Dodge cholesterol and keep a distance

Designating a month for causes must be getting someone’s attention, and if that’s what it takes to turn heads to healthy living, I’m flying the flag for Cholesterol Awareness Month. Give yourself or someone you love some space from bad cholesterol and keep the distance. It seems as if we should all know by now […]

Good sense for plating your food

The American Institute for Cancer Research speaks up. That sounds like a sensible first step in guiding the runaway bus back on course. Regardless of the name spin, this concept– designed as a food portion suggestion–may help reduce cancer. Check out the AICR’s New American Plate, posted to encourage smarter choices at the table.

Get fresh . . . with organic fruit

We’re winding down from a week laced with chocolates, hearts and flowers, and Mardis Gras temptations. It’s certain we’ve indulged, and I can say I’m feeling slightly on the puffy side. But thanks to a bowl full of fresh organic fruit that a smiling neighbor delivered, we’re trying to regroup. When was the last time you […]

What you see . . .

is what you get. Can you see a few meals into the future? If not, then what you see . . . nothing . . . may be exactly what you get. You may end up settling for the first thing that presents itself as edible, a less than nutritious substitute for healthy food. With hearts taking […]

Counting calories

Are you feeling a little puffy? There’s probably a reason. If you’ve been indulging in everything sweet throughout February, it may be time to count down to a leaner lunch. I’ll be doing a double-take of what’s on my plate for the next few weeks.   

New Year’s fiber fix: hummus

Hummus Who’s coming to dinner? This hummus recipe satisfies every generation. 1 cup cooked chickpeas 3 cloves garlic, crushed juice of 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons tahina (sesame) 1/2 teaspoon salt olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped paprika Reserve 1/4 cup of liquid from boiled chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Mix crushed garlic, lemon juice, tahina and […]

Separation anxiety?

With canned chickpeas, your beans are ready to rinse. If you prefer to prepare dried beans for hummus, separate the chickpeas from their skins during the preparation process.  No worries. After an overnight water soak, bring chickpeas to a full boil in the water in which they’ve soaked, stirring occasionally, for two to three hours, until […]

Hummus for the holidays

Check your pantry. Do you have any garbanzo beans on hand? Here’s a healthy menu stretcher. We’re serving hummus during this holiday season.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

. . . with a few cookies here, some chocolates there. This kid friendly fruit salad (prepared by the kids in this kitchen) makes any holiday meal look good.  We’ll ration the figgy pudding and double up on fresh fruit the rest of this season.