Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine

Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine

There are many varieties of vinegar’s. Like red wine vinegar, champagne vinegar, rice vinegar, cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sherry vinegar, and white vinegar.

Vinegar’s are used for pickling, de-glazing pans, marinating meats, making sauces and is found in some desserts. White or cider vinegar’s are even used for house cleaning and disinfecting as well.

Commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine is red wine vinegar, and is a common staple in most French homes. Most red wine vinegar’s can be matured up to two years. White wine vinegar is tangy in flavor and can be used in place of lemon juice in sauces like, Hollandaise and Bearnaise sauces, can also be used in making vinaigrette’s, soups, and stews.

It’s also an excellent base for homemade fruit or herb vinegar’s. Wine or white distilled vinegar’s are flavored with herbs, spices or other seasonings, like garlic, basil and tarragon, making a tasty and aromatic addition to dressings.  As for fruit infused vinegar’s, they are that commonly done with balsamic vinegar’s, like raspberry, blueberry or pomegranate.

From the kitchen to cleaning house, doing the laundry, and even used for medicinal purposes, vinegar is the most versatile of products, and versatile is defined as “capable of turning with ease from one thing to another.”

Our featured recipe is – Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine -, and yes it uses red wine, and red wine vinegar. Here is what you will need.

herb - wine marinade for Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine2/3 cup red wine

6 tablespoons tomato paste

3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked from steams

3 sprigs marjoram, leaves picked, or 1/2 teaspoon dried

½ cup red wine vinegar

3 1/2 pounds of chicken parts, legs, thighs, or breast, with bone and skin

Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste, optional

1 pound tri-color baby potatoes, do not peel

3 small red onions, quartered

6 carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise

½ cup water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

chicken marinading in herbs and red wineMix together the wine, tomato paste, thyme, marjoram, and vinegar. Season the chicken with salt and pepper (optional), then place in a large bowl with the wine mixture. Coated the chicken pieces well, and set aside in the refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.

vegetables arranged in a glass baking dishPlace the potatoes in a medium to large saucepan of cold water, cover, and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes, drain.

Arrange the onions, carrots, and cooked potatoes in a large glass baking dish and pour in the water. We were not able to purchase the tri-colored baby potatoes, so we used small red potatoes cut in half.

marinated chicken and vegetables in a glass baking dishArrange the chicken pieces skin-side up on top of the vegetables. Pour the marinade over the chicken-vegetable layer. Cover with tin foil and roast for 30 minutes.

Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine - fresh out of the ovenRemove the foil and baste the chicken with the cooking liquid. Roast another 15 minutes, uncovered, or until the skin is crisp.

Platted - Roasted Herb Chicken In Red Wine and VegetablesPlate and serve.

Here’s another recipe using white wine, that we are sure you will also enjoy. Link here to view: Roasted Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce. You will enjoy the aroma of the fresh tarragon, in this recipe!!

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Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

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Anthocyanins are plant pigments widespread in nature. They play relevant roles in plant propagation and ecophysiology and plant defense mechanisms and are responsible for the color of fruits and vegetables (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry).

Being the antioxidant chemical that it is, anthocyanins help to fight free radicals in the body, and is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer plant-based compound.

Medical research with anthocyanins, have found that the compound may protect against obesity. Medical study’s have noted that mice fed an anthocyanin-enriched high-fat diet for eight weeks gained less weight than mice fed a high-fat diet without anthocyanins.

The reason for less weight gain in the mice fed a diet high in foods containing anthocyanins, is the fiber content as well. When eating foods high in fiber, the food eaten benefits the body more in respects to nutrition, rather then turning it to fat storage in the body.

Fruits and vegetables are not the only food source containing anthocyanins, as legumes or beans also contain this natural plant compound, and are also high in fiber (Read More Here About Legumes: The Health Benefits Of Beans).

Enough of the science lesson, now for our featured recipe: Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup, and here is what you will need.

