Archive for February, 2010

Tiny Stew

Baby corn is one of my favorite foods of all time. It’s my salad bar go-to. I don’t eat it at home nearly enough.

The key to this craveable stew is texture. Chop all the vegetable to the same size, and choose a small pasta, like ditalini. The result is a potful of healthy, hearty stew that is remarkably flavorful. I like to serve it with homemade bread and twice as much baby corn as I call for below.

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Prepping and Cooking Beans

I almost always cook vegetarian food and beans are a staple in my house. We keep bags and bags of dried navy beans, chick peas, pintos, black beans, kidneys… you get it. They are delicious, filling, versatile and cheap. Unfortunately, eating beans can you leave you bloated. I have a tip for you to avoid this unpleasant side effect.

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Want to lose weight? Step away from the drive-thru.

Last week, the New York Times published an article about fast food diets– the Subway diet made famous by “Jared” and now the Taco Bell diet (indigestion anyone?) being promoted by a Biggest Loser contestant. The article is fairly objective, offering reasons why a fast-food diet might be flawed and recounting success stories from people who lost weight at the drive-thru. However, there are no long-term losers, and the author doesn’t bring up the fact that the low-calorie, low-nutrient diets are unlikely to satisfy dieters. Here is the letter I wrote to the editor in response.

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