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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 

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