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I will not say that green peas are my favorite vegetable but something about green peas during winter is very comforting to me. Maybe the reason is that they remind me of my childhood days when I sat down with my mom or grandmother and popped them out of their pods so they could be cooked for a meal. Yes, we did not get ready-to-cook or frozen peas growing up in India. 🙂  The convenience of having access to frozen… Continue reading »

Barley is a great grain with lots of nutty flavor and a nice bite. We often see barley in soup but it can be used for many dishes. This risotto takes advantage of this grain’s great taste and creamy texture when cooked using this method. Risotto is often thought of as a dish made with rice but it is actually a cooking method. It seems hard at first but is not too difficult. Just get a glass of your favorite… Continue reading »

Run, don’t walk to the seafood market. You will benefit from the physical activity AND the omega 3 fatty acids. A recent study in the British Medical Journal reminds us once again of the need for fish in our diet. Inflammation is the root of many of our health issues. In fact, seven of the leading causes of death are due to chronic inflammation. Eating more fish, especially fatty fish such as salmon, trout, tuna, and mackerel, can help reduce inflammation. For… Continue reading »

Are you a fan of almond butter? I am proud to announce that I tried almond butter for the first time and definitely pleased – Not only did I try it, but I also made a batch at home for my first taste test. The process was more straightforward than expected and I was successful. I could not believe how affordable, easy, and tasty this 3-ingredient Honey Almond Butter was. Honey Almond Butter Yield: About 2 cups Serving Size: 2… Continue reading »

Fennel is a white, bulb-shaped root vegetable that grows with lovely fronds (the fronds look similar to dill). Maybe you haven’t ever heard of it, or maybe you’ve heard that it tastes like licorice and were scared away from trying it (try roasting it!). But fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber; provides wonderful antioxidants; and is even thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. Fennel is a wonderful vegetable because the bulb, stalk, and fronds are all… Continue reading »

Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable – It can be steamed, sautĂ©ed, mashed, riced or roasted as seen in this simple and delicious Roasted Cauliflower recipe! With only six ingredients (which are already stocked in most pantries), this dish can be easily prepared and serves as a great addition to any workplace potluck or holiday dinner. Roasted Cauliflower Serves: 4 Serving Size: 1 cup Ingredients: 4 cups cauliflower (1 small head) 1 tablespoon olive oil ÂĽ cup breadcrumbs 1/8 teaspoon… Continue reading »

Preparing healthier versions of classic dishes during the holidays may sound daunting, but it can certainly be done with minimal effort! Simply plan to opt for one or two lighter ingredients before you go grocery shopping – most likely, your guests won’t notice the difference. Try these simple swaps when preparing your holiday favorites. Reduce the amount of added fat Low-fat cheese instead of full-fat versions of cheese Low-fat or nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo… Continue reading »

There is nothing wrong with a midday snack, but if you need one, choose wisely. Your snack should be filling, low in sugar, and keep you energized. Consider the following snack ideas, which are items that can be easily stored in your lunchbox, desk drawer at work or in your car for the ride home: Individual packs of assorted nuts or seeds that are not heavily salted or flavored (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds). Whole grain cereal (plain bran cereal,… Continue reading »

Have you ever considered making pancakes with some of those ripe bananas at home? This Banana Oatmeal Pancakes recipe is a simple and tasty alternative to traditional pancakes and comes from the Med Instead of Meds website. Try this amazing breakfast dish with your favorite fruit, peanut butter or chopped nuts on top! Serves 2 Serving Size: 3 pancakes Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 2 eggs, beaten 2 bananas, mashed ½ cup… Continue reading »

There is nothing wrong with a midday snack, but if you need one, choose wisely. Your snack should be filling, low in sugar, and keep you energized. Consider the following snack ideas, which are items that can be easily stored in your lunchbox, desk drawer at work or in your car for the ride home: Individual packs of assorted nuts or seeds that are not heavily salted or flavored (walnuts, almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds). Whole grain cereal (plain bran cereal,… Continue reading »