Makeover Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweetening Power with Dates

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I love to rely on dates—rich in fiber and phytochemical compounds—to offer natural sweetness to baked goods, such as breads, muffins, cakes, and cookies. It’s a good thing to reduce your consumption of added sugars, such as white sugar, cane sugar, or high fructose corn syrup, in your diet.

And turning to dates for sweetening power is a good strategy. Read more… “Makeover Chocolate Chip Cookies, Sweetening Power with Dates”


    Steps to make vegetarian meatballs, Mediterranean inspired

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    Enjoying vegetarian “meatballs” is a thing! Bloggers and food writers are getting creative, rolling up savory little bites filled with beans, lentils, whole grains, and vegetables as an addictive alternative to meat-based balls. These little treats are delicious as an appetizer at a party, served with pasta and a sauce, or showcased as the main event at your next meal.

    For this recipe, I found my inspiration in the Greek culinary tradition of keftedes—fried meatballs often served with French fries and a salad or as part of a meze (appetizer) platter. I skipped the meat and replaced it with hearty black-eyed peas (I had the most amazing black-eyed pea dish in Greece which inspired this idea!), along with nut meal, flax seeds, and red onions.

    The tastes of the Mediterranean are highlighted in this dish with dates, sun-dried tomatoes, and Greek herbs. I paired it with a bright lemony tahini dip. Read more… “Steps to make vegetarian meatballs, Mediterranean inspired”


      Eating a Plant-Based Diet Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

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      There are so many reasons people put off eating a more healthful plant-based diet: time, motivation, and cooking skills, to name a few. But one of the main reasons people are not eating a cancer and disease protective diet, filled with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, boils down to one simple factor: cost. In fact, a new AICR survey found that 35% of Americans who said their diets were not very healthy cited cost as being the most important factor getting in the way.SharonP_blog

      It’s easy to see why people might think healthy, plant-filled eating is synonymous with high cost. Tiny packages of “superfoods”, like blueberries, walnuts, and spices seem to carry a hefty price tag for such small containers, especially compared to fast food drive-throughs boasting dollar menus. Indeed, it’s true that many less healthful foods carry discount prices, such as liters of soda, giant bags of chips, and high fat ground beef, giving the impression that healthy foods will break your food budget. But you have to dig a little bit deeper.

      Many plant-based foods are amazingly easy on the pocket book. Take dried beans, a bag of brown rice, and a jar of peanut butter, for example, which all contribute a wealth of important nutrients for a tiny price. In contrast, generally the animal proteins—steak, chicken, pork—are the most costly contributions to the meal. In fact, a recent study found that people who adopt a more plant-based diet, such as a vegetarian diet, save an average of $750 per year on groceries, compared to those who eat meat-heavy diets.

      The bottom line: You can have your healthy, plant-fueled diet without breaking the bank, and here are my top 6 tips for doing just that: Read more… “Eating a Plant-Based Diet Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank”