Honey-Basil Summer Sqaush

Honey-Basil Summer Sqaush

My mother always made a large sauce pot of green summer squash with tomatoes, tomato sauce, ground hamburger, and other seasonings. Us kids, my brothers and sisters and I, always looked forward to summer, but not the pots of summer squash, we dreaded those meals.

But now as an adult, summer always arrives, with no break from work like we had from school when we were kids. I have acquired a taste for squash. It seems the adult taste buds are a lot different than that of a child’s taste buds.

Our featured recipe is Honey-Basil Summer Squash, and can be a side dish to any main dish platter of beef, chicken, pork or fish.

One cup of summer squash has the following minerals:

Potassium

Phosphorus

Magnesium

Calcium

Sodium

Iron

Manganese

Selenium

Zinc

Copper

All of these trace minerals have many functions in the body. Such as potassium for blood pressure and heart health, and magnesium for muscle relaxation, and calcium to BRAGGS Liquid Aminos soy saucemake the muscles work. All three of those minerals need vitamin B-1 to work properly. Zinc is great for the skin and collagen. Vitamin-C is needed so zinc will be absorbed well.

We also used Bragg’s soy protein sauce in our recipe. It contains 16 essential and non-essential amino acids. Bragg’s soy sauce is made with non-GMO soybean protein only.

Now for the featured recipe and here is what you will need:

wet and dry herb mix for Honey-Basil Summer Sqaush

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoon dried basil or ¼ cup fresh basil, minced

6 tablespoons soy sauce (Brigg’s amino-acids)

2 tablespoons Lime juice

¼ cup rice vinegar

¼ red wine  vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 tablespoons honey

To make the sauce, combine all the above ingredients in a large bowl, mix up well, and set aside.

steaming squash for Honey-Basil Summer Sqaush

For the summer squash you will need:

2 small yellow squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices

2 small green squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices

1 small Mexican squash, sliced diagonally into 1 inch slices

Add sliced squash to a steamer with already boiling water. Steam the vegetables for 5 minutes, stirring them twice to evenly steam them. They should still be crunchy when steamed after 5 minutes.

mixing cooked squash with herb mixture

Place steamed vegetables in to large bowl with the sauce ingredients. Mix the vegetables till well coated.

Honey-Basil Summer Sqaush

Spoon vegetables into a serving bowl and enjoy as a side dish with your favorite main dish selection.

 

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Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?

Is Organic a Food Trend Movement

 

Today we are more interested than ever in what we eat and where our food comes from.

The food trend forecast for 2014 is:

  1. Locally sourced meats and seafood
  2. Locally grown produce
  3. Environmental sustainability
  4. Healthy Kids Meals/Children’s nutrition
  5. Gluten-free cooking

What is the organic movement? Can it be called a food trend?  First, a trend is something that appears, and in time disappears. Like chocolate fondue in the 1970’s, swiftly was introduce and excepted, and later was swiftly pushed off the food seen.  Now to answer the first question, let’s consider when we the consumer’s started thinking about organic foods.

Spice n Nice Natural foods Virmonts oldest natural foods storeThe organic movement had sprung directly from the customers’ demand as they became sick of the health hazards associated with the use of chemicals in food, and including household products. This started in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and back then it was the “be natural” approach.

Here in the image shows Vermont’s oldest natural food’s store. Their mission began in 1970, and has been ever since to offer alternatives that improve health and nutrition, support farming, advocate for our environment, and sustain our economy.

Organic products were offered only through health food stores in the 1970s and 80s, which have spread to the corners of supermarkets in the 1990s. Today (since about mid-2013), organic products, including organic foods, occupy prime shelf space in the big chain supermarkets.

Whole Foods Market selling organic foodsBut since the later parts of 2013 and until now (July 2014) you can buy organic produce and meats in Wal-Mart and Costco, and as stated in other market chains occupying their prime pace. Don’t forget about “Natural Foods Market” (has been around since 1950’s) and the ever popular growing “Whole Foods Market”.

