Oldways Preservation Trust

5 Pasta Myths Debunked 

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

At VegKitchen, we sure do love our pasta and noodles! After a brief demotion in the food world due to concerns about wheat in general and gluten specifically, pastas and noodles have made a roaring comeback. That said, if you do avoid gluten by necessity or choice, GF pastas have become much better over the past few years. And several Asian noodles — bean threads, rice vermicelli, and soba (buckwheat noodles) are naturally gluten-free. To celebrate World Pasta Day, October 25, the International Pasta Organisation and Oldways Preservation Trust would like to debunk the following five pasta myths: more→


Top Health Benefits of Quinoa

This article is courtesy of The Whole Grains Council and Oldways.

Quinoa Offers Antioxidants for Gluten-Free Diets
Researchers suggest that adding quinoa or buckwheat to gluten-free products significantly increases their polyphenol content, as compared to typical gluten-free products made with rice, corn, and potato flour. Products made with quinoa or buckwheat contained more antioxidants compared with both wheat products and the control gluten-free products. Also of note: antioxidant activity increased with sprouting, and decreased with breadmaking. (Food Chemistry, March 2010; 119 (2): 770-778.)



Oldways Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid

Vegetables in a basket

Plant-based eating is picking up steam, whether people pack their plates with vegetables once a day, once a week, or all their lives.  As more people discover this traditional healthy way of eating, Oldways has created easy-to-use resources including a newly updated Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid, daily serving suggestions, practical cooking and lifestyle tips, recipes and other tools to help answer questions and provide people of all ages with a well-balanced way to put more plants on their plates. more→


Asian Peanut Stir-Fry with Black Rice

Ginger and garlic

Brown rice is fine for a quick dinner, but the lovely color of black rice will make this dish extra special.  Tempeh and peanuts add plenty of protein, and using a frozen Asian vegetable blend makes this super-quick as a weeknight meal. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014.



Black-Eyed Peas with Rice and Plantains

Black-Eyed Peas

This deliciously different dish of black-eyed peas and brown rice features plantains, which look like bananas and taste a bit starchier and less sweet. They’re very easy to cook. Boil them for about 5 minutes, or until the seams split open, peel, and cut into chunks. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. more→


Sensible Wine Drinking

White grapes in a vineyard

While wine has always been considered by physicians to be the “healthiest of beverages,” it was not until the 1970’s when epidemiologists began to report than moderate drinkers had much lower risk of coronary heart disease than did abstainers. more→