Throughout my childhood, my Dad was very active in the Chinese community in Rhode Island. He was one of the founders of the Rhode Island Association of Chinese Americans, at the time a small but close-knit community group that worked to promote local Chinese businesses and the integration of Chinese immigrants newly arriving in the state. … Continue reading A Healthy Spin on a Chinese Takeout Favorite
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
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. … Continue reading Are You Guilty of These 5 Common Strength Training Mistakes?
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