Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

5 Bean Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette {Recipe ReDux}

A beanier version of the three bean salad you know and love – because this is the easiest and most delicious way to eat more pulses.

It’s the 21st of the month, which means it’s time for another Recipe ReDux post.  This month’s theme is
First Cooking Recollections – and we were asked to share a story about one of our first cooking memories.  Funny thing is, I can’t remember a first cooking memory, and I guess that’s because there was always something cooking.  We rarely got takeout, but I’m thinking back to the ’70s (yes, I’m super-old), and I don’t even think take-out was a thing then. Continue Reading..

Got Gas? – Might Be From The Fiber

Sorry about the title.  I know gas is not a terribly pleasant subject to read about or discuss, and in fact just the word is pretty horrifying.  But GAS takes up less title space (and will probably get more google hits) than Abdominal Bloating, Distention and Discomfort.   So…. now that I’ve got your attention… We’re here to talk about foods with added fiber today.

What’s the deal with fiber lately?  It seems like it’s popping up in some pretty unexpected places.  We all know it’s something we should eat more of, but unfortunately, most of us don’t get anywhere near the recommended 30 grams of fiber each day.  In fact, the average intake is only around 10-15 grams per day for most of us.

To help inch us closer to our goal, food manufacturers have started adding fiber to anything and everything.  We used to have to drink a gritty orange drink to get some extra fiber, but now it’s in yogurt, cottage cheese, breakfast bars, and even some beverages.  So does it matter where or what form your fiber is in?  Or is all fiber the same? Continue Reading..

Grilled Vegetable Salad With Wheat Berries and A New American Plate Challenge Update

Wow!  I’m already 5 weeks into the New American Plate Challenge, so it’s time for another update.  The past two weeks have had me focused on eating more whole grains, and making each of my plates as colorful as possible.  The goal for week 3 was to replace any refined (white) grains with whole grains like whole wheat bread, oatmeal, brown rice or quinoa.  Week 4 had me working on making rainbows– on my plate that is.  The goal was to eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal, and try to hit all of the colors in a rainbow. Continue Reading..

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