Monday, 5 October 2009

Heart of the Matter (HotM) 30: Seeds and Things

This month for Heart of the Matter, my co-host Ilva and I are going with the theme of Nuts, Seeds and Nut-Like Things. "Things" being other nut- and seed-like ingredients such as peanuts, which are considered nuts by most people (hence, the name) but are actually a type of legume. We got only a few entries last month (all of them fabulous!), but we're hoping to see more of you this month! Nuts make perfect Fall snacks and appetizers and are great in salads and breads...and seeds are perfect in things like granolas, muffins, breads and all sorts of things. We can't wait to see what you come up with!

So this month, send in your entry for the most creative thing you can think of to do with Nuts, seeds or other nut-like things. And of course it has to be heart-healthy too: your entry should be low in saturated fats (lean meats and fish), be low in salt (sodium), and if you'd like, abundant with vegetables or fruit. If you want to get more information, check out our useful links in the right hand marginal. Please only use your entry for this event so that we can keep things centred on heart-healthy recipes and please link to the event as well. Send your entries to me at phillipslayden AT gmail DOT com before (your) midnight Saturday the 31st of October, and please put "HotM" in your subject line so I can keep track of all the entries! ;)

See you then!

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Thursday, 1 October 2009

A Roundup

September's (and half of August) HotM theme was the letter A, heart healthy food that in some way has an important A in it and although we didn't get many entries this month, they are very interesting and varied!

The first out is Lisa from The Cutting Edge of Ordinary who made us a non ordinary Crunchy Apple & Grape Salad that looks great and if you use lowfat mayonnaise, it is practically bursting of heart health!

The second up is Soma from eCurry who has made a delicious salad of Quinoa with Apricot, Asparagus & Almond, it sounds nice and fruity with a bit of an acid sting that I think must be perfect with quinoa. And she even managed to get in three straight A's into it! Bravo!

I really like labelga of Leafy Cooking's interpretation of the A theme, she made an Alcalic fruit drink with grapefruit and watermelon, a combination that I like very much, it's light, fruity and thirst quenching! And healthy too.

Sweatha of TastyCurryLeaf who sent in a lovely Almond Soup-Spanish Style and I am very happy she did because that is a kind of soup I am very attracted to and if you follow the link in her post you will get the recipe to another almond soup! Couldn't be better, could it?

My fellow HotM co-host who also happens to be one of my oldest food blogger friends, we started about the same time fours years ago, Michelle used one of Hawaii's deliciacies for her entry, sea Asparagus in her dish Sea Asparagus and Tofu Salad. Now I am not only envious of her for living in Hawaii but also that she can get sea asparagus when she wants...

I made Aubergine With Wine Cooked Lentils, Olives and Oregano and Avocado With Ovenbaked Honey Onions, Grilled Corn and Orzo

A big thank you very much to all of you and please let me know if I forgot someone or messed up the links! And keep your eyes open for Michelle's announcement of October's theme!

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