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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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Stress and Nutrition: What to Include, What to Avoid

We all deal with stress throughout our lives.  It affects us in different ways, at different times, and our ability to cope with it varies from person to person and even from incident to incident.  There are times when a bad grade or lackluster work project causes anguish.  Sometimes it is an issue in our… Continue reading Stress and Nutrition: What to Include, What to Avoid

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Herbed Lamb Meatballs

Lamb.  Definitely not the most popular protein choice in the US.  It can be a challenge to find, and its gamey flavor can turn some off to it, however lamb can be a good addition to almost any diet.  Grass-fed/finished lamb: can have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, to combat inflammation; is high in… Continue reading Herbed Lamb Meatballs

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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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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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Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

The creamy, buttery, decadent avocado.  It sure is versatile.  It can be used as a garnish or the main event; it can be mashed into a dip, blended into a drink, or sliced into a snack.  This mighty fruit sure can be delicious, and that deliciousness has been enjoyed for several thousand years.   The… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

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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: Shrimp

Cooking shrimp may seem a little daunting or scary at first.  They can be delicate to handle – temperature wise, overcooking can happen pretty quickly, and lets face: shrimp is not the cheapest source of protein.  Yet, once you become familiar with it, a shrimp dish becomes easy to execute (not to mention tasty).  Most… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Shrimp

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

The mighty coconut.  It harbors many uses in the kitchen.  The meat has been used in both sweet and savory preparations all over the world.  The milk and cream make for wonderful additions to just about any sauce, soup base, or dessert imaginable.  Its oil was the go-to cooking oil up to the invention of… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut

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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