Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole [RECIPE]

Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole

Turn your summer harvest into a tasty side dish with our Cheesy Summer Squash Casserole.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

We love summer! One reason for this is that we adore the bounty of fresh produce that is in season. One vegetable that always seems to grow well is squash. Over the years, many items in our garden have yielded less than satisfactory results, but we never seem to have a shortage of squash. And since hot summer days aren’t conducive to eating heavy meals, we’re always looking for tasty ways to prepare the summer harvest, and this is one dish that’s a real crowd pleaser! So instead of bringing the prerequisite baked beans, cole slaw or potato salad to the next neighborhood barbecue, try serving up this cheesy summer squash casserole instead. We guarantee your friends will be asking for the recipe. Enjoy! Read more of this post

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Pork Medallions with Roasted Root Vegetables and Grapes [RECIPE]

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes

Pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables and grapes is a low calorie, low fat way to enjoy the bounty of the harvest season. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Few things say autumn to me like a huge platter of roasted veggies served alongside one of my favorite cuts of meat, pork tenderloin. I love it because it is a tasty cut that cooks quickly, but it also has great health benefits. If you’re watching your figure, tenderloin has only 93 calories per 3-ounce serving and is very lean. It is also rich in selenium which helps regulate your metabolism and protects the cells that line your blood vessels from damage. The addition of grapes lends moisture and a touch of natural sweetness to the meal. The best thing about this fall feast is that it looks simply gorgeous on your plate. Enjoy! Read more of this post

Glazed Carrots [RECIPE]

Glazed carrots are an easy way to add this wholesome root vegetable to your diet.
(Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I’m always looking for new ways to add vegetables to my diet, particularly carrots since they have such great health benefits. This powerful orange root veggie is chock full of beta carotene, fiber, antioxidants, not to mention vitamins A, C, K, B8, and other powerful nutrients. As a result, they not only improve our eyesight but also helps lower the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. This simple, delicious recipe is one of my favorites and pairs well with practically any meal. Read more of this post

Braised Cabbage with Apple and Onion [RECIPE]

Braised Cabbage with Apples and Onions

Fresh cabbage is sweetened with sliced apples and a touch of sugar. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I’m not someone who usually craves cabbage on his plate, but this dish is so delicious, even I went back for seconds. The apples and cider vinegar give this side a slightly sweet flavor and make this one vegetable you’ll want to make time and again. It especially pairs well with pork dishes like my Apricot-Glazed Pork Tenderloin or a plate of Hoppin’ JohnRead more of this post

Are Baby Carrots Bad For You? [VIDEO]

Baby carrots

Baby carrots might be a snack-sized way to add veggies to your diet. But are they good for you? (Photo by m01229, Flickr)

Upon perusing the produce section at the supermarket, ‘baby carrots’ may seem ready made for mindless, healthy eating. After all, they’re already cut, peeled and ready for munching. But are they bad for you? The answer may surprise you. Read more of this post