Lately I’m trying to appreciate and cultivate simple pleasures in my daily routine—little things that bring me joy (and reduce my stress levels). Things like: sitting at the table at mealtime, taking a walk with my family after work, having baked potatoes for dinner. Baked potatoes!
The ultimate comfort food—starchy and warm and filling—baked potatoes are the perfect antidote to a chilly autumn night. It’s amazing how something so wholesome, so available and inexpensive could be so delicious too. But it’s true.
What about the carbs, you say? I say, what about them, indeed! I’ll admit, I too avoided...read full post »
Do you remember the Easy-Bake Oven? This pink countertop masterpiece was a gift from my mom on my 6th birthday. As I ripped open the chocolate cake mix and stirred it together with a matching small pink spatula, my eyes lit up at the wonder of this gooey batter turning into a dessert. When the timer went off and we used the small pizza paddle-looking tool to pull out the cake I thought, "This is it. This is what I want to do forever." My mom's gift not only provided a sweet treat but it spurred my love of cooking. While the Easy-Bake Oven cake wasn't the healthiest option, my mom and I went on to take Asian cooking classes together and by high school I was making dinners loaded with vegetables and lean proteins for my parents every night.
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I’m a vegetable lover. I eat vegetables at least three times a day: sautéed chard stirred into scrambled eggs for breakfast, a big garden-fresh salad for lunch and grilled corn and steamed potatoes as side dishes with dinners in the summer. I don’t have much trouble eating enough vegetables, but I know I’m the exception, not the rule.
Ninety percent of Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, according to the USDA. The recommended amount for everyone age 9 and up is two to three servings a day. (For most vegetables, like green beans, a serving is 1 cup. For raw leafy vegetables, like salad greens, a serving is 2 cups.)...read full post »