BioGPS news, an awesome recipe, and election reminder

A record 99,729 queries were made to BioGPS this past October–just 271 queries shy of 100K! Curious about BioGPS users are studying? So are we! If you’ve published and article using/citing BioGPS, share your finding with BioGPS and have your work highlighted in the BioGPS featured article series. For November, we have some interesting spotlights on BioGPS plugins scheduled as well as some interesting research coming from BioGPS users. Look forward to it!

Also, if you like gardening like I do, but don’t always know what to do with the food you’ve grown here’s a recipe for using up all that zucchini from Jenerallyfit.com a side project nutrition/fitness site by a scientist who has done some brilliant work in viral pathogenesis.

    Zucchini Marinara
    Ingredients

      2 Zucchini
      3 Servings of your favorite marinara sauce (we used Rao’s)
      4 Italian chicken sausages

    Directions
    Cut zucchini using spiral vegetable cutter and heat until tender. Heat sliced chicken sausage (or topping of choice) and marinara sauce in a separate pan. Mix together and that is it!

    Makes 2 servings at approximately 370 calories per serving.

Visit her site at Jenerallyfit.com to see some awesome pix of this easy and nutritious meal.

Finally…if you are in the US, don’t forget to vote. You forfeit your right to complain about US politics if you don’t vote.

Chocolate chia seed pudding

What do PhD’s do in their spare time? In Jenna’s case, it’s helping other people get healthy and fit. She just started her own site at: http://jenerallyfit.com/index.html and has posted some fabulous recipes.

This looks ridiculously tasty: Chocolate Chia Seed pudding

This pudding is rich and creamy and only takes a few minutes of prep time. Chia seeds (yes, like from the Chia Pet!) can absorb up to 12 times their own weight in water, which helps keep you hydrated and feeling fuller longer. They’re also a great source of protein, fiber and Omega-3 fatty acids. Here is the recipe:

  • 2 oz Chia seeds
  • 8 oz almond milk
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Stevia to taste

Mix together ingredients and let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes to overnight. The longer it sits the thicker it will get. Makes 2 servings at around 180 calories per serving. You can definitely mix it up by using your favorite milk (coconut, skim) and/or sweetener (honey, agave). If you’re not in the mood for chocolate you can add almond or vanilla extract with cinnamon and raisins instead of cocoa power for an easy rice pudding. Top with your favorite fruit and enjoy for a healthy breakfast or dessert.

Chocolate Chia Seed pudding courtesy of JenerallyFit

One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done

It’s sad how some people spend thriftily and still struggle to put enough food on the table, when there’s so much of it getting tossed in the dump. Thank goodness for food banks which have helped to get food where it best belongs–into the mouths of people!

Excerpt from: One-Third of Food Is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done.

It’s lettuce season in the Salinas Valley, a carrot-shaped lowland in the central California region that produces about 70 percent of the leafy greens sold in U.S. retail markets. On a typically foggy morning, tractor trailers stuffed with salad stream from valley processing plants to points north, south, and east.

Meanwhile, a single roll-off truck trundles into the Sun Street Transfer Station, not far from downtown Salinas. The driver pauses atop a scale, then positions his battered Dumpster over a concrete pad. A flick of a lever, a pneumatic whoosh, and 20 cubic yards of lettuce and spinach tumble onto the ground. Packaged in plastic boxes and bags, the greens—piled seven feet high—appear to be in the pink of health: dewy, crisp, and unblemished. The misdemeanor for which they’ll soon be consigned to a landfill? Their containers have been improperly filled, labeled, sealed, or cut. Continue reading.

Hopefully the veggies dumped in this case went to the part of the landfill where greenery is dumped for composting. At least then, the wasted goods will be put back to use instead of just taking up space.

Stipend ready meals- beans, beans, they’re good for your heart

…the more you eat them, the more you…will truly appreciate how nutritious and ridiculously inexpensive they are. Not only can beans be used for hearty chili recipes that will fill you up quickly, but they can also make great salad/cold dishes which don’t need re-heating to enjoy. Dried, many varieties of beans cost less than a dollar a pound if you purchase them either at the 99c store, or in the bulk aisle of a grocery store like Sprouts. A friend of mine makes beautiful chili by the gallons because it’s cheap and easy. If you like chili, an easy way to prep it is to throw the dried beans in a crockpot or slow cook and leave it overnight or while you’re at work. Alternatively, you can used canned beans (about 2 cans/$1 on sale) to make a fast chili or an easy bean salad for a quick and very cheap meal. If cooking with dried beans, be careful as some varieties need to be boiled first to remove/degrade toxins and the slow cook may not reach the temperatures needed to degrade the toxin.

Easy 5-ingredient chili modified from GimmeSomeOven.com.

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey (or you can just use Costco $5 chicken adding it in later)
    • 3 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes with green chiles
    • 2 (15 oz.) cans beans, drained (black beans, kidney beans, a combo, or whatever you like)
    • 1 small white onion, diced
    • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
    • (optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped green onions, sour cream, cilantro, etc.)

    Directions
    In a large stockpot, cook ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat until browned, stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes or until the onion is cooked and softened.

For a crockpot/slow cook chili, visit Keyingredient.com

And of course, let’s not forget the bean salad…the one from OhSheGlows.com is really tasty, even if you just use your favorite dressing instead of the ‘from-scratch’ version on the site.

That’s the last of the cost-effective, stipend-ready fillers. Enjoy!