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Baby Dandelion Greens Salad
Dandelions. Their yellow flowers are ubiquitous in lawns; some people make wine from them; children make necklaces out of their stems; and we’ve all blown wishes with their fluffy white seed heads. But it’s the nutritional benefits of dandelion leaves that surprises most people and is a great reason to use them in a salad. Higher in beta-carotene than carrots, greater in iron and calcium content than spinach, dandelions also provide a myriad of vitamins: B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, P, and D, and minerals: biotin, inositol, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. More
Crêpes with Macerated Strawberries
The deep red juiciness of a fresh, ripe strawberry is one of the greatest food pleasures. One way to bring out the natural sweetness and juice of strawberries is to macerate them. Maceration is the process of breaking down or softening food in liquid. The resulting mouthwatering strawberry sauce can be used over ice cream, in strawberry shortcakes, or as a filling for the classic French crêpe, which is easier to make than you might think. Ingredients More
Asparagus Soup with Yogurt
This delicious spring soup is a great way to use one of the first fresh vegetables of the year. Eat as much as you like; asparagus is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables available. It is high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, thiamin, and other nutrients. Asparagus is also low in calories and is naturally free of fat and cholesterol. Serves 6 Ingredients More
Broadway star Sandra Joseph, from Phantom of the Opera, talks to Omega's George Kaufman about overcoming fear on and off the stage. George: You’ve said when you were nine years old you saw the play Annie and decided you wanted to be in the theater when you grew up. Eventually, you played the leading lady in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, a dream come true. What was the magic that happened that night when you were nine? More
Maple Nut Scones
Late winter and early spring is maple sugaring season in Omega's neighborhood. A delicious sweet gift from nature, maple syrup is made by boiling down the sap from maple trees. It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Such a special treat should be highlighted in a special recipe like this one for Maple Nut Scones.     Serves 8 Ingredients More
Winter Vegetable Curry
This recipe will keep you warm during the cold months and makes good use of your winter vegetables. Curry powder is largely composed of turmeric, a spice native to Indonesia and southern India with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There is also growing scientific evidence that suggests turmeric may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as such as Alzheimer's. Turmeric is a good source of iron and manganese as well as vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium. More
Seafood Paella
Paella (which translates into Spanish as "pan") is a Spanish rice dish that varies from person to person and region to region—in Spain and beyond. It is traditionally cooked in a large, shallow pan over an open fire, but any large oven-proof sauté pan and a regular oven will work. Depending on your choice of stock, meat, and vegetables, you can come up with your own version. While seafood paella is probably the most popular version worldwide, you can even make a completely vegan paella using vegetable stock and substantial vegetables like artichoke hearts or mushrooms. More
Rye Raisin Bread
This slightly sweet bread is made with rye flour and raisins—two healthy and delicious foods. Rich in fiber, rye is purported to help with weight loss since its high water-binding capacity quickly gives a feeling of fullness, which can help prevent over-eating. Medical studies have also found rye to be helpful in preventing gallstones in women, and may help ward off colon cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Besides being a great snack food, sweet raisins may actually help keep your teeth and gums healthy by effectively killing the bacteria that cause cavities. More
Lois' Vegetable Pie
This is a dish I concocted several years ago for my family. While I am not a big fan of eggs, being nearly vegan, my vegetarian daughter and nearly vegetarian husband love a good old fashioned quiche. This recipe is my compromise. Fewer eggs, more veggies—and nothing pleases more than the double carb hit of potatoes and corn in the same recipe. This is a low fuss recipe. Anything goes. It turns out "right" no matter what substitutions are made. Any kind of onion could work, as could any potato. Ingredients More
Kale & Wild Mushroom Ragout
Kale offers excellent nutritional value, without a lot of calories. And it's one of those foods you can get year round, with the best flavor occurring during the peak harvest months of mid-winter through late spring. Frost makes kale even a bit sweeter. A cup of this dark leafy green gives you nearly double the daily amount needed of vitamin A, and it's packed with vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber. This delicious ragout works with any type of kale you find at your market, whether it's red, green, Italian, curly, or flat. Serves 6 More