Healthy Kitchen

5 Simple Ways to Use Baked Tofu

Orange-Glazed Tofu and Broccoli

I’ve long considered marinated baked tofu a great product and have wondered why it has taken so long to make its way onto supermarket shelves. Finally, it’s getting there! As always, it’s easy to find at any natural foods store, usually shelved alongside the tofu tub varieties. If you’re unfamiliar with baked tofu, it’s a firmer, chewier, more flavored variety. It comes in cellophane-wrapped packages (usually 8 ounces), and is ready to eat as is or to combine with other ingredients in hot or cold dishes. Here are 5 simple ways to use baked tofu, a fantastic product that’s great to have on hand. more→

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10 Warm Salads for Winter

Mediterranean potato salad1

Eating produce all year round — both cooked and raw — is one of the healthiest habits on earth. Salads take care of the latter, but they’re not exactly crave-worthy in the winter when most of us would rather have warm foods like soups and stews (or starchy comfort foods).

Something that works like a charm to make cool weather salads more enticing is adding something warm or even piping hot to them. And in some cases, serving them warm altogether. Here are 10 seriously delicious warm winter salads that will keep you eating your veggies all season, and coming back for more! more→

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Eating for Good Karma

Quinoa-Maca breakfast bowls

Good Karma eating is as simple as can be: comprise your meals of plants instead of animals, and most of the time choose unprocessed plant foods, meaning that they got from the garden or orchard or field to your kitchen with minimal corporate interference.

This way of eating gives you good karma in two ways. The first is self-explanatory: by eating foods of high nutrient density and avoiding the animal products and processed foods your body can have trouble dealing with, you’ll reap the rewards of improved health. The second is a bit more mystical: you do good and you get good back. more→

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How Prepping Your Meals Ahead for the Week Keeps You Healthy

Chopping vegetables

We’ve all been there. You get home late after that less-than-productive evening meeting, and throw open the fridge, hoping that food will have magically appeared there somehow in the last ten hours. Or maybe you have a pantry stuffed with healthy staples—all of which need to be cleaned, cut, and cooked before they’re fit to consume—and all you can think about is sinking down into the couch for the next three hours. more→

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Celebrate Global Pulse Day with Delicious Bean and Lentil Dishes

Greek Flavored Lentil Salad with Tofu "Feta"

Today, January 18, 2017 is Global Pulse Day, a worldwide event building on the movement that began with 2016’s International Year of Pulses. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) wants to inspire us all a fresh look at a group of ancient food crops known more commonly as legumes. Get in on the global action with hashtags #GlobalPulseDay and #LovePulses if you want to share this or your own posts on social media! more→

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Gluten-Free and Low-Gluten Pasta Varieties

Noodles with daikon and carrots

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or just want to start cutting down, there’s no denying it — wheat is hard to avoid. But if you take the time to look, there’s a whole delicious world of pasta beyond the boxed durum wheat varieties. If you avoid gluten and are stuck in a pasta rut, try one of these gluten-free or low-gluten options. Pictured above, Cold Japanese Noodles with Daikon and Carrots, made with mugwort soba. more→

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10 Easy, Inexpensive Party Snacks to Make at the Last Minute

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels

Parties and celebrations help keep the winter blues at bay, whether for New Year’s eve or day, Super Bowl, Oscar-watching. Or any impromptu gathering for whatever reason helps to allay the post-holiday let-down. For your next gathering, whether hosting or attending, it’s handy to have a list of healthy, yummy snack ideas that can be made at the last minute. These are all vegan, super-quick to make, don’t require special equipment or expensive ingredients, and are relatively healthy. So get your munchies on, and be prepared for any of these to disappear quickly!

Sweet and Savory Nuts and Pretzels, at top, is an easy snack or appetizer to make for the winter holiday season and beyond. It’s also good for munching on while watching movies or sports. more→

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Salads in Disguise for People Who Won’t Eat Salad

Asian flavored quinoa wraps

For some people, myself included, there isn’t enough salad in the world. Others won’t touch them with a ten-foot pole. We all know that eating at least some fresh raw veggies on a daily basis is a good thing. And even for salad devotees, cold weather is kind of a disincentive — soup and warm foods become more crave-worthy.

So what to do about that, and about eaters to whom even the word “salad” is a turn-off? Be sneaky, that’s what. These simple preparations don’t even have the word “salad” in their titles, so no one will be the wiser. Take for example Asian-Flavored Quinoa Wraps, above. Filled with plenty of raw carrot, arugula, and avocado, they’re definitely salads in disguise. more→

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