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…

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…

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…

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…

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…