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Friday, January 4, 2013

50 Best Plants on the Planet

Happy New Year Everyone! If you're as happy as I am that the holidays are over and there isn't a cookie or bundt cake or Christmas pudding in sight, please keep reading.

We all know January 1 (well really Jan. 2) is the classic target date for eating healthier, hopefully losing some weight, and with some type of exercise you'll actually do as part of the program.  It's a new year, a fresh start - if you can think it you can do it.

The program that has the best chance of succeeding is the one that inspires you to make better/healthier food choices in general, to eat fewer total daily calories, and to step away from the sofa and move your body. No, I will not be coming over to make you exercise or to monitor your calorie intake. However, I will gladly point you in the right direction to making the wisest choices when you are planning out your meals.

One of the ways to make good food decisions is to know which foods give you the most bang for your buck. These are the foods that pack the biggest nutritional punch, offering health benefits off the charts. Thanks to the folks at Melissa's Produce, who are on a mission to get everyone to eat more fruits and vegetables, their latest book should be your guide. "50 Best Plants on the Planet" is filled with interesting info and simple recipes to help you navigate the road to a healthier way of eating.

I'm going to be using this book a lot, and will share my favorite recipes with you. The first two separate recipes I'm presenting were really born to be together - Sichuan-Style Tofu with Papaya and Green Onions & Sno Pea Stir-Fry with Radishes and Almonds. These 2 recipes are packed with vitamin C, folate, phytochemicals, fiber, iron, vitamin K, antioxidants, minerals, gorgeous color, and great flavors.  Here is a picture of the finished platter, with some jasmine brown rice.  Why not  celebrate National Book Month by getting your own copy of Melissa's "50 Best Plants on the Planet".  (The recipes are on pages 238 and 300.)

P.S.  Any help you can give me on getting off the sofa and with calorie reduction will be appreciated.


  1. Beautiful picture, delicious-looking food! I will look up those recipes right away to find out how you gave the tofu Sichuan flavors.

    Wish we lived closer to each other so we could get each other off the sofa!

    1. And if we lived closer we could share all the wonderful food!

    2. That would be great!

  2. I'm so excited about this book! I LOVE knowing that cilantro & blackberries are at the top! :-)

    1. I think knowing that vegetables and fruits are so good for us for so many reasons makes them even more delicious!