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Winter squash for my favorite risotto

Winter squash for my favorite risotto

When a craving for cold weather comfort food hits, some people do mac and cheese. I do risotto. It’s easy to put together on short notice, filling, and delicious. Add a green salad or some chopped raw vegetables and you’ve got a meal. Cooking risotto 

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

Stuffed Pumpkin for Vegetarian Thanksgiving

What’s a vegetarian to do? Thanksgiving dinner is built around the turkey. Roast turkey is a showpiece food, plus it smells wonderful. The side dishes are typically vegetarian: green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, dressing, cranberries and green vegetables. Even dessert is OK; pie 

I love peanuts

I love peanuts

Some people love ice cream. Some people love chocolate. Some people can’t stop eating chips. My secret food addiction: homemade bread + a touch of unsalted butter + a generous dollop of so-called ‘old fashioned’ creamy peanut butter. I love peanuts, but old fashioned style 

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

Is sucralose sabotaging your diet?

I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners, even the so-called “natural” ones. They’ve been hyped as the solution to weight loss. Substituting artificial sweeteners for real sugar was supposed to reduce obesity by cutting calorie intake. If only. Instead, the obesity epidemic exploded. So, not 

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

5 reasons to include soy foods in your diet

Last year I did a webinar on vegetarian diets. I talked a bit about the convenience and nutritional benefits of soy foods like tofu and tempeh. Some attendees expressed fears about soy safety, because soy contains isoflavones that are chemically related to estrogenic hormones. There 

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

Red lentil chickpea zucchini soup

At some point every summer, there’s just too much zucchini.  Gardeners can’t give it away.  Another problem: zucchinis quickly balloon in size and become inedible.  I pick zucchini small, assuming I can find them in time.  The small ones are slightly sweet, with a distinctive 

Serve up easy garden grain salads

Serve up easy garden grain salads

Grain-based salads are my favorite go-to solution for summer meals. Why? Easy Healthy Delicious Take advantage of fresh vegetables (from your garden or not) Take advantage of fresh herbs (from your garden or not) Great leftovers The first step is to choose a grain. Here 

Summer is vegetarian-friendly

Summer is vegetarian-friendly

When someone says “summer food”, what pops into your mind? Ice Cream? Grilled burgers? Fresh tomatoes? How about … Vegetarian? Summer is the best season to be a vegetarian (or vegan).  Fresh vegetables abound.  When the weather is hot, we prefer foods that are lighter