Congratulations, mom-to-be. With baby on the way you've probably already prepped the crib, marveled at the adorable onesies your little one will soon be sporting and, oh yeah, bought a gazillion diapers. Good job! You've done everything you can to ensure that your newest family member has what he or she will need. But, what about you and everyone else in the family?
Saturday night we had a small dinner party, attended by a bunch of my very oldest friends (not oldest as in age - but oldest as in how long we've known one another :) To me, there's something so unique and special about being around people who have shared so many joys and also too many losses; a quiet understanding and comfort that is hard to match.
Yesterday was my first CSA pick-up, and my batch of farm fresh veggies included divine-smelling thyme, radishes, turnips, broccoli rabe and a variety of salad greens (including an interesting spicy mix ). For those of you that don't know, helps to support family farms while providing people (especially in cities) with access to , , affordable produce. Each week you pick up your share of fruits and vegetables at a local community center or other farm drop-off location. It's a great opportunity to get to know people in your neighborhood and a simple way to eat what's local and in season. Last night I used my new greens to make this great broccoli rabe recipe (a twist on a recipe in my favorite veggie cook book, ).
Lasagna? Good for your bones?
The folks at the "Know My Bones" educational program give us all a reason to enjoy some - their recipe is filled with calcium, an all-important component of bone health.
Recipe for High-Calcium Lasagna*
(Serves 8 or 9), 420 mg calcium
9-12 lasagna noodles
1 can (19 oz.) white or navy beans
8 oz. firm tofu, crumbled
4 cups collard greens (packed), lightly steamed, and finely chopped
During my recent trip to they served a delicious spread that everyone told me I must try. Once I did, I was hooked. I ended up eating it every single morning, either on my bran muffin or whole grain toast. If you like peanut butter, you'll love it, too. It's easy to prepare and full of healthy ingredients.
Here's the recipe, compliments of the chef:
Almond or Peanut Butter Delight