EatingWell Sweeps the James Beard Awards

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:42

Top chefs. Gorgeous dresses and smart suits. Larger-than-life personalities Melt-in-your mouth dishes. Colorful alcoholic concoctions. That sums up the James Beard Awards and while Monday night's big awards ceremony was dedicated to recognizing star chefs from around the country, a group of us were at Friday night's much more intimate sit-down dinner for the James Beard Media Awards where we were finalists for three prizes.

Healthy Eating Tip: Eat These 3 Fruits for More Fiber

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/21/2011 - 10:09

Eating a variety of fruits is a great way to get more fiber, which can help you lose weight by helping you feel full. Try including these top three fruits—each supplies 3-plus grams of fiber per serving—in your daily intake: pears (up to 5 grams per 1 medium), raspberries (4 grams per ½ cup) and apples (4 grams per 1 medium).

How do you get more fiber into your day? Share your tips!

What to eat to beat the blues

Submitted by admin on Wed, 10/19/2011 - 10:35

Since I'm always interested in learning how food can help to prevent and manage different health conditions, a recent study about the link between coffee and depression caught my attention. The study, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine and got a lot of buzz, suggested that women who drink coffee have lower rates of depression.

What music do you cook to? Try out this "vegetarian" playlist

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 12:38
For me, "cooking music” usually involves me singing alone in the kitchen. And if my mom and sister happen to be there (such as when we’re cooking holiday meals), then we’re talking three-part harmony. For you cooks out there who love to listen to music in the kitchen, Chris Lawhorn assembled this playlist to help you get your vegetarian groove on—all the songs in the playlist are written by vegetarian musicians. Enjoy and let us know your favorite songs to cook to.

Plan a vegetarian Cinco de Mayo feast

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:47
Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and I don't have plans to go out. But I am going to cook up a Mexican feast. To me, it's just another great excuse to cook Mexican, and maybe drink a michelada (my favorite chile, lime, beer concoction.) I'm going to make Butternut Squash & Bean Tacos with Green Salsa (see the photo below). This recipe was created by cookbook author Vanessa Barrington for a story we did for EatingWell magazine on heirloom beans. (I may just use canned beans, unless I get my act together and put on a pot of pintos to simmer when I get home tonight.)

Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:36
I have been in the mood for pasta. So when I got home last night from a weekend out of town, I knew what I was going to make...Bean Bolognese. It may sounds like an oxymoron, since bolognese is basically meat sauce, but it's not. This recipe has such amazing flavor you won't miss the meat. Actually about half way through the meal, my husband asked, "what kind of meat's in this pasta?" None, honey! It's totally meatless and totally delicious.

Think you don't have time to cook a healthy vegetarian dinner?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:27
Forget all this chatter about how it's hard to cook dinner, especially a vegetarian dinner. Erin posted earlier this week in this group saying that it's easy to think of a piece of chicken, a side of broccoli and rice as dinner. And that it's harder to come up with vegetarian dinner ideas. She's right. But once you do a little reimagining of what dinner can be, you'll realize there are tons of options out there, from frittatas to a hearty bowl of soup, to a big salad with lots of veggies and beans.

Quick & delicious vegetarian dinners

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/13/2011 - 15:10
Recently I haven’t had a ton of time to cook. But just because I don’t have much time, doesn’t mean I throw up my hands and eat frozen dinners. I just simplify. I make sure I have plenty of veggies on hand and then go from there. Pizza is one of my regular standbys. I especially love green pizza loaded up with anything from arugula and broccoli to parsley, chard or kale.