Most people I know have a love/hate relationship with asparagus. I am on the love side of the fence and am amazed with its nutritional benefits.

Touted as one of the world’s healthiest foods, asparagus is a great source of:

  • Vitamin K – helps prevent heart disease and improves blood clotting)
  • Copper – increases the body’s absorption of Iron
  • Folate/Vitamin B9 – encourages cell and tissue growth
  • Selenium – good for heart health, blood flow and reduces free radical oxidative stress
  • Vitamin B2 – aids body in producing red blood cells and converting food into energy
  • Vitamin C – an antioxidant that also helps the body form and maintain healthy skin and bones
  • Vitamin E – helps reduce damage from free radicals

Asparagus also is contains Fiber, Manganese, Phosphorus, Niacin, Potassium, Choline, Zinc, Iron, Protein, Vitamin A & B6, and Pantothenic Acid, which helps the body convert food into energy.

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OK, please don’t laugh out loud when I tell you I was in the mood for chili when the Southern California temps dipped into the low 60’s!  Since I was born and raised in upstate New York you think I would be used to below zero temperatures and mounds of snow. Needless to say, I prefer palms to pines and sand to snow.

My husband cannot handle spices very well so this recipe is a mild version of chili but if you like a bit more heat, increase the chili powder from 1 tsp. to 1 Tbl. Also, this calls for 2 cups of water to make the chili more soup-like but if you prefer it super thick, decrease it to 1 cup.

ENJOY!

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My heritage is half French. In addition to croissants (which I am desperately trying to come up with a veganized version) and wine, I love Split Pea Soup. I fondly remember my dad putting on his best puppy-dog-eye face and asked my mom to please make him some Split Pea Soup and Johnny Cake (otherwise known as cornbread).

Of course, my mom would use a ham bone or bacon, which in my recipe I opt for some Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke.

ENJOY!

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Hi, I'm Roxanne.

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My family heritage is Italian and French so needless to say, I love preparing meals for family, friends and anyone with an appetite and the openness to try something new.

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