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Sweet potatoes: not just for dessert anymore

Sweet potatoes: not just for dessert anymore

Sweet potatoes for dessert? As I remember it, my mom’s traditional Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole might as well have been dessert. She sliced the potatoes in half, coated them generously in a mixture of brown sugar, orange juice concentrate and butter. Of course, they were 

Miso: traditional Asian seasoning for modern times

Miso: traditional Asian seasoning for modern times

What better antidote to the end-of-year holiday food excess than a simple cup of broth on a cold afternoon.  There are plenty of options: bouillon cubes, powders, pastes, canned, shelf-stable boxes.  If you’d rather treat yourself to something more natural, give miso a try.  It 

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Put lentils on your recipe radar screen

Lots of home cooks find dry beans (legumes) intimidating. Black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans — they take a really long time to cook. Soaking them overnight before cooking helps, but the beans still need to simmer for hours. That means planning your meal one 

5 reasons to eat kale

5 reasons to eat kale

Kale is my favorite dark leafy green vegetable. It does well in my garden, it’s loaded with nutrients, it’s versatile, it tastes great, and it keeps producing well into fall. If you don’t have a garden, you can find kale in the grocery store all 

Jackfruit: meat texture without the nutrients

Jackfruit: meat texture without the nutrients

photo of jackfruit by Shahnoor Habib Munmun via Wiki Commons If a food product is described as “meat alternative”, I’ll check it out. What are the ingredients? What is the nutritional content? It’s not enough for the product to just resemble meat. A food that 

How much meat in a plant-based diet?

How much meat in a plant-based diet?

Tonight I’m having grilled pork chops. Because my diet is sometimes vegetarian. Actually it’s most-of-the-time vegetarian; sometimes I eat meat. I got to thinking about my frequency of meat eating and decided it might be 2-4 meals per week, usually at the evening meal. Contrary