Indian-Inspired Spicy Cauliflower

We’ve all heard it–eat your vegetables. One of the recommendations for a healthy diet is that half of your plate should be vegetables and fruit–that’s alot! Fruit and vegetable juices do count, but still this is more servings than probably most people eat daily. Cauliflower is a cool season vegetable; it is reasonably priced and there are blemish-free heads of caulifower in stores. Now is a good time to cook with this vegetable. Indian-Inspired Spicy Cauliflower brings out the best in this vegetable. The end of this blog post contains a little nutrition trivia related to why we should eat more vegetables and fruits.Spicy Indian Cauliflower in iron skiller - 1 - IMG_2582_1


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Louisiana Lagniappe: Crawfish & Beyond the Swamp

Lagniappe is French for “a little something extra.” Crawfish is definitely one of the more unique foods that Louisiana has to offer. Call the freshwater crustrations by either mudbugs, crayfish or crawfish. In Louisiana they are big enough to eat; it is not springtime without boiled crawfish. I also like peeled crawfish tails prepared in dishes such as crawfish etouffee and bisque.

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Stir Fry Bok Choy and Pineapple

Bok Choy: Will it grow in Louisiana? Every year I like to try to plant something new and small bok choy plants was something I noticed in the garden center. Why not try this vegetable, I mused. Well, my transplanted seedlings grew well–both in the fall and early spring–so I’ve got lots of bok choy to cook with. This is a cool weather plant, so time is running out to plant it in our gardens in March. Here is some that I planted last fall which lasted through the winter.

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Healthy Apple Salads: Field Trip to Michigan

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The old adage may actually have some truth to it. Although apples don’t have much Vitamin C, they have other health benefits. A couple of weeks ago I made a trip to Michigan where I lived for several years. I loved Michigan autumns with its burst of color; and remember apple orchards, fresh apple cider and  varieties of apples that you don’t find here.

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