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced fine

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

2 – 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained

4 cups chicken stock

Radishes, avocado, and cilantro for garnishing (optional)

cooking onions and sweet potatoes in a sauce panIn large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat, and cook onion, garlic, salt, chili pepper, and sweet potatoes, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until mixture smells fragrant.  

bring soup to a boilAdd chicken stock, and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook another 15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.

mixing ingredients with chicken broth in a large sauce potNext add the black beans, and stir in, cooking another 5 minutes.

Southwestern Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

Unexpected Chedder CheeseLadle into soup bowls and top with radish slices, diced avocado, fresh cilantro, and shredded cheese.

We used a cheese exclusive to Trader Joe’s. One day they were giving out cheese and wine samples. The cheese sample include the “Unexpected.” You red right, the Unexpected.

The store clerk explained to me, that the cheese manufactures made a mistake in processing this cheese.

But Joe said keep making it, and we will purchase it, and so it is. The cheese taste great. As the package describes, it is a Cheddar with hints of Parmesan.

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Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Good Reasons To Eat Whole Fresh Vegetables Every Day

Many people who my be over weight or obese, are concerned about how to lose weight. When combined with exercise, a healthy diet that consists of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein, can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight, also lowering your cholesterol levels, controlling blood glucose, and improving any other body functions on a daily basis.

Young Lady selling whole fresh vegetables at a farmers market There are so many ideas that my be complex or complicated when it comes to the word diet. Our bodies are an intricate machine, and it needs a variety of whole foods to maintain good health, and vegetables are an interrelated part of that process.

A diet should not consist of demonizing some foods or limiting what you eat. Your diet should be a life style.

We have here a video presentation on the importance of including fresh whole vegetables everyday as part of a life style diet that doesn’t limit you access to foods. As we mentioned our bodies are an intricate machine, and are a part of earth’s nature.

The way food was meant to be naturally seeded, grown, and harvested meets the body’s needs for nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. 

 

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Good For Your Health Household Chores Inside and Out

 Good For Your Health Household Chores Inside and Out

Most of us know that losing weight makes for a healthier body and in order to lose or maintain a healthy weight you must burn more calories than you consume. The amount of calories any one person requires really depends on their activity level, because the more active you are, the more calories will burn.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money and time to get a good workout. Why not get a great workout while at home without any gym equipment., how you ask? Doing household chores. You get the best of both worlds, that is the house gets cleaned and you’re burning calories in the process.

According to Health Status, an individual who might weigh 150 pounds will burn about 99 calories every 30 minutes of doing housework. Were as an individual who weighs 200 pounds, will burn about 131 calories in the same amount of time.

Keep in mind finding an easy way to clean your home could be less advantages to you burning calories. The harder you work, the more calories you will burn.

Let’s examine two areas of your home that can help burn calories, inside the home and out side the home, in your garden area.

Inside Calorie Burning

Here are some great ways to burn calories without ever leaving the house. These are especially good rainy day jobs that help keep you fit:

Vacuuming

Unless you have an ultra-lite vacuum cleaner, most vacuums are pretty heavy and lugging them around is a workout in and of itself. Take your time to really get the rooms clean. Move furniture that has been sitting in the same spot for a long period of time. That way you’ll get the aerobic activity of walking and pushing the vacuum cleaner plus the anaerobic activity by moving furniture around.

vacuuming burns caloriesBy the way, all these moves are considered functional movement, which is exercise that mimics everyday life activities and allows us to perform better in our daily tasks.

A person that is about 150 pounds will burn up to 120 calories in 30 minutes of vacuuming, or about 150 calories if you weigh around 180 pounds.

According to Live Healthy the following activities will help you burn between 235 and 310 calories in one hour. Your gender, weight, and age will determine the amount of calories you burn.

Cleaning Windows

You might have heard many house cleaners say, “I don’t clean windows”, but they do need to be done and this is a job best reserved for nice sunny days so you can see if you’re missing any spots through the window.

cleaning floorsGet a stepladder and a wad of paper towels or regular towels plus some good glass cleaner.

