Feta topped Fruit and Nut Quinoa Salad
Baked Parmesan Tomatoes
TIP: I used a cupcake tin to hold the tomatoes together while baking!
- 4 tomatoes, halved horizontally
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 450° F.
- Place tomatoes cut-side up on a baking sheet. Top with Parmesan, oregano, salt and pepper. Drizzle with oil and bake until the tomatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
~ 62 calories per half tomato.
Pepper-Jack Chicken with Succotash (by Food Snots)
Thai Vegetable Soup
breakfast frittata with spinach and tomatoes.
Grain bowl! Cheap student meal ideas
cheesy pasta with veggies.
Pistachio-rose water cookies on Flickr.
Bridget came over to the new palace and assisted in the construction of these beauties. Chewy, crispy, fragrant, delicate, heavenly.
They were exactly how Pip described them. She wrapped up heaps of them for me to take home and I ended up eating four before I even got to the trainstation. Hooray for going to friends houses.
Mushroom and leek dumplings with dipping sauce. I used way too much garlic. I never thought there was a ‘too much’ for garlic but it burned my mouth, still good though.
Unagi Lover Roll (by lighto)
sweatpotato:hmm I think I will try this since we have a never-ending supply (invasion) of passion flower on the farm.
Passion flower cuttings hanging to dry for tea- you pick everything (flower, leaves, vines) and hang it up from string until it’s all so brittle that you can crumble it with your fingers and put into a jar for use as a tea to ease anxiety.
The passion flower is most commonly used for its ability to calm the central nervous system. Like benzodiazepines and other herbs, the passion flower increases the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages from nerve cells to other cells. It decreases the activity of nerve cells in the brain, causing relaxation. It is helpful for anxiety and insomnia because of its calming effect. Chemicals known as harmala alkaloids, used to block an enzyme involved in depression, are also apparent in the passion flower. It is effective in increasing the activity of neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in increasing mood stability by blocking monoamine oxidase.
In addition to being helpful for anxiety, insomnia, and nervous gastrointestinal conditions, the passion flower is also commonly used for the following:
- pain relief, as a sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, neuralgia (pain along a nerve)
- diarrhea, dysentery
- generalized seizures, nervous tachycardia (abnormally high heart rate), spasmodic asthma, hysteria, nervous agitation,
- dysmennorhea (painful menstruation), and hemorrhoids
Dosage and Administration:
Adults should take (via infusion) 2 to 5g of dried herb 3 times a day or .5 to 1.0 mL 3times a day as an alcohol based extract. For Tincture (1:5 in 45 alcohol): 0.5 to 2.0 mL 3 times a day.
Children - per 50 lbs may take (20 to 25 g).
pumpkin salted caramel blondies.