Farro is my new favorite grain

Farro, a variety of wheat, is my new favorite cooked grain, but I realized I didn’t know a whole lot about it.  As it turns out, farro isn’t just one type of grain.  The term can refer to one of three varieties of wheat: einkorn, emmer and spelt.  Grocery stores typically sell the semi-pearled variety, […]

Vegetarian-friendly summer

When it comes to food, if someone says “summer”, what word pops into your mind? Ice Cream? BBQ? Tomatoes? How about … Vegetarian? Maybe not, but truthfully there’s no better season to be a vegetarian (or vegan) than summer.  Fresh vegetables abound.  Appetites are turned more towards foods that are lighter and more refreshing.  What […]

Plant-based gift giving

Research shows over and over that plant-based eating is the best long-term strategy to maximize health.  But the concept of “plant-based eating” can be confusing and vague.  There really aren’t any widely accepted rules about how we define that type of diet.  People tend to think of it as vegetarian or even vegan, but that’s […]

Less Meat: good news for land use

What’s your Food Print? As I discuss in “Feed Your Vegetarian Teen“, one good argument for eating less meat is land use.  The Earth has a finite amount of arable land to grow crops.  Right now livestock consume a significant portion of those crops.  That’s a very inefficient way to produce protein-rich food for human […]

Don’t Diet. Be Happy.

Fruit and vegetables aren’t just healthy; they actually make you happy!  This rather unusual finding comes from a study done in Australia.  The researchers found that people who went from eating practically zero fruit and vegetables to eating 8 servings a day experienced increased feelings of happiness and life satisfaction.  They studied over 12,000 people […]

Who took the “veg” out of vegan?

The vegan diet deserves its health halo.  The Old School vegan diet, that is.  Before isolated soy protein took over the food supply, being a vegan involved cooking whole foods from scratch.  Meals involved beans and grains vegetables and casseroles.  It was more complicated, and required dedication.  No wonder few people were vegan.  The Old […]

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