Posts Categorized: Nutrition

Nourishing Baked Beans

Today’s Baked Beans is a stick-to-your-ribs Meatless Monday dish that’s good for you, too. Low-calorie, fat-free beans are excellent sources of protein, calcium, phosphorus folate and iron. They are also full of complex carbohydrates. Because they provide long-lasting energy and satiety, bean dishes can help with weight management. Beans are good for your body in… posted in: Nutrition tags:


Autumn Vegetable Succotash

Meatless Mondays don’t only make for a healthier body, but also a healthier home—that is, Planet Earth. Count these among the environmental benefits of Meatless Mondays: A reduced carbon footprint–The meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change, according to UN estimates. Minimized water use–Animals raised for food… Read more »

Meatless Monday: Savory Roasted Apples

It’s peak apple-picking time. Besides a fun day trip to a local farm, apple-picking yields lots of other good stuff. At 80 calories, one medium apple (about the size of a baseball) delivers 20 percent of the daily dietary fiber you should eat for cardiovascular and digestive health, according to the New York Apple Association…. Read more »

Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle with Mushrooms is elegant comfort food. Created by LIJ Medical Center’s culinary team, it’s a dish to look forward to at the end the day–especially now that the days are getting shorter. Besides a fresh mushroom blend, Pappardelle with Mushrooms uses dried porcini mushrooms. Fresh porcini are highly prized, but can be pricey. Dried… Read more »

Multiple-Choice Vegetarian Quiche

One reason I call this vegetarian quiche “multiple choice” is because it is easy to adapt, depending on the time of year and what you already have in your kitchen. Furthermore, the recipe works with most any kind of vegetable: fresh, quick-cooking choices (like tomatoes, zucchini or spinach) or cooked or steamed dense vegetables (such… Read more »

Avocado: Another Healthy “Green”

Peak avocado season ends in September. So if you haven’t already, grab a few—or more. The avocado, which is technically a fruit, can be a good menu choice because oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid, or MUFA) makes up more than half of its good-for-you fat. MUFAs help the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients… Read more »

Meatless Monday: Jambalaya!

There are many stories about where jambalaya comes from. The dish—and its name—probably came about because of the concentration of many cultures in New Orleans centuries ago, says food writer Bethany Moncel. Jambalaya is similar to Spanish paella, which contains meat, fish and rice. Influences from French, African and Caribbean cooking styles and ingredients are… posted in: Nutrition tags:


Green Beans: Abundant, Affordable, Appetizing

It’s easy being green with today’s Spicy Green Beans recipe. An abundant and economical summer crop, green beans (also called string beans) are a good source of potassium. This nutrient helps to maintain body fluid movement, improve cell production, and even control blood pressure and other heart-related concerns. Iron, also found in green beans, helps… Read more »

Fast Food Could Change the Human Race

We know fast food can change individual health. Now it looks like it can affect our future in a bigger way: Routinely eating fast food could permanently alter our internal ecology and DNA, according to a new study published in Nutrition Journal. Besides its association with chronic health issues like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes… Read more »