Friday, 22 February 2013

Lentil soup is loaded with protein and can easily suffice as a meal along with a salad, and perhaps some whole-grain bread. This hearty, heart-warming soup has few ingredients and is quite simple to make. You can leave it unblended and chunky, blend half, or blend it all -- whatever suits your personal taste.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Lentil Soup RecipeTotal Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • Ham or bacon pieces to taste
  • 2-1/2 cups or 1 (16-ounce) package dried lentils
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 4 Tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt and white pepper to taste


In a large soup pot over medium-high heat, combine ham or bacon pieces, lentils, and chicken broth; bring just to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until lentils are soft.

Remove 2 cups of cooked lentils and place into food processor or blender bowl; let cool 5 minutes (if you do not let cool slightly before processing, mixture will explode out of container and make a mess in your kitchen). After cooling, whirl until pureed. Stir pureed lentils into soup mixture.

In a medium frying pan over medium-high heat, saute onion and carrots in butter or margarine until limp, but do not brown; add to lentils. Add thyme, nutmeg, salt, and white pepper. Simmer another 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in soup bowls.

Yield: 6 servings

Quinoa salad with tarragon and edamame

Warm Quinoa Salad with Edamame & Tarragon Recipe
4 servings, 1 1/2 cups each
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  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup drained and diced jarred roasted red peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, preferably toasted


  1. Toast quinoa in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it becomes aromatic and begins to crackle, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Meanwhile, bring broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Add the quinoa and return to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook gently for 8 minutes. Remove the lid and, without disturbing the quinoa, add edamame. Cover and continue to cook until the edamame and quinoa are tender, 7 to 8 minutes longer. Drain any remaining water, if necessary.
  3. Whisk lemon zest and juice, oil, tarragon and salt in a large bowl. Add peppers and the quinoa mixture. Toss to combine. Divide among 4 plates and top with walnuts.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Note: Quinoa is a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet. It is available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances its flavor and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective covering.
  • Cooking Tip: To toast walnuts:
Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.


Per Serving: 404 calories; 18 g fat ( 1 g sat , 6 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 46 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 16 g fiber; 645 mg sodium; 319 mg potassium.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

10 facts about coconut oil.The new health mecca?

There seems to be nothing coconut oil can't do! It has sooo many health benefits and uses, it's in a class of its own!
  • Coconut oil can be used for cooking and can be used as a healthy replacement for butter! Trust me, it's delicious (especially on toast and popcorn!).
  • It's an effective and completely natural, paraben free moisterizer!
  • It helps hair grow as well as keeping it shiny and soft!
  • Putting a small amount of coconut oil on the scalp prevents dandruff.
  • Aids with proper digestion and metabolism.
  • It's antibacterial, antifungal, and it was antioxidant properties!
  • It has been shown to reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, HIV, cancer.
  • Improves strength of teeth and bones.
  • Acts as a stress reliever.
  • Good for maintaining cholesterol levels.

10 Random Health Tips

  • Did you know that MCT oil has been linked to reducing one's chances of getting cancer?
  • A garlic capsule a day keeps the doctor away! It's true, if you cannot handle eating cloves of garlic each day, a garlic capsule will also help boost and strengthen the immune system.
  • Looking for a natural way to increase lactation? Simply make a tea out of the medicinal herb fenugreek. A teaspoon of fenugreek per cup of water will do the trick!
  • Can't sleep? Valerian flower extract has a great calming effect that helps you fall asleep.
  • Treat IBS naturally with psyllium husk or fennel seeds.
  • Chocolate's not all that bad for moderation! Dark chocolate is actually rich in antioxidants! Life changer huh?
  • Feeling the winter blues? Vitamin D3 is a natural supplement that gives you energy when you're lacking much needed sunlight!
  • Tea tree shampoos are a great and safe deterent for fleas on pets.
  • Stiff joints? Glucosamine reduces joint pain and stiffness. It can also be used for pets!
  • Red raspberry leaf tea aids in pregnancy by increasing the likelihood of having a safe pregnancy and birthing process.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Getting Started

 Looking for the latest in health tips, exercise routines, recipes, and inspiration for sticking to a healthy, active, and well balanced lifestyle? I am absolutely passionate about health and wellbeing, and working in the health industry, am surrounded with up and coming trends and facts .Throughout this blog, I am excited to share with you the ins and outs of health and nutrition. Also, I will be posting my personal attempts at cooking healthy recipes, my experiences with new workouts, and much more!