No food guilt; just start again tomorrow

BREAKFAST KALE: I love kale. But this isn’t a kale post – it’s a NO FOOD GUILT post. Nutrition-wise, yesterday Wednesday, April 29th sucked for me. I worked an eight-hour hospital night shift the night before, (11p to 7:30 a.m.), didn’t take any food from home with me (no meal prep), and had to go…

EZ Cheesy veggie-based sauce

Do you love cheesy as much as I love cheesy? I’ll melt cheese on just about anything. ( Right now, it’s 12:30 a.m. and I’m craving cheesy grits in the morning.) In the eight years that I’ve been dairy-free, I’ve tried various brand-name processed cheeses – Chao is my hands-down, melty, delectable favorite – but…

Ditch the excuses; Discipline for good health!

It’s almost 2020! A whole new year and a whole new decade (at least that’s what I thought until I read a Farmer’s Almanac article declaring that a new decade starts with a year ending in one and ends with a year ending in zero). Sorry, I digress. You can read the article here and…

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,…