The act of climbing the ladder to get to the tops of the windows is great aerobic exercise and you get to tone your arms wiping the glass cleaner off the windows.

If you have windows that tilt in for outside cleaning, do both sides to burn twice as many calories.

Mopping the Floor

You can do it standing up with a mop and broom or you can get down on your hands and knees for close up scrubbing.

Either way, you can cover a lot of territory on your wood, ceramic, or vinyl floors, getting clean shiny floors and burning calories in the process.

Cleaning Curtains Blinds and Light Fixtures 

People generally don’t do this job enough and it really needs to be done once or twice a year. You’ll need a blind cleaner and a step stool. The up and down of getting on and off the step stool will burn aerobic calories and cleaning light fixtureyou’ll be able to tone your arms in the act of cleaning the blinds.

This is true of cleaning light fixtures hang from the ceiling as well.

Curtains need to be removed and either dry-cleaned or washed in the washing machine depending on the fabric. The act of climbing ladders to unhook the curtains burns calories as well.

Cleaning Out Closets

Think about having a garage sale and begin by cleaning out all your closets to find merchandise you can sell. Take everything out of each closet and dust or sweep the closet now that it’s empty. Then put back in the closet only those things you definitely want to keep. Everything else needs a place to store until you decide to have your sale.

Now let’s take a look at burning calories outside the home.

Outside Garden Calorie Burning

If you own or rent a home, there is always going to be outside work to do. Here are some activities that can burn calories in the process.

Mowing the Lawn

Manual grass mowerMowing the lawn benefits you from both aerobic exercise and resistance exercise. Mowing the lawn burns a little more calories then work done inside the home.

According to Fat Burn if you weigh 160 pounds you can burn up to 153 calories with 20 minutes using a manual reel-type push mower, and one hour of mowing burns 458 calories.

Mowing with a self-propelled gas or electric power mower uses fewer calories, and you will burn 115 calories in 20 minutes and 244 calories in one hour. Keep in mind your gender, weight, and age determines the calories you will burn.

Add some trimming around the trees and fences for added calorie burning and building arm strength and muscle.

Gardening

Simple gardening, including hoeing, planting, seeding, and pulling weeds burns calories and is something you can do all summer long. Make as big a garden as your yard space allows. You’ll have the added advantage of adding homegrown vegetables to your dinner table.

Digging holes for plants burns as much as 500 calories per hour (depends on gender, age and weight). Weeding involves the need to bend and use the arm and ab muscles; both serve muscle building and functional movement.

Health Benefits of Gardening 

Other added benefits of gardening include easing stress, improving your mood, and it’s great for your brain as well.

clean healthy earth is good for your health Two separate studies (16 year span) that involved seniors in their 60’s and 70’s found that those who gardened regularly had up to a 47% lower risk of dementia than those who don’t do any gardening, even when a range of other health factors were taken into account.

Digging in the dirt is great for your lungs as well. Healthy soil is full of bacteria. Gardeners inhale the bacteria, or have topical contact with it and getting it into the bloodstream when there is a cut on the skin.

These microbes in soil are a natural antidepressant, as they cause cytokine levels to rise, which results in the production of higher levels of serotonin, the high levels of serotonin produce happiness, better sleep, and better eating habits.

No you know the health benefits of household chores, they should be a chore anymore.

 

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Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful Eating and Why It’s Important

Mindful eating can also be described as

  • Apprehensive
  • Careful
  • Cautious
  • Cognizant
  • Conscious
  • Conversant
  • Knowledgeable
  • Observant
  • Respectful
  • Solicitous
  • Vigilant
  • Wary
  • Watchful

Replacing Mindful with any of these words, like Careful Eating, or Knowledgeable Eating, or how about Vigilant Eating would imply to the following when eating.

Respectful Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantEat like a connoisseur of food and smell, savor, and see the color and texture of every bit you take. Make sure when you are eating that you are sedentary, always sitting, and avoid standing up, and don’t stand in front of the fridge and eat. That is not Respectful Eating.

