Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Pumpkin Seed Pesto


4 Mediterranean flavoured chicken sausages such as basil and tomato
4 large chicken breasts on the bone, skin on


1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup sundried tomatoes in oil
1/2 cup oil from sundried tomatoes
6-8 fresh basil leaves, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Remove sausage meat from casings.
  3. Using a small thin-bladed knife, cut a pocket in the centre of each chicken breast.
  4. Stuff sausage meat into chicken using hands or a piping bag.
  5. Bake in oven for 30 minutes.
  6. To make the pesto, use a dry frying pan to roast pumpkin seeds until they swell and emit a nutty aroma.
  7. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except oil.
  8. While running the food processor, slowly drizzle in oil.
  9. Serve chicken with pesto.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: ciao!

In Pictures: Decorative Sushi

Kazari Maki Sushi

Sunday Funnies

Hot Dog

Two Scottish nuns have just arrived in the USA and are taking a walking tour of New York City. One says to the other, “Och, I hear that the people of this country actually eat dogs.”

“Odd,” her companion replies, “but if we shall live in America, we might as well do as the Americans do.”

Nodding emphatically the Mother Superior points to a hot dog vendor and they both walk toward the cart. “Two dogs, please,” says one.

The vendor is only too pleased to oblige, wraps both hot dogs in foil and hands them over. Excited, the nuns hurry to a bench and begin to unwrap their “dogs.”

The Mother Superior is first to open hers. She begins to blush and then, staring at it for a moment, leans over to the other nun and whispers cautiously, “What part did you get?”

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Chicken Soup

Moments before a famous Shakespearean actor was to perform Hamlet to a packed house in New York, he dropped dead. The house manager solemnly went onstage and announced, “We are sorry to bring you this news, but our performance tonight has been canceled due to the untimely demise of our featured performer.”

From the back of the theater a voice cried out, “Give him some chicken soup!”

Startled, the stage manager cleared his throat and replied, “I apologize if in my grief I have not made my solemn message clear. The man is deceased.”

Once again, but more emphatically the voice rang out, “Give him some chicken soup!”

Having had quite enough, the manager bellowed back, “Sir, the man is dead! Giving him chicken soup couldn’t possibly help.”

To which the voice replied, “Well, it couldn’t hurt!”

Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Association was found even when people weren’t overweight, researchers said.

People with low levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if they aren’t overweight or obese, a new study suggests.

The study included almost 150 people in Spain. Their vitamin D levels were checked, as was their body mass index (BMI — an estimate of body fat based on height and weight). They also had tests for diabetes, prediabetes or other blood sugar (glucose) metabolism disorders.

Obese people who didn’t have diabetes or related disorders had higher vitamin D levels than those with diabetes. Lean people with diabetes or related disorders were more likely to have low vitamin D levels than those without such disorders.

The results show that vitamin D levels were more closely linked to blood sugar levels than BMI, according to the study.

What the study wasn’t able to tease out, however, was whether or not vitamin D played a role in causing diabetes or other disorders that affect the metabolism of glucose. The study was only designed to find an association between these factors.

The findings were published recently in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

“Our findings indicate that vitamin D is associated more closely with glucose metabolism than obesity,” study author Manuel Macias-Gonzalez, of the University of Malaga in Spain, said in a society news release.

He said the study suggests that vitamin D deficiency and obesity may work together to heighten the risk of diabetes. “The average person may be able to reduce their risk by maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough outdoor activity,” he said.

Previous research has found that people with low vitamin D levels are more likely to be obese and to have diabetes, prediabetes and related disorders, according to the society.

Exposure to sunlight triggers the body to produce vitamin D, which is also found in certain foods. The researchers say more than 1 billion people worldwide have low vitamin D levels due to limited exposure to sunlight.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services