Healthy Recipes: One Ingredient, Five Ways

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We all know that healthy foods should be part of our daily diet, but it’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with the same ingredients cooked the same way. Here are ingredients that are so good—and so versatile—that you’ll actually want to eat them every day. Check out recipes and advice for three healthy superstars that you can count on all week.


The superhero of leafy greens, kale is a great source of protein, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber, iron, and a host of vitamins. In fact, one cup of chopped leaves provides 354 percent of the daily value of Vitamin A, 89 percent of Vitamin C, and a whopping 1,328 percent of Vitamin K. To find the freshest bunch, look for deeply colored leaves (can be green, purple, or red and flat or curly depending on the kale variety) with moist-yet-firm stems. Its taste is slightly more bitter than its cousins–collards, cabbage and broccoli–but any of the preparations below are sure to satisfy.

Bake It

Grease-free kale chips pack a salty crunch powerful enough to curb junk food cravings. This Sweet Home recipe is an easy way to turn a large head into a bowlful of crispy treats.

Soften by Shredding

Because whole kale leaves can be a bit tough, Dinner a Love Story recommends slicing them into ribbons and tossing with avocado, pecorino, scallions, and homemade dressing to create more kid-friendly forkfuls.

Steam Up a Side dish

Bring out more flavor by placing ripped or chopped leaves in a steamer for a few minutes and then seasoning with a little toasted walnut, red onion, and salt or soy sauce as shown in this recipe from Dr. Aviva Romm.

Make Pesto

Move over, basil. As Heidi Swanson shows, kale can also become a delicious pasta topping when pulsed with garlic, shallots, herbs, oil, and cheese.

Massage It

To get really hands-on, Eating Well suggests softening salad leaves by tearing them into bite-size pieces and rubbing and crushing them into a bowl with dressing to work in the flavor.


This gluten-free grain native to South America continues to gain popularity because it’s low in sodium and cholesterol, high in magnesium and manganese, and contains 8 grams of protein per cup. Did we mention that it’s also filling and has a lovely nutty taste? Because demand has gotten so high, seek out fair trade brands to help ensure the ethical treatment and pay for farmers in countries where the crop is typically grown. And then enjoy the variety of tastes and textures possible with these techniques.

Fry It

Sprouted Kitchen shows how quinoa mixed with garbanzo beans can become the perfect base for falafel.

Create a Grain Salad

Cooked quinoa can be combined with a variety of herbs, vegetables, and nuts, but we’re particularly fond of this pistachio-and-cranberry combination from Leite’s Culinaria.

Make Bread

Sarah Britton’s tasty quinoa corn muffins are free of gluten, sugar, dairy, egg, wheat, and soy—and, therefore, any possible form of guilt.

Turn It Into Breakfast

When mixed with almond milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins, this grain can provide a nice protein-packed alternative to oatmeal. Eating Bird Food’s recipe is particularly promising.

Use it as Stuffing

Edible Perspectives substitutes quinoa for bread crumbs and roasts the mixture in delicata squash halves.


Ah, the old incredible edible. They’ve gotten flack in the past for being high in cholesterol, but did you know that eggs can help reduce your risk of cancer and ward off macular degeneration? Along with being a more easily absorbed form of protein than meat, an egg is also a far more versatile ingredient. Here are five techniques to take a crack at with your next (ideally organic) dozen.

Bake Them

A frittata is a great way to incorporate excess veggies and herbs. This one from Joy the Baker calls for onions, rosemary, parsley, and thyme as well as ricotta.

Over Rice

Most anything is more enticing with a fried egg on top; Smitten Kitchen’s ginger fried rice is the perfect example of this rule.

Make Egg Salad

The hardboiled sandwich staple has been a crowd pleaser for generations. Elevate the recipe the way Orangette does by adding mushrooms.

Top Pizza

Up the ante of your next pie by cooking it with a few freshly-cracked eggs. The Kitchn’s breakfast pizza would be welcome any time of day.

Cook Them in Tomato Sauce

David Lebovitz’s recipe for Shakshuka, a classic North African dish consisting of soft-cooked eggs soft in spicy tomato sauce, can be finished on the stovetop or in the oven.

