Quote of the Day:

s_shepardThe California I knew, old rancho California, is gone. It just doesn’t exist, except maybe in little pockets. I lived on the edge of the Mojave Desert, an area that used to be farm country. There were all these fresh-produce stands with avocados and date palms. You could get a dozen artichokes for a buck or something. Totally wiped out now.

Sam Shepard

 

I hope this list seasonal foods will give you fresh ideas for your eating plan and the holidays.

artichokeArtichokes: The globe artichoke is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. 1 medium artichoke = 60 calories.

 

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

arugula

 

Arugula: Eruca sativa is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket, rucola, rucoli, rugula, colewort, roquette and, in the United States, arugula. 1 cup = 6 calories.

 

 

Benefits of Arugula

  • With very few calories and tons of flavor it is a great green to help maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing great tasting foods!
  • Arugula is a rich source of certain phytochemicals that have been shown to combat cancer-causing elements in the body. Arugula is also a great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K. As one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, arugula provides a boost for bone and brain health.
  • Arugula has an array of minerals and high levels of Iron and Copper, making it a good substitute for spinach if you’re paying attention to getting more vegetable based iron in your diet.
  • Its peppery flavor provides a natural cooling effect on the body – a good food for hot weather picnics!
  • Like other leafy greens, arugula is also a hydrating food, helping keep your body hydrated in the heat of summer.

Pan Fried Scallops with Arugula Salad

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