• Summer Produce Guide
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    • Summer Produce Guide

      Summer Produce Guide

    Summer is a great time of year to be a cook. Markets and gardens are bursting with gorgeous fruits and vegetables in their prime: sweet corn, juicy ripe tomatoes, jewel-like berries, and many, many more. In our comprehensive guide to summer produce, we’ve got expert tips for buying, storing, and preparing the best of the season, plus recipes for everything from warm cherry and blueberry cobbler to watermelon salad with cilantro, radish sprouts, and Cotija cheese.

    All photos: Vanessa Rees








    Green Beans

    Green Beans


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  • Oven Roasted Eggplant with Tomato
    Oven Roasted Eggplant with Tomato
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    Oven Roasted Eggplant with Tomato



    • 1 Large Eggplant
    • ½ Cup Tomato Sauce
    • 1 small clove of fresh garlic, minced
    • ½ Cup shaved mozzarella
    • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
    • salt


    • Cut ends off the fresh eggplant.
    • Cut the eggplant in half-length wise.
    • Set the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Wrap each half of eggplant in foil and then place each half on cookie sheet.
    • Cook eggplant until it is tender, 25 minutes.
    • When the eggplant is cooking, heat a pan with 1 tsp olive oil.
    • Add minced garlic and slowly sauté.
    • Once garlic is cooked, add ½ cup tomato sauce and let simmer until eggplant is done.
    • Once eggplant is tender, scoop out the centers of the eggplant in a mixing bowl.
    • Add warm tomato sauce to the mixing bowl and mix eggplant with the sauce.
    • Add salt to taste.
    • When serving, sprinkle a little bit of cheese on top of eggplant then enjoy.


    Goes well with:

    >> Pan seared Salmon or Chicken.


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  • Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ Butternut Squash Puree
    Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ Butternut Squash Puree
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    Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Butternut Squash Puree

    Butternut Squash Puree Ingredients:

    • Butternut Squash
    • Olive Oil
    • Salt
    • Chicken Stock


    1. Cut both ends of the butternut and then cut in half length wise.
    2. Scoop out seeds and toss.
    3. Set oven to 400 degrees.
    4. Drizzle olive oil on the flesh of the butternut then sprinkle a little salt over each half.
    5. Wrap each half of the butternut in aluminum foil and place on a cookie sheet.
    6. Put in the oven and roast until butternut is soft, 3o minutes.
    7. Scoop out flesh and add to blender.
    8. Add a little bit of chicken stock, blend.
    9. Repeat step 8 until you have reached your desired consistency.
    10. Add salt to taste.

    Brussel Sprout Ingredients:

    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Olive Oil
    • Salt


    1. Cut the bottoms of the brussel sprouts and then cut in half length wise.
    2. Spread brussel sprout out evenly on cookie sheet.
    3. Set oven to 400 degrees.
    4. Drizzle olive oil on top of brussel sprouts then sprinkle a little salt over them.
    5. Place the brussel sprouts in oven.
    6. Roast until brussel sprouts turn golden brown, about 10 minutes.
    7.  Add salt to taste.

    Enjoy Mommy’s Fitness Time’s Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts!

    Chef’s notes:

    >> To round out these beautiful fall ingredients, don’t be afraid to add dried cranberries on top.


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    Fall is the time when we’re really excited to get back into our kitchens and spend some time tinkering again: making long-simmered stews and sauces, braising, baking, and other forms of cooking that we eschew in hotter weather. Luckily, the cooler temperatures bring a whole slew of seasonal goodies to cook with, from crisp apples and juicy pears to hearty greens, sweet root vegetables, and sturdy winter squash. Make the most of what you’ll find at the markets this autumn with our comprehensive guide for buying, storing, and preparing the season’s best produce, plus plenty of recipe ideas to put it all to use.

    Photos: Vanessa Rees

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  • 9 Foods to Help You Lose Weight
    9 Foods to Help You Lose Weight
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    Delicious foods that help you diet? It sounds too good to be true. No doubt: Weight loss comes down to simple math. You have to eat fewer calories than you burn.”Certain foods can help you shed body weight,” says Heather Mangieri, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “because they help you feel full longer and help curb cravings.”

    Some even kick up your metabolism. So take this list when you go to the supermarket:

    1. Beans

    Inexpensive, filling, and versatile, beans are a great source of protein. Beans are also high in fiber and slow to digest. That means you feel full longer, which may stop you from eating more.

    2. Soup

    Start a meal with a cup of soup, and you may end up eating less. It doesn’t matter if the soup is chunky or pureed, as long as it’s broth-based. You want to keep the soup to 100 to 150 calories a serving. So skip the dollops of cream and butter.

    3. Dark Chocolate

    Want to enjoy chocolate between meals? Pick a square or two of dark over the milky version. In one study, chocolatelovers who were given dark chocolateate 15% less pizza a few hours later than those who had eaten milk chocolate.

    4. Pureed Vegetables

    You can add more veggies to your diet, enjoy your “cheat” foods, and cut back on the calories you’re eating, all at the same time. When Penn State researchers added pureed cauliflower and zucchini to mac and cheese, people seemed to like the dish just as much. But they ate 200 to 350 fewer calories. Those healthy vegetables added low-cal bulk to the tasty dish.

    5. Eggs and Sausage

    A protein-rich breakfast may help you resist snack attacks throughout the day.

    In a study of a group of obese young women, those who started the day with 35 grams of protein — that’s probably way more than you’re eating — felt fuller right away. The women ate a 350-calorie breakfast that included eggs and a beef sausage patty. The effect of the high-protein breakfast seemed to last into the evening, when the women munched less on fatty, sugary goods than the women who had cereal for breakfast.

    To read the Full Article by Shelley Levitt, on WebMD, click here.

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  • Roasted Salsa Roja Recipe
    Roasted Salsa Roja Recipe
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    • 6 Large Tomatoes
    • ½ of a Red Onion, sliced
    • ½ of a Jalapeno
    • 2 small clove of fresh garlic, smashed
    • 1 cup water or chicken stock
    • 1/2 tsp olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Fresh Cilantro
    • Salt to taste


    1. Slice the 6 tomatoes.
    2. Spread tomatoes out evenly on cookie sheet with parchment paper on the bottom.
    3. Set oven to 400 degrees.
    4. Drizzle olive oil on top of tomatoes then put tomatoes in oven.
    5. Add Jalapeno, red onion and smashed garlic clove on top of the tomatoes after first 10 minutes.
    6. Roast everything until edges of tomatoes are turning black, about 15 minutes.
    7. Take everything out of the oven once tomatoes are roasted.
    8. Put everything in a blender.
    9. Add water or chicken stock to blender.
    10. Add Fresh Cilantro to blender.
    11. Blend everything together.
    12. Taste.
    13. Add salt to your own taste.

    Enjoy Mommy’s Fitness Time’s Salsa Roja!

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  • Homemade Fat-Free Tzatziki
    Homemade Fat-Free Tzatziki
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    • 1 cup fat free greek yogurt
    • 1/2 cup pealed cucumber
    • Dill, finely chopped
    • 1 small clove of fresh garlic, minced
    • 1/2 tsp olive oil


    1. Put 1 cup fat-free greek yogurt in a mixing bowl.
    2. Peal and dice the cucumber into small squares.
    3. Finely chop the dill.
    4. Mince clove of garlic.
    5. Add cucumber, dill, garlic, and olive oil to the yogurt bowl.
    6. Salt to taste (always taste as you go along. REMEMBER it is easier to add talk to things, not take them out).
    7. Stir.
    8. Set in fridge until ready to serve.

    Goes well with:

    >> Pan seared Salmon, Chicken, or Lamb.

    >> Sliced cucumber for a Healthy Snack.

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  • Learn which food is good for you!
    Learn which food is good for you!
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    Do you really know which food is good for you? Here is a list of food products and their benefits:

    • Meat: Beef, lamb, pork, chicken, etc. Humans have eaten meat for hundreds of thousands of years. Unprocessed meat is good for you, especially if the animals ate natural foods (like beef from grass-fed cows).
    • Fish: Fish is great. Very healthy, fulfilling and rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients. You should eat fish (preferably fatty fish like salmon) every week.
    • Eggs: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. The yolk is the most nutritious and healthiest part. Omega-3 eggs are best.
    • Vegetables: Contain fiber and many nutrients that are essential for the human body. Eat vegetables every day.
    • Fruit: Increase variety, taste good, are easy to prepare and rich in fiber and Vitamin C. They’re still pretty high in sugar, so eat in moderation if you need to lose weight.
    • Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Rich in various nutrients, but very high in calories. Eat in moderation if you need to lose weight.
    • Potatoes: Root vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes are healthy, but they’re still high in carbs. Eat in moderation if you need to lose weight.
    • High-Fat Dairy: Cheese, cream, butter, full-fat yogurt, etc. Rich in healthy fats and calcium. Dairy from grass-fed cows will be rich in Vitamin K2, which is very important for health.
    • Fats and Oils: Olive oil, butter, lard, etc. Choose saturated fats for high-heat cooking like pan frying, they are more stable in the heat.

    Read the full article on Authority Nutrition

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