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Say Hello to Tomato

Also known as: Pomme d'amour

Likes: Sun, plenty of warm sun

Dislikes: Refrigerators

Hobbies: Keeping people guessing – is she a fruit or a vegetable?

Find her: Brightening up a salad, stacked up with Onion and Pickle on a sandwich, topping pastas galore

She’s travelled the globe, been enjoyed by some of the most more...

Bite into Blueberry

Also known as: Bilberry, sometimes, but she’s actually a European cousin

Likes: Warm summer breezes while she’s hanging around on the lowbush

Dislikes: Being picked too soon (it makes her a little sour) and being considered only fit for fruit salad and muffins

Hobbies: Powering up meals with a sweet little dose of antioxidants and vitamin C; and simmering down into jam and more...

Get your Grill Ready for The All-American Burger

Also known as: Veggie Burger, Turkey Burger or Beef Burger

Likes: Lounging on a hot grill, plenty of condiments, fresh whole wheat buns (with or without sesame seeds)

Dislikes: Wilted lettuce, bad mayonnaise, greasy frying pans

Hobbies: Spending time with good friends like Pickle, Side Salad and Fruit Salad, occasional visits with old friends like French Fries, relaxing at more...

Get to know Goat Cheese

Also known as: Chevre, Greek Feta, Caprino

Likes: A good cheese knife, fresh fruit and bread to complement his flavor

Dislikes: Being left off the cheese plate

Hobbies: Outshining Cow’s Milk Cheese at his own delicious game

Find him: Topping pizzas and salads or providing a subtle and unexpected flavor accent to old favorites like ravioli


Become Friends with Basil

Also known as: Ocimum basilicum, Saint Joseph's Wort

Likes: Warm, sunny days, light and fresh pastas, spicy stir fries

Dislikes: Frost, overwatering

Hobbies: Sun bathing with the other herbs, veggies and flowers in the yard

Find her: In many an Italian or Thai dish, from dressing up a simple Margherita pizza to complementing more...

Say Hello to Seafood

Also known as: Shellfish, Bounty of the Sea

Likes: Garden fresh lemon and herbs

Dislikes: Melting ice beds and warm refrigerators

Hobbies: Lounging on the grill or baking with the veggies

Find him: As the star of lunch or dinner or supporting a fresh, crisp salad ensemble.  He’s also not opposed to the occasional breakfast or brunch more...

Cilantro in the Spotlight

Also known as: Coriander leaves

Likes: Dressing up dishes the world over

Dislikes: Being described as “soapy”

Hobbies: Enjoying the sun with Basil and Parsley in the herb garden

Find him: Chopped and atop soups and main dishes from Thailand to Mexico, pureed into salsa and cilantro pesto, simmered in lentils and curries


Get to Know Salsa

Also known as: Salsa Fresca, Pico de Gallo, Salsa Verde

Likes: Garden fresh tomatoes and cilantro

Dislikes: Being ignored or forgotten in her ramekin on the side of your plate, being stereotyped as only good for tortilla chips

Hobbies: Mixing up the flavor with ingredients like chipotle, mango, corn, black beans, even cherries and the occasional apple

Find her: more...

Getting to Know Egg

Also known as: just Egg, thank you
Likes: Wisks, boiling baths
Dislikes: Excessive oil in the her pan, not enough vinegar to hold her together for poaching
Hobbies: Cracking up the milk and cheese in the fridge, whipping up a tasty meringue, playing hide and seek in the fresh spring grass

Meet Greens - Cool, Crisp and Here to Help You Meet Your Health Goals

Also known as: Lettuce, Kale, Chard, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, etc.

Likes: Oil and vinegar, a quick sauté with onion and garlic

Dislikes: Being forgotten in the crisper and passed by in the produce aisle

Hobbies: Keeping cool under the misters at the grocery store or soaking up the warm breeze and people watching at the farmer’s market

Find her more...

Experience Fresh, Bold Flavors with Health and Nutrition Benefits

Looking for ways to celebrate the flavors and healthful benefits of Mexican, Asian, and other ethnic cuisines without derailing your diet?  Here are some simple tips on how to enjoy tastebud-tantalizing and figure-friendly ethnic cuisines in celebration of Cinco de Mayo and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Cinco de Mayo is a day that many enjoy a flavor fiesta with margaritas, nachos, burritos and other favorite Mexican more...

Is Avocado Part of Your Healthy Diet?

Also known as: Guacamole

Likes: Garlic, lemon or lime juice

Dislikes: Browning in the open air, getting stuck in a dark brown bag to ripen

Hobbies: Getting dressed up and being the life of the party with his spicy pal Salsa, ripening to perfection in the warm Californian and South American sun


Get to Know Garlic

Also known as: Allium sativum and Stinking rose

Likes: Extra virgin olive oil and being included in every recipe

Dislikes: Dull knives and too much heat (he’s one bitter herb when he burns)

Hobbies: Sautéing in hot pans more...

Get to Know Soy for National Soy Foods Month

By Erica Bohm, M.S.

What do you think of when you hear the word “soy”?  The wide variety of choices that help you enjoy eating flavorful healthier meals? Or a whitish, spongy, block that instills fear when you hustle past it in the grocery store or find it lurking in a shared stir-fry at a Chinese restaurant?  Whether soy sends shivers up your spine or is a regular part of your diet, National Soy Foods more...

The Bountiful Health Benefits of Berries

Fresh, ripe berries are one of the true hallmarks of the summer season. Whether you like blueberries, strawberries or a more exotic variety, berries can easily be incorporated into your daily diet during the summer and even enjoyed during the cold winter if you plan ahead.These summer gems are high in vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, helping to ward off the summer colds, maintain a healthy weight and possibly even keep you mentally keen more...

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