Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm is a fantastic little herb not only does it small wonderful. Lemon balm has wonderful medical properties as well. Lemon Balm is great for stress assistance, it is high in B-12, chock full of minerals like boron, manganese, copper, iron just to name a few. It is also antiviral, anti parasitic, anti bacterial,  Lemon Balm helps to fight inflammation. Detoxifies the liver, spleen and kidneys


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It is believed that tomatoes originated in Peru where   the Aztec name meant, “plump thing with a navel.” The tomato is technically considered a fruit, but the government classified it as a veggie so they could tax it under custom regulations. The USDA found that each American eats about 22-24 pounds of tomatoes per year. Half of those pounds are in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce. Around 93% of Americans who garden grow tomatoes. The world’s largest tomato tree was grown at Walt Disney World Resort in an experimental greenhouse. It holds the record for producing the most tomatoes in a year. It produced 32,000 tomatoes in 16 months.

Health Benefits: 

Tomatoes have been considered a functional food, meaning it goes beyond just the basic nutrients. Around 200 years ago tomatoes were believed to be poisonous because it is apart of the nightshade family that has several plants that are truly poisonous. Tomatoes can help prevent the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer, with its vitamin C and antioxidants. They help with Heart health, diabetes, blood pressure and more. Tomatoes are great form of folic acid intake for pregnant women and helps protect against neural tube defects in infants. The Folic acid can also help with depression when excess amounts of homocysteine interferes with the production of the feel-good hormones, serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which regulate mood, sleep and appetite.



Recipe: Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


    4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced

    4 cups tomato juice

    14 leaves fresh basil

    1 cup heavy whipping cream

    1/2 cup butter

     salt and pepper to taste



. Place tomatoes and juice in a stock pot over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the tomato mixture along with the basil leaves, and return the puree to the stock pot.                          .  Place the pot over medium heat, and stir in the heavy cream and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Do not boil.









Facts: The first time the word Carrots was recorded in English, was in a book of herbs in 1538. Carrots were originally grown for there leaves and seeds rather than the taproot which is the part we eat. Interestingly enough carrots were originally white or purple, then became yellow from a mutation. The Dutch then  took the yellow carrot and bred it to be orange, like the color of a royal house of the Netherlands.

Health Benefits: Carrots have been known to help with a lot of different heart related problems. Carrots can help reduce cholesterol levels and help digestion issues. They can also help with blood pressure and are a great immune booster. Just like many things carrots can prevent lung cancer. Researchers in Britain found that by increasing the amount of carrots you eat by 1.7 to 2.7 per day you can reduce lung cancer by 40 percent. Growing up you always heard your parents say if you eat carrots it will help you from losing your eye sight. Well it's true, research has found that by eating the most amount of beta carotene  you have 40 percent lower risk preventing macular degeneration that those who consumed very little.

Recipe: Carrot Soup
4 tablespoons margarine 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 10 carrots, sliced 6 cups chicken stock 1 pinch dried dill weed 1 pinch dried marjoram 1 pinch dried thyme 1 pinch dried parsley salt to taste ground black pepper to taste 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream Add all ingredients to list
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In a large Dutch oven, heat the margarine, add the onion and the garlic, and saute until light golden.
Pour in the chicken stock and add the carrots. Then stir in the dill, marjoram, thyme, parsley and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until carrots are to desired tenderness.
Mix cornstarch with small amount of cold water to dissolve. Add the diluted cornstarch and stir well. Add the cream and let simmer another 15 minutes (do not boil). Bon Appetit!


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Red Onions



Humans have been eating Onions for more than 7000 years. Archeologists have found traces of onion dating all the way back to 5000 B.C. In the Middle Ages onions were actually used as a form of currency, to pay for rent, goods, and services. Have you ever wondered why our eyes water when we cut an onion? Onions have sulfuric acid that is released when the onion is cut. The sulfuric acid reacts with the moisture in our eyes, ultimately making them tear up. The worlds largest onion was harvested in 2011 weighing in at 18 pounds.

Health Benefits:

Onions are high in vitamin C, folic acid, biotin, chromium, and calcium. They are the richest food source of quercitin, which can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and triglycerides. Onions are beneficial for treating stomach, colon, prostate, breast, lung, bladder, and ovarian cancer. They can also improve the brain, nervous and immune system. Onions can also help with mild symptoms like, coughs, colds, and bacteria infections.

