Healthy & Flavorful Salad Dressings

We’ve all heard the saying “summer bodies are made in the winter,” but whether you’re trying to look good for the warmer months or working towards a healthier lifestyle, it’s not always easy to know which foods are working against you. Salads have always been my go-to meal when I’m trying to eat healthier. I mean you can’t go wrong with a salad, right? Wrong. All the yummy vegetables are great for you, but lathering your salad with unhealthy dressings can hike up the sodium content and calories. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you’re stuck eating an unflavored salad.

Here are some healthy ways to enjoy your favorite salad dressings!

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The Frugal Valentine

Is your piggybank crying from the thought of grocery stores lined with oversized bears and chocolate hearts? Does the thought of walking into another jewelry store make you cringe? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you my friend are the frugal valentine.

Valentine’s Day has long been celebrated by spreading love to those you care most about. Many people use gifts as symbols of their affection, but the higher the price tag doesn’t always mean the higher the appreciation. There are plenty of heartfelt gifts that you can gift your loved ones without leaving a hole in your wallet. After all, it’s the thought that counts.

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Tex-Mex: Is it Mexican or Texan?

chicken and beef fajitas with onions and rice

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Tex-Mex is one of the more well known regional cuisines in the United States, yet it has some critics.  It is sometimes blamed for the creation of fast food Mexican joints such as Taco Bell or Taco Bueno.  Defining Tex-Mex is  complicated.  Is Tex-Mex a cuisine all it’s own or is it a regional Mexican cuisine found in the southern United States?
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Cut Your Chopping Time Down to Size

chopped vegitables

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Chopping all the ingredients for a meal is often what takes up most of the total cooking time.  I enjoy the entire process of cooking, from the prep work to plating, but I’m always looking for little tricks to speed up the prep process.  Here are a few tricks I came across recently that have saved me a lot of time. Read More…

5 Most Divisive Foods in America

Everyone has a different sense of taste.  Some love raw veggies, others hate them.  Some like the taste of chicken, others don’t.  Here’s a list of five divisive foods that receive substantial opposition.

1. Cilantro

cilantroIn Texas cilantro is not an uncommon ingredient.  Many people love the pungent herb, but just as many despise it–so much so that there are websites dedicated to the hatred of cilantro (i.e. ihatecilantro.com).  Even Julia Child despised it, saying, “Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all. They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”  Read More…

Myths We Have All Believed About Food

Collage of four photos: breads, fried egg, corn syrup, and ice cream1. Myth: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol and is bad for your heart.

In recent decades eggs have been condemned for their high cholesterol content and their potential for increasing risk for heart disease. Recent research has suggested a different story. According to an article by the Harvard School of Public Health, eating 1-2 eggs a day can actually lower your risk of heart disease due to the presence of protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin, and folate in the yolk. Read More…

The Surprising Origin of the American Breakfast

Young Edward Bernays

Keeping with the breakfast theme this week, it seems appropriate to delve into the classic American breakfast–bacon and eggs.

Meet Edward Bernays, the father of public relations and the man we have to thank for making bacon and eggs the iconic american breakfast.  During World War I, Bernays was part of the propaganda effort on behalf of the Allies.  He believed that, “if [propaganda] could be used for war, it can be used for peace.”   Read More…

Rotisserie Chicken in a Red Wine Cream Sauce

chicken in a wine cream sauce

Ingredients

1 small rotisserie chicken. I typically buy the ones that H-E-B has already prepared, but you can make your own if you wish.
2 cups red cooking wine
1 8 oz carton heavy whipping cream
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped mushrooms
Fresh parmesan or pecorino cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 T olive oil
Spaghetti noodles (or any other type of noodle)
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4 Seemingly Impossible Food Revolutions You Won’t Believe Exist

Impossible Food Food preparation has changed significantly throughout the course of history.  Each development, from the conventional oven to the microwave has resulted in a rich source of new dishes.  Similarly, with globalization and the widespread popularity of dining out, we have gained access to virtually any type of cuisine.  With advances in technology across the board, there are significant innovations that have the potential to change the way we prepare, consume, and view food.  Here are four surprising innovations. Read More…