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Low-Carb Fideo

Fideo is one of things that takes me back to my childhood.  It’s a fill-your-belly-and-your-soul kind of soup that is simple, yet never basic.  I could eat bowl after bowl (and I have).  For those of you without the luxury of growing up with this stuff, fideo (vermicelli), is first sauteed to release its nutty… Continue reading Low-Carb Fideo

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Mashed Cauliflower

I developed a sensitivity to potatoes a while back.  Although I wasn’t a huge spud consumer in the past, I did occasionally like to eat mashed potatoes.  One bite and it is easy to see why it is considered a comfort food.  There is something heavenly about a spoonful of fluffy, creamy, buttery mashed potatoes… Continue reading Mashed Cauliflower

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Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

91 percent of individuals living in the US do not meet the daily dietary recommendations for vegetable consumption (currently set at 2-3 cups, or 4-6 servings) and keep in mind, the recommended amount is simply the minimum for a body to function -- not necessarily the amount needed for optimal health.  Those who are malnourished,… Continue reading Four Ways to Get More Veggies into Your Day… That Are Not Salads

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

What is one to do when the weather is warm and salads are on the brain?  Make a roasted Brussels sprouts salad of course.  It is loaded flavor.  Shallots and their mild oniony flavor pair nicely with the roasted sprouts.  A simple vinaigrette coats the veggies with a sharp tanginess.  The end result: flavor, flavor,… Continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad

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Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

There are so many ways to eat zucchini. Its mild sweetness makes it a versatile ingredient in any kitchen.   It can be diced up and thrown into stews or soups, steamed as a simple side dish, roasted for a flavorful accompaniment at any meal.  It can be spiralized into noodles, sliced into planks, even shredded… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Zucchini

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How to Prepare More Meals at Home

What comes to mind when you think about your kitchen?  For me it is peaceful, tranquil, a stress reliever.  It brings me joy: where creativity is housed.   It is the place where both my belly and soul are nourished.  Not everyone shares those same emotions though. Not everyone sees a kitchen as a happy place. … Continue reading How to Prepare More Meals at Home

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Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

Although, nowadays many who think of chocolate tend to associate it with Belgium or Switzerland, the origin story of the mighty cacao bean is traced back to Mesoamerica.  The cacao most likely originated in Southern Mexico, where the Olmecs ground the beans with water to create a beverage.  Very little sweetener was used in those… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Raw Cacao

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Southwest Chicken

There nothing new about chicken in a cream sauce.  Tale as old as time.  Chicken smothered in cream of mushroom or gravy has been happening for generations. However, it can be challenging to find recipes that involve creamy sauces made for dairy freers because, obviously most sauces include cream.  Mimicking that mouth feel can be… Continue reading Southwest Chicken

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Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

Weekday breakfast is known for its quick grab and go mentality.  Pop something into a toaster, nuke food in the microwave, perhaps cold fare that requires no cooking.  It is rarely about sitting down and enjoying a stick-to-your ribs meal.  Yes, it may be challenging to think of preparing breakfast when so many competing obligations… Continue reading Immune-Boosting Breakfast Bowl

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Tuna Noodle Niçoise

Canned tuna can get a bad rap. It is often associated with gloopy tuna salad sandwiches or flavorless casseroles. Its tinned vessel is looked down upon, labeled as a last-resort staple or that thing you have on hand for emergencies. But canned tuna can be very flavorful and tasty, given the right accompaniments. No disrespect… Continue reading Tuna Noodle Niçoise