Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Farro Risotto with Wild Mushrooms and Asparagus {Meatless Monday}

I’ve been making this recipe for risotto with  porcini mushrooms and asparagus for quite a long time.  It’s one of my favorite winter meals, but I’ve always had kind of a love-hate thing with Arborio rice, which is used to make risotto.  I ADORE the creamy, rich, comfort-foodness of it, but I have a hard time with all of the high glycemic starch (which I know is spiking my blood sugar and stressing out my insulin), and the feeling that I could have just had a bowl of ice cream instead.  I’ve always tried to make risotto at least a little bit healthy by adding vegetables, and going light on the cheese, but let’s just call it what it is.  White.  Starch.  The thing that I tell everyone to steer clear from. Continue Reading..

Butternut Squash Farrotto With Montasio

I wore boots and a sweater yesterday.  That’s kind of a happy/sad thing for me, because I’m actually more of a shorts and sandals kind of a girl, but I really, really love my boots and sweaters, and it’s always kind of fun to pull them out and try them on again.  Oh, and my jeans.  I always hold my breath the first time I put those on for the season.  They still fit 🙂  even with all of the cooking I’ve been doing for this blog!  So I’m happy to wear some of my old favorites again, but sad because I know I’ll be in them for a very long time and by next May, I’ll be wanting to burn them.

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What You Should Know About the Glycemic Index Diet

There are a number of books out there on the Glycemic Index (GI) diet.  They promise to help you lose weight, flatten your belly and reverse insulin resistance, but is it just another fad diet, or does it really work?  Well, based on the research out there, it won’t hurt, and it may very well help if you are one of the 79 million Americans have been diagnosed with impaired fasting glucose or prediabetes, which is the step before full blown diabetes. Continue Reading..

Sweetpotato Pie Fruit Leather

I have a confession to make.  I never tasted a sweet potato until well into my adult life.  I’m sure we had them on the Thanksgiving table, served in a casserole dish, cooked in something way too sweet, and covered in mini marshmallows, but I couldn’t get past the idea of a potato and marshmallow in the same bite, so I never ate them.  Those cans of candied yams at the grocery store didn’t help my opinion of them much either.

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Looking For Whole Grains? Think Outside the Cereal Box

Are you trying to eat more whole grains?  Chances are, even if you’re not trying, you are eating more, and that’s a good thing.   A few years ago, the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines advised everyone to eat more whole grains by replacing at least half of our refined grains with whole grains.  As a result, food manufacturers, food service providers, and even fast food restaurants have gotten on board to create more whole grain options and help inch us toward that goal. Continue Reading..

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