How Jewish food nearly ruined my health

Challah, potato kugel, potato pancakes, cookies, brownies, and cakes – all made from scratch in oil, flour, and/or sugar in an Orthodox Jewish kitchen. Have you ever had any of these foods? If not, you’re definitely missing out ‘cause they’re delicious! And unfortunately, that was the beginning of my downfall. IT ALL STARTED WITH ONE…

Sodium: Killing us quietly

No, sodium does not have a first and last friendly-sounding name like Ted Bundy or Richard Ramirez; nor does it make random choices – trolling for its next victim, waiting for the right moment to kill. Consuming too much sodium is killing us all quietly, in many cases under the guise of healthy food. And…

Healthy food substitutions: what worked for me

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s no possible way you could’ve missed social media and news messages of the universal need to start eating a healthier diet. Without question, this means that healthy food substitutions are a must. However, substituting unhealthy foods for equally bad, or (UGH!) even WORSE foods will never promote…

Meatless Chili minus complicated recipe

Are you a fan of long, drawn-out recipes? You know, ones that call for a 1/4th cup of this, an 1/8th of a teaspoon of that, or heaven forbid there’s a measurement you need a conversion chart for. (A gill? please.) Not me. I cook by taste, and a laundry list of precise measurements aggravates…

Sweet potato smoothies! Delicious!

I’ve been a vegetarian for over 20 years. I started with juicing not long after I gave up meat and enjoyed many combinations: apple, carrot, and ginger; apple, celery and cucumber; carrot, cucumber, kale and banana; and cabbage and orange juice (courtesy of my Dad). I segued to smoothies when I got a Magic Bullet,…

Black beans in brownies?

I’ve been a vegetarian for 20-plus years; and I’ve followed a dairy-free, low to no processed food, plant-based eating plan for the last two years – and I’ve seen black bean brownie recipes in passing but I was skeptical about trying to create them. It wasn’t the black beans. I love them! Black beans were…

No to Keto; I’d rather run!

I was curious about the pill. I bought the pill. I took the recommended dosage. I dropped the pill. What pill? Keto Rapid Max. I had no proof that it wasn’t working. I didn’t feel any negative effects from it to make me want to stop. So why did I stop taking the pill instead…

Zoodles, zandalas, and zoll-ups oh my!

When I was a kid, the only squash I knew about was the yellow squash my Dad would pan fry with potato and onions. I don’t recall him ever making zucchini and since my cooking style mirrored his, I didn’t raise my daughters with zucchini in my house either. Frankly I’m not sure when I…

Nix bread – Leafy green works!

Lately, I’ve been a bit obsessed with raw collard greens – washing them, trimming the stem, experimenting with flavors to fill them and then rolling them up. It’s my neurotic need to keep sandwiches in my life – without the bread. I love mixing flavors. When I was younger, I’d do some ccrrraaaazzzy flavor mixing:…

Vegan or vegan wannabe?

When I stopped eating meat in the mid-1990’s (ANCIENT!:)), I had NO idea what a vegetarian or vegan was; I’d never heard of the terms and I wasn’t even trying to fit into a global lifestyle – I just wanted to poop without struggling. These days, as people are searching for healthier eating solutions, the…