12 May 2015
in food, health, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: carbohydrates, easy recipes, fast food, glycemic load, nutrition, rice, risotto
Easy no-stir risotto
This risotto’s easy!
Or is it? What’s easy for me may be hard for you. You might not have the equipment to make quick work of the tasks. Your kitchen may require too much walking, lifting, and reaching. Or you may not have had enough practice… the first time around is always hard. Finally, you may not realize that dirt and food are never best friends. In fact, the combo is darn-right dangerous. So you can’t ignore the sink and shun the dish cloth. Accept cleaning up as a basic part of the art, or you’ll never enjoy cooking. And there’s more… More
17 Mar 2015
in food, recipes, Salads
Tags: apples, carbohydrates, carrots, kohlrabi, mandolin slicer, nutrition, vinaigrette
Kohlrabi – Huh? My picky eater surprised me the other day. Will’s vegetarian school buddy had given him a taste of this odd veggie and it turned out to be a hit! I had to look it up. More
05 Aug 2014
in food, recipes, Salads
Tags: carbohydrates, cheese, colorful veggies, cruciferous veggies, dressings, dried fruit, fruit, leafy vegetables, nuts, protein, seeds
Lego salad tower!
I used to find salads a chore – so much washing, peeling, and chopping. All that, only to end up with tasteless, watery, food suitable only for hamsters.
But then I discovered Lego salads.
Remember Emmet, from the Lego Movie? When he sings, “Everything is awesome when you’re part of a team,” it hit me: What is salad if not a well-oiled team? More
01 Oct 2013
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes, Side dishes, stories
Tags: antioxidants, beans, blood sugar, carbohydrates, eyes, nutrition, sweet potatoes, walnuts, yams
Sweet Patooty dresses for dinner
Sweet potato’s qualities
Our Sweet Patooty is not just another pretty face. There’s so much goodness under her skin, I hardly know where to start. She comes from a large family. There are at least 18 relatives you might meet at the supermarket. All of them bring great qualities to the table. Some have orange or reddish skins, while others are purple-skinned. The purple ones can have white or purple flesh. But we don’t discriminate based on the color of the skin… More
17 Sep 2013
in books, Breads, Desserts, food, health, science
Tags: avoiding sugar, carbohydrates, gluten, glycemic index, glycemic load, reviews, wheat, whole grain, William Davis
The glycemic load might be a better guide to healthy eating than the glycemic index
What should we believe? The Internet bombards us with so many facts, ideas, opinions and outright lies, it’s hard to make out the signal from the noise.
Dr. Davis in his book Wheat Belly makes a lot of noise about wheat. He calls it a blight and a poison and says no-one should eat it, not just the 6% of us who are gluten intolerant. But many of his statements are misleading. More
15 May 2013
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, eggs, humor, nutrition, Stevia, sugar
Angel food cake iced with avocado cream
If a kid can read, he can likely cook. But the watchful eye of experience is a wonderful thing. Witness the action in Vinny’s one-act play and decide for yourself… More
26 Mar 2013
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: balanced meals, carbohydrates, Easter, eggs, family, humor, minerals, nutrition, presentation, protein, vegetables, vitamins
Humpty on the half-shell, with hard-boiled egg and beets on toast
“What experiments are we doing, today, Vinny?’ asks Will, poking his head into my basket of vegetables.
“So many ways to cook eggs for breakfast,” says Vinny with glee. “Today, we’re going to try three of them.” More
17 Mar 2013
in Breads, Desserts, Drinks, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: bananas, cabbage, carbohydrates, children, fruit, nutrition, potatoes, tea, vegetables
I’ve never tried reblogging before, but thought I’d give it a try this 17th of March. It’s St. Paddy’s day! Vinny’s Irish tea party from last year has lots of great links to recipes, songs and stories to help you celebrate the day with your family. Erin go bragh!
Cook Up a Story
“It’s Saint Paddy’s day tomorrow,” says Vinny, “Let’s throw an Irish tea party! Get out your top hats and Irish bowlers, invite Tiger and Firefox, and set the table.
“But what should we serve?” ask Will and Isla.
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26 Feb 2013
in health, Holiday foods, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: balanced meals, buckwheat, carbohydrates, Christmas, family, gluten free, kasha, mushrooms, nutrition, traditions
Ukrainian Christmas stars kasha, AKA Buckwheat Groats… ♪♪♭♪
Vinny’s soup recipe today features an ancient food called kasha, AKA buckwheat groats. If you aren’t of Ukrainian or Russian descent, kasha might be new to you. This slow-carb staple, though, is not a grain. It’s a flower bud. How lovely is that! More
19 Feb 2013
in Appetizers, Dips, food, health, recipes, Salads, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, beets, carbohydrates, chick peas, cumin, family, fiber, hummus recipes, minerals
Awhile back, we roasted up some tasty garbanzo beans to zap our good health with fiber and minerals. That bland little bean, which is part of the legume family… comes into its own, though, in the near Eastern dish known as hummus.
Let me introduce you to the Cinderella of the hummus crowd, a beet and garbanzo duo that knocks your slippers off! More
22 Jan 2013
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: blood, carbohydrates, chick peas, collagen, family, fiber, gluten free, Korean, manganese, nutrition, protein
There’s nothing fishy about garbanzos!
