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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 […]

3-Grain Mexican Salad

Nonna Joann • July 1st, 2008 • Salads & Sandwiches

3-Grain Mexican Salad is a scrumptious dinner or a tastely dish to bring to a potluck. You’ll want to make enough to have planned-overs for lunch.
In a large bowl, combine 1 cup each of cooked barley, brown rice, and defrosted corn.
1 15 oz can rinsed and drained black beans, ½ cup chopped green onions (about […]

What’s Cookin’ with Nonna? Podcasts

Nonna Joann • March 29th, 2008 • Baby Bites in the News

Did you know each week I serve up Podcasts with oodles of food fun, easy-to-make recipes, hot kitchen tips, and generous helpings of sizzling nutrition news? Even better, you can download these short and informative Podcasts to your computer or iPod for convenient on-the-go listening!
Just go to:
Make sure you bookmark that page since […]

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 […]