Kitchen Spotlight: Okra

In this “Kitchen Spotlight” post, we’ll move South and take a look at a favorite staple: Okra. Usually recognized by its green exterior, and sticky or slimy texture when cooked, few are aware that okra can come in red and purple colors as well. It is native to Africa, and there are nearly 20 different…

 Kitchen Spotlight: Apples

  In this “Kitchen Spotlight” post, we’ll take a snapshot look at an all-time American (and likely around the world in other countries) favorite: apples. Apples are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber and contain phytochemicals (an example would be flavonoids such as quercetin). Carbohydrates are the main macronutrient, but apples also contain…

Brown Rice Vs. White Rice: Is There a Real Difference?

Well, let’s compare them side by side. One cup of cooked long grained unenriched white rice (195 grams in weight) provides about 205 calories, 4.25 grams of protein, 0.44 grams of  fat,  44.5 grams of carbohydrate, 0.6 grams of fiber and very small amounts of the B vitamins and other nutrients  like iron, zinc and…

Zucchini Crisps

Here is a recipe that I would like to share with you that I originally found on foodnetwork.com and then adapted. It was an immediate hit with oldest daughter (then a toddler) and my husband! In fact, when I first served it, my daughter kept asking me for more – and she would usually barely…

How is Baby Led Weaning (BLW) Really Defined?

Think of the term Baby Led Weaning and an image of a young baby sitting in the high chair grasping a broccoli spear with a pudgy hand may come to mind. Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a concept first publicized in 2008 from the United Kingdom in the book titled Baby Led Weaning co-authored by…

Super Simple Kale Chips

What’s the quickest way to eat 3 cups of torn kale leaves all at once? The answer is simple: make these Super Simple Kale Chips. You will be amazed at how much those fresh leaves shrink! But first…what is kale and why eat it? Kale is a dark leafy green packed with important nutrients like…

The Wonders of Kale

I’m sure we’ve all heard of this wonder vegetable before, but what’s really so great about kale? From far and up close it just looks like a bunch of thick dark curly leaves. Isn’t it just like any of the other dark leafy greens? I decided to do a bit of investigating. As it turns…

What is Farro?

The other day I asked my husband to pick up a bag of quick cooking barley from the grocery store. He came back with a bag of farro. “What’s that?” I asked. My husband replied, “I dunno. Isn’t that barley?” Somehow I wasn’t convinced. So I decided to look it up. As it turns out,…