Hey…Hey… Foxy Lady. You gotta try this healthy recipe! Garbanzo beans, AKA chick peas, are the talk of Pinterest right now… hot hot… hot hot hot. Folks are roasting them whole by the bushel and popping them down as a handy snack. More
15 Jan 2013
in Breads, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks, stories
Tags: carbohydrates, children, fiber, nutrition, stone-ground, wheat, whole grain, whole wheat
Our little friend here may not be Tinkerbell… but she does have wings!
Processed white flour
If flour lived in Never-Never Land, enriched white wheat flour would play the part of Captain Hook. Arrrr… it’s bad to the core. In fact, it’s bad because it has no core.
After milling, only the endosperm remains. More
31 Dec 2012
in food, health
Tags: art, avoiding sugar, awards, baking, carbohydrates, desserts, fruit, goals, mood, New Years, reviews, snacks, treats
Sculpture by Salvador Dali, Dali Museum-Theatre, Figueres, Spain. Photo by me!
If, like me, you’ve found yourself drowning in a tsunami of baked goodies this holiday season, perhaps you’ll want to make a New Year’s resolution.
Repeat with me: In 2013, I promise to choose fruit instead of baked sweets for treats, snacks, and dessert. More
04 Sep 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: apples, avoiding sugar, baking, cake, carbohydrates, children, digestion, fiber, minerals, nutrition, Stevia, vitamins, weight control
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This little rhyme is one of the first things kids learn about healthy eating. One of baby’s first solid foods is apple sauce. And as kids grow, they often choose apples as a favorite snack. But are apples really so good for us? More
09 May 2012
in Breakfast foods, health, recipes, science, Snacks
Tags: bananas, carbohydrates, children, diabetes, digestion, fiber, gluten free, heart, low glycemic, Native American, nutrition, oats, pemmican, sugar, traditions
Banana oat cones are healthier than ice-cream. They are also ridiculously tasty!
“Why do Mares and Does eat oats?” asks Will. “Oats look like dry little bits of paper. Ugh. Does Bambi’s mom know something we don’t?” More
04 Apr 2012
in food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: British, Brussels sprouts, bubble and squeak, cabbage, carbohydrates, carrots, children, left overs, nutrition, potatoes, rumbledethumps, traditions, vegetables
Rumbledethumps, without its coat of grated cheese (so you can properly see the filling).
British kids like Harry and Hermione find foods with the strangest names on their school menus. Which of these dishes isn’t like the others… Is it Bubble and Squeak? Rumbledethumps? Hash? Or Spotted Dick? Here’s a hint: Think potatoes. More
12 Mar 2012
in food, health, recipes, Salads
Tags: cancer, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, minerals, mood, protein, quinoa, seeds, vegetables, vitamins
Quinoa is the star of this dish, packed with the power of a whole crowd of superfoods… rock on!
We’re going to a party, and I offered to bring along something for the table. The request: a quinoa salad. “Quin-wha?” I asked. More
05 Mar 2012
in food, health, science, Side dishes, stories
Tags: beans, carbohydrates, children, diarrhea, digestion, fiber, heart, nutrition, protein, raw food, safety, tomatoes, vegetables
The many faces of Mr. Beans
“Beans, beans, the musical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
Beans, beans at every meal!”
The good news
I love you, Mr. Beans, especially on this blustery, cold March day. Your down-home taste spiked with bacon, tomato, and maple syrup fills my tummy nicely. And your hearty goodness gives me the energy I need to take me through the day… not to mention the awesome protein, fibre, iron and calcium you put into my tank while you’re at it. “But, Mr. Beans,” I have to ask,” Why so much gas? That’s something that’s really not pleasant to pass!” More
13 Feb 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: carbohydrates, fiber, heart, minerals, potatoes, sugar, Valentine's day, vegetables, vitamins
Luv U… B mine?
Here’s a terrific treat for the family on a day that celebrates all things close to the heart! It’s terrific because this valentine doesn’t involve candy, but it tastes wonderful, anyway.
My mystery delight involves sweet potatoes. They release their sugar gently, taking their time, so you don’t suffer from sugar spikes associated with refined white sugar that is added to most sweets.
Sweet potatoes make healthy eating
The Centre for Science in the Public Interest ranked the sweet potato number one in nutrition of all vegetables. It beat out white potatoes by more than 100 points!
Points were given for content of dietary fiber, naturally occurring sugars and complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium. Points were deducted for fat content (especially saturated fat), sodium, cholesterol, added refined sugars and caffeine. The higher the score, the more nutritious the food.
Sweet potato ranked highest with a score of 184. Potato came in at 83.
26 Apr 2011
in food, science
Tags: carbohydrates, children, cleaner, cucumbers, nutrition, presentation, trivia, vegetables, vitamins
Cute cuke – good for more than eating
Do you need to get your crayon art off the bedroom wall before Dad gets home? Have you scratched a splotchy mistake with a pen on your brother’s birthday card? Never fear. Cukes can save the day. That’s right… cucumbers are just full of surprises! More
05 Dec 2010
in Breads, food, health, Main dishes
Tags: blood sugar, carbohydrates, family, French, meat pies, nutrition, pork, poultry, tasting, traditions, wild foods
Vinny made this tourtière from pork, not pigeons
Remember that song about a pocketful of rye? The king cuts into his pie, and surprise… a blackbird nips off his nose! This nonsense isn’t as silly as it first seems. More