Ringing in the New Year with lentils

With the start of a new year, I thought it would only be fitting to start it off right with a couple of new recipes.

Enter: lentils.

On Sunday, I flipped through Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Cooking book to find a hearty soup recipe.

What I found was a recipe for Chunky Lentil Soup with a description that was impossible to ignore. “As we need more warmth and sustenance in our food, this earthy textured pot of lentils, squash, and tomatoes is a straightforward and unassuming way to fit the bill.”

Warmth and sustenance. I’m sold.

As I flipped through the book, another lentil-containing recipe caught my eye: Beluga lentil crostini with chevre-chive spread.

First of all, I’m a huge goat cheese fan. Secondly, I hate wasting food so I figured If I could use lentils in two recipes for one meal that would be an eco-friendly gesture on my…

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It is funny how easy it is to forget all the meaningful happenings that took place over the past year. As I sit here and reflect on my past year, I remember how much I accomplished this past year and how many significant changes took place. 2010 brought me great things.

I started Peace, Love, and Food and entered into the world of social media. I wrote guest posts for inspiring dietitians’ blogs. 651 people now hear what I have to say via Twitter.  I walked Project Bread’s 20 mile Walk for Hunger. I became involved with the MSDA and their promotions committee. I started my first garden. I embarked on a culinary journey, cooking more and more. I discovered I can eat (and enjoy) onions. I ventured to the west coast for the first time and visited Seattle. I spent a week with my family…

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How to handle a snowstorm: Hot cocoa mix for 2

Blizzard of 2010: Boston expected to get 2 feet of snow, 60 mph winds, zero visibility, and accumulation of 2-4 inches per hour. How did I survive the snow storm? Let me go through the checklist.1. If you are traveling from Buffalo, NY, make sure to leave your house by 6:30 am the day after Christmas to drive 8 hours in a car in order to beat the storm. Check.

2. If your car is parked on a street in the city of Boston during a snow emergency, make sure to move it before it gets towed. Oops.

3. If you overlooked #2 and your car does get towed, don’t fret. You can prepare peppermint fudge hot cocoa later that day to allow the events of the day to disappear in a cloud of marshmallows. Check.

There you have it. Hot Cocoa Mix for 2 is the way to ensure…

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Happy Holidays! A Christmas cookie tradition…

Tradition! Tra-dit-ion. Tra-dit-ion!

If any of you are musical theater geeks like myself, you might be singing along with me to the opening number of the classic Fiddler on the Roof. Otherwise, you might be thinking this girl has gone off her Christmas rocker. Whenever I think of tradition, I can’t help but flash back to a younger version of myself dressed as a Russian village person circa 1900 and singing ‘tra-dit-ion!’

Flash forward to the holiday season 2010. My family has a long-lived tradition of making cookies around Christmas time. My grandmother started the tra-dit-ion back in the day by making the following mouth-watering festive cookies:

  • Classic cut-outs (need I say more)
  • Peanut butter blossoms (peanut butter sugar cookies with a hershey’s kiss in the middle)
  • 3. Pineapple turnovers (cream cheese dough makes for a pastry like cookie filled with pineapple preserves topped with frosting glaze)

    4. Mexican wedding…

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    My yoga journey

    Ommmm… there is something so soothing about chanting in unison with a group of people after a great big inhale. And on the exhale, we say ommmm (actually pronounced aum). The act of chanting aum is an affirmation of the divine presence that is the universe and is an approach to initiate yourself as the who pursues the path of sound toward wholeness and higher states of consciousness [yoga journal]. I also read in Brain Wave Vibration by Ilchi Lee (founder of Dahn Yoga) that chanting produces vibrations in our bodies which ultimately calm the mind. I went through a Dahn Yoga phase a while back and the classes are based on a Korean inspired yoga that focuses on body tapping and energy flow. I found the process enlightening but stopped going due to an injury and never went back after hearing stories about the practice being cult-ish.


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    Fun and flavorful fajitas

    The other week at work, my coworkers were on a Mexican kick.  No, I don’t mean they were wearing sombreros or shaking maracas around the clinic. I’m talking food people. Good ol’ Mexican food like quesadillas and fajitas. I was surrounded by the smells of cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Tortillas, beans, and veggies on my mind.

    I obviously had no other choice but to succumb to my cravings and take a little trip to Trader Joe’s to get the essentials: black beans, red and green peppers, onion, cheese, whole wheat tortillas, salsa, and a mix of spices that TJ conveniently combined to create a taco seasoning mix.

    I sauteed the onions and peppers with a bit of EVOO and garlic and added a little of the taco seasoning (chili powder, paprika, cumin, pepper, sea salt) to the veggies. Once the onion and peppers were tender, I added the…

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    A little bit a acorn squash

    It’s that time of year again. Winter squash is back in action. One of my favorite things about the fall and winter is harvest vegetables! Acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, turnip, sweet potato…I’ll take em all!

    If you remember last year I dished out the nutrition details on acorn squash when I made Southwestern Stuffed Acorn Squash. For a little refresher, acorn squash is loaded with vitamins A and C, and packed with potassium, magnesium, folate, iron, and fiber. Named after its acorn-like shape, this squash has a subtle sweet taste. Enjoy it as a side dish or stuff its way into a main dish. Many recipes for acorn squash call for using grains or protein to stuff the squash, making a hearty, satisfying meal.

    I wanted a new way to stuff my squash so I found a recipe on AllRecipes for Moroccon-Style Stuffed Acorn Squash. I tweaked…

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