Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Polish Mushroom Soup with Barley

This creamy, mushroom soup transports me right back to my Polish grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve.

How totally glad are you that it’s soup season?  It’s the only thing I absolutely love about cold weather, and since I’ve moved to Arizona, I find that my soup season is way too short. Not that I’m complaining – I’ll take hot weather and cold food for 9 months, and warm weather and warm food for 2 months. That still leaves one whole chilly month for soup, and folks — it’s officially time to heat up the stockpot. Continue Reading..

Sesame Peanut Sweet Potato “Noodles” with Tofu {Meatless Monday}

Sweet potato “noodles” take center stage in this Asian-inspired meatless meal.

Hello friend, and happy Meatless Monday! I hope you have a few sharp knives in your kitchen, because this week will be filled with lots of veggie inspiration.  I’m joining the folks at the Meatless Monday Movement to gear up for Food day 2015 – next Monday, October 24. If you’re not familiar with it, think of Food Day as kind of like earth day for food. It’s a grassroots movement made up of individuals and organizations passionate about promoting a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. Continue Reading..

Honey Coriander Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Boo! We’re counting down to Halloween – which means time for all things scary and spooky. This month The Recipe ReDux challenged its members to dig way back into our spice cabinets and experiment with our “Spooky Spices”.  You know – the one we buy for that one recipe but because it’s unfamiliar it gets pushed to the back of the cabinet where it sits all sad and lonely, until we find it years later and then we wonder why we ever spent the money on a spice that doesn’t have any flavor or scent. Continue Reading..

How to Sneak More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet

If I asked you to name one diet-related thing you could be better about, I’m pretty sure it would be to eat more fruits and especially more vegetables.  For some reason, that’s something almost all of us could be a little better about.  I even talk to vegetarians who don’t eat enough vegetables.  We all know they’re good for us, and most of us know we should be eating a half plate full at each meal, or at least 5 to 7 servings each day, but do you?  Excuse me while I hang my own head in shame.

Research shows that fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect us from diseases and cell damage – and for some reason taking supplements doesn’t work the same way.  Experts at the American Institute for Cancer research also recommend eating fruits and vegetables throughout the day, so the protective compounds are circulating in your body all day long, rather than only at breakfast or dinner time.  So if you’re not eating enough, it’s time to ramp it up! Continue Reading..

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