Topic: whole grains

Spring Table: Leek, Lentil, Bulgur, Date And Broiled Shrimp Salad

Spring Table: Leek, Lentil, Bulgur, Date And Broiled Shrimp Salad

Leeks are kind of the ‘red-headed step child’ of Allium vegetables—a family that also includes garlic, onions and shallots—but they shouldn’t be. Like onions and garlic, leeks are high in health-promoting flavonoids, antioxidants and the B-vitamin folate. Yet their flavor is more delicate than onions, which means you can add them to a recipe without overpowering other flavors. This spring- and Middle Eastern-cuisine inspired leek, lentil, bulgur, date and shrimp salad is simple and quick to make, and can be served hot or cold (making it perfect for picnics or lunch leftovers). More »

Baking While Vegan: Rosemary Coconut Cornbread

Baking While Vegan: Rosemary Coconut Cornbread

I’ve been very into making different kinds of simple breads lately, because it only recently occurred to me that one can actually make bread without a bunch of, you know, stuff. Freed from the delusion that bread-making takes fancy equipment or hours of free time, I’ve been marveling in how easy it actually is—just mix together flour, baking powder, perhaps some yeast and then whatever you want, really. Thirty minutes later you have hot, healthy, fresh-baked bread. Here’s a recipe I made yesterday, adapted from the ‘Jamaican Coconut Cornbread’ recipe in The New Whole Grains Cookbook to make it vegan and work in some herbs. The result is bread that’s flavorful and filling, not to mention vegan (and not only is it devoid of things like dairy and processed sugars, it’s stocked with nutritious herbs and whole grains). More »

Summer Seasonables: Farmer’s Market Soup

Summer Seasonables: Farmer's Market Soup

You might balk at the idea of summer soup (in this heat wave?), but its one of the easiest ways to use a bunch of in-season vegetables at once. Keep the broth light and add a light grain (like amaranth or quinoa), and you’ve got a soup that’s a little more August than October. Make a big pot on Sunday, and you can bring the leftovers to work (it’s usually ultra-air-conditioned in your office anyway, right?) all week. More »

Summer Seasonables: Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Summer Seasonables: Tabbouleh Salad Recipe

Tabbouleh (a.k.a. tabouli) is a Middle Eastern salad traditionally made of bulgur, parsley, mint, tomato and onion (its name comes from an old Arabic word, Tabbūle, meaning ‘little spicy’). Because the salad is light, typically served cold, and contains no mayo or other easy-spoiling ingredients, it’s a great side dish for warm-weather picnics, parties or cookouts! Composed primarily of whole grains, herbs and vegetables, this dish is low in calories and high in fiber and protein. More »

Healthy Baking Recipe: Best Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Baking Recipe: Best Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This week’s installment of Healthy Baking is another healthy take on an all-American classic: Chocolate Chip Cookies. But I’m going to be straightforward: There’s only so much you can do to make chocolate chip cookies healthy before they taste like crap. The problem is, you’ve been eating these cookies since you were old enough to chew, and you’ve probably long held your firm opinions about which kind are the best: dense and chewy or large, thick, and crispy; you know what you like. So once you start fiddling with whole grain flours, alternative sugars, vegan butters and egg replacers, it’s hard to make a convincingly good chocolate chip cookie. More »

Why Do We Women Cram Our Closets With Clothes That Don’t Fit?

Why Do We Women Cram Our Closets With Clothes That Don't Fit?

Check out this post from Heather Muse on Lemondrop.

You may have a nice, sack-like dress for “fat” days and “skinny jeans” for when you’re feeling extra-hot, but have you ever thought about how much the clothes you don’t wear cost you?

According to research conducted by British grain manufacturers’ group Wholegrain Goodness, women own about 12 outfits that don’t fit them, totaling about $450 for the lot. More »