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January 14, 2008
Potato Stew with Swiss Chard

There’s nothing like warming up in the winter with hot bowl of stew. This hearty stew features Swiss chard, a unique vegetable with an impressive list of health promoting nutrients. While it may look similar to kale, swiss chard has a more delicate flavor. Its long list of nutrients includes vitamins A,C,E and K, potassium, iron, and fiber. This flavorful Potato Stew with Swiss Chard is best when served on a cold night with a side of cornbread.


2 Tbs. olive oil
2 cups yellow onion, diced
1 large sweet potato
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, minced with seeds
1Tbs. fresh ginger
1 tsp. ground coriander
½ tsp. turmeric
1 can (14oz.) coconut milk
1 bunch of Swiss chard
¼ cup cilantro
squeeze of lime for garnish


  1. Warm the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan; add the onion and a bit of salt. Cook while stirring for about 4 minutes.
  2. Add sweet potato, garlic, pepper, ginger, spices and sauté for a minute or two.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, coconut milk and a bit of salt; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes, covered.
  4. Add the chard, and continue cooking for about 8-10 minutes until the chard is tender.
  5. Thin with water if necessary; serve over quinoa or jasmine rice.

*for a healthier low-fat version, do not add the olive oil and choose reduced-fat coconut milk

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Delicious TV

Finally, a cooking and lifestyle television show for everyone who loves to eat - and wants to eat healthier! Delicious TV’s Totally Vegetarian program teaches easy, exciting, and healthy contemporary vegetarian cooking. The show’s emphasis is on fresh ingredients and easy preparation. After several years of hard work, they are now on the air in 73 million households across the U.S.! Delicious TV has a new and very successful recipe podcast and also offers DVDs… the perfect way to fine tune your cooking skills by watching it at your own pace.

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How to Add Years to Your Life

What’s the secret to living longer? Eating lots of fruits and veggies, not smoking, exercising regularly, and alcohol in moderation, according to a UK study. Between 1993 and 1997, researchers at the University of Cambridge monitored the health of approximately 20,000 people between the ages of 45 and 79. Findings reveal that people who adopted the aforementioned healthy habits lived an average of 14 years longer than those who didn’t.

"We've known for a long time that these behaviors are good things to do, but we've never seen these additive benefits before," said Susan Jebb, head of Nutrition and Health at Britain's Medical Research Council. The study emphasizes the importance of adopting healthy habits and maintaining a wholesome diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.

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Teens Making Smart Decisions

Although Rebecca Plotke has been a vegetarian for only three months, the 15-year-old is steadfast on continuing her dietary choices. "If I wasn't going to eat my dog, then I don't understand why I would eat a cow," she states. Her cousin, Rosetta Argento, has been a vegetarian for two years, and since July has eliminated all animal products and is now a vegan.

Rebecca and Rosetta are among the many teenagers in recent years who have made the decision to go veg. According to Reed Mangels, dietitian with the Vegetarian Resource Group, there is a steady increase in the number of teens becoming vegetarians. Mangels said that among other causes, many teens are becoming vegetarians for legitimate reasons, such as reduced animal suffering and environmental protection.

Teens who choose a plant-based diet can get their nutrients, like iron and protein, from an assortment of veggies and soy products. Whole grains, fortified grains, and beans also are excellent sources of iron.

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