The Ingredient List: Know what’s in Your Food

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As a whole-foods chef I strive to avoid packaged foods for the most part, but still buy a handful that are minimally processed, such as non-dairy milk, canned beans, and mustard. Even when buying minimally processed foods, however, I am continually reminded of how important it is to glance at the list of ingredients on […]

10 Easy Holiday Meal Tweaks

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It’s not difficult to shift traditional holiday dishes toward the healthier. Keep these 10 cooking tweaks and recipe suggestions in mind as you prepare your holiday menu this year. 1. Main dish: Instead of a centerpiece dish like turkey or ham, prepare a vegetable and grain loaf, a stuffed squash and rice dish, or a […]

Answering Dietary Questions during the Holidays

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While the holiday season brings another year to an end, it also brings the power to derail any of our previous dietary improvements. For those of us easily seduced by abundant holiday treats, we rationalize that January’s resolutions will come soon enough—for then we will make our health a priority. But for those of us […]

My favorite kitchen tools under $10

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” — Leonardo da Vinci Do you appreciate simple, inexpensive kitchen tools that make your life easier? Me too! With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be fun to highlight my top ten favorite kitchen tools under $10. Buy for yourself or for that special cook in your life. All […]

What is a “whole foods” diet?

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Whole foods throughout the whole day! When I first started eating a plant-based diet, I heard the term “whole foods” a lot, and that a whole foods diet is very health-promoting. But I felt a little silly that I didn’t know what “whole foods” meant, exactly. I soon learned that it didn’t mean I had […]