Author: Mary Luz Mejia

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Tennessee Cornbread Recipe: A Healthier Spin on a Southern Staple

Cornbread is a southern favorite and also the state bread of Tennessee. While it’s not unusual for a cornbread recipe to taste more like cake than bread, it doesn’t have to be high in calories, sugar or fat. Try lightening up your next baking adventure with this healthier take on a southern classic — we think you and your guests will approve. The Southern Cornbread Tradition “Cornbread is the heart, soul and community bread for breaking in the South,” notes Kristina McLean, author of the Tennessee Locavore blog. “We’re as passionate about it as we are about religion and football.” While McLean goes on to say that family cornbread recipes are often guarded like heirlooms, she does enjoy experimenting. A New Cornbread McLean has lightened up her cornbread recipe with some tangy buttermilk, vegetable oil and stone ground yellow cornmeal (augmented by white flour to give it a fluffier texture). Buttermilk is a great source of calcium, protein and riboflavin — which is used to activate enzymes in your cells, helping to drive energy production. …

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Healthy Tomato Recipes for the True Tennessean

Any state that designates the tomato as its official state fruit must have some serious love for these summer beauties. Tennessee is one of those states, with many of its residents happy to vouch for some of their favorite tomato recipes, given half a chance. Apart from being versatile and delicious, tomatoes are packed with vitamins A and C, as well as lycopene, which may serve to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. It’s all the more reason to try some of these delicious Tennessee-inspired tomato recipes. Ham It Up We’ve all been to Italian restaurants that start the meal with a few pieces of bruschetta-topped baguette. Taking inspiration from Italy, this recipe uses shaved country ham to boost the flavor without additional salt. This clever twist has an additional benefit in that it doesn’t draw out all of the tomato liquid, keeping your baguette rounds just as crispy as you like them. Starting with a couple of freshly diced tomatoes (make sure you have a sharp knife to avoid excessive pressure), add some classic …