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farro risotto-6307

If buckwheat was my darling of ancient grains this month of January, I can see February filled with farro.  Whoa!  You just witnessed the birth of a hashtag, my friends. #farrofebruary, anyone?

This one-dish meal is comforting, warming, nourishing. The softened leek and farro grains create a creaminess that would knock the socks off the most ardent dairy lover.  Despite it’s meatless…ness (??), this farro risotto does not lack in heft (though I do occasionally mix in bacon the last few minutes of cooking). In fact, farro provides 14 gm of protein in every 1 cooked cup (a much more satisfying portion than the suggested 1/2 cup), and that protein means staying power.

Other great features of this dish is that it scales up well (for larger gatherings) and it freezes beautifully (should you make it for just yourself). Continue Reading →

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How To Really Eat Healthy- It's not what you think! | dishinit.co.uk

If you are reading this, you likely have some interest in health and wellness.  You poor, poor soul.  

You are unwittingly taking on the challenge of becoming scientist, detective, and lie-detector – working to discern what is actually helpful amongst the rubbish healthy eating facts hurled at you from the internet, chiropractors, health food stores, personal trainers, doctors, late night radio, and your next door neighbor.  One says paleo, another says low fat.  One says count calories, another says count carbs.  One says eat every two hours, another says fast every two days.  Each opinion just as dogmatic as the next contradictory one.  If you are driven to stress eat a bag of Percy Pigs, I don’t blame you.

Good news, though – after studying nutrition up to the post-graduate level, I have come to this conclusion: eating well isn’t nearly as complicated as people make it out to be, and it certainly isn’t as restrictive.  So, put down your Sherlock hat and allow me to boil down all my hoity-toity education and years of work experience into five sweeping principles of eating well.

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moody mexican hot chocolate-6183

Mexican hot chocolate was the only solution.  You see, Thursday we went to the lighting of the Lisburn town center Christmas tree.  Those things are always 90% miserable and 5% fun.  I stood there, my toes turning to icicles inside my boots, bouncing my over-tired crying bundled baby with one arm and corralling my also over-tired bundled toddler with the other, muttering empty promises that things would start in just a few minutes.  It was miserable to be sure, but the lights, the music, the men on stilts, and 50-foot inflatable snowman are now imbedded in Thing One’s little memory forever, so I suppose it was worth it.  But for real – it was wet, freezing and we were miserable by the time everything was over.

Ever-the-Ulsterman, my husband turned to a chippy for a warm up, but all I could only think of Mexican hot chocolate for solace.  Hot, creamy, sweet and fiery – therapy in a mug.  We came home and I immediately started throwing ingredients in a saucepan.  My initial concoction was decent-ish and warmed me up for the time, but I was dissatisfied and began an obsessive quest for the perfect hot chocolate.  You may call it a binge, I prefer the term “research”.

Now, I am making no claims to authenticity with this recipe.  I sheepishly acknowledge that most southern Californians feel like we have a much more genuine understanding of Mexican culture than we really do.  This sentiment is less based on the fact that we ourselves have any Mexican roots and more on the fact that our landscape bears Hispanic names such as La Cañada, Cesar Chavez Avenue, and Santa Monica.  Our dogma of the best taco taco truck in the valley is merely preference and opinion rather than informed palette.  Authenticity aside – it is hot, it is chocolatey, it is creamy, and it has a lovely slow burn.  It is also dairy-free.  So drink up, dairy-allergy sufferers!

Being the dietitian I am, I do have to say that there is nothing healthy about this.  I have heard