Recipe: Roasted Potatoes and Red Onions

3 1/2 pounds medium-sized Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled and quartered
Several sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves pick off and chopped
10 large garlic cloves, smashed and skins removed
5 red onions, peeled and quartered
Coarse salt or sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Olive oil
Good-quality Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a roasting pan with non-stick aluminum foil.
Place prepared potatoes, rosemary, garlic, red onions, salt, and pepper on the roasting pan.  Drizzle with some olive oil (just enough to coat the vegetables); mix well.
Drizzle with balsamic vinegar (at least 1/2 cup but may add additional balsamic vinegar, if prefer).
Bake approximately 1 hour.  After 1 hour, check for doneness.  At this point, check the taste of the vegetables and drizzle a little more balsamic vinegar over the top just prior to serving.  Remove from oven.






Ancient Aztecs were reportedly the first to use jalapeños, but they only dried and smoked the peppers. Jalapeños are grown in Mexico, china, Spain and many other places. After they are harvested jalapeños are stored at 45°F they will have a shelf life of up to 3-5 weeks. If you get one that is too hot the best way to calm the heat is eat or drink dairy products. Capsaicin is the substance that makes the jalapeño hot. If you remove the seeds the pepper becomes less spicy. Interestingly enough the Jalapeño pepper was the first pepper that traveled into space on a NASA shuttle. Jalapeños are rated at 2500-10000 Scoville units.

Health Benefits:

Jalapeños help with many different things like weight loss, Arthritis, cancer, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and many more things. Jalapeños have what is called Capsaicin which is great for weight loss and is actually found in many weight loss pills. Capsaicin is used for many things such as it has been found to kill cancer cells, it is an anti-inflammatory and helps reduce arthritis pain. Jalapeños are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.


Recipe: Jalapeño Hummus

3 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeño peppers and reserved juice, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin, curry powder, and crushed red pepper. Blend until smooth.





Sour Cherries



Sour cherries are originally from southeastern Europe. The most commonly known are the Montmorency and Balaton varieties, which are primarily grown in Utah, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, Oregon, and New York. Once sour cherries have been harvested they don't stay fresh very long, which is why it can be hard to find them in the grocery store. Sour cherries should mostly be harvested mid June and early July. Sour cherries are also called pie cherries because they are often used to make pie. They can also be used to make jams and tarts.

Health Benefits: 

There have been over 50 different studies done on sour cherries that strongly support the anti-inflammatory qualities of Montmorency tart cherries, it also has benefits for muscle recovery and pain relief from conditions like arthritis. it has also been discovered that Montmorency tart cherries contain Melatonin, which is a naturally occurring substance that helps regulate sleep patterns. They help support heart health, and even fight cancer. Two compounds that help fight cancer are quercetin and ellagic acid, both shown to inhibit the growth of tumors and kill cancer cells without damaging healthy ones. Sour cherries have what is called anthocyanin it has more than any other fruit, it not only gives sour cherries their vibrant pigment, but it is also what reduces inflammation, eases arthritis pain, and may help lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Recipe: Sour Cherry Lemon Muffins

4 cups flour

1 1/2 cup sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

1 cup melted butter

1¼ cup sour cream

¾ cup milk

2 eggs

4 tsp lemon zest

½ cup lemon juice

2 cup pitted sour cherries, fresh, frozen (no need to thaw) or jarred (drained well)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners, or grease them with butter.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, sour cream, milk, eggs, lemon zest and lemon juice. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Fold in cherries.

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Bake for 18-22 minutes, until golden brown and tops spring back when lightly pressed.




Snow Pea's


Snow pea’s are native to the Mediterranean area, and were the most popular pea’s in Europe in the nineteenth century. Snow pea’s will be at their peak flavor and texture just five to seven days after flowering. Some say snow pea’s received its name because in the right light they appear white, others say it is because the snow and frost doesn't affect there growth. It takes around 60 days after planting pea’s to be able to harvest them. There are several different varieties of pea’s the Romans grew over 37 different varieties. The first time pea’s were frozen was in the 1920’s bya man named Clarence Birdseye. In 1969 the first color Tv commercial was broadcasted for Birds eye frozen pea’s. 


Health Benefits:

Snow Pea’s are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium. They are an ideal food for the brain as well as ideal for losing weight. Snow pea’s are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats. They have been found to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, and stomach cancer. It is also a good food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, COPD, heart disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis. 


Recipe: Garlic Snow Peas


2 cups fresh snow pea's (washed, dried, and trimmed)

1 -2 tablespoon sesame oil

3 minced garlic cloves
salt & pepper


. Heat wok on medium-hi heat .

. Add oil get it hot, dump in peas.

. About 1 minute after stir frying add garlic and seasoning.

. Quick fry just till bright green and still crisp.

