healthy eating for healthy aging

Gardening

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. 

Home-Grown Strawberry Season

Home-Grown Strawberry Season

Do you remember when fresh fruit was seasonal? Apples in fall; peaches, melons and plums in late summer; oranges and grapefruit in winter; strawberries in late spring/early summer. Now the average grocery store sells all fresh fruit all year long. When I was a kid, 

Green beans and Julia Child

Green beans and Julia Child

Green beans are always high on my garden priority list. First, because they do well in my garden, and I’m always in favor of vegetables that aren’t problematic and fussy. Second, because fresh green beans from the garden taste great. Cooked just right, they’ve got 

7 reasons for growing greens

7 reasons for growing greens

Last year a 70-something friend and her husband sold their home and moved to a condo. They love the low-maintenance lifestyle; they can walk everywhere; she doesn’t miss the house, and apparently she doesn’t miss her garden. I was surprised about that. I thought she 

What do I do with all these tomatillos?

What do I do with all these tomatillos?

Last November, after our two-person pandemic-constricted Thanksgiving dinner, I ended up with a whole lot of leftover turkey. What to do? One solution was turkey molé, a rich and complex sauce that blends spicy chiles with nuts, chocolate and dried fruit. The recipe I found 

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