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Asparagus season

No more hangovers! I recently read, that if you are drinking alcohol with dinner, a dish with asparagus can prevent hangovers. I am not sure if it works, but maybe worth a try. While the white asparagus season is ending, green asparagus is becoming even more available. Green asparagus is harvested above ground when spears are 18-25cm long. Asparagus is a good source of folate, dietary fiber and vitamins C and E. Continue reading

Green Food

Asparagus is Spring food. In Northern Europe, April/May is asparagus time. As a close relative of the allium plants, asparagus is said to be an aphrodisiac. Known as early as in old Egypt, the plant was also served to Madame de Pompadour in France as ‘Love Tips’. Asparagus is low in calories, a good source of vitamin B6, fiber and protein and other important nutrients. Continue reading

Pasta Prima-Winter

Channel the Tuscan sun with a light and quick pasta sauce, Primavera style, veganized and winterized. In a NY winter, the right mix of early vegetables might be hard to come by, besides I never liked too much watery summer squash. Just take little handfuls of vegetables you have at hand in winter. A cup of mushrooms, even dried and rehydrated ones; Winter roots such as carrots, parsnips, celery; Chopped and frozen parsley. I was lucky to find some green asparagus and tomatoes. Together it blends to a nice real Pasta Prima-Winter. Btw. did you know that whole wheat pasta is a great source of protein? See recipe

Comfort food

Sometimes a healthy version of your favorite Chinese takeout makes a nice dinner… Today I was craving something easy and familiar such as a vegetable stir fry with garlic sauce. And did I mention the asparagus with the broccoli? Asparagus is a true happy food. Besides the legends surrounding the stalks, it is one of the top plant-based sources of tryptophan plus folate, both necessary for creating mood-regulating neurotransmitters. Enzymes in asparagus are also effective in breaking down alcohol in your system, preventing a hangover… See recipe

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Salad with the humble beet

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Some time ago, the NY Times printed an list of certain “power foods” recommended to be eaten more often because of their superior nutritional value. Among them the humble red beet. But what can you do with it besides hot … Continue reading