Mustard Greens – the eccentric relative

Like a lovable yet eccentric Auntie you never know what you’re going to get with mustard greens. Sweet and spicy, potentially edgy and bitter, mustard greens can be unpredictable when it comes to flavor. As a result, many people approach the temperament of mustard greens with caution…or skip them over altogether . A member of the cruciferous family, these nutritional powerhouses can bring delight to the table and taste buds once you have insight as to how to work with them.

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Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Curried Yogurt Dressing

Recently I was invited to weave in an activity around food as part of a day long retreat for the busy General Medicine Clinic staff at San Francisco General Hospital. I wanted the recipes to be interactive and fun; yet tasty, easy, and highly nutritious. Once the plan was laid out 50 people got busy and knocked out massive amounts of CGT’s Energy Truffles, Moroccan Carrot and Chickpea Salad and my “Waldorf” style Cabbage and Apple Slaw. They got everything done in under 40 minutes, chatting happily the entire time. When finished, folks even started to wash up and clean. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it. Now that’s what I call a team!!!

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February – Heart-y Beet and Barley Salad

It’s February….the month of the heart! When I think about words used to describe the heart, things like hardworking, vulnerable, steady, and loving are a few that come to mind. When I think of caregivers many of those same words apply. I came up with this dish in recognition of the vibrant pulse that beats within each of us. Fresh ingredients in this salad join forces to give maximum flavor plus provide abundant amounts of cholesterol lowering fiber, heart healthy fats, anti-oxidant phyto-nutrients, and cardio-protective vitamins and minerals. Enjoy!

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Eggs- a stabilizing “go -to” food

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to undo a bad reputation. Such is the case for eggs. Since the 1960’s there has been widespread belief that by consuming cholesterol containing eggs one is put directly on the path to developing heart disease. Despite multiple subsequent studies indicating that cholesterol alone is not causation for heart disease, the belief that eggs are “bad” has been hard to put to rest.

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Cherries– Kewpie dolls with a message

There is something precious to me about cherries. Round, red, shiny, cute as can be. To see them all piled up at the market feels like I’m being hit with a thousand dimpled smiles and my heart can’t help but smile back. They evoke memories of childhood summers….bare feet, warm nights, stained lips and cherry pit fights.

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Greens, Glorious Greens!

While strolling along at the farmers market recently these beauties caught my eye. Loaded with stress busting magnesium, energy producing iron and bone strengthening vitamin K, dark leafy greens pack a wallop when it comes to a source of concentrated nutrition.

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