After autumn, it’s easy to forget pumpkin puree’s tasty, versatile, nutrition-packed goodness. However, a can of pumpkin is a great pantry staple anytime. It adds moisture, texture, and health benefits to many recipes—including some you might not expect.
Pumpkin is an affordable, easy-to-stock pantry staple that’s packed with nutrition. It contains alkaloids and flavonoids, which are natural compounds with documented anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic, and antioxidant properties, as well as a long list of other nutrients.
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Coconut oil has many, many uses. It’s great for cooking healthy foods and can be used as a natural moisturizer. However, did you know it’s also the base for many different beauty products?
From lip balm to hair treatment, coconut oil added to a few other ingredients can make for a healthy, natural alternative to chemical-laden beauty products. For example, did you know you can make an anti-aging facial cream from coconut oil and a few drops of essential oil?
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Pasta is the kind of meal that is easy to make but rarely done right. Microwaving a chilled ready meal of spaghetti carbonara can never taste like you would eat in an authentic Italian restaurant. The only way to make a truly delicious classic pasta sauce is to do it yourself, which might seem intimidating but can often be deceptively easy with the right ingredients and instructions.
To help you try out some of these, this infographic rounds up easy-to-follow recipes for 14 of the best-loved pasta sauce recipes. From Ragu Alla Bolognese to Pesto Alla Genovese, these sauces come from all over Italy and have been handed down from generation to generation, bringing families together around the dinner table.
As well as the ones you might be familiar with, there’s also some you might not have tried eating before, let alone cooking, including Puttanesca, which may translate as ‘whore’s pasta’ but tastes much better than that might make it sound. If you’re a seafood fan, there’s also Allo Scoglio or Alle Vongole, which require shellfish, which Quattro Formaggi speaks for itself if you just can’t get enough cheese.
With all of these delicious and deceptively simple recipes at your fingertips, the only question is which one will you try first?
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Matcha is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make all green and black teas. To create matcha, farmers grow tea plants in special shaded conditions, pick the finest young buds, and use a slow-turning granite grinder to rub them into an ultra-fine, vivid jade-hued powder. Matcha powder is whisked into warm water to make traditional matcha tea, frothed with milk to make green-tea lattes, and used to flavor and color various foods.
Green tea is sometimes called the healthiest beverage on the planet. Matcha tea boasts even more nutrients than brewed green tea because it contains the actual tea leaves (rather than just liquid flavored by steeping leaves). In fact, tea made from matcha powder has 137 times more of the potent antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than brewed green tea, according to one study. Intrigued? Dig into more of the health benefits of matcha and discover 10 delicious and healthy recipes with matcha in the starring role.
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Bowls? They’re a big deal in the food world, and the reasons are varied. Sometimes, just one ingredient on its own doesn’t have much appeal but toss some together and suddenly you’ve got a vibrant, varied potpourri that looks (and tastes) delicious.
While many bowls that you might see focus on lunch or dinner type of entrees—noodles plus protein, for example—there are plenty of options to start your day and to have a filling midday meal or snack, too, that don’t involve a starch or a meat. Take, for example, a crazy-good-for-you acai bowl.
Acai is a fruit that’s native to South America; while it’s intense in its dose of antioxidants and other vitamins, it doesn’t store well on shelves, which is why you won’t find it fresh. Instead acai is powdered or pureed, and then added to smoothies, drinks, and, of course, bowls. How can you max out your acai bowl’s healthfulness? This graphic offers some ideas.
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