February 13, 2024

Surprise! It’s Spaghetti Red Pepper Sauce

One of the easiest ways to broaden kids’ palates is to start with a food you know they like and make minor tweaks. This familiar marinara sauce incorporates roasted red peppers. Hemp seeds add a little protein and a pleasantly nutty undertone. The sauce flavor will likely be slightly different than they expect, but not enough to set off tiny alarm bells. It’s vegetarian and Gluten free, too. Spaghetti with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients: 2 red bell peppers, sliced (about 2 cups) 1 small to medium onion, peeled and sliced (about 1 cup) 1 Tbs. olive oil ¼ tsp. […]
August 16, 2023

Stuffed Petite Peppers Are Perfect Starter

Stuffed Petite Peppers I like to combine the nutty flavor of millet with Canadian bacon and chlorophyll-laced parsley to make a satisfying filling for these cute pepper appetizers. Millet is a protein-rich but under-used whole grain. Gluten-free, it can be cooked like rice and used in place of white rice in many recipes–simply use three parts water to one part grain. SERVES 4-6 Ingredients 1/2 cup millet 1 1/2 cups water 4 tsp. olive oil 4 slices Canadian bacon 1/4 cup chopped parsley 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1/4 cup chopped onion 1/4 tsp. paprika 1 medium egg white 8-10 mini […]
June 8, 2021

Mexico’s Spices Are Diverse and Dynamic

Over the past year, FoodTrients has been exploring foods and flavors from around the globe. This week, we take a look
October 9, 2018

Spicy Foods Can Help You Live Longer

Do you enjoy hot and spicy Indian, Thai, Mexican or Creole foods? Yes? Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s a new healthy reason to eat more of them. Recent research shows that people who regularly eat hot, spicy foods have a lower risk of getting major diseases. Let me tell you why… A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) revealed that people who ate hot, spicy foods regularly (at least twice per week) had a 10% lower risk of death. Those who ate these foods every day, increased their longevity by 14%. Why? Well, hot, spicy […]
August 27, 2016

Why My Recipes Are So Easy Peasy

I originally came up with this concept for FoodTrients when I was writing a magazine column for people over 50. The magazine is called Life After 50 and my column was called “Eating Well Over 50.” I wrote it for six months and it got me started cooking again and taking photographs for my first cookbook (The Age GRACEfully Cookbook). I know that people are busy and while they want food that tastes good and is good for them, they don’t have a lot of time. So I created recipes that are easy to make AND delicious. Almost every single one […]
May 20, 2014

Eating Red Pepper Helps Curb Appetite

A study has found that eating a moderate quantity of red pepper can help curb appetite. According to research from Purdue University, the peppers especially work for those who don’t normally eat the popular spice. “We found that consuming red pepper can help manage appetite and burn more calories after a meal, especially for individuals who do not consume the spice regularly,” Richard Mattes, distinguished professor of foods and nutrition who collaborated with doctoral student Mary-Jon Ludy, said. “This finding should be considered a piece of the puzzle because the idea that one small change will reverse the obesity epidemic is simply not […]