National Nutrition Month

Realizing that it’s national nutrition month and realizing that people need to be able to stomach nutrition (pun intended), here’s a way to improve your diet without stressing about reading labels and counting calories.

We all know that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is good for you. Did you know, however, that it’s the colors in produce that signify what types of nutrients they contain? For instance, orange generally means you’ll get a good dose of vitamin A; green is often a signal for vitamin K.

What this means is that you can eat by color and not have to think so hard. The more colors you have on your plate the more nutritious your meal will be.

Here’s a delicious soup recipe that incorporates tons of colors.

Potato Bean Chowder

2 T. olive oil
1 c. chopped onion
½ c. chopped celery
½ c. chopped green bell pepper
¼ c. chopped red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 ¼ c. water
2 c. (½-inch) cubed peeled baking potato
1 c. canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1 t. ground cumin
1/8 t. black pepper
4 c. vegetable broth
1 (16-oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16-oz.) can navy beans, rinsed and drained
2 ½ T. grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion and next 4 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Add water and next 8 ingredients (water through navy beans), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

Yield: 9 servings (serving size: about 1 ¼ cups)

March 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

One-Bowl Dinners

Almost everything makes me think of food. I can be walking the dogs and wondering how long until my next snack. Someone can mention their landscaping and I wonder what they might be growing that’s edible. Sometimes I’m even planning the next meal as I eat the one in front of me.

That said, the latest thing that I have my mind on is One-Bowl Dinners. Eating is a sacred act and one that has been largely ignored, even when we’re in the middle of a meal. We eat in our cars, at our desks while we are on the computer, or while we do homework. We eat energy bars instead of a real meal comprised of real food.

One-Bowl Dinners, on the other hand, are designed to get you to relax and focus on the food and the nourishment it provides. You eat in the company of others, but the meal itself is eaten without speaking. It gives you the opportunity to explore non-verbal communication with your table mates and really focus on food that is prepared from real ingredients with care so that it is infused with good energy as it comes from the kitchen to your bowl.

In the next month, a One-Bowl Dinner will be coming to Adams Mountain Cafe, presented by Jessica Patterson of Root Down and Grow with a little help from yours truly. These dinners sell out, so watch for details and get ready for a party in your mouth and body!

March 4, 2011 at 11:19 am Leave a comment

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