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…

A High Protein Ride

Last month I was invited to a fun Earth Ride, hosted by ProYo and Flywheel Sports to benefit the Charles River Watershed Association. ProYo is a high protein frozen yogurt created by Nathan Carey. He was inspired to make ProYo after a severe weight lifting injury that required months of rehabilitation. During his stay he observed…

Fast and Easy Udon Noodle Soup

Like most folks, I grew up eating canned soup. But as soon as I realized that making soup is the easiest thing in the world, I’ve never gone back. There may be some washing, dicing and slicing involved, but after everything is transferred to a pot, you’re free to go just letting the ingredients simmer,…

How To Eat a More Plant-Based Diet

I don’t relate to people who say they loathe grocery shopping. In the right store at an ideal time without crowds of people, food shopping is therapy to me. Bright lights, energizing colors, familiarity and ample choices make the experience more gratifying than clothes shopping…or at least close to it! I’ve always thought how great…

Pour a Glass of Whole Fat or Low Fat?

Earlier this month, milk was thrust into the spotlight questioning if Americans may be better off drinking whole milk instead of the common choice of skim. After decades of learning that skim or 1% milk is the best choice for heart health, this notion was a bit unsettling. I’d like to know the answer because…

Super Moist Vegan Brownies

It’s been a while since I’ve baked something sweet because I’m always focused on finding weekday meal recipes. Lately though I’ve been craving chocolate, stealing my son’s M&Ms, chocolate chip cookies, etc. So I was curious to try a decadent looking avocado-based brownie by Gimme Some Oven. I always have at least 4 avocados in…

Zoodles with Soba Noodles

You probably know what zoodles are by now—zucchini that has been cut into spirals or long strands that look like noodles. Paleo and low carb fanatics love the stuff, using zoodles in recipes that normally call for regular spaghetti. I’m not convinced that a bowl of zoodles covered in marina sauce tastes quite the same,…

Low Carb Creamy Avocado Pasta

It’s ironic how avocado has become such a regular part of my meals, when growing up I wouldn’t go near one. My mom would chase me with spoonfuls to taste because she adored them so. Now I’m a believer: a perfectly ripe avocado is creamy and delightful, and enhances everything from salads to grains to…