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10 Warm Salads for Winter

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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→

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→

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→

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→

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→

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→

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→

How to Cut 7 Fruits Like a Pro

Grilled Pineapple

With more varieties of fruits becoming available year-round, it’s tempting to bring them home — only to have them sit on the table or in the fridge. Rather than ponder how in the world to cut up healthy treats like coconut, pomegranate, passion fruit, pineapple, mango and others, this visual guide will have you prepping them like a pro. And as a bonus, see the end of this graphic for a few more clever hacks that will help you make the most of your fruits. more→

5 Reasons to Prepare Meatless Holiday Meals

Corn and Leek Stuffed Peppers

The holiday season is a time for celebrating the ones you love, giving back to your community and eating—and for many people, that means a lot of meat. As with many traditions, just because it’s what everyone does year after year, doesn’t mean it has to continue. In this case, discontinuing the traditional meat consumption during the holidays, or prepping your big holiday meal sans a ham or turkey, is a smart way to deviate from the norm without losing any of the excitement or charm of the season. more→

10 Delectable Vegan Desserts Made with Vegetables

vegan cranberry-carrot cake

If you can’t get your family (or yourself!) to eat enough vegetables, you can try sweetening the deal — literally. By incorporating the orange-fleshed fall/winter veggies — carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, and winter squash into these vegan cakes, pies, muffins, and cookies, you’ll be adding a dose of vitamins A and C to your desserts, and a host of antioxidants and fiber. But you and yours won’t taste any of those — just some lovely sweet flavors that will please everyone.

Cranberry-Carrot Cake (at top) is festive and luscious, but with a minimum of fat and a plethora of fresh fruit (and a vegetable!) in the batter, not the least bit guilt-inducing. It’s a nice alternative to pumpkin pie as a Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert. more→

Handmade Kitchen Gifts for the Cook, Hostess, and Foodie

christmas cooking fir tree made from flour on a dark table ingredients for baking frozen cranberry and dried fruits on dark background top view

Nothing says thoughtful like a gift that is handmade. Handmade kitchen gifts are one-of-a-kind, and they’re more personal than buying yet another gift from your favorite kitchen brand. These handmade kitchen gifts are the perfect gifts for anyone who loves to cook, host dinner parties, or for anyone who simply enjoys eating! Check out our list of handmade kitchen gifts for the cook, hostess, and foodie. more→

Tips for Easing Your Holiday Meal Prep

Three sisters stew recipe

In this insanely busy world, most people — even Grandma — would be daunted by the prospect of preparing an entire Thanksgiving or Christmas feast for a crowd. And with so many dietary preferences to accommodate — vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free — holiday meal prep can start to feel overwhelming. Whether you’re going to be a host or a participating guest, here are some tips that will help simplify your holiday meal prep so that you can feel festive rather than frazzled when the company starts to gather. Need ideas for what to make? We’ve got you covered. Here’s our full list of Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes to mix and match. more→

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