The Chef’s Take: Vegetarian Spring Rolls from Charles Phan

by in Chefs and Restaurants, October 8, 2014

Veg Spring Rolls
In 1995, Charles Phan opened The Slanted Door in San Francisco’s Mission District and introduced the dining public to the relatively unexplored cuisine of his native Vietnam. The restaurant became an overnight sensation. Since then, Phan has moved his restaurant to the historic Ferry Building, earned a James Beard Foundation Best Chef of California Award, and been inducted to the James Beard Foundation’s list of “Who’s Who of Food in America.” Read more

Healthy Fall Foods to Fall In Love With

by in Healthy Recipes, October 7, 2014

Fall Foods
Fall’s harvest may be beautiful to look at, but it’s also nutritious fuel for colder days. Keeping these seasonal treats on hand will help keep you feeling more energized as the cooler weather sets in.
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Smoothie of the Month: Pear, Plum and Cinnamon

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 7, 2014

fall fruit smoothie
You may think smoothies are just for summer’s ripest berries, but blend a harvest of fall pears and plums into a mousse-like whip with almond milk, almond butter and cinnamon and you may never go back to berries. Not only is this smoothie vegan, but it’s made without ice, so it’s the perfect treat on a chilly fall day. Read more

Overweight Dining Companions May Influence How We Eat

by in Food News, October 6, 2014

eating too much
Lots of external factors can throw us off our game when it comes to making healthy food choices and keeping our portions under control. We know, for instance, that the size and even the color of our plates can influence our perceptions of serving size and, consequently, the amount of food we eat. Now a new study, published in the journal Appetite, has found that the size of our dining companions can dramatically affect the amount of food we pile onto our plates and dig into as well.
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Slim By Design: How to Change Your Environment (and your waistline)

by in Books, October 6, 2014

Slim By Design
Is your house making your fat? It’s possible that the urge to reach for a cookie instead of an apple or to dig into second and third helpings really isn’t our fault. According to food psychologist Brian Wansink, director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, our environment is the biggest predictor of whether or not we have healthy eating habits. He’s identified what he calls the “five zones” where most of our eating and food choices occur — home, favorite restaurants, workplace, grocery stores and our kids’ schools. In his new book, Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life (William Morrow), he explains how each affects us and how we can take more control.

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5 Healthy Muffins (Yes, It’s Possible!)

by in Healthy Recipes, October 4, 2014

Healthy Carrot Muffins
Muffins have a bad reputation of being very high in calories, fat and sugar. While many store bought muffins carry a hefty amount of calories — typically around 400 or more each, you can easily fit them into a healthy eating plan.With a little planning and a good recipe, muffins can also bring together highly nutritious ingredients like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Here are five healthy muffin recipes to fuel your mornings throughout the fall. Read more

The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

by in Cookbooks, Uncategorized, October 2, 2014

Skinnytaste Cookbook Cover

What does skinny taste like? Just ask Gina Homolka. For six years, low-fat foodie Gina Homolka has been satisfying the tastebuds of a loyal following with her Skinnytaste blog. Her recipes reflect her own eating philosophy — delicious, healthy, seasonal dishes that also just so happen to be low in calories and fat. This month she debuts The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor.
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The Chef’s Take: Kabocha Squash Soup from The Fat Radish

by in Chefs and Restaurants, Cookbooks, October 1, 2014

Fat Radish CookbookThe Fat Radish, which opened in 2010, is one of those perfect New York City restaurants. The uncomplicated, slightly British, vegetable-focused menu traces the seasons with local as its mantra. The design is that effortless combination of reclaimed barnyard and weathered industrial chic. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. And the folks in the seats all look as though they might have just walked off the set of Girls. All the pieces come together courtesy of owners Ben Towill and Phil Winser, self-taught cooks who are passionate about good ingredients, great design, and feeding guests well.

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Winter Squash, Three Delicious Ways

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, September 30, 2014

squash three ways
Soon winter squash of all shapes and sizes — from butternut and kabocha to acorn and delicata — will fill farm stands and grocery stores. Their sweet flesh is delicious when simply prepared by steaming or roasting. Here are three recipes using those simple methods with a few different flavorings you may not have tried.
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