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Finally, Welcome Nutritional Advice!!!

 

1 a chocolateChocolate is a Vegetable because……
Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Beans are a vegetable.
Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS.
Both are plants, which also place them in the vegetable category.
Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.

Chocolate is a Health Food

To go one step further, chocolate candy bars contain milk,
which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food.

Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries
all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Chocolate But Were Afraid To Ask

If you’ve got melted chocolate all over your hands you’re eating it too slowly.

Diet tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It’ll take the edge off
your appetite, and you’ll eat less.

Question: If I eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate,
is that a balanced diet?

Chocolate has many preservatives.
Preservatives make you look younger.

Put “eat chocolate” at the top of your list of things to do today.
That way, at least you’ll get one thing done.

A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories
in one place. Now, isn’t that handy?

If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose.
An entire garment industry would be devastated.
You can’t let that happen, can you?

REMEMBER: “Stressed” spelled backward is “desserts” and the best desserts include chocolate!!!!

Laughter is also healthy for the body and soul.

However, while the above is played for laughs there is a kernel of truth in it all too.

1 chocolateOnce chocolate was only accessible to royalty. Today it is accessible to all. In fact, the U.S. Army includes chocolate bars in soldier’s rations. Chocolate has even been taken to the moon.

Health Facts

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids similar to those found in tea, red wine, fruits and vegetables. Flavonoids can help improve blood vessel flow, may improve blood and insulin sensitivity thus reducing the risk of diabetes if eaten in moderation about 1.6 ounces a day. Sources: Web M.D., A Dark Chocolate a Day Keeps the Doctor Away and Livestrong, How Much Dark Chocolate a Day?

 

Featured Recipe           Red Cabbage with Onions and Apples

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As I promised on Monday when I shared Maple Pork Chops I am publishing the side dish I paired with the pork chops.

I think most people over cook cabbage thus making it too soft and limp. I like a crisper cabbage.

Nothing says fall like pork ad cabbage.

In addition to being versatile and delicious it is very budget friendly too. What’s not to like?

This is what you will need for 4 servings:

1 small head of red cabbage

1 small onion

1 tablespoon bacon fat*

2tablespoons  apple cider vinegar

1 tart green apple

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 2 tablespoons butter

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* I almost always have rendered bacon grease in the fridge. If you do not, fry a couple of slices of bacon and use the grease from that; or use lard. This will cost you about $.50 – $1.00 more than the cost analysis below.

Here is what you do:

Slice the onion into thin slices. Wash and slice the apple into small slices as well.

To cut the apple into slices it is easier if you first cut the apple into quarters and cut out the cores.

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Slice the cabbage:

First remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and slice the cabbage in half.

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Then cut each half in half again. Then remove the core. Just hold the quarter upright and start at the top of the core and slice down.

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Then slice the cabbage.

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Heat the bacon grease in a large enameled, or other non-reactive pot or pan.

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Add the onion and sauté the onion in the fat until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.

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Add the cabbage in two batches and cook and stir just until it begins to soften. OPTIONAL:  Add 1 tablespoon of butter on top of each batch of cabbage for extra added favor. Salt and pepper to taste too.

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After all the cabbage has been added to the pan and has cooked for a minute or two, add the vinegar and stir to mix.

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Cover and cook cabbage and onion mixture for another minute or two.

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Then add the apples, and cook just until warm through. I like my apples crisp too so I do not over cook them.

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Serve with fall sausages or pork chops.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 small  red cabbage                        $2.14

1 small onion                                   $0.22

1 tablespoon bacon fat*                   ——

2 tbspn  apple cider vinegar             $0.21

1 tart green apple                           $0.98

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: 2 tablespoons butter         $0.16

Total cost = $3.71

Cost per person = $0.93

Quote of the Day

The 12-step chocoholics program: NEVER BE MORE THAN 12 STEPS AWAY FROM CHOCOLATE!

Terry Moore

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2 comments to Finally, Welcome Nutritional Advice!!!

  • Oh honey, I’ve always considered chocolate one of the major food groups! You just proved it! Love the cabbage recipe! I’m thawing out my pork chops as we speak. I’ll try to remember to take photos of the results – using your recipe!

    • Roberta

      LOL Me too. In fact, I eat religiously from the 4 major food groups every single day: Salt, Sugar, Fat, & Cholesterol. Chocolate is #1 in that Sugar category. 🙂

      Look forward to seeing your pictures.