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.
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.
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.
You might not think of water as a source of toxins, but tap water can in fact contain up to 315 pollutants, including arsenic (a heavy metal) and pesticides, according to a 2009 analysis by the Environmental Working Group. And bottled water can contain the same contaminants as tap.
I'm so excited to introduce EatingWell's 14-Day Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge. If you've wanted to detox your kitchen and were wondering where to start, this is the challenge for you. We've put together 14 of our best, easy-to-accomplish tips for scrubbing your diet free of harmful toxins and chemicals. To participate, visit our Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge landing page to find find daily tips and tools you need to detox your kitchen.
There's no doubt that nonstick pans are convenient. But the nonstick coating that makes the pans a cinch to clean up may also be harming your health. For Day 3 of the Healthy Kitchen Makeover Challenge, pull out your old cast-iron skillet and season it. Using cast-iron or stainless steel pots and pans can help you avoid perfluorocarbons (PFCs), chemicals used to coat nonstick pans that are linked to liver damage, developmental problems and cancer.
When you grow some of your own food, you can be extra sure that no chemicals have touched it. But you don't have to plant a whole garden to take part in the "grow your own" movement. Start small and plant your favorite herb in a small pot in your kitchen. It's easy to grow your own herbs and worth doing: a 2011 report revealed that cilantro is often laced with pesticide residues. Pesticide exposure is linked with diseases of the nervous system and problems with cell growth, including reproductive problems and some cancers.
Leave your shoes at the door. Wearing your shoes around the house can track in pesticides sprayed on lawns and other pollutants from outdoors. Pesticide exposure is linked with diseases of the nervous system and problems with cell growth, including reproductive problems and some cancers. Designate a spot near the door for your family and visitors to leave their shoes so it’s easier to make this a daily habit.
Take 5 minutes to look under your kitchen sink and read the labels on your cleaning products. Toss ones that contain synthetic fragrances, which contain phthalates. Phthalates act as endocrine disruptors, interfering with the body’s hormone systems and potentially leading to reproductive abnormalities, problems with fertility and increased risk for diabetes.
Tackle your plastic container collection. Many plastic containers contain BPA (bisphenol A), a chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor, which could be linked to prostate and breast cancer, infertility, heart disease and diabetes. Set aside containers that have a recycling code “7” that is not labeled BPA-free and retire them from food storage. And when it’s time to clean them, take the time to hand wash any plastic food storage containers. A 2003 study found that plastic bottles released more BPA after they were cleaned in the dishwasher.