Mushroom-Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Even without the addition of traditional oil, butter, cheese, and salt, risotto can be very satisfying and delicious. This classic Italian rice dish is creamy and hearty, getting its big flavor from a variety of mushrooms, as well as shallots, garlic, balsamic vinegar, and fresh tarragon. Print Mushroom Risotto Prep time:  20 mins Cook time:  45 mins Total…

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Beefless Stew - StraightUpFood.com

Beefless Stew

This hearty stew has everything you love about beef stew, but without the beef! It has large chunks of potato, carrot, celery, and onion, and portabella mushrooms stand in for the beef. Garlic, paprika, and fresh rosemary provide excellent flavor. Print Beefless Stew Prep time:  30 mins Cook time:  35 mins Total time:  1 hour…

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Endless Road Utah

Eating on the Road

Eating on the road while maintaining our usual healthful habits can be a challenge. Toward this I thought I’d share how we ate on a recent camping trip through Utah to visit the national parks, as well as share some travel highlights. Below, looking out the back window of the van while driving through Nevada;…

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Black Bean & Yam Salad

Black Bean & Yam Salad

Black beans, yams, and quinoa come together beautifully in this filling and colorful salad. Onion, bell pepper, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and Mexican seasoning team up to provide the lively flavors. A crowd-pleasing dish, perfect for parties and potlucks! Above: When buying Mexican or taco-style seasoning, look for blends in the spice aisle, not as…

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Tomato-Rice Soup

Tomato Rice Soup

Tomatoes and rice are a famous combination, and are complemented nicely in this soup by white beans, greens, and fresh basil. This hearty Tomato Rice Soup can be a meal all on its own, or serve it with a side of homemade, oil-free corn chips. Print Tomato Rice Soup Prep time:  20 mins Cook time: …

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Oil-free Granola

Granola

Finding a granola that doesn’t contain oil is nearly impossible. This is another food that can be perfectly delicious (and still crunchy) without added oil. Making your own homemade granola is very easy, and you don’t even need a food dehydrator. Above: I use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so the granola doesn’t…

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Kitchen Tools

Recommended Kitchen Tools

You really don’t need a lot of fancy kitchen tools and equipment to be a good cook, but I do recommend the following handful of basic cutting, blending, cooking, and baking tools to make your at-home meal preparation easier and more enjoyable. Blenders: I love my blenders and use them almost daily! They are used…

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Oil Free Hash Browns With Ketchup

Oil-free Hash Browns

Hash browns are usually fried in oil, but eliminating the oil is easy when you use a non-stick pan and know the best way to cut the potatoes. These are delicious with a little granulated onion and garlic, ground black pepper, and homemade ketchup. Potatoes are among my favorite foods, so it’s surprising that I’ve…

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Almond Poppy Seed Cake

Almond-Poppy Seed Cake

This festive and hearty cake is not only delicious, but very fragrant. Its few ingredients and steps make for easy preparation, and it may be served plain or with Lemon Frosting. It uses no oil, and still bakes up moist without being greasy. Note: I have received some questions about millet, as it’s a lesser-used…

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SaladDressingJar

Homemade Salad Dressings

Bottled salad dressings from the grocery store typically contain an abundance of oil, salt, and/or sugar, as well as other ingredients (i.e., dairy, cheese, corn syrup, MSG, caramel coloring, thickeners, preservatives) we don’t want to put into our bodies if good health is our goal. Making salad dressings at home from scratch is the most…

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