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January: dry and meatless?

January: dry and meatless?

I’m starting to think January should be renamed Virtuary. Long the month of weight guilt and calorie counting, January is now also about giving up stuff, sort of like Lent for foodies. We have: Dry January. Who knew: this is a trademarked activity, started over 

Nuts for the holidays

Nuts for the holidays

When you think of holiday foods, what comes to mind? And… nuts? Nuts for baking, for snacking, for gifts. With the glut of sweets this time of year (see list), nuts can be a welcome relief. Nuts are the seed of various trees and bushes, 

Add chickpeas to your plant based diet

Add chickpeas to your plant based diet

Any plant-based diet should include legumes, frequently. Perhaps daily. Chickpeas (aka. garbanzos) have been part of the human diet for thousands of years. They’re a staple food in India and around the Mediterranean region, and are widely available in the Western Hemisphere. They have a 

It’s the International Year of Millets

It’s the International Year of Millets

Years ago the bakery at a local natural foods store was famous for its Bird Man of Alcatraz Bread.* The name was a play on one ingredient common to bird feed: millet, the tiny round yellow seeds that dominate many bird seed mixes. The bread 

9 reasons to add more beans to your diet

9 reasons to add more beans to your diet

Not that long ago, beans were far down on the food sophistication scale. You could politely describe them as economical. A cheap protein source, if you couldn’t afford meat. Times have changed. The focus on plant-based diets puts humble beans front and center for many 

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