Penelope Wall's Blog (Page 2)
The other day, my sister called to tell me, “I had lamb. With mint sauce. And it was actually good!” You see, for us, such a meal brings to mind the traditional Easter dinner of our childhood: strong-flavored meat served alongside a glob of chartreuse-hued jelly. Granted, it was hard for us kids to appreciate when we had visions of chocolate eggs rolling around in our heads. But I think I tried just a little bit to like it for my mother, who loved the dish dearly and worked so hard to put a lovely dinner on the table.
In truth, though, it was the mint jelly that did me in. There was always a jar of that stuff in our cupboards, the sight of which, if it caught me off guard, would make my heart sink. I do love mint, when it’s the real deal. And I think folks are more daring these days, willing to try something new, something healthier...read full post »
Got a box of pasta in your cupboard? I suppose the easiest thing to do with it would be to boil it up and smother it with some sauce from a jar. But this is not the stuff inspiring meals are made of—let alone healthful or satisfying ones. With the right mix of ingredients, even a plain old box of pasta can be elevated to something truly wonderful, something you would happily serve to your family or even to guests.
No need to slave in the kitchen for days, either. The best pasta dishes are usually the simplest, in my opinion. It is pasta, after all.
Here’s how the EatingWell Test Kitchen makes sure pasta is healthful:
Try whole-wheat: Whole-wheat pastas have the benefit of retaining their magnesium, zinc and other nutrients. On average, whole-wheat pasta offers two to three...read full post »
If you’re like me, you probably feel slightly overwhelmed by all the things you could be doing to green-up your life. When it comes to having a healthy kitchen, the decisions we make on a daily basis can have a big impact on our health and the health of our planet. Fortunately, there are some pretty clever products available to help you ease into a greener, healthier lifestyle. Here’s a roundup of some of EatingWell editors’ favorites.
—Additional reporting by Carolyn Malcoun, Lindsey Tiberi-Warner, and Emilie Stigliani
I’m not French-Canadian, but the town where I grew up is in northern Vermont and on most nights you could see the bright lights from the Canadian border crossing just a few miles up the road.
When I was on the high school Nordic ski team, we’d drive up to Quebec City each year for preseason training. Two things I’ll never forget from my first trip there: seeing an otherwise super-fit, super-healthy skier stop in the middle of the trail to take a cigarette break, and the poutine.
Related Link: Classic French Recipes Made Healthy
Poutine (pu-teen)—fries topped with gravy and cheese curds—is a French-Canadian classic. But until that point, I’d only ever seen it...read full post »
My parents were back-to-the-land kind of folks, so I grew up eating all sorts of interesting whole grains. But it wasn’t until a few years ago that I actually heard of quinoa (pronounced “KEEN-wah”). And it wasn’t until the last several months that I’ve noticed a growing buzz around this quite petite, mild-flavored grain. Quinoa is everywhere. Some would say it is, in effect, one of the “hot” foods you should be eating this year. (See more trendy foods to watch for here.) But quinoa isn’t exactly new. It was, in fact, a staple in the ancient Incas’ diet. So why has this very old grain been given a new second life in 2011? Why quinoa and why now?...read full post »