Is Grapeseed Oil Healthy as Advertised?

grapeseed oilGrapeseed oil is a popular cooking oil today that is manufactured via extraction from the seeds/pits of grapes. It is touted as a heart healthy fat and is attractively presented in dark bottles in gourmet shops and healthfood stores to lure choosy consumers.

Check out the alluring packaging in the photo above.

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Stop the Gag Reflex with Acupressure

gag reflexThe gag reflex is a term used to describe an unpleasant, involuntary contraction of the back of the throat. It can be stimulated not only by touching the back of the throat but also by touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, or the area around the tonsils.

About 37% of healthy adults do not have a gag reflex at all according to a study published in the Lancet .

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Seattle Smoked Salmon Chowder

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.

This creamy Smoked Salmon Chowder is truly comfort food in a bowl! Made with hot-smoked salmon (full of heart-healthy fats) and a ton of nutrient-packed veggies (onion, celery, carrots, potatoes, corn and cauliflower), it’s a good-for-you soup the whole family will love. Stove top and Instant Pot directions provided.
Smoked Salmon Chowder

It’s soup season, if you’re looking for a new easy soup recipe to add to your dinner rotation, I think you will love this smoked salmon chowder! You can also browse all my soup recipes from the archives. A few favorites are the Potato Leek Soup, Cheeseburger Soup and of course, Classic Chicken Noodle Soup!

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Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

Fresh broccoli gives creamy mashed potatoes a boost of flavor and nutrition. Make this savory side in one pot!

broccoli mashed potatoes

Here’s one of our most tried-and-true techniques for turning picky eaters onto a new food: serve that food in as many ways as you can think of. If your kids don’t like steamed broccoli, try roasting it. Top a pizza with it. Serve it raw with a dip. Turn it into a soup. Try ALL THE THINGS.

Because the more kids see and taste an ingredient, the more willing they are to accept it as a safe, normal food. Even though this technique works, it can still be frustrating. So here’s your next recipe to try: creamy, rich, (and easy!) broccoli mashed potatoes.

broccoli mashed potatoes

Are Potatoes Healthy?

Potatoes sometimes seem to have a bad rap among healthy eaters. They’ve got a lot of carbs, and they’re the base of one of the most-maligned foods of all time: French fries. (For the record, fries can be super healthy. You can bake up these super crispy french fries, or make them from nutrient-dense vegetables like carrots or zucchini. Just saying.)

Anyway, ordinary potatoes ARE a healthy, whole food that belongs in your repertoire of balanced ingredients. The high carb count actually benefits kids, who need enough carbs to support their habit of, well, bouncing off the wall.

Adding broccoli to these mashed potatoes brings lots of nutritional extras to the party, like Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and fiber. The milk and cheese add a bit of protein and fat, so if your kids decide they want nothing for dinner but these creamy, savory potatoes (we all know it can happen,) they’re still getting a decent balance of nutrients.

This recipe is also a perfect baby food for those little ones who have graduated from thin purees, but still aren’t great at chewing. Get those babies hooked on broccoli!

broccoli mashed potatoes in kid bowl with yellow spoon

How to Make Broccoli Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes are well-suited for a busy weeknight dinner. You only need one pot to make them, and because you’ll cube the potatoes before cooking, they tenderize pretty quickly.

Start by setting up a steamer basket in a pot. (Everyone needs one of these babies!) Toss your cubed potatoes in and steam until they start to soften, about ten minutes. Then add your broccoli and continue steaming until everything’s good and tender.

Next, you can empty the water from the pot and dump the veggies back in, along with some milk, butter, and savory Parmesan. Finally, mash it all up! Kids as young as three love to help with this part.

Serve hot with chicken, pork, or beef, plus a fresh green salad on the side. Tada! Dinner.

broccoli mashed potatoes

 

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Keeping Backyard Chickens. Top 6 Tips for Making it Easy!

backyard chickensNot so long ago, the United States government actually advocated for people to keep backyard chickens – two per family member. The USDA took the lead on the push for families to own laying hens with the slogan “in times of peace, a profitable recreation, in time of war a patriotic duty”.

Posters prominently hung around communities proclaimed that:

Even the smallest back yard has room for a flock large enough to supply the house with eggs.

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How to Grow a Pineapple Top (6 Easy Steps + Video Demo)

how to grow a pineappleSo, you’d like to start a garden. Maybe you’d like to save some money at the grocery store or teach your children where their food comes from and encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables.

A great place to start is to learn how to grow a pineapple! You don’t even need seeds to get started!

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

This easy Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe, made with beef brisket, cabbage and carrots comes out so tender and delicious! Perfect for St Patrick's Day!

It may be the most famous dish to eat on St. Patrick’s Day, but this Irish-American corned beef recipe is a favorite in my house any time of the year. It would typically simmer all day on the stove but thanks to the pressure cooker it only takes 90 minutes for the meat to come out super tender. Of course, if you wish you could also make this in the slow cooker, see my Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe.

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Kratom Effects You Need to Know About (stay far, far away!)

kratom effectsWe parents have quite the challenge on our hands these days. When it comes to drug use, no longer can we concern ourselves with simply teaching kids about the dangers of illicit substances and how to avoid them.

Now we have to dive headfirst down the rabbit hole to pro-actively inform them about legal drugs that they (and ourselves) may benignly encounter under legitimate,

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