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Coconut Date Balls
Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes Serving Size: 4 (1 oz) balls (Makes about 7 servings) Ingredients 2 cups walnuts or pecans 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 2 cups Energy Dates: Khudri*, pitted ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons water Options: 1 cup shredded coconut or ¼ cup cocoa powder (for rolling) Directions In a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the nuts ...
Picadillo a la Criolla
Preparation Time: approximately 10 hours Cooking Time: approximately 35 minutes Serving Size: 1.5 cups (not including rice), Serves about 4 Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds ½ teaspoon turmeric 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 small sweet onion, chopped 1 medium yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, low sodium 1 tablespoon dried oregano...
Veggie Frittata with ENU Pro 3+
Recipe Video Link can be found HERE.
I have been working with the folks over at ENU on developing recipes for their protein and calorie supplement, Pro3+. For those who need to gain weight and have a difficult time reaching their caloric threshold, it is a great product. Easily dissoluble, flavorless, and adds 70 calories + 4g protein per 2 scoops. Using 10 scoops per day (mixing into meals, beverages, soups, etc.), you add an additional 350 calories and 20g protein to your diet with no ...
Ingredient Spotlight: Dry Beans
All types of beans—including black, cranberry, Great Northern, dark red kidney, light red kidney, white kidney, navy, pink, pinto, and small red—are good sources of protein, excellent sources of fiber, and
naturally fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Many types are also good sources of potassium. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends eating about 3 cups of legumes, including beans, per week. If you eat about ½ cup of beans every day, ...
Tuna Tartar + Salt-Cured Egg Yolk
Preparation Time: 1 hour Serving Size: 2 oz tuna + 1 egg + 1 cracker; Serves about 8 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients Salt Cured Egg Yolk 8 egg yolks, divided kosher salt - you will need at least 3 lbs
Tuna Tartar 1 lb Ahi tuna steak, fresh and cubed into ¼ inch pieces 2 TB lemon-infused olive oil 1 TB shallot, minced 2 TB chives, minced Parmesan Cracker 3 oz parmesan cheese Directions To cure the yolk...
The Myth of High-Protein Diets
MANY people have been making the case that Americans have grown fat because they eat too much starch and sugar, and not enough meat, fat and eggs. Recently, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee lifted recommendations that consumption of dietary cholesterol should be restricted, citing research that dietary cholesterol does not have a major effect on blood cholesterol levels. The predictable headlines followed: "Back to Eggs and Bacon?" But, alas, bacon and egg yolks are not health foods.
Italian Slow-Cooked Ribs + Fennel Slaw
Adapted From Johnny C’s NY Deli
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
Serving Size: ¼ rack + ½ cup slaw; Serves about 4
0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients
3 TB white balsamic vinegar
1 TB light brown sugar
2 tsp crushed red pepper
10 to 12 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ cup rosemary, chopped
1 TB oregano, chopped (or ½ TB dried)
Colon Cancer Month
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people age 50 and older.The good news? If everyone age 50 and older were screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to encourage people ...
Shakshuka with Lamb Merguez
Adapted From: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: 30 minutes + overnight marinating
Cooking Time: 30 min minutes
Serving Size: ½ cup polenta + 2 eggs + 1 sausage patty; Serves about 4
1 Slice on the Slice Plan. . Ingredients
1 lb Ground Lamb
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Fennel
1 TB Paprika
½ cup Dried Chiles (ripped and broken, seeds removed)
1/8 tsp Ci...
Grilled Shrimp Po'Boy + Crispy Cappy & Lime Aioli
Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 sandwich; Serves about 4
4 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients
1 baguette, sliced into 4 equal sized pieces (scoop out insides)
1 lb shrimp, 20/25 count or similar; peeled and deveined
½ cup lime juice
1 tsp salt
2 cups okra, sliced (frozen and thawed)*
2 cups yellow cornmeal
For frying vegetable oil<...
