sea salt
1/2 cup olive oil
Instructions: Chop garlic, basil, parsley and walnuts. Combine with salt and oil, and grind in mortar & pestle until blended.
Prepare in cornmeal souffle or serve with linguine.
Epic bike ride along the 1st leg of the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) today! This was the inaugural Father of the Waters Ride. Rode 32.79 miles. Five riders participated: Kyle, Michael, Natalie, Sean and Clayton.
Beautiful spring day for bicycling in Bemidji! 63 degrees and sunny.