MINT TEA or MINT ICE TEA Recipe

Recipe

This is a very simple way to make mint tea. As I mentioned in my previously blog, Mint Tea is one of my favorites so there was no way that I could discuss mint tea and not include a recipe.

Ingredients

  • Tea
  • Water
  • Fresh Mint Leaves
  • Sugar or sweetener

Instructions

1. Boil the water and when it comes to a boil add the tea bag and turn off the stovetop.

2. Place 3-5 fresh mint leaves into the bottom of the cup and add 1 teaspoon of sugar (can adjust to taste).

3. Pour the tea onto the fresh mint.

4. Serve

(Can make it mint ice tea by simply adding ice)

*Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Healthy Eating*


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MINT……It is not just good for your breath!

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We have all heard that mint is good for your breath, but that is not all its good for….Everytime I make a cup of tea, I add mint…yes it gives it great flavor. But there are many other “things” that mint offers.

Mint has been used all over the Middle East for its great healing power, wonderful aroma and yummy taste!!!!

Mint is useful for an upset stomach, nausea and headache. It can help treat irritable bowel syndrome or other stomach disorders. It is able to smooth the digestive tract and it can reduce the severity of an upset stomach. It has been shown in animal studies to reduce the risks of colon and lung cancer! Finally, there is mixed opinion but it has also been shown to improve female fertility.

Try chewing fresh mint leaves in place of gum. It will definitelyl freshen your breath and may even last longer :-)


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Eating Quickly linked to obesity!!

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A continuous debate between my husband and I is how long it takes us to eat dinner and the amount of time that we sit at the dinner table. In short, I take A LONG time to eat, while my husband eats VERY quickly.  

The other night I made a great dinner :) We had cream of broccoli soup, fattoush salad and baked chicken with coucous. The issue really was not the dinner but rather the fact that I was still eating the soup as my husband was finishing up the baked chicken and coucous.

So….what is the problem with that? Well, first it means that he gets up off the dinner table a lot quicker and there is no time to talk :) 

But the real is issue is related to health….

Studies show that people who eat their food quickly are more likely to become obese. Eating quickly has actually become more common as people are often in a hurry and may even have a shorter lunch or dinner break at work compared to the past.  In addition, some people are even eating in their cars. I have attached a link to a specific study that I thought was particularly interesting: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091104085230.htm.

The study basically shows that the longer you take to eat….the more full you may feel at a 30 minutes after eating mark…..

Are you a slow eater or a quick eater???? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Now that is food for thought :)


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SAFFRON ROAD FOODS GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Within the concept of halal, Saffron Road emphasizes halal’s humane treatment of animals. Tell us how important consuming Humane Certified food is to you and your family. Leave a comment below and we’ll randomly chose FOUR winners to receive a coupon for a free Saffron Road entrée!

You can find the entrées at Whole Foods.

Must be a resident of the US to win. Winners will be notified by 2/28/11.


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Who is cooking for Valentine’s Day???

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Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

I would love to know if you are cooking for Valentine’s Day? If it is not you that is doing  the cooking then who is doing it???

1. Myself

2. My spouse or significant other

3. Going out to eat

4. What is Valentine’s Day?

Need an idea???

Try Baklava for Dessert. It is one of the most popular dishes of the Mediterranean, and I made it for Valentine’s Day this year and it seemed to go over well :)

Makes about 10-12 pieces

Ingredients

Filling

  • 8 ounces of walnuts or pistachios, ground
  • 4 ounces of almonds, ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Outer Shell

  • 1/2 pound phyllo dough
  • 6 tablespoons butter

Syrup

  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grind the walnuts and almonds (can do it separately since almonds may take longer and you don’t want the walnuts too ground) and mix with the cinnamon.
  3. Remove Phyllo dough from plastic and cut it into 9×12 inch pieces 
  4. Take 6 sheets of the Phyllo dough and butter both sides and place into a 9×12″ baking pan.
  5. Add the nut and cinnamon mixture.
  6. Pat the mixture down to make sure it is flattened.
  7. Add 6 more sheets of of the buttered Phyllo dough (make sure to butter on both sides) to the top of the baking pan.
  8. You can cut them into pieces prior to placing in the over (can also freeze before cutting which will make it easier).
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until Phyllo dough looks golden.
  10. While the Baklava is baking, begin to make the syrup.
  11. Boil the water and then add the sugar to the mixture and stir.
  12. Remove Baklava from over, and add the syrup to it.
  13. Enjoy!!!!

Use a brush to add themelted  butter to the phyllo dough


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