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More Proof For Eating Protein

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meat steakRegular readers here know that I am big on high protein diets. That means I believe that red meat and other high protein foods are best for overall health.

This belief though is counter to what much of the food and health industry believe.

I have written several posts on this topic the most recent being a little less than a year ago in We’ve Got It Bass-Ackwards.

Now there is even more research that says that a high protein diet boosts cardiovascular health (lowers blood pressure) as much as quitting smoking or getting more exercise.

 

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We studied seven amino acids — arginine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, leucine, and tyrosine. Glutamic acid, leucine, and tyrosine are found in animal sources, and a higher intake was associated with lower levels of arterial stiffness.

“All seven amino acids, and particularly those from plant-based sources, were associated with lower blood pressure.

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A higher intake of protein from animal sources was linked with lower levels of arterial stiffness.

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The types of food that might be on such a diet include: a 75 gram portion of steak, a 100 gram salmon fillet, or a 500ml glass of skimmed milk.

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Some vegetables that are high in protein include: mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and corn.

You can read the entire article by clicking this link: High Protein Foods.

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Featured Recipe        Sausage with Peaches

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It’s Too Darn Hot

The last couple of weeks have been hot and humid. In other words, it is too darn hot for me.

Therefore, I have not been inclined to slave or even work over a hot stove. So I have been eating a lot of charcuterie or cold dishes like sandwiches and cold cuts.

Charcuterie is just a very fancy French way to say, ‘I don’t have to cook!!!’ Joking aside, charcuterie is basically eating cold cuts.

But I get tired of cold cuts for dinner every night. Sooooooooo………….

I peeked into my fridge and saw some Bob Evans sausage patties and some peaches. So I thought, ‘What the heck! Let’s see what I can do with these ingredients.’

I live dangerously like that all the time.

I looked in the pantry and saw cinnamon and brown sugar too and a recipe was born.

Let me know what you think.

This is what you need for 2 people:

6 sausage patties*

2 peaches

2-3 tablespoons brown sugar

Dash or two or three cinnamon

A bit of EVOO

A bit of butter

*You could use maple syrup sausage. I think that would be heavenly!

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Here Is What You Do:

Wash and slice the peaches.

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Heat the olive oil and butter till hot.

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Add the sausage patties and brown on both sides.

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Push the sausages to one side of the skillet to keep warm. Stack them on top of each other for more room if necessary.

Add the peaches and sauté until warm and just browning on the edges.

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Sprinkle with the brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat until the brown sugar begins to melt and becomes syrupy. Add a bit more butter if necessary.

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Place the sausages on a plate and spoon peaches any syrup on top.

Serve with a salad.

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Bon Appétite
Cost

6 sausage patties                  $3.22

2 peaches                             $0.84

2-3 tbspns brown sugar         $0.15

Dash cinnamon                     $0.10

A bit of EVOO                       $0.26

A bit of butter                       $0.13

Total cost = $4.60
Cost per person = $2.30

Quote of the Day

Dear Weather: Stop showing off! We know u’re HOT!

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Ravioli with Pan Roasted Tomatoes

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   Ravioli with Pan Roasted Tomatoes

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This dish is absolutely, positively divine.

This dish proves my belief that the best recipes are often the most simple.

This dish proves my manta that the best diners are often the quickest and easiest to make.

It is also great for hot summer evenings when you do not want to slave over a hot stove.

It is also just as delicious cold as it is hot off the stove.

What’s not to like here?

I found this recipe on the Go Bold With Butter website. Well worth the visit!

I made a few slight changes. One I used both red and yellow tomatoes. Much prettier that way, don’t you think?

I also added a sad looking shallot cause it was getting old and shriveled and had to be used up before it became garbage bound.

I also used more butter. No surprise there for regular readers here.

NOTE: You will notice that I used the small leafs of basil in my dish/picture. I copied the original picture at the web site to make the picture prettier. Use as much basil as you wish when eating

This is what you need for 4 people:

1 pound fresh or frozen cheese ravioli

3 – 5 tablespoons butter

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

3 cloves of garlic

1 large shallot diced

¼ cup fresh basil

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Wash the tomatoes.

Press the garlic, dice the shallot, and………

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…. tear the basil into small pieces. Keep the smaller leaves of basil too.

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Smaller basil leaves

Smaller basil leaves

Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook ravioli according to package instructions. Drain.

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While ravioli are cooking, melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the diced shallots and tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.

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Cook the tomatoes until their skins split, about 4-6 minutes, shaking pan, or gently stirring every few minutes to rotate tomatoes.

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Tomato beginning to split.

Add garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

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Add the drained ravioli and gently toss until combined with tomatoes and butter.

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Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. I add the basil on individual plates rather than the entire dish in the skillet.

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Bon Appétite
Cost

1 lb fresh cheese ravioli       $4.59

3 – 5 tablespoons butter      $0.47

1 pint cherry tomatoes         $4.80

3 cloves of garlic                 $0.27

1 large shallot diced            $0.20

¼ cup fresh basil                $1.50

1/3 cup Parmesan cheese    $1.71

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $13.54
Cost per person $3.39
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Do You Agree With Me?

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I love this TV ad. The geese are just magnificent.

However, I have a gripe with Verizon.

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Verizon is rewarding people for dropping Verizon for another supposedly better cell phone company.

The reward is a hefty $300.

That is bas ackward. That is SOOOOO stupid!!!!!!!!

You never reward the bad guys and gals! You should never reward those who abandon you; who left you; who jilt you.

What Verizon should REALLY do is reward  $300 for anyone who has been a loyal customer through thick and thin for at least six (6) consecutive years or more.

Where’s my reward, Verizom???

Just ‘sayin!

 

Featured Recipe        Peach and Prosciutto Bruschetta

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It has been a wet, wet, wet, WET summer. The last few weeks have been brutal with temperatures in the 90’s and stifling humidity in the 90’s as well.

I hate to cook on days like that.

So I don’t.

I either eat out or I fix no-cooking dishes.

A friend at one of the offices I deliver candy to gave me a half-dozen fresh picked Georgia peaches. They were so good: sweet, fragrant, and chin dripping juicy.

I used one making Peach Quesadillas.

Then I made today’s recipe……..a fantastic no cook recipe.

It is so easy I did not even do step-by-step directions or pictures today

This is what you need for two:

2 or 3 pieces prosciutto*

2 slices of bread*

1 peach

About 6 tablespoons goat cheese*

Extra virgin olive oil

A few fresh basil leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

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* You can use any kind of bread that floats your boat. You can use any kind of ham you desire. You can sub cream cheese for the goat cheese.

Here is what you do.

If necessary, slice the bread and lightly toast.

Spread the cheese over the toast.

Place a slice or two of prosciutto on top of the cheese.

Slice the peach and add 2 or 3 slices on top of the ham.

Sprinkle some olive oil on top and salt and pepper to taste.

Add a small basil leaf or two on top.

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How is easy is this?

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Bon Appétite

Cost

2 or 3 pieces prosciutto                   $2.78

2 slices of bread                            $0.33

1 peach                                        $0.50

6 tablespoons goat cheese               $1.40

Extra virgin olive oil                         $0.48

A few fresh basil leaves                   $0.10

Salt and pepper to taste

Total  Cost = $5.59
Cost per slice bread = $2.80

Quote of the Day

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

Alice Walker

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