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Volume 35, No. 2

Apple-Spice Dried Plum Griddle Cakes

Prep & Cook time: 
Under 30 minutes
Ingredients & Amounts: 

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unprocessed bran
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup chopped dried plums

APPLE SPICE TOPPING
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup finely chopped pitted dried plums
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions: 

In medium bowl, combine flours, bran, sugar, baking soda and salt; mix well. Set aside. In small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, eggs and butter. Add to dry ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened. Stir in dried plums; let stand 5 minutes. Heat lightly greased griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat until hot. For each pancake, pour scant 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Cook second sides until golden brown. Serve warm with Apple Spice Topping. APPLE SPICE TOPPING: In small saucepan cook and stir 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1/3 cup finely choped pitted dried plums and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon over medium heat 1-2 minutes or until warm. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
High Fiber
High Protein
Peanut Free
Soy Free
Vegetarian
Servings: 
6
Calories: 
329
Calories from Fat: 
66
Total Fat (g): 
7
Saturated Fat: 
4
Total Carbohydrate: 
60
Dietary Fiber: 
7
Protein: 
10

Balsamic Roasted Beet and Dried Plum Salad

Prep & Cook time: 
1-1/2 hours
Ingredients & Amounts: 

4 small yellow or red beets, trimmed
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 cups mixed salad greens
8 pitted dried plums, halved
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup unsalted shelled pistachios

Directions: 

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Place beets and water in small baking dish.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil; bake 45-60 minutes or until tender. Cool slightly; peel skin off beets.
Cut each beet into 8 wedges; set aside.
In small bowl, combine vinegar, oil, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.
In large bowl, combine mixed greens, dried plums and beets.
Drizzle with Vinaigrette; toss to coat.
Arrange salad evenly onto 4 salad plates.
Top each with cheese and pistachios.

Food Category: 
Salad
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Vegetarian
Servings: 
4
Calories: 
288
Calories from Fat: 
169
Total Fat (g): 
19
Saturated Fat: 
5
Total Carbohydrate: 
26
Dietary Fiber: 
5
Protein: 
8

Enviroment & Autism

 According to The California Autism Twins Study, environmental influences including parental age, low birth weight, multiple births and maternal infections during pregnancy may significantly increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Researchers explained that an estimated 38 percent of risk is associated with genetic heritability and 58 percentage with the environment that twins share during pregnancy and early infancy.

"Natural" Hot Dogs

If there is no such thing as a healthy hot dog, how do you limit the damage at a summer cookout?

Linda Boardman, president of Applegate Farms, has proposed new labels to the U.S.D.A. to no avail, according to an article in the July 1st New York Times.

Don’t count on the label to help much. Those pricey “natural” and “organic” hot dogs often contain just as much or more of the cancer-linked preservatives nitrate and nitrite as that old-fashioned Oscar Mayer wiener.

Brown Basmati Rice with Cashews and Raisins

Prep & Cook time: 
30 - 60 minutes
Ingredients & Amounts: 

1 cup brown Basmati Rice, rinsed
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1 tablespoon Ghee (or olive oil for a vegan dish)
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup toasted cashew pieces (350 oven for 12 minutes)
1 teaspoon Cardamom
1/3 cup Coconut Milk

Directions: 

In a heavy saucepan combine water, salt, and tumeric and bring to a boil.
Add rice, giving it a couple of stirs, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer 50 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow to "steam" cook another 10 minutes.
Remove to a bowl and fluff with a fork.
Meanwhile, Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 2-3 minutes, or until transparent.
Add raisins, roasted cashews and Cardamom.
Cook for another 1-2 minutes. Stir in Coconut Milk and cook another 1-2 minutes.
Combine with the rice and toss gently until mixed.
A delicious combination of flavors. Serve with kabobs and a cucumber salad.
Serve immediately.
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By Polly Pitchford, Full Spectrum Health™

Food Category: 
Casserole
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Dairy Free
Egg Free
Low Sodium
Low Sugar
Peanut Free
Vegetarian
Servings: 
6
Calories: 
214
Calories from Fat: 
77
Total Fat (g): 
9
Saturated Fat: 
3
Total Carbohydrate: 
32
Dietary Fiber: 
2
Protein: 
4

Salad with Toasted Flax Seed Dressing

Prep & Cook time: 
Less than 15 minutes
Ingredients & Amounts: 

A full-bodied dressing gives this salad a unique taste.
Dressing
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons flax seed
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs (parsley, oregano, or basil)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
ground pepper to taste
SALAD
6 cups washed, dried, torn and chilled greens
4 1/2 ounces, sliced pitted ripe olives
1 6 ounce jar, marinated artichoke hearts (drain and reserve liquid)
12 mushrooms, halved
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Garnish with pickled peperoncini peppers, red onion or green pepper rings (optional).

Directions: 

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, heat olive oil and flax seed until seed starts to darken and pop, about 1 1/2 minutes.
Add garlic, cook and stir for 30 seconds.
Remove from heat. In a blender, combine vinegar, water, herbs*, dry mustard, salt and pepper, toasted flax seed mixture and reserved artichoke liquid.
Blend until flax seed is course, about 1 minute. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, olives, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and tomatoes with salad dressing and Parmesan cheese.
Divide salad onto 6 chilled plates. Garnish with pickled pepper, onion, or pepper rings.
*Fresh herbs can be parsley, oregano, or basil.

Food Category: 
Salad
Sauce or Dressing
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Egg Free
High Fiber
Low Cholesterol
Low Glycemic Index
Low Sodium
Low Sugar
Peanut Free
Soy Free
Tree Nut Free
Vegetarian
Servings: 
6

Safer Water Coming

The Enviromental Protection Agency recently announced that it planned to regulate toxic substances in drinking water more strictly and would issue the first limits ever on perchlorate, a dangerous chemical found in rocket fuel that has seeped into groundwater in at least 400 locations.

The move, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, Lisa P. Jackson, is a major step toward modernizing the nation’s clean water laws, which have lagged behind environmental and health science for decades.

Study Suggests Diabetes Cure

A new study has transformed thinking on type 2 diabetes by reporting that an extreme low calorie diet could reverse the condition in just eight weeks.

The research, published in the journal Diabetologia, reports that a low calorie diet of 600 calories a day for two months can remove excess fat clogging up the pancreas, thus allowing normal insulin secretion to be restored – overturning the long held belief that type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition.

Boosting International Organic Trade

Canada and the European Union have reached an agreement on equivalency of organic products, in a move expected to significantly boost organic food trade between the two markets.

Canada introduced its Canada Organic Biologique logo just two years ago, bringing together the previous hotchpotch of voluntary and mandatory organic certification in different provinces across the country. Its Organic Products Regulations now require all Canadian organic products to be endorsed by a certification body accredited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

What is Fair Trade

The National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has recommended that TransFair USA, which licenses use of "fair trade" seals, modify the authorized language that accompanies seals provided for personal-care products to make clear that such products may contain only 2-5% fair-trade certified ingredients. The organization has agreed to do so.

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