. Cooking time is an estimate -- do not over cook or they will turn a dull green and go limp.

. Remove and serve while still hot.












Cucumbers have been around for a very long time. They were first domestically grown in India around the 2nd and 3rd millennia BC. It is even said that Christopher Columbus took cucumbers to Haiti in 1494. Interestingly enough there are several different things you can use a cucumber for. You can use a cucumber for bad breath if you hold a slice to the roof of your mouth. Cucumber can also be used to erase ink, Its waxy skin will slowly remove it. The term cool as a cucumber is actually referring to the fact that cucumbers have the ability to cool the temperature of blood. Cucumber is actually made up of 95% water.

Health Benefits:

Cucumbers like many other vegetables have the ability to help with cancer mostly being estrogen related cancers such as breast, uterus, prostate, and ovarian cancer. Cucumbers are high in fiber so they a great thing to us when it comes to constipation, cucumbers even promote stronger, healthier hair and nails. Cucumbers are a very hydrating food that are rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K, magnesium, silicon, and potassium. Fresh cucumber juice is a great cleanse and detox for the whole body.


3 English cucumbers

2 stalks celery, reserving leaves if desired

1/2 medium white onion

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup fresh cilantro

2 1/2 teaspoons champagne vinegar

Salt and pepper


With a vegetable peeler, shave cucumbers into wide ribbons, stopping when you reach seeds; reserve 1 center. Thinly slice celery stalks and onion; place in a large bowl along with cucumber ribbons. In a blender, puree reserved cucumber center, mayonnaise, cilantro, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper and add to bowl. Toss to combine and top with celery leaves if desired.







Kale is part of the Brassica vegetable family which is known to mildly stimulate the liver and other tissues and organs out of stagnancy. Kale like many other veggies was originally brought to North America by the colonists in the 16th century. It was the most common green veggie in Europe until the end of the middle ages. There are many different kinds of kale such as lacinato, redbor, Gulag Stars, True Siberian, Red Russian, White Russian, and many more. Some kale can even get as tall as six or seven feet. when buying Kale from the store it is said to be one of the “dirtiest” vegetables out there, meaning it is heavily sprayed with pesticides. 

Health Benefits:

Kale can be used for healing, and rejuvenating. Like most leafy greens it is packed with vitamins and minerals like, omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins A, C, E, K, B-complex and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Kale has glucosinolates which is known to help protect the body from breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, and bladder cancer. Kale like milk is a great way to get the calcium you need, In fact it actually contains 150 mg per 100 grams, where as milk only contains 125. When eating kale it can actually be better to eat it with something, for example eating it with lemon juice makes its iron more bioavailable.


Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup


1 pound bulk Italian sausage

4 cups half-and-half
3 cups cubed potatoes
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups whole milk

1 onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups torn kale leaves (bite-size pieces)

Add all ingredients to list

. Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into pot; cook and stir until browned, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

. Stir half-and-half, potatoes, chicken broth, milk, onion, oregano, and red pepper flakes into sausage, bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Season with black pepper; stir kale into soup. Simmer until kale is tender, 10 to 15 more minutes.








There are three main varieties of spinach which are Flat leaf, Savoy, and Semi-Savoy. Flat leaf spinach is the most well known, there leaves are smooth and tear drop shaped. Savoy and semi-savoy unlike flat leaf are wrinkly and have a more intense flavor. Fresh spinach is the best when it comes to nutrients, once it has been refrigerated it loses some of those benefits. After only eight days of being pick spinach loses nearly 50 percent of its nutrients. when spinach is cooked it actually increases its nutrients by almost three times the amount of raw spinach. 

Health Benefits:

Spinach is one of the most nutrient rich leafy green vegetables. Spinach is packed full of 15 different vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, vitamin A , manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Spinach also promotes heart health. It can be very helpful for someone who is iron deficient, a half cup cooked spinach contains ten percent of the daily needed amount of iron.


White Bean and Spinach Salad

Serves 4 to 6
With so few ingredients, this salad is surprisingly substantial thanks to the protein and fiber of the beans and big flavors from red onion and a bold Dijon dressing. This is an excellent cold side salad for grilled meals or sandwiches.

3 cups cooked no-salt-added cannellini beans (from 2 (15-ounce) cans beans, drained and rinsed)
1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
4 cups tightly packed fresh spinach leaves (about 1/4 pound), tough stems removed
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

In a large mixing bowl combine beans and onion. Slice spinach into thin ribbons and add to the beans.

In a separate small bowl, whisk together mustard, vinegar and Italian seasoning. Pour dressing over the bean mixture and stir to combine all ingredients. Serve immediately or chill until ready to use.








