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Biosyntrx is committed to doing everything we can to encourage appreciation for, and consumption of, nutrient-dense foods, as well as making healthy lifestyle choices that help lower the risk of mostly preventable degenerative diseases, and the public and private financial burden associated with these diseases.  

Cold Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Occasionally, the Biosyntrx staff makes every effort to eat gluten free for a few days.  If you don’t know about shirataki pasta, it’s guilt-free noodles; zero calories, soy free, gluten free, cholesterol free, and vegan. It's made from the soluble fiber root of a plant called the Konnyaku Imo.

Hot 4th of July Cold Soups

Monday, July 02, 2018

Today’s Tasty Tuesday Mark Bittman nutrient-dense fresh vegetables chilled gazpacho is 2018 heat wave 4th of July perfect, particularly for those with visiting relatives including children and grandchildren.

Summer Solstice Cold Asian Noodles

Monday, June 25, 2018

This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. ~Margaret AtwoodGiven that NASA just recorded the fourth warmest May in 138 years of modern global record-keeping, and the fact that Thursday, June 21, is the official 2018 summer solstice (the midsummer date based on the planet’s rotational axis, making it the longest day of the year), it seems appropriate to feature a refreshing cold pasta dish for celebrating the summer solstice, since the heat wave making it's way across the Midwest and Northeast could break records this week.   Cold Asian Noodles with Chicken, Cucumbers and Sesame Sauce​Ingredients (the sauce ingredient amounts are our preference and should be adjusted to cooks choice when necessary) 2 cups shredded cooked chicken or about 12 ounces boneless chicken breast1 or 2 pounds seedless English cucumber12 ounces long pasta like linguine, or 16 ounces fresh Chinese egg noodles2 or 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger1 or 2 tablespoon minced garlic2 tablespoons dark sesame oil1/4 cup good quality Chinese sesame paste (a bit more expensive than tahini, but so worth it)1/4 cup peanut butter, or not2 teaspoons sugar3 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste1/2 cup rice or wine vinegar1 tablespoon fish sauce, or to tastegarlic chili paste, to taste1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or moreat least 1/2 generous cup minced scallions (green onions)freshly chopped cilantro for garnish, or notffresh limes for squeezing over plated cold pasta, for those who choose to do soDirections​Boil a large pot of salted water. If your chicken breasts are uncooked, wash carefully and poach in the salted water as it comes to a boil; they will cook in about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut cucumbers in half and set aside (we used our mandolin slicer while wearing a safety glove for thinly sliced cucumber).When water comes to a boil, also cook pasta until tender but not mushy (If chicken is not done, you can still add pasta; remove chicken when it is done.)While pasta is cooking, mince garlic and ginger (we used our baby Cuisinart and minced them before adding other ingredients), then add dark sesame oil, sesame paste, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic chili paste in baby Cuisinart, or whisk in a separate bowl.Thin this sauce with hot pasta water so that it is about the consistency of heavy cream; you will need a 1/2  to 3/4 cup or more sauce, depending on personal preference.When pasta is done, drain it and run pasta under cold water briefly. Shred chicken (the easiest way to do this is with your fingers).Toss noodles and chicken with cucumbers, green onions, a small amount of sauce, and taste as you go since there will be extra sauce for the refrigerator and you don’t want to over-sauce.Adjust seasoning as necessary (the dish may need salt if you do not include fish sauce) and possibly red pepper flakes, then garnish and serve.Nutritional valueSesame seeds have many health benefits due to the nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, natural oils, and organic compounds including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, fiber, thiamin, folate, protein, and tryptophan.  A word of caution: Excessive consumption of sesame seeds can show up on drug tests due to their very small amount of THC.​Ellen Troyer with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff​Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James​The mid summer sun's heat is said to be an elemental force that can energize or overwhelm us at whim; the year's longest day is a time for celebration. We enjoy the long hot summer days best when we surrender to their altered state, instead of treating them like something we need to escape.

Quick and Easy Summer Zucchini

Monday, June 18, 2018

Given that Colorado Springs has been experiencing above 90 degree weather in early June, quick and easy fresh vegetable pasta seems an appropriate Tasty Tuesday recipe. Unfortunately, our spiralizer seems to have been misplaced in our move from high on Cheyenne Mountain to downtown Colorado Springs. The good news, although not quite as pretty, very thin mandoline-sliced zucchini also works just fine.

Mini Frittatas with Spinach, Goat Cheese & Roasted Tomatoes

Monday, June 11, 2018

You can make a wish or you can make it happen. —Anna Watson CarlSavory nutrient-dense, small-bite frittatas from Anna's Yellow Table cookbook are perfect for Saturday morning get-out-the-vote planning brunches on the front porch, or for any excuse to invite friends over. We doubled the recipe and made 48 in mini cupcake tins.

Cherry Coulis

Monday, June 04, 2018

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao TzuThree years ago my foodie friend April Steinert, wrote about vivid, voluptuous sweet cherries on her blog about life, food and spirits.   It proved to be a healthy, quick and easy, lick-the-bowl-clean seasonal recipe responsible for a tremendous amount of reader thank you notes. We tagged it as a fresh cherry season "must serve" once or twice every year.

Easy Memorial Day Weekend Potato Salad

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Memorial Day is a favorite long weekend holiday. It’s time set aside for honoring those who gave their lives for our country, as well as being reflective about personal responsibilities to support the constitutional freedoms for which they gave their lives.

Nouriishing Bone Broth

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bone broth is even hotter hot now than it was when we presented it in 2016 as a Tasty Tuesday recipe. It’s being called the multifaceted superfood by many. It's now available in bone broth shops in New York and available for home delivery in a number of cities. Bone broth, with 10 mg of protein per serving, is also available in k-cups for your Keurig for about $2.00 per cup. ​

Dinner Party Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mid-April in Colorado continues to feature lovely spring weather one day and late-winter cold, windy, and snowy weather the next. Some older people still refer to this simply as normal Springtime in the Rockies.

Early Spring Lemony Linguine

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Today's spring-focused weeknight-easy Tasty Tuesday recipe is from one of my favorite foodie publications, this month's EatingWell magazine.  We decided to try it since it got the attention of our busy Tasty Tuesday team.

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