Every season has its personality, and what I notice most about summer is the laziness (in a good way!). People slow down with the heat, and meals are easier. No one wants to switch on a heated stove or oven so there's less cooking. Out comes summer food: salads, sandwiches and grilling. Sometimes I use … Continue reading Fresh Easy Summer Wraps
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 … Continue reading Farro Risotto
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 … Continue reading Broccoli Sauce, No Waste
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 … Continue reading Brussels Sprouts Chips
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 … Continue reading Lentil Quinoa Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash for #WDD
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 … Continue reading Still Afraid of Soy?
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 … Continue reading Red Lentil Butternut Squash Soup with Turmeric