The pigments in many common fruits and vegetables dish up some extraordinary side benefits when it comes to good health and good nutrition.
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A bowl of blueberries, a slice of kiwi, or a roasted sweet potato all provide a visual feast, but what's intriguing to scientists are the pigments creating those rich, rainbow hues. These powerful health-promoting substances do everything from ward off heart disease to prevent cancer. From red to purple to green, each colorful class of produce has its own unique benefits.
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Blueberries, eggplant (especially the skin), and other blue to blue-purple hued produce harbor powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins and phenolics. These compounds promote healthy aging and memory function and may ward off many cancers.
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Synergy, Swaps, & Secret Sources
Summertime produce is packed with nutrients that offer protection against disease and contribute to general good health. And eating certain foods in specific combinations can actually double the disease-fighting potency. This is called food synergy, and when you combine it with other strategies such as finding the secret sources of nutrients and swapping unhealthy choices for healthy ones, your body will reap the benefits. Use these recipes in your diet and see how easy it is to swap, synergize, and find secret sources.
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Photo: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. ClarkeWhite Bean and Roasted Chicken Salad
SYNERGY: Pair 2 sources of zinc for maximum zinc absorption. Zinc helps to control your appetite, so you're less likely to overeat. Try this combination of chicken with white beans.
SWAP: Make your own dressing using olive oil and fresh
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Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Mindi Shapiro LevineGarlic comes in all shapes and sizes, from strongly flavored white American garlic to mauve-skinned milder imports from Italy and Mexico. Crushing or chopping releases garlic's assertive-tasting essential oils, while roasting whole or sautéeing tames and mellows flavor.
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A long simmer in hot water mellows the flavor of garlic cloves that are then wrapped in salty pancetta and crisped in the oven. Delicious and unusual, this is one appetizer your guests won't stop raving about until every single bite is gone.
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Photo: James Baigrie; Styling: Lindsey BeattyRoasted Garlic Aioli
This garlicky mayonnaise dip starts with a slow-roasted whole bulb of garlic, then combines it with seasonings and bottled artichokes. Sound too involved? Roast the garlic and
Online reviewers claim that this is their favorite peach cobbler recipe and that it tastes like the peach cobblers their mothers and grandmothers used to make.Read More »from Easy peach cobbler
YIELD: 10 servings
COURSE: Desserts, Pies/Pastries
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar, divided
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup milk
4 cups fresh peach slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)
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Melt butter in a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt; add milk, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter over butter (do not stir).
Bring remaining 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly; pour over batter (do not stir). Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.
Nothing says summertime like the whir of the ice cream freezer. Whether you're cranking it by hand or letting the motor do the work, the result is cool, creamy pleasure.Read More »from Summer's best homemade ice cream
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Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine.
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Caramelized Fig Ice Cream
No ice cream maker required. This recipe is ready fast but needs three hours to refreeze for the perfect consistency. Fresh figs are the key ingredient in this over-the-top ice cream.
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Peachy Peach Ice Cream
It's hard to imagine a more fresh, summery combination than that of peaches and homemade ice cream.
Recipe: Peachy Peach Ice Cream
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Fresh Mint Ice Cream
This make-ahead creamy treat is the refreshing end to a meal and is the ideal dessert for summertime entertaining.
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Photo: Colin PetersonLook for Leaks. To reduce the risk of a fire or explosion at your gas grill, check the grill hoses for cracking, holes, and leaks. Move gas hoses away from hot surfaces and dripping grease.
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Think Tanks. Keep propane gas containers upright, and don't store spare containers under or near the grill or in a hot car or car trunk.
Ventilate. Don't burn charcoal inside your home, garage, vehicle, tent, or camper. Charcoal produces carbon monoxide (CO) when it's burned, and this colorless, odorless gas can accumulate to toxic levels in closed environments. Since charcoal produces CO fumes until the charcoal is completely extinguished, don't store the grill indoors with freshly used coals.
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To paraphrase the old slogan, things really do go better with cola, and these recipes prove it. Here we showcase the versatility of cooking with cola in this collection of desserts, sides, and main dishes.
Cooking with Cola
Although carbonated colas were originally flavored with a kola nut, they're now commonly flavored artificially with a combination of sugar, citrus oils, tamarind, cinnamon, vanilla and some type of acidic ingredient. Manufacturers of cola drinks add other ingredients in trace amounts to create distinctively different tastes for each brand. Because of the pleasing combination of flavors, it turns out that cola is an ideal ingredient for desserts, sauces, veggies and meats.
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Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil really bring out the flavors of this feta-stuffed chicken breast. For more ways to cook stuffed chicken, see our complete stuffed chicken recipe collection.Read More »from Feta, Herb, and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Chicken
YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 1 packet)
COURSE: Main Dishes
2 cups water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh basil (optional)
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Preheat oven to 425°
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a small saucepan; add tomatoes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain and slice into thin strips. Combine
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YIELD: 4 servings (serving size: 2 tacos)
PREP TIME: 30
MINUTES COURSE: Main Dishes
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 teaspoon sugar 1
teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium red onion, thinly vertically sliced
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed and cut into thin strips
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 cup diced peeled avocado (about 1 avocado)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Cotija cheese
Lime wedges (optional)
Simple Black Beans (Caraotas Negras)
Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)
1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until sugar dissolves. Place onion in a small saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; drain and plunge onion in ice water. Drain