Set your table with your fine China, crystal, and silverware. Or at least something graceful and pleasing to plate your food, doing so will make your meal feel special. Avoid the colors red and yellow. They have an effect on your emotions causing you to want more food.  That would be Knowledgeable Eating.

Always remember the purpose of eating is to enjoy what you’re eating, and not to eat just to fill a void.

Don’t multitask. Focus on what you are eating, that’s practicing Observant Eating.

Turn the television off, as well as the cell phone. Research as indicated that watching TV while eating prompts mindless eating, and not Vigilant Eating.

Practice putting your fork down between bites, this will allow you to chew your food more. The fork in hand would only signal to put more food in Apprehensive Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s Importantyour mouth before you have swallowed what is already there. Putting your fork down between bits would be Watchful Eating.

Rate your hunger before you eat. Using a scale of 1-10, with 1 being not so hungry and 10 being very hungry will help you to avoid emotional eating. That would be Cautious Eating.

 

Stay hydrated as thirst can impersonate hunger. That would be Apprehensive Eating.

Solicitous Eating - Mindful Eating and Why It’s ImportantIf you’re the cook enjoy the process of preparing food in place of rushing through it. If you’re not a cook, get in the kitchen and help, and enjoy the feeling of preparing great food.

Be mentally present, in the moment, as it were, while you’re dicing, shredding, grating or chopping the food.

Breath in the aroma of what you are cooking. Notice how cooking can relieve stress. That would be practicing Solicitous Eating.

Try new foods and get out of the mindless eating pothole, trench, and furrow. That would be Cognizant Eating.

Wary Eating shows a suspicious attitude to junk food, fad diets or yo-yo dieting.

A person who practices Conversant Eating knows or remembers from experience why they have changed their bad eating habits to healthy eating.

Those who practice Conscious Eating fully appreciate the importance of a healthy diet that includes complex carbohydrates, good fats, and protein.

If you practice Careful Eating then you are paying close attention to accuracy and details of Mindful Eating.

 

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Be Health Wise Don’t Skip Breakfast

Be Health Wise Don't Skip Breakfast

Skipping breakfast is not a wise choice if you want to maintain a healthy body and healthy weight.

It is reported that if you skip breakfast you are 55% more likely to drink carbonated drinks, 40% more likely to eat candy, such as milk chocolate, and 45% less likely to eat vegetables, and 30 % less likely to eat fruits.

When you skip breakfast, you are creating a chain reaction within your body:

  1. You slow down your metabolism
  2. Fat is stored longer in your body
  3. Higher tendency to overeat at your next meal
  4. Gain weight a lot easier and your LDL cholesterol rises

Eating breakfast every morning or at the start of your day you can also:

  1. Give Yourself an Energy Boost to Start the Day
  2. Sharper Focus
  3. Reduces Moring Crankiness
  4. Metabolism Boost
  5. Lose or Maintain a Healthy Weight
  6. Prevents Unhealthy Habits

Download this FREE E Book from us (Splendid Recipes and More) and learn more about the benefits of breakfast: Breakfast for a Healthy You

Here’s a great breakfast to try this morning and if not tomorrow morning than:

Egg and Sauteed Vegetable Breakfast

1 large egg

1 small orange sweet pepper

3 snow peas

3 Brussels sprouts

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon water

Be Health Wise Don't Skip Breakfast

Chop all of the vegetables, and set aside. Next warm on medium heat a small coated ceramic pan (or pan of your choice). Add butter, allow to melt. Next add vegetables, and wait 30 seconds. Break egg over vegetables, add the water and place a lid over the pan. Let cook 1 minute, and 1 minute only.

 

Plate and serve.

Be health wise and enjoy the goodness of breakfast.

 

 

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Vegetables – Natures Perfect Food

Vegetables - Natures Perfect Food

“It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.”  – Meryl Streep
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Eating an abundance of vegetables each and every day is critical for good health, nutrition, weight loss and long term weight management.

Low In Calories

Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect FoodVegetables are very low in calories, in fact, many vegetable’s calorie content is insignificant, and so they can be eaten in in unlimited amounts.

