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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Grilled Asparagus

Grilled Asparagus takes not time at all to prepare... and this is the season for it. Right now, you can get all the tender tip asparagus you can eat. It is good for you as it is a natural diuretic. This side can be eaten hot or cold. I like to have it cold with a drizzle of olive oil. You just grill as you would any food on your outdoor grill adding your favorite spices as the green spears are licked by the flames. If you wish to eat cold, grill the spears first and set aside or in the fridge, serve them when you finish cooking/grilling. If you wish to eat them hot, then do them last.  As a topping, you can crumble some crisped bacon and a few shavings of Asiago.

Tutti a Tavola!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

20 Diuretic Foods/Beverages

Diuretic foods can be helpful if you’re looking to lower your blood pressure, or if you’re retaining water. Some dieters also use it to help them lose weight, and purging the body of excess fluid is good for your overall health and well being. One option is to take water pills in order to get your body to release extra water and salt, but before going that route it may be a better idea to make a few dietary changes and see if that helps. Here are some of the best diuretic foods/beverages available to keep things natural.

4-Brussel Sprouts
7-AppleCider Vinegar
9-Cranberry Juice

Beef Teriyaki Stir Fry

There is nothing like Lean Angus beef steak strips for a stir fry with onion, green pepper, and yellow squash.  As for a base, I like to use linguine noodles; but, you can use rice noodles. To spice up this recipe, try fresh chopped garlic, grated ginger, a squeeze of lime  tossed in on the end.
First, start a pot of water on the cook top to boil your noodles. Then, do as you would for any stir fry. Chop your onion, green pepper and slice your squash. In a large skillet, melt in 3 tbs of olive oil and the same of coconut oil. Throw in the fresh veggies and stir fry. In a few minutes, add about 1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce. If the water if boiling, add your pasta. When the vegetables are just tender, move aside or take out from the skillet so that you can quick stir fry your beef strips. It takes no more than 3-4 min. to cook the beef.

Check your noodles which should have been in a rolling boil now for about 8 min.  You want your pasta to be firm but not chewy. I always take out a piece to test. If they are ready, drain and quickly rinse. Pour out your pasta onto a low lipped serving plate and then pour over the top your stir fry and garnish with fresh parsley. If you want to zest it up, toss in some fresh crushed garlic and grated ginger with a squeeze of lively lime. I also keep a bottle of soy sauce in the table... since some in my family like the additional taste.

Tutti a Tavola!