Radish was first originated in China, although now there are hundreds of varieties of radishes that are grown all around the world. The radish is apart of the brassicaceae family along with broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and turnip. Radish can germinate with in 3 to 4 days of being planted and can be ready to harvest in 3 to 6 weeks. There leaves can be used in a fresh salad, and there seeds can be used as spice though the actual root is the most common part used.

Health Benefits:

Radish have some health benefits such as they are rich in vitamin C and folic acid. They are very good for sinus congestion, sore throats, chest colds, and asthma. Radishes can potentially dissolve mucus and acids within the body, as well as expel stones from the gallbladder as well as cleanse the kidneys. Radishes can help prevent urinary tract and bladder infection. They are known specifically to benefit stomach, kidney, mouth, and colon cancer.   




• 2 bunches radishes, chopped (about 4 cups)

• 2 cups packed cilantro leaves, chopped

• Juice of 2 limes, about 3 tablespoons

• 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt


1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and toss until incorporated. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. Spoon the salsa into a large wide-mouth mason jar . Using a muddler, press the radish mixture so the juices cover the salsa. You might need to press several times to help the juices release from the radishes. Loosely screw the lid on top of the jar.

2. Place the salsa in a dark, cool spot in the pantry. Let sit for 48 hours. You’ll notice if you stir the salsa there will be bubbles. That’s a good thing! It means the salsa has fermented. Store in the fridge.










Strawberries in technical terms have been considered to be there own fruit and are not considered a berry. Unlike other fruit strawberries wear there seeds on the outside making them stand apart from other fruits, there are around two hundred seeds on the average strawberry. Strawberries along with many other fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, plums, raspberries, and cherries are all apart of the rose family. Around 80% of all the strawberries in the united states were produced in California.

Health Benefits

Strawberries have many health benefits and are filled with vitamins A , B-complex, & E, they also have minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. Strawberries also have high levels of Phenols which act as and anti-inflammatory that can help with many things such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and many more. They are also a great food to be used for weight loss. 


Fresh Strawberry & Spinach Salad Recipe

1/4 cup (1 oz/30 g) pecans

For the Poppy-Seed Vinaigrette 

1/4 cup rice vinegar

2 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons poppy seeds

1/2 teaspoom dry mustard

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3/4 cup grapeseed oil

6 cups baby spinach leaves

2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved



In a dry frying pan, toast the pecans over medium-low heat, stirring, until fragrant and starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Pour onto a plate to cool, then coarsely chop and set aside.

To make the vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, dry mustard, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is well blended.

In a large bowl, toss together the spinach, strawberries, and pecans. Add half of the vinaigrette and toss gently to coat. Add more vinaigrette as needed (you may not need all of it), and serve.










Cilantro also known as coriander, originated from southern Europe, north Africa, and parts of west Asia. Cilantro was brought to North American colonies by the English in the 1600’s. Coriander is what American's refer to as the seeds of the plant, where as other countries refer to the leaves/plant as coriander.The leaves should be added to warm/hot foods, so its flavor can be diminished. Some people say fresh coriander has a soapy taste or can even taste slightly like citrus. There are some Belgian breweries  that use coriander with orange peels to give there beer a citrus undertone.    

Health Benefits:

Cilantro has several health benefits such as Vitamins A, K, & C, it also has minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium and is said to have more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. It can not only be used as a heavy-metal detoxifier, it can also be very beneficial for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Arthritis, Diabetes, Autism and many more. Cilantro is known to help support the digestive system. Cilantro can be juiced with apples, or celery to make a medicinal drink.



    •    1 pound (4 filets) Wild Caught Mahi Mahi
    •    ¼ cup organic olive oil
    •    2 tsp fresh lime juice
    •    1 tbsp raw honey, slightly melted
    •    1 tbsp chopped cilantro
    •    ⅛ tsp unrefined sea salt
    •    dash of pepper

    1.    In a small bowl add all of the ingredients except the fish. Mix well.
    2.    Transfer into a ziplock bag. Add fish and coat well. Allow to marinate for at least 1 hour in refrigerator.
    3.    Preheat grill to medium heat.
    4.    Take fish out of marinade and season the fish with a little more salt and pepper.
    5.    Place fish on grill and allow to cook for about 4 minutes.
    6.    Turn fish over and allow other side to cook for another 3-4 minutes.
    7.    Do not overcook the fish. Fish cooks quickly! When the fish flakes easily with a fork, it is done.
    8.    Serve with some fresh cilantro on top of the fish and a lime wedge.