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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 natural creamy peanut butter. I love peanuts, but natural peanut butter rules. So 

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 

How to eat ice cream

How to eat ice cream

It has come to my attention that today, July 18th, 2021, is National Ice Cream Day. Apparently President Reagan proclaimed this back in 1984. Who knew? As the linked article notes, Americans are the biggest ice cream consumers in the world. But if you count 

Umami flavor boosters for meatless meals

Umami flavor boosters for meatless meals

If there’s one thing that discourages people from adopting meatless meals is the lack of the rich umami flavor that’s unique to meat and dairy foods like cheese.  Plant protein foods just don’t have that flavor kick.  Foods like legumes, quinoa, chia, whole grains and