Why Food Waste Matters

I’ve been working on some articles about food waste recently and it’s quite eye-opening. The more I researched food waste, the more my deep-rooted habits began to change when dealing with all aspects of food: shopping, storage, cooking, and eating. I was in the dark about this before so I’m sure others may be too….

Farro Risotto

I admit upfront that I’ve never made risotto from scratch. Does it count that I’ve salivated when watching television chefs cook and plate it? It’s a comfort-food type of rice dish, using a sticky short grain white rice that is constantly stirred to release its starch, developing a silky creamy texture. A bit bored with…

Broccoli Sauce, No Waste

Eating vegetables are supposed to make you feel good, right? Then why do I feel guilt? Because if you look at the picture of the broccoli below, you’ll see that for years I used to throw away those beautiful green stems. Not only broccoli, it’s the seeds and pulp of winter squashes and tomatoes; scrapings…

Brussels Sprouts Chips

In the past when I’ve prepared Brussels sprouts, usually for roasting, I end up with a small mountain of outer leaves ready to be tossed in the trash. The leaves, stems, seeds and peelings of vegetables are my one regret in moving towards a mostly plant-based diet. I’m not yet ready for the commitment of…

Lentil Quinoa Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash for #WDD

World Diabetes Day #WDD is November 14 this year. Why the need to raise awareness? Diabetes rates in America continue to climb, from 26 to 29 million people in the past five years, with 1 in 4 having no idea that they are walking around with dangerously high blood sugar levels. A lot of sugar constantly…

Still Afraid of Soy?

It surprises me how many people are still afraid to eat soy, including some nutritionists. No doubt, reading random online information about soy can be scary and confusing. Who would eat a food that purportedly causes breast cancer, thyroid disorders and even brain damage? But this information is hype and largely unfounded. I’ve followed research on soy foods and…

Are You Guilty of These 5 Common Strength Training Mistakes?

No doubt that strength training is a vital part of any exercise routine. Why? Strong muscles help with everyday functions like lifting heavy grocery bags and doing yard work, and improves balance to reduce falls. It supports and protects bones and joints, which prevents or eases painful conditions like arthritis, knee pain and back aches….

Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup with Turmeric

Whenever I go on vacation I wonder if I’ll be able to find my usual favorite plant-rich meals. Thankfully on this summer’s trip I discovered a popular cafe The Golden Pear that became my mainstay for lunches. My favorite dish there was a wonderfully hearty but simple vegan soup with red lentils and butternut squash. Not many…

DIY Nut Butters

How could I live without peanut butter? For the last seven years I’ve brought a peanut butter sandwich to work. Sometimes it’s my main lunch, sometimes it’s a late afternoon snack. On a busy clinic day I’ll see six to seven patients back-to-back for one hour appointments each. That leaves little time to eat…ironic since…

An Update on Omega-6 Fats

A new JAMA study published this month found that certain fats were protective from deaths related to heart disease. Which ones? Your first guess might be olive oil or omega-3s that are often praised in the media. Yes those fats were shining stars in this study, but the bigger winner was omega-6, specifically linoleic acid, a type…

#AvocadoLove

People don’t just like avocados, people love them. Obsessed really, adding them into every meal or smoothie possible. They’re so popular an avocado emoji is supposedly arriving soon 😍 Sure they’re nutritious—check out my earlier post on the nutritional value of avocados. But it’s more about its creamy satisfaction that balances out a crunchy salad, the…

The Foodery: Healthy Fast Food Delivery

One of the top food trends of 2016 expands on fast food delivery. Remember when your choices were simple—just pizza or Chinese? Now consumers are demanding nutritious, fresh meals and they don’t mind paying more, according to Forbes. Five years ago I first noticed meal kits. A kitchen business would portion out all the fresh…