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Has anyone else noticed all the tasty grain and vegetable bowl restaurants popping up everywhere? After stopping into two different shops I noticed they have a few things in common: tasty grain/vegetable bowls, and really high prices! The concept is very simple and easy to recreate at home for a much lower price. Grain Bowl Blueprint: Add about 1/3 cup of whole grains to the bottom of your grain bowl. Try quinoa or brown rice, or skip the grains completely… Continue reading »

“A pantry is like a quiver of arrows, at your back and at the ready.” Abra Berens in her cookbook, Ruffage Pantry staples are more important than ever. For the past several months, I have only been going to the grocery store once a week, which has made me more mindful when planning my weekly shopping trip. Actually, our Meal Planning 101: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide blog has been especially helpful during this time. I like to put some of my… Continue reading »

May is International Mediterranean Diet Month (or #MedMonth) which highlights the Mediterranean-style eating pattern. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. It’s not only backed by research, but it is also delicious and satisfying which makes it a popular eating pattern for many. There are several Med-inspired recipes on our website as well as our sister website MEDinsteadofmeds.com, but if you want to “dip your toes” in the pool of the Mediterranean diet, the… Continue reading »

At a recent Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Cooking School, we demonstrated a simple pasta dish made with vegetables and beans. It is shared below with a few modifications based upon what was available in my refrigerator the night I made this for dinner. I would have also liked to add carrots to this dish but I did not have any at the time. You can substitute the vegetables in this recipe with any others you prefer or have on hand.… Continue reading »

As we are all practicing social distancing and stocking our pantries with nonperishables to avoid COVID-19, you might be wondering what to do with all those cans of beans you stocked up on. Pandemic or not, beans are great pantry staple and can be used in a variety of meals. I always have a variety of beans on hand for busy weeknights – kidney, black, garbanzo, navy, pinto – you name it. Dried beans are great too of course, they… Continue reading »

We have all been there… we find ourselves back at the fridge picking through whatever might look tasty. Not because we are particularly hungry, but because it is available. Trust me, I understand. My work from home ‘desk’ happens to be the kitchen table, meaning I am just a few steps from the fridge, pantry, and endless food options. Good news – there are a few simple tips and tricks to help all of us stay on track with healthy… Continue reading »

Our team has written a lot of great blogs about meal prep lately, and they all make so much sense to prepare for a busy work week. Remember though, just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you don’t have a busy work week! Meal prep is a fantastic way to make sure you have healthy options that are easy to grab, and that is still needed when you are at home. This way you avoid just making whatever is fastest like a PB&J… Continue reading »

Anyone else stuck at home and find themselves in the kitchen… often? You are not alone! Being at home provides us with constant access to all of our food and snacks, making it a bit more difficult to stay on track with healthy eating. One strategy for staying on track is to make the healthy option the easy option. Having healthy, and tasty, items on hand – like these Strawberry Lemon Chia Seed Muffins – makes choosing a satisfying breakfast or… Continue reading »

Whether you are self-quarantining or following your state’s stay-at-home order, many of us are probably home more than we used to be. In some ways this can be a good thing as we now have the chance to do some projects such as deep cleaning the kitchen, reorganizing a closet, or trying new recipes. Maybe you are working from home now and are establishing new routines (read more about Best Practices While Working from Home).  With any major change there can… Continue reading »

It is really tough to find a good meatless meatball substitute. They always wind up too dry and crumbly, or too hard and tough. Pre-made ones have a lot of additives, and homemade ones are tough to keep together while cooking. But this recipe is one of the simplest (and healthiest) that I’ve seen, and it works! Lentils are not only protein-packed, but also provide fiber and many other nutrients. Make this easy swap next time you’re craving spaghetti and… Continue reading »