Fiery Patricia Melts
Preparation Time: approximately 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serving Size: 1 burger; Serves about 4
2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients
1 lb ground beef, 85% lean
2 TB McCormick Montreal steak seasoning
1 TB olive oil
½ onion, sliced thin
6 baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup ketchup
2 TB mayonnaise
2 tsp pickle relish
1 tsp sri racha
NY Times Op-Author Gets it All Wrong: "The Government's Bad Diet Advice"
Most people know that The Sage: Nutritious Solutions was developed by a singular dietitian, Mr. Cook-It, in order to help spread truth about nutrition and awareness about ways to live healthier, richer, fuller lives. Nutrition is a confusing topic for a lot of people, as food is the heart of society, love, and comfort. Food elicits strong emotions, connections, and memories. Most people feel that “good nutrition” means forgetting about all of these factors in lieu of being “hea...
Stir-Fry Tempeh and Cauliflower with Noodles
Adapted From: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: 20 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup noodles + ¼ tempeh mixture, Serves about 4 1 Slice on The Slice Plan. Ingredients 14 ounces Rice Stick Noodle (medium wide)
3-5 Limes, juice of
¼ cup Fish Sauce
2 Carrots, julienne
1 English Cucumber, julienne ¼ cup Mint, chopped ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped 1 small Cauliflower 8 ounces ...
Breakfast Has Benefits!
We all hear how "breakfast is the most important meal of the day," but is it? For started, an adequate breakfast has been linked to the following: • Cognitive performance • Feelings of well-being • Weight management • Greater overall nutrient intake • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes But, what does adequate mean? Research tends to vary when it comes to defining what a healthy breakfast includes. However, the result of this abundant research has result...
Sweet Potato Pasta with Cranberries, Kale, + Chicken
Adapted from: Food in My Beard Preparation Time: approximately 45 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serving Size: ¾ cup, Serves about 4 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients: as needed: Parmesan Cheese Noodles 3 Eggs 2.5 Cups Flour 2 Large Sweet Potatoes 2 tsp Salt Sauce 2 Tablespoons Butter 1.5 Cups Cranberries 5 Leaves Kale 1 Cup Chicken Stock 2 Cups Shredded Dark Meat Chicken/Turkey Directions...
Coffee Crusted Roast Beef + Pasilla Chile Broth
Preparation Time: approximately 35-38 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20-30 minutes Serving Size: about 6 pieces, Serves about 6 0 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 2-2.5 lbs beef tenderloin or trip-tip roast 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil 2 Tbsp coffee beans, finely ground* 1 Tbsp cocoa powder pinch ground cinnamon Pasilla Chile Broth ½ ounce whole butter 8 ounces...
15 Ways to Improve Your Nutrition for 2015
The New Year is upon us and what better time than to reconsider your nutritional goals? Often times, we see people starting "diets," joining gyms, or purchasing weight-loss pills. Of course, the healthier way is to start a new lifestyle, one that welcomes in nutritious food, makes you feel better and gives you the energy you need to sustain overall health and wellness. Here are 15 easy tips to help you do just that: 1. Balance it Out - make sure to include all food groups (protein, starc...
Preparation Time: approximately 15-20 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 30-40 minutes Serving Size: 2 cabbage rolls, Serves approximately 4-6 1 Slice on The Slice Plan Ingredients 1 head cabbage, green 1 lb ground beef, 90% lean 2 TB Worcestershire sauce 1 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp black pepper 1 egg 1 TB tomato paste ½ cup parsley, chopped 1 TB olive oil ½ onion, yellow, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups brow...
Pumpkinseed Crusted Chicken Skewers + Pomegranate Rosemary Sauce
Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 20 minutes Serving Size: 2 skewers + 2 TB sauce; Serves about 8 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless, diced medium 1 cup pumpkin seeds, shell-on, roasted and salted ½ cup panko breadcrumbs 1 red potato, diced small ½ red onion, diced medium 2 TB olive oil 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp black pepper Pomegranate Rosemary Sauce ...
