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Baked Ziti with Spinach and Cauliflower {Recipe}

We’re only barely into the new year and the 2013 food trends are already hot! Last week I shared my Recipe ReDux for Coconut-Curry Beef with Bok Choy and Farro, which incorporated two of the trends, ancient grains and using more vegetables in meals. A few weeks ago, Martha Rose Shulman, the author of Recipes for Health shared some recipes using cauliflower, one of the star vegetables for 2013. One of her recipes was for Baked Ziti or Penne Rigate With Cauliflower. I happen to LOVE baked ziti and wa… read more »

All About Probiotics and Kefir Super Bowl Guacamole {Recipe}

This post was written by Tara Milhem Wondering about probiotics? With probiotics all the rage right now, you may be wondering what they are and where you can find them. Probiotics are live bacteria that help protect against disease and digestive issues in the intestines. You may think that bacteria is a bad thing, but there are actually helpful and harmful bacteria, and you want to make sure you have a balance in your intestines. Some foods like yogurt contain natural bacteria, Lactobacillus acidopread more »

Menu Plan Monday (January 28-February 3)

Last week I didn’t get a chance to share my Menu Plan Monday, but we enjoyed some delicious meals including a trendy take on baked ziti and fish tacos – a family favorite. This week is going to be filled with various cuisines. One night we’ll be going Greek, another night our fabulous nanny is making Dominican food, Indian take out is on tap later in the week, and Friday has some Asian-inspired elements to the meal.  What’s your favorite cuisine? Monday: Caramelized Onion… read more »

Hearty & Healthy 30-Minute Dinner: Buffalo Chicken Chili {Guest Post Recipe}

The following guest post was written by Meredith Kimelblatt.  When it’s cold outside, there’s absolutely nothing better than coming inside to a hot, comforting meal.  Hearty soups and casseroles seem to fit in perfectly with all the cozy parts of wintertime, like warm blankets, hot cocoa and soft sweaters. Comfort foods are one of the best parts of winter, except for one small detail – it can be easy to get carried away with the “comforting” aspect when you make them, meaning it’… read more »

Dietary Fiber: Insoluble and Soluble Fiber

By Tiana Yom Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? We have all heard of fiber-rich foods and high-fiber diets. You may think of dry, tasteless, cardboard-like bran flakes or crackers when you hear the word fiber, but there are a lot of fiberous foods that are full of flavor. What exactly is fiber, and why is it vital to include it in our diets? Dietary fiber is the part of plant foods that our bodies cannot digest or absorb. This indigestible ‘bulk’ is very important to have in our diets because it h… read more »