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Super…Nutella?

My kids LOVE Nutella (and okay, who doesn’t? hazelnuts, aka Filberts (does anyone actually call them Filberts anymore, really?), cocoa, sugar? I’m down. Or, well, I used to be when I consumed sugar like a Hummer H1 chugging gas on the 405 freeway during rush hour. Still, I love those flavors of hazelnut and chocolate, […]

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Steak: It’s What’s for Dinner!

I swear every time I make some sort of steak for dinner, I hear the deep baritone of the Cattle Association (which I’m assuming is meant to sound like a hardened ranch-hand) saying, “Beef! It’s what’s for dinner!” (ba-da-dum!). I don’t eat a lot of red meat, but my kids are hard-core carnivores, so occasionally […]

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Soba – the Un-Pasta

As I mentioned earlier this week, I’ve been on a sort of cleanse – not a hard-core juice or smoothie cleanse, more of a three-juice-a-day-cut-out-the-sugar-and-pretend-I’m-a-vegetarian-for-a-few-days kind of cleanse, and I’m finding this more balanced approach is helping me get my mental state back on track (I also resolved to not step on the scale anymore…or, […]

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Vegetarian After 6

A few months ago, I read an article in Outside magazine about Mark Bittman, a food columnist who recently published the book, VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good. I liked his overall concept: pressured by his doctor to make changes in his diet, he […]

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Artichokes: More than a Veggie with a Pun-ny Name

I was an extremely picky eater growing up. I blame this in large part to my bio-mother’s cooking skills (or lack thereof). However, as I started teaching myself to cook (watching the entire PBS cooking show schedule every weekend) as a teenager, my palette started to finally widen out. Still, oddly enough, one vegetable I […]

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Te Quiero Taco Salad?

I love me a good taco salad. Mmm…that crispy tostada, all loaded up with meat and cheese and guacamole and sour cream…and mucho horrific fat content, too. So what’s a girl craving a taco salad to do? Well, this one put on her thinking cap and went to work. I came up with this truly […]

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Burger Cravings? Spicy Black Bean Patties

I have tried, in my years traveling on the road to Wellville, to go vegetarian a time or two. I never manage to hold out for long – six months here, a year there – because I seriously love burgers. I think I could do without steak of all kinds indefinitely, but take away burgers […]

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Improve Your Digestive Health with Probiotic Foods

It’s easy sometimes to get so caught up with the word “diet” (a word I’ve come to despise but is impossible to avoid), and in the course of things become so obsessed with what we can‘t eat, that we forget to pay attention to the foods we should eat. Probiotic foods are a must whether […]

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Fight the Flu Naturally: Garlic, Ginger, & Scallion Soup

I’m not a nutritionist – but I do know how to prepare simple, delicious, healthy food, and when I’m in the mood, I’ll post recipes here. I recently had a nasty but blissfully short battle with the flu – my first since I’ve gotten my weight under control (shocker – put good things in your […]

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