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Make Your July 4 Celebration Pop with Colorful and Healthy Corn Salad

This blend of corn, onions, tomatoes, herbs and spices can be dressed up or down for any summer get-together. Best of all, it serves cold or at room temp—and it travels well!

This Fourth of July, try a new twist on a traditional summertime favorite. Instead of the usual corn on the cob, incorporate this easy, healthy, delicious corn salad into your menu to take advantage of some of the best flavors summer has to offer. The delicious blend of fresh, sweet corn, vine-ripened tomatoes, and fresh basil is light, summery, and sure to please!

For the best flavor, make this easy marinated salad a day ahead to allow the flavors to meld, but it can be made shortly before serving and works well as a dish for an impromptu backyard gathering. This yummy side travels easily and tastes great served cold or room temperature without worry.

As versatile as it is delicious, this dish can be slightly altered to suit whatever style celebration you have planned to mark Independence Day. Serve as a sophisticated salad over a stack of sliced tomatoes for a sit-down dinner, a side dish with grilled chicken or burgers for a neighborhood party, or with tortilla chips as an appetizer by the pool.

Search your local farmer’s market for the season’s best produce—it will be much more flavorful and nutritious than produce that has logged hundreds of miles on the back of a truck!

This dish incorporates The Delicious Dietitian Spice Blends and Wine Vinegars, which were created by dietitians as an alternative to commercially produced spice blends and vinegars. These spice blends and vinegars are hand crafted and contain no artificial ingredients or preservatives, they are salt-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, and are full of flavor!

The Blueberry Wine Vinegar is an unexpected hint of one more summertime favorite, and the Southern All Purpose Blend adds a punch of flavor without adding salt.

Corn Salad Ingredients:

5 ears of white sweet corn, shucked
1/2 cup small-diced red onion (1 small onion)
4 ripe Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons The Delicious Dietitian Blueberry Wine Vinegar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 Tbsp The Delicious Dietitian Southern All Purpose Spice Blend
1/2 cup julienned fresh basil leaves


In a large pot of boiling water, cook the corn for 3 minutes. Drain and immerse it in ice water to stop the cooking and to set the color. When the corn is cool, cut the kernels off the cob, cutting close to the cob.

Toss the kernels in a large bowl with the red onions, tomato, vinegar, olive oil, and spice blend. Just before serving, toss in the fresh basil. Taste for seasonings and serve cold or at room temperature.

More healthy eating advice and delicious recipes can be found on The Delicious Dietitian blog.


Can Your Whole Family go Gluten-Free?

Can Your Whole Family go Gluten-Free?

Can Your Whole Family go Gluten-Free?When blogger Kara Gause found that her family needed to go gluten-free, she at first panicked but then found some incredible resources she shares here.

Over the past several years, I’ve come to realize I have quite a few food intolerances, one of them being gluten. Sure, I was more than a little bummed to say sayonara to the convenience of delivery pizza, but these days I’m finding that my dietary needs are more of a small annoyance than a giant inconvenience, thanks to some great gluten-free products. I have only come to say this after much whining, tantrum-throwing, pity partying and–most productive of all–researching.

When my husband and I found out that we both have some of the same food issues (gluten), we decided it might be best to begin avoiding gluten altogether for our daughters, determining that it could be hereditary. Of course this resulted in more whining and tantrum-throwing–mine, not theirs.

Would I become one of those mothers whose children never tasted cupcakes or pizza or yummy sandwiches? Ever? What would become of them? After bemoaning their lost gluten-filled childhood, I became resolute: We would all have our gluten-free cake–and we would eat it, too!

So, whether you’re in my boat or you’re just looking for a nice gluten-free recipe, here are some of my favorite resources for gluten-free cooking, baking and eating. May they help bring you and yours (if gluten-challenged) back to your favorite foods.

“BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery” and “BabyCakes Does the Classics.” These books comprise the baking bible to celebratory and everyday gluten-free baked goods. The secret to a moist gluten-free confection is coconut oil, which makes for the most delectable yum-yums you’ll ever eat. There are fantastic recipes for cobblers, donuts, cookies and even my girls’ favorite–carrot cupcakes. Some of these treats are my husband’s favorites of all time.

Pamela’s Products. Miss the everyday ease of grabbing a muffin or whipping up a quick batch of pancakes and waffles for the family? Look no further than the good lady Pamela. There are gluten-free mixes for everything from pancakes to cookies to brownies and pizza dough. She even provides a mean ready-made chocolate chunk cookie for the car ride home from the grocery store.

Gluten-free blogs. Bloggers like the Gluten-Free Goddess are solely responsible for making me excited about cooking and baking again.

Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. Prepared muffins, pizza crusts, loaves of bread (yes, really!) and the best granola you’ll ever eat–all available in a regular grocery store chain as well as Whole Foods. Udi’s means you can once again make a sandwich for lunch. Power to the people!

Local and national chain pizzarias. Gluten-free pizza dough is popping up everywhere. Some aren’t so great (back to the drawing board for you, Mellow Mushroom!), but others like California Pizza Kitchen are making some major strides. The best I’ve ever had is from Nashville-based Pizza Perfect, so check with your favorite local pizza joint, and always remember the supply and demand principle: If enough of us demand it (politely, of course), they will supply it.

For more information on gluten-free recipes, check out magazines like Vegetarian Times, Whole Living and a myriad of other cooking and nutrition magazines.

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Food Trends to Look for in 2012

Time magazine's January 9, 2012, issue

Time magazine's January 9, 2012, issue is dubbed a "User's Guide" for the year ahead and includes good and bad food-related news for 2012.

From horrible U.S. eating habits to a gluten-free beer that might finally taste good, Time highlights several food-related trends in its 2012 “User’s Guide.”

Time magazine’s “essential” guide to 2012 hit the major categories you’d expect: politics, science, business, culture. And though one of our truly main essentials—food—didn’t rate its own category in the news magazine’s first-ever predictions-for-the-year-ahead list, there were still some potential food-related trends worthy of attention.

Unfortunately, the news isn’t all good. Between eating too much and not eating what’s good for us, we’re basically killing ourselves. Widespread obesity threatens to lower life expectancy for the first time in the modern era, and heart disease, while treatable, kills more people than does cancer.

But with new restaurants like Underbelly in Houston specializing in meat (with an on-site butcher no less), is it any wonder? This hot spot was actually touted by Time magazine as a place to go out with a bang, since some are pointing to the Maya calendar and circling Dec. 21, 2012, as the date the world’s going to end.

If you’d rather take your chances, but still want to take precautions, you can lock in your reservation for a fully-stocked bunker (food, water, clothing—even pets stay free!) for $35,000. Choose between family or group shelters in Indiana or four other states expected to have theirs complete by December.

Until that fateful date—or not—the race is on to determine America’s new favorite sandwich. Move over, Big Mac and Whopper. Time’s new pick has a decidedly more exotic flair. The banh mi packed with meats, veggies and sauces is in the running, as is the Umami Burger, from the chain of the same name. This East-meets-West take earned it Burger of the Year honors from GQ magazine.

And call it another victory for celiac sufferers. Though it’s become the “in” thing for some to eliminate gluten from their diets, those with the true affliction can look forward to a wider selection of gluten-free beers this year, including one from Dogfish Head this month.