A popular way to get rid of okra's mucilage slime is to fry it, but one cook roasts the vegetable to see if it can be slime-free and tasty. She flavors it with chaat masala for a more heart-healthy vegetable dish.
At Snackbar in Oxford, Miss., chef Vishwesh Bhatt creates his own takes on Southern staples by drawing inspiration from Indian cuisine. Bhatt's dishes such as okra chaat -- fried okra seasoned with chaat masala -- have made him a three-time finalist for the James Beard Award for best chef of the South.
Researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that obese prediabetics who consume 2 cups of blueberries a day will significantly lower their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes. Subjects who consumed blueberries at the end of the 42-day study enhanced their insulin resistance and lowered their blood-glucose levels.
Chefs in Hawaii have been cooking with kabocha for generations, and now mainland chefs have begun to discover the flavors of the bright orange Japanese squash. At home in dishes both simple and complex, the squash can be paired with pumpkin as well as substituted for the more common squash in pies, pumpkin breads and other dishes.
"Pink Slime" -- a gooey, fatty pulp scraped off slaughterhouse floors and reprocessed for use in commercial hamburgers and hot dogs -- can be hard to avoid, Umbra Fisk writes. If you want a slime-free diet, your only real options are to grind your own beef from chuck roast, to buy ground beef direct from farmers or avoid eating burgers and other beef products altogether.
Gradually reduce the amount of trans fats, sugars and salt in your dishes to make more heart-healthy options, and try other healthful ingredients to replace any decrease in flavor. Steam, grill or roast vegetables to keep flavors and retain nutrients, and grill or broil meat on a rack to cut down on saturated fats.