Food Is Not Your Enemy

Pasta With Meat Sauce
May 1, 2012, 10:08 am
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Since I’m normally such a recipe-follower when it comes time to cook, I feel really proud of this meat sauce that I’ve been making lately, as it’s my own concoction.

1 lb. of ground beef, preferably grass-fed

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 28 oz can/box of crushed or chopped tomatoes (I use the boxed Pomi tomatoes)

1/4 cup red wine

1/2 tsp oregano

Few basil leaves, fresh or dried

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Saute the ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. While the beef cooks, in a separate pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the carrots and onion for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until it turns golden. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cooked beef into the pot, then add the tomatoes, wine, oregano, basil (rip the leaves up if fresh), and salt and pepper. Simmer for one hour, partially covered. Add the parsley, stir, then serve over your favorite pasta. (Bionaturae whole wheat pasta is my choice!)



Noodles: Safe or Scary?
September 18, 2009, 9:39 am
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Is there any food kids love more than pasta? Chances are, pasta, in some form, makes a regular appearance at the dining table. But should it be in regular rotation, or more of a once-in-a-while thing? Read my latest column on AOL’s ParentDish to find out whether Italian pasta, ramen, mac and cheese, and canned pasta meals are good for you and your family.

Spaghetti Con Ceci
September 16, 2009, 9:46 am
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New York magazine published this recipe before the last New York City marathon, pushing this dish as a great way to carbo-load. It’s also a great weekday-night meal, quick to prepare and utterly delicious. I use Bionaturae brand whole-wheat spaghetti, bacon instead of pancetta sometimes, regular organic diced tomatoes from a can, and organic chickpeas (no need to track down any special kind).

Foods That Increase Cravings

Ever notice that when you eat ice cream, you want more and more and more? Or if you have pasta mid-day, later on all you want is a chocolate bar when your energy dips? I’ve certainly experienced both of these feelings.

It turns out there is a list of “trigger” foods that tend to cause cravings. Among them are juice and bread. Take a look.