Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad

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Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. These legumes are part of the family of pulses, which also include beans, peas and chickpeas. They are rich in nutrients, inexpensive and versatile.

Lentils are also hearty enough that they make a great alternative to meat in salads, soups, and burgers. This lentil salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes because it’s simple to prepare with a unique, tasty combination of spices and flavors. Read more… “Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad”

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    Sorghum, a new gluten-free grain for your risotto

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    If you’re from the South there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the grain that is showing up more in stores and products: sorghum. Southerners have been using sorghum syrup as a sweetener for years. Sorghum is an ancient grain that is a staple crop in India and throughout Africa. Here in the US, it’s gaining in popularity due to its strong health benefits and versatile uses.

    This grain has a nice mild flavor, is naturally gluten-free and packed full of nutrients.

    All sorghum is whole grain – containing higher levels of fiber, protein and minerals than most other grains. It’s also rich in phytochemicals that may protect against cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Sorghum comes in a range of colors with darker colored grains containing unique compounds. Read more… “Sorghum, a new gluten-free grain for your risotto”

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      How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients

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      One of my favorite things about fall is apple season. Apples are crisp and sweet and make for a great grab-and-go snack. They are also packed full of cancer-protective nutrients like fiber and the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

      This year I decided to do something different with my bundle of apples and make homemade fruit leather. Fruit leather is a great snack for any age, but is a particularly good kid-friendly alternative to fruit rollups.

      Traditional fruit rollups contain almost no real fruit – the first two ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, followed by a small amount of fruit concentrate and a list of unknown additives (e.g. acetylated monoglycerides). Read more… “How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients”

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