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Diabetes Quick Fix: Pecan-Crusted Tilapia with Hot Pepper Succotash

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Pecans and cornmeal make a crisp crust for fresh fish fillets. Hot pepper jelly is a quick way to add flavor to vegetables. Here it spices up a traditional succotash for the side dish.

A general rule of thumb for cooking fish is to cook it for 10 minutes per inch of thickness measured at the thickest part of the fish. I prefer to cook the fish ...Read more

Cardiologist Joel Kahn's push for plant-based lifestyle is outlined in new book

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We all know we should eat better.

That's the standard message from health professionals, dietitians and nutritionists. A sedentary lifestyle paired with foods that are highly caloric, high in fat and loaded with sodium is seen as nobody's friend.

Adopting a plant-based style of eating is gaining popularity as a way to live healthier.

For some...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Southwestern Three Bean Soup

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This thick hearty soup is a great 25-minute supper. It's a whole flavor-packed meal in a bowl. It also freezes well. If you have time, make double and you will have another meal ready for emergencies.

Helpful Hints:

-- Fresh or frozen shelled edamame can be used.

-- A good quality paprika can be substituted for smoked paprika.

-- Diced fresh...Read more

Spoonfuls of this snack could benefit adults with high blood pressure, study says

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In the realm of snacks, yogurt has always been considered one of the healthier options. But is it so healthy, it can help lower risk of cardiovascular disease?

A study published earlier this month in American Journal of Hypertension (Oxford University Press) concluded that both men and women suffering from high blood pressure could potentially ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Scaloppine al Marsala (Veal Marsala) with Penne alla Siciliana (Sicilian Penne Pasta)

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Succulent veal with a sweet Marsala wine sauce and pasta brings a touch of Sicily to your table. Marsala wine is a sweet fortified wine that is produced in Sicily by families who have owned their vineyards for many generations.

Helpful Hints:

-- Sherry can be used instead of Marsala.

-- Boneless skinless chicken breasts can be substituted for...Read more

Should you avoid asparagus? Maybe not

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Are you eschewing asparagus because of recent headlines suggesting that it raises your cancer risk?

Some recent research suggested that foods which contain high levels of asparagine, an amino acid, may be associated with the spread of breast cancer, as USA Today reported.

A study of lab mice found cutting levels of asparagine "dramatically" ...Read more

Skipping breakfast is not a good idea in the long run, study finds

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Although there have been countless opinions over the years about the importance of breakfast, researchers studying how it affects overall health are now saying that your mother was right when she told you it's the most important meal of the day.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows a correlation between ...Read more

For a nutritious breakfast, think pizza. No, really.

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You know that pepperoni pie you tucked into last night but would feel far too guilty to eat for breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Get over it and chow down. In a boon to college students and hungover people everywhere, some nutrition experts are now saying that pizza is actually healthier for you for breakfast than that box of ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Mock Hungarian Goulash with Caraway Noodles

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Succulent beef cooked in a tomato sauce flavored with onion, green pepper and paprika is the basis for Hungarian Goulash. Here's a quick version.

The secret to a good Hungarian Goulash is good Hungarian paprika. Paprika is the Hungarian name for both sweet pepper and the powder made from it. Ordinary paprika comes in varying degrees of flavor -...Read more

Quinoa kale salad keeps healthful eating resolutions on track

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If you're looking for something to help you keep your new year's resolution to eat healthier, a kale salad is a good option.

The sturdy green contains vitamins A and C, folic acid, calcium and iron.

But there's also another reason to sing kale's praises: You can go ahead and dress The Kansas City Star's Quinoa Kale Salad With Raisins and ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Pistachio-Crusted Chicken and Broccoli Farfalle

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These chicken breasts get a nice crunch when coated with chopped pistachio nuts. Serve with Broccoli Farfalle. Farfalle is a bow-tie-shaped pasta. Cooking broccoli florets with the pasta saves a step.

Helpful Hints:

-- Walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts can be substituted for pistachio nuts.

-- Use broccoli florets. Cut them in half if large. ...Read more

5 ways to realistically change your poor eating habits

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Many people consider a new relationship with food in the new year.

But beginning an Instagram-popular diet like Whole 30, or trying to reduce your sugar intake, often seems intimidating with all it requires. Reading and listing all those ingredients. Dedicating time at the grocery store. Cooking regularly.

Last week, U.S. News & World Report ...Read more

Which foods can help you fight the flu?

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The flu has hit hard this year with a particularly nasty strain of the virus that has slammed into California without mercy. As the Los Angeles Times reports, no less than 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in the state since October. That's compared with just three during the same time period last year. What can you to protect ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Ham and Lentil Soup with Garlic Toast

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This thick and hearty soup made with lentils, ham and tomatoes takes only 30 minutes to make. It's a whole meal in one bowl. Soups and casseroles are great family fare, but usually take too long to make for a midweek meal. This quick meal fits the bill.

Helpful Hints:

-- Canned whole tomatoes can be used instead of diced.

-- Diced fresh ...Read more

Diabetes Quick Fix: Honey Mustard Crusted Steak with Garlic Rosemary Beans

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Honey mustard and cumin create a tangy topping for grass-fed strip steak. Garlic and rosemary flavored cannellini beans complete this dinner that is quick enough for a midweek dinner and special enough to serve for the holiday season.

Helpful Hints:

-- If grass-fed strip steak is not available, use 1/2-pound beef tenderloin.

-- Honey mustard ...Read more


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