January 29, 2024

Taste the Warmth of Hearty Winter Vegetables

It’s that time of year when the sun sinks too early and you’re ready to light a fire, or at least scented candles. While we might think longingly back on summer and its exuberant offerings of fresh tomatoes, luscious stone fruit and tender baby greens, it’s time to relish in the bounty of winter vegetables. The winter months give us a number of hearty veggies that provide comfort and superb nutrition, not to mention versatility and great taste. I make sure to include a lot of these delicious foods on my winter menus. Here are some of the most FoodTrient-packed […]
April 25, 2017

Mash-Up: Parsnip and Fennel Purée

A rich and sophisticated update on mashed potatoes, with a hint of sweetness from the fennel. Ingredients: 2 Tbs. olive oil or unsalted butter 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 medium fennel bulb, chopped Salt and pepper (to taste) 6 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 1-1/2 pounds) 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces 2 cups low-sodium vegetable stock or broth 2 cups water Olive oil or butter (to taste)  Directions: Heat oil or melt butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add onion, fennel, and a little salt and pepper. Cover and […]
January 21, 2017

Spicy Lentil Soup

Lentil soup is a nutritional powerhouse! When combined with other vegetables and spices, lentils will leave you feeling full longer than other types of soups. Part of the legume (bean) family, lentils contain high levels of both soluble and insoluble fiber, making them a satiating and low calorie choice, helpful for weight management. Soluble fiber absorbs water and creates a gel consistency that is known for binding cholesterol-containing bile and escorting it out of the body, helping you detox. Insoluble fiber consists of plant-compounds that the body cannot digest, helping contribute to healthy bowels. Together, this high fiber content can […]