vegetarian mains

A teen’s observations of a plant-based diet

Posted by on April 1, 2012 at 7:52 pm

As I persist with our mighty mission to eat lower on the food chain, my sons are still not too eager to get into the game. The teen commentary goes something like this:  “You know, this would be better if it had chicken in it.”  Son #1 was peering at a serving of Thursday night’s meal […]

A teen tofu victory

Posted by on March 1, 2012 at 9:55 pm
DishesMenLike photo - Fried tofu and pepper curry with toasted cashews

“WHYYY … tofu?” Son #1 was carefully dodging the white cubes to pluck red pepper strips from the milky coconut curry sauce. “It’s just mush; it’s not real food.” “That’s what you’re going to be eating in the future, get used to it,” my husband retorted.  Tough love at dinner. It was the usual dialogue […]

A new year on the A-I way

Posted by on January 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The holiday chocolates have disappeared. Along with the tortillas that I became addicted to during our two weeks in Mexico. Last week seemed almost “normal,” a good time to get back to the anti-inflammatory eating plan that my husband and I count as a grand achievement from 2011. For our first full-week meal plan of […]

Scandalous greens trump fish

Posted by on December 12, 2011 at 10:31 am
Greens 2 ways DishesMenLike photo

“I’d rather eat this than fish.” Son #2 was digging into his second serving of braised greens during a Sunday dinner that was atypical, even for me. Braised chard with chorizo + braised kale with chick peas + tomato vegetable bulgur sauce + cornbread. All made possible by a husband willing to do all the […]

Healthy eating requires balance (and resilience)

Posted by on November 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm
broccoli-basil mac n cheese

“Mom, don’t put this in your blog.”  Son #1 was earnest and I was amazed.  I had just labored, much longer than usual for a weeknight meal, over an extraordinary (IMHO) broccoli-basil mac ‘n cheese casserole.  Cheddar and swiss cheeses blended with a bit of sour cream and cherry tomatoes.  Mixed into hot whole wheat […]

Photo-worthy but will you eat it?

Posted by on November 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm
DishesMenLike photo

“Now that’s beautiful.” My husband was genuinely enthusiastic about the plate set before him: sauteed  tempeh stacked atop a kale salad.  I wrinkled my nose; I wasn’t so sure.  “Oh, I see, you think your people wouldn’t like that.” “Your people.” That’s you, dear reader.  I get lots of oh’s and ah’s over the photos […]

Market orphans make a meal

Posted by on October 31, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Last week was one of those weeks when Friday couldn’t come soon enough.  My husband was away on business and work was intense.  Little motivation to cook. I was looking for inspiration. Case in point: Evening number two. It was 6:30 pm — picking up Son #1 after a long business meeting. Gone was any […]

A lose-lose proposition, resolved

Posted by on October 23, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I’ve been away for a while. You see, my husband and I decided to take a class in anti-inflammatory nutrition back in June. Little did we know it would be a LIFE-CHANGING experience. Beyond the fact that I dropped 11 pounds and my husband lost 20, we’ve been looking at our dinner plate in a […]

Shifting into better health with an anti-inflammatory eating plan

Posted by on June 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm
50/50 = Frittata & berries

I’ve been MIA on the blog but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking.  First I drifted away because I simply was bored with food.  I started relying on Everyday Food, the monthly Martha Stewart magazine, to do the thinking for me. Meals were just okay , not much to report. Then, I heard about […]

Redemption through mac ‘n cheese

Posted by on May 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

I’ve skipped posting our eats here for two weeks. The kitchen scene honestly has been challenging, due to busy schedules, and I’ve been well … bored culinarily (what a concept!). It’s not that I ducked out the kitchen entirely. I tried to motivate myself. Explorations included: Ginger lime cod in a bowl — a twist on […]