Nutrient Rich

They also contain essential anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Antioxidants protect the body from various types of oxidant stress, cancers and diseases and also increases its capacity to fight against conditions because they increase the body’s immunity potential.

Fiber

peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect FoodVegetables are also important sources of fiber, both soluble and insoluble. Fiber regulates digestion, and protects the body from conditions like hemorrhoids, colon cancer, chronic constipation, and rectal fissures.

Fiber is also essential in weight management as getting the recommended daily dose of keeps you full longer and keeps the body balanced.

Recommended Daily Intake

The United States Department of Agriculture vegetables- peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect Foodrecommends that people eat a minimum of 3 to 5 servings of vegetables every day.

And, those seeking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight will be glad to know that since vegetables, especially, green ones, are so low in calories that they can safely fill a plate in abundance, which, allows people to eat more while losing weight.

Frozen Versus Fresh Vegetables

Frozen vegetables are just as good and sometimes better than fresh, since, many varieties are available year round. Frozen vegetables also keep much longer and so can eliminate the need to go shopping more often for fresh. Of course, not all vegetables are available in frozen, but, those that are, such as broccoli, spinach, carrots, green beans, lima beans, stir fry mixes, etc., are all great options for healthy cooking.

Green Vegetables

Green vegetables are very low in calories and can be eaten in abundance for good health, energy, nutrients and weight artichokes- vegetables- peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect Food loss.
They are also very low in carbs and so make a great food choice for those who have or are concerned with Diabetes and weight loss. Nutrients include, Fiber, vitamins, A, C, E and K, and also calcium, potassium and magnesium.

Choices

  • Asparagus
  • Green Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Swiss chard
  • Bok Choy
  • Spinach
  • Brussels Sprouts
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  • Artichoke
  • Cucumber
  • Kale
  • Green Beans
  • Cilantro
  • Snow Peas
  • Sprouts

Green Leafy Vegetables

Dark green leafy vegetables offer the most nutrients calorie for calorie than any other food.

Along with all the nutrients offered by the other green vegetables, they are also a source of various phytonutrients, which include, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These protect the body’s leafy green vegetables - broccoli- artichokes- vegetables- peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect Foodcells from damage and a lot more.

Dark green leaves also contain small amounts of Omega-3 fats, a lot of fiber, and since they are already low in carbs and so high in fiber they generally do not even count carb-wise at all.

Choices

  • Spinach
  • Mustard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Collard Greens
  • Turnip greens
  • Swiss Chard
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Parsley
  • Watercress

Red, Yellow And Orange Vegetables

bell-peppers - leafy green vegetables - broccoli- artichokes- vegetables- peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect FoodColor veggies are rich sources of iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin A, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Red tomatoes offer high concentrations of lycopene, which is an incredible antioxidant that helps to prevent various cancers.

The American Diabetes Association recommends squash, which, is available year round in both winter and summer varieties. It also provides a high amount of vitamins A and C, B vitamins, along with iron and calcium.

Choices

  • colored vegetables- bell-peppers - leafy green vegetables - broccoli- artichokes- vegetables- peppers - Bell peppers - Vegetables - Natures Perfect Food Carrots
  • Baby corn
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes (though a fruit, it is used like a vegetable)
  • Radishes
  • Peppers

White Vegetables

The University of California Cooperative Extension has reported that white vegetables help to reduce the risk of various health conditions, including, heart disease, cancer and some types of infections. They also help to lower cholesterol and regulate high blood pressure.

white vegetables- Vegetables: Natures Perfect Food Choices

  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Jicama
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Leeks
  • Scallions

Purple Vegetables

Vegetables that have a deep purple color offer phytonutrients, and most importantly the essential antioxidant-rich purple vegetables- white vegetables- Vegetables: Natures Perfect Foodflavonoids.

Purple vegetables, such as, turnips are low in calories and are a good source of fiber, protein and B-vitamins.

Choices

  • Eggplant
  • Turnips
  • Purple Cabbage
  • Rutabaga

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