The Scoop on Protein Powder and Women (Quoted)
Check out this post written by a Temple University Journalist on the benefits and risks of protein powder supplements in women! Before Madeline Hamberger began incorporating adequate amounts of protein into her diet, she weighed a mere 90 lbs. "I always had the assumption that protein would make you gain weight, so I tried to avoid it," Hamberger said. "I was not educated [in terms of nutrition] at all." The 21-year-old Phillipsburg, N.J., resident, now a contestant in bikini fitness co...
Why We're Nuts About Nuts!
Nuts are a delicious and nutritious snack as well as an important ingredient to many dishes. Nuts can be roasted, salted, flavored, tossed in salads, baked in breads, mixed in pastas, or otherwise eaten raw! Once pegged as a high fat and calorically dense food group that we should stay away from, nuts are now embraced and considered highly advantageous to our health. Nuts range between about 160 to 200 calories per 1 ounce serving (about a small handful), making the caloric differences pretty ne...
Flagel Pizzas, Triology
Preparation Time: approximately 5-10 minutes Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes Serving Size: about 2 pizzas, Serves about 6 2 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 6 flagels (bagel thins/bagel flats) Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Top each pizza with all ingredients EXCEPT "TOPPING." Bake each pizza 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and flagel is browned. Remove from oven; place "topping" on flagel and serve....
Can you explain the benefits of eating yogurt in relation to probiotics, etc. Also, would you recommend eating Greek yogurt over regular yogurt?
Great question! With all of the media hype surrounding yogurt, it is always good to go back to basics and remember what the true benefits of probiotics are in the first place. We have established a symbiotic relationship with the bacteria in our gut since the beginning of human existence. Over time, we have evolved to be dependent on them, and them with us. Maintaining a healthy gut, as mentioned in the post found HERE, is key to feeling your best. Probiotics are beneficial bacterial microorga...
What is the role of b vitamins in the body?
Thanks for your question! While all B vitamins have their own unique functions in the body, B vitamins in general act as a coenzyme. Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, B6, and B12 all act as part of coenzymes - which are small molecules that combine with an enzyme and activate it. Without a coenzyme, the enzyme is not able to do its job. Enzymes in the body help to affect absorption of key nutrients (including protein, fats, and carbohydrates), metabolism, and excr...
is there a safe way to grill meats and reduce or avoid PAHs?
Thanks for your great question! Before we continue, let's discuss what PAHs are for the general audience. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are chemicals formed when meat from muscle, including beef, pork, fish, and poultry, is cooked using high-temperature, direct-heat methods, such as grilling directly over an open flame. The formation of PAHs are influenced by the type of meat, the cooking time, the cooking temperature, and the cooking method. Exposure to PAHs can cause cancer in ...
Tangy Mustard Cucumber Cannellini Salad
Recipe courtesy of Sydney Allen, check her out HERE. Preparation Time: 8-10 minutes Serving Size: ½ cup; Serves about 6 1 Slice on the Slice Plan. Ingredients 1-15 oz can cannellini beans 1 English cucumber, diced 2 medium bell peppers, diced 1/8 cup of olive oil ¼ cup of stone ground mustard ¼ cup of BBQ sauce ½ TB apple cider vinegar Directions Combine beans, cucumber and bell peppers into a large mixing bowl. ...
Beef + Quinoa Stuffed Pepper Casserole
Preparation Time: approximately 15-20 minutes Cooking Time: approximately 1 hour Serving Size: 2 pieces, Serves about 6 1 Slices on The Slice Plan Ingredients 6 bell peppers, assorted, halved and cleaned 2 cups quinoa, cooked (as per package instructions) 2 TB olive oil 1 lb. ground beef, at least 85% lean ½ lb. Portobello mushrooms, diced 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 onion, large, diced ½ lb. carrots, peeled and diced s...
Ingredient Spotlight: Quinoa
Quinoa has made a huge hit on the food market recently, and rightfully so. Prices have increased to the point the farmers who grow it can’t even afford it. So, what is the deal with this unique-looking food? Some people compare it to rice, other couscous, and some have no idea what it is. In today’s Ingredient Spotlight, we are going to uncover some truths about this delicious grain! Quinoa is a grain in the same family as both buckwheat and the tumbleweed, where the seeds are ...