Pouring Silver Needle Imperial Reserve White Tea

September 30, 2015
by Kristine

Tea: So Many Healthy Possibilities

Sipping on a warm cup of tea is not just something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, although that is delightful. Tea is my beverage of choice all year round, any time of day, icy cold or hand-warming hot. And I feel OK about indulging because the health benefits are well-established, the calories are pretty much non-existent, and the flavor possibilities are endless. Continue Reading →

Braised tofu in caramel sauce

September 16, 2015
by Kristine

My 10 Favorite Recipes for Tofu and Tempeh

It’s really not that weird. It’s made very much the way cheese is made, only with soymilk (alright, milky soybean water) instead of milk milk. I’m talking about tofu (and because they’re often interchangeable in great recipes, its more firmly textured cousin, tempeh). Many people wonder what you could possibly do with a block of  soybean curd (or fermented soybeans) that would taste good. The answer is…pretty much the same thing you do with a chicken breast when you’re trying to figure out how to serve it to your family for the billionth time and you want to change it up somehow: marinate it, cut it in different shapes, grill it, braise it, put it on a sandwich, or put a sauce on it. Continue Reading →

Canned diced tomatoes nutrition facts label

September 2, 2015
by Kristine

5 Lessons Learned at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference

There’s no doubt our food choices affect our health. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that they can make a significant difference once we’re already sick, too. As chronic diseases go, diabetes probably tops the list as one that can be managed or improved with lifestyle choices, so nutrition is a big part of the treatment. And there’s a constant flow of research on the topic to stay abreast of. So off I went to New Orleans to the national meeting of the American Association of Diabetes Educators to get smarter. (And eat.)  Continue Reading →

Southern Fried Tofu Poboy at Seed NOLA

August 19, 2015
by Kristine

A Vegetarian in New Orleans: Seed

In the land of gator on a stick, crawfish boils, and shrimp étouffée, “garden based” vegetarian restaurant Seed is a real find. I was recently in New Orleans for a diabetes educators conference and hunting down healthful food was high on my list of tourist activities. It was #2 actually. #1 was helmeting up like a nerd for a Segway tour around the French Quarter. Continue Reading →

Spinach and lentil salad with lemon vinaigrette, white cheddar and raisins

August 5, 2015
by Kristine

Spinach and Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

I have a lot of love for lentils. I could even count the ways: culinarily, nutritionally, texturally, and versatilely.  (You can read about my family history with the legume in this post.) Suffice it to say they’re a pantry staple for me and I like finding ways to serve them up besides the traditional bowl of soup or dal. This Spinach and Lentil Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette fits the bill. It’s a recreation of a wonderful dish I had at the wonderful The Fork at Agate Bay in my wonderful town of Bellingham. Continue Reading →