comfort food

Soup the Ultimate Comfort Food

Nonna Joann • December 3rd, 2009 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

Soups are warming and satisfying. They add nourishing comfort, especially when you’re not feeling well. A hot bowl of soup eaten on a chilly autumn or winter day will quickly warm you up.
Unlike what happens during stewing and frying, vegetables, meat and poultry cooked as soup conserve much more of their natural nutrients. And despite [...]

Chocolate’s Hot Debate

Nonna Joann • December 8th, 2008 • Nonna's Nutrition News & Views

News for Chocolate Lovers is a Mixed Batch
First the good news:
Dark chocolate has been found to have more flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas! In fact, dark chocolate has four times more flavoniods than tea. Dark chocolate has been found to have more flavonoids than any [...]

Lentil Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

 Lentil Soup
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped pepper (yellow, green, or red)
2 stalks celery, chopped
4 cloves chopped garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (if chicken broth is substituted, more may be required)
1 cup lentils
½ teaspoon pepper
2  15-oz cans chicken or vegetable broth
2 medium chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
Small shell macaroni
1. In a large pan, sauté [...]

Sweet Potato Soup

Nonna Joann • September 1st, 2008 • Soups & Sides

Sweet Potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene (vitamin A) protecting against cancer and heart disease, vitamins C and B6. Compared to other vegetables, sweet potatoes rank highest in nutritional value of vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium. They a wonderful source of soluble fiber which soaks up cholesterol. The darker orange flesh have [...]

Hot Cocoa

Nonna Joann • February 1st, 2008 • Sweets

Hot Cocoa…
without sugar
When you need warming from a spring shower, an autumn storm, or a winter blizzard, you can enjoy an occasional hot cocoa without the worries of added processed white sugar.
My recipe uses Stevia as a sweetener. Stevia is a naturally sweet herbal plant from the Chrysanthemum family and it pairs nicely with chocolate. [...]