From the Pantry to the Soup Bowl

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What do Brussels sprouts, potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms have in common? They were all in my pantry begging to be made into soup. The lentils looked lonely, too, so I threw them into the mix. Hearty soups are best made in the winter, after all, even if the term “winter” doesn’t seem to currently imply […]

Black Bean Soup and Lentil Soup Recipes

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Black Bean Soup Description Black beans, also known as “turtle beans,” are an especially tasty variety, and make a lovely soup. As with most dried beans, they are inexpensive while offering a bounty of fiber, protein, folic acid, potassium and magnesium. Do not salt dried beans while they are cooking as the salt slows down […]

Boost Your Brain Health With Food!

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We eat for many reasons. First and foremost, we need fuel to allow us energy throughout the day. Many of us eat a particular way for the benefit of our heart, our diabetes, our hypertension, our muscles, our weight, etc., however I rarely hear of individuals eating for their brains. The brain controls the body […]

Choose These Superfoods to Help You Sleep

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While it’s important to avoid a big, heavy meal right before bed (a full stomach will disturb your sleep), some foods may actually help you sleep. If you’ve had a few nights of restless sleep, make a light whole-wheat-pasta dish with fresh vegetables, a little diced chicken breast, tomato sauce, and a sprinkle of Parmesan […]

A Seafood Twist on Lentil Soup

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When it comes to versatile flavor and nutritional bang for your buck, you can’t beat dried beans.  On the downside, though, dried beans take a while to reconstitute – depending on how you do it, there’s either a lot of soaking and simmering involved, or a lot less soaking and simmering time and a lot […]

You Can’t Go Wrong With Roasted Eggplant

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Like Spanish tapas, the Arabic tradition of mezze involves small dishes that are hugely flavorful. Most are very simple to prepare – in fact, there are plenty of single-ingredient mezze, like the olives pictured here. There are also two- and three-ingredient small dishes that just involve a bit of spice or oil added to the […]