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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 

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 

Cool off with tzatziki

Cool off with tzatziki

So many recipes and foods are just better in hot weather. Ice cream of course. Lemonade. Fresh seasonal tomatoes, melon, peaches, corn, and … tzatziki. Tzatziki is not a seasonal fruit. It’s a delightful mixture of cucumbers, yogurt, garlic and mint. On my recent trip 

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 

Shrimp: protein with issues

Shrimp: protein with issues

Shrimp would seem to be an ideal ingredient to boost protein intake in a ‘sometimes vegetarian’ diet. Shrimp are: Convenient: If you buy a large bag of frozen shrimp, it’s easy to thaw a few to add to a recipe, keeping the rest for another 

Hummus Salad

Hummus Salad

Protein intake might be the first thing on a person’s mind when switching to a mostly meatless diet. It’s a valid concern, particularly for older people. I’m a big advocate of real food, so I love to talk about plant foods that boost protein intake.