Illustration by Matt Chase


Looking back, the year 1995 seems like such an innocent time. America was in the midst of its longest streak of peace and prosperity. September 11, 2001 was six years away, and the internet didn't seem like much more than a passing fad.

Twenty-four years ago, 18 million U.S. homes had modem-equipped computers, 7 million more than the year before. Most logged in through America Online where they got their email or communicated with random strangers in chat rooms.

According to a Pew Research study that year, only 32% of those who go online say they would miss it "a lot" if no longer available.

Imagine what those poll numbers would look like if the question was asked today.

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"Few see online activities as essential to them, and no single online feature, with the exception of E-Mail, is used with any regularity," the Pew article said. "Consumers have yet to begin purchasing goods and services online, and there is little indication that online news features are changing traditional news consumption patterns."

"Late Night" host David Letterman had Microsoft founder and, at that time the richest man in the world, on his show for an interview in '95 to discuss the "the big new thing."

During the interview Letterman chided Gates about the usefulness of the new technology, comparing it to radio and tape recorders.

Gates seems excited by the internet because it will soon allow people to listen to a baseball game on their computer. To which Letterman smugly replies, "Does radio ring a bell?" to laughter from the crowd.

But Gates presses Letterman saying that the new technology allows you to listen to the game "whenever you want," to which Letterman responds, "Do tape recorders ring a bell?"

Gates then tells Letterman he can keep up with the latest in his favorite hobbies such as cigar smoking or race cars through the internet. Letterman shuts him down saying that he reads about his interests in magazines.

RELATED: Bill Gates has five books he thinks you should read this summer.

The discussion ends with the two laughing over meeting like-minded people in "troubled loner chat room on the internet."

The clip brings to mind a 1994 segment on "The Today Show" where host Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric have a similar discussion.

"What is internet anyway?" an exasperated Gumball asks. "What do you write to it like mail?"

"It's a computer billboard but it's nationwide and it's several universities all joined together and it's getting bigger and bigger all the time," a producer explains from off-stage.

via The Howard Stern Show / YouTube

Former Secretary of State, first lady, and winner of the popular vote in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, sat own for an epic, two-and-a--half hour interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show Wednesday.

She was there to promote "The Book of Gutsy Women," a book about heroic women co-written with her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

In the far-reaching conversation, Clinton and the self-proclaimed "King of All Media" and, without a doubt, the best interviewer in America discussed everything from Donald Trump's inauguration to her sexuality.

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The healthcare systems in the United States and the United Kingdom couldn't be more different.

The UK's National Health Service is the largest government-run healthcare system in the world and the US's is largest private sector system.

Almost all essential health services in the UK are free, whereas in America cost can vary wildly based on insurance, co pays and what the hospitals and physicians choose to charge.

A medical bill in the US

One of the largest differences is cost. The average person in the UK spends £2,989 ($3915) per year on healthcare (most of which is collected through taxes), whereas the average American spends around $10,739 a year.

So Americans should obviously be getting better care, right? Well, the average life expectancy in the UK is higher and infant mortality rate is lower than that in the US.

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Plus, in the U.S., only 84% of people are covered by private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Sixteen percent of the population are forced to pay out of pocket.

In the UK, everyone is covered unless they are visiting the country or an undocumented resident.

Prescription drugs can cost Americans an arm and a leg, but in the UK, prescriptions or either free or capped at £8.60 ($11.27).

via Wikimedia Commons

The one drawback to the NHS system is responsiveness. In the UK people tend to wait longer for inessential surgeries, doctor's appointments, and in emergency rooms. Whereas, the US is ranked as the most responsive country in the world.

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The New York Times printed a fair evaluation of the UK's system:

The service is known for its simplicity: It is free at the point of use to anyone who needs it. Paperwork is minimal, and most patients never see a bill. … No one needs to delay medical treatment until he or she can afford it, and virtually everyone is covered. …

According to data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States spent 17.2 percent of its economic output on health care in 2016, compared with 9.7 percent in Britain. Yet Britain has a higher life expectancy at birth and lower infant mortality.

Citizens in each country have an interesting perspective on each other's healthcare systems. UK citizens think it's inhumane for Americans have to pay through the nose when they're sick or injured. While Americans are skeptical of socialist medicine.

A reporter from Politics Joe hit the streets of London and asked everyday people what they think Americans pay for healthcare and they were completely shocked.