Northeast Times

 Articles by Angela Shelf Medearis

Pizza recipes squared away

I was planning dinner and thinking about how I could transform some leftover, grilled chicken sausages and bell peppers into another meal. Then it hit me: Pizza! Dinner dilemma solved. I decided to slice the sausages, chop up the peppers, combine them with some mild salsa and cheeses, and use it as a topping for homemade, deep-dish pizza.


Healthy tips for school lunches

Students are heading back to school, and you probably went to great lengths to ensure your child has the right equipment — pencils, pens, notebooks, clothing — to make it through the day. Proper nutrition also is a key ingredient for back-to-school success because it fuels brain cells and gives your child the energy and nutrients he or she needs for optimal learning. Packing your child’s lunch lets you know exactly what he or she is eating.


Great ways to eat Chia seeds

 Chia Seeds: Healthy or Hype?


Tips for grilling outdoors

During the summer, many people enjoy cookouts with family and friends. Grilling outdoors is particularly popular in my home state of Texas.


Eat healthy and keep active

 Summer months are the perfect time to squeeze in a family vacation. Too often, however, we return from our travels feeling exhausted and weary from an “unfit” vacation. The reasons are many: overeating, trying to log too many miles, sporadic sleep schedules and too little exercise.


Blasting belly fat with quinoa

With all the gadgets and gizmos available that promise six-pack abs, you might think we should be a nation of strapping Adonises. However, the current U.S. obesity epidemic would indicate otherwise. Stephen Ball, University of Missouri Extension exercise physiologist, says sit-ups and crunches will tighten your abdominal muscles, but you will still have the same layer of fat sitting on top of those muscles.


Enjoy a budget-friendly meal

There are many types of steaks that are both inexpensive and delicious.  


Grow your own pizza garden

When most people think about planting a garden in the spring, they think about the fresh vegetables they will be eating all summer. While vegetables are packed with good nutrients, a garden provides many other benefits as well. This year, make planting and tending a garden a family affair, and everyone will harvest the benefits. 


A perfect potato for any meal

Sweet potatoes can be incorporated into every meal from sweet potato biscuits for breakfast to a side of sweet potato fries at lunch, a roasted potato for dinner or smooth custard for dessert. 


Heart-healthy and tasty, too

Research has long supported the recommendation of one glass (5 ounces) of red wine for heart health, but many nonalcohol drinkers want to know if grape juice offers the same health benefits? The answer is yes, if it’s 100 percent purple grape juice.