The organic trend or movement has always been around. People have always been interested in organic food due to concerns over non-organic foods containing harmful substances like additives, preservatives, and now days we can add the concern over GMO foods.

Wikipedia says, “In recent years, environmental awareness has driven demand and conversion to organic farming [more so than ever before]. “ They go on to say, “Organic production and marketing have grown at a fast pace.”

The Organics Institute says, “Until the 1920’s, all agriculture was generally organic. It was not until the Second World War that farming methods changed dramatically. In 1939, Paul Muller developed DDT, the first of a new class of insecticides – chlorinated hydrocarbons to counter the pest problems.  This led to the outright dismissal of organic farming methods.”

The institute also says that the organic movement [today] is more of a renaissance than a revolution (or a food trend movement).

Is the desire by many to eat organic foods just a movement or tend that will soon pass? What is your opinion? Please leave your comments below, join in the conversation, “Is Organic Only a Food Trend Movement?”

Check out our new page here at  -Splendid Recipes and More-  featuring recipes that use organic foods: Recipes Using Organic Foods 

Read our other posted articles on the subject of Organic (link here).

 

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Weird-Looking Heirloom Vegetables: Why They’re Important

If you’ve ever been to a farmer’s market, no doubt you’ve come across vegetables labeled as “heirloom.” Heirloom is such an elegant words and it refers to something valuable passed down from generation to generation. organic grown strange carrot

But if heirloom vegetables are so valuable, why do they look so darned weird?

Simply put, heirloom vegetables are a specific variety vegetable that has been grown for many years and is open –pollinated. This is in contrast to hybrid and GM (genetically modified) vegetables. Heirlooms themselves are not necessarily organic, but when you grow them using organic techniques, they most definitely are.

Because they aren’t modified or cross-pollinated to produce new desirable traits, they may not look as pretty as the produce we’ve come to expect at the grocery store. But the good news is they are usually quite delicious. They are also often selected for their ability to withstand extreme weather and produce high yields.

To understand this a bit better, we need to look at 3 types of vegetables, or more specifically, 3 types of seeds. This information will help you in deciding what type of produce to buy and then, in a later post, will be useful if you are trying to grow your own produce as well.

Plant a seedHeirloom Seeds: These are seed varieties that have been cultivated for many years, passed down from generation to generation, having fairly predictable results from crop to crop.

There is no agreed upon age required for these seeds, but some suggest 50 years, while others say it should be 100. A lot of people agree upon a date of pre-1945 because that marks the end of World War 2 when growers started hybrid experimentation.

Hybrid Seeds: Hybrids sometimes occur naturally and other times, intentionally to acquire specific characteristics and hybrid seeds often produce high yields. It’s the cross-breeding of two species to produce a new plant. Hybrids can produce great results, but are problematic when home growers or small farmers want to use the seeds from their hybrid crop to create new crops. Seeds from a second generation hybrid plant simply do not produce predictable results. Thus, hybrid seeds are usually purchased again for each planting.

DNA in a bottleGMO Seeds: Then we have the GMO seeds that are the intentionally genetically modified to produce very specific results. It’s the actual transfer of DNA from one organism (not necessarily other plants) to another to get those results. There are a number of debatable issues in regard to GMO ranging from ethics to ecology to economy.

For the purposes of my posts here, we all need to be aware that GMOs threaten the existence of organic crops through cross-pollination. Add to that, when large GMO producers like Monsanto hold patents on their seeds, they readily bully and sue smaller farmers when their GMO seed has been found to cross-pollinate with the crops of these smaller farms. Many of these farms simply cannot afford to fight these legal battles and are forced to either shut down or comply with buying their seeds from the GMO producers.

Earlier in 2012 a lawsuit including nearly 300,000 American farmers was launched against Monstanto and its practices, but the suit has been denied. The lawyers representing the farmers issued an appeal in July to take Monstanto back to court. Where this goes, is unknown, but it makes the protection of heirloom seeds even more important.

So the next time you see that gnarled carrot or misshapen tomato at the farmer’s market, consider giving it a home. This is the type of produce we need to support if we want to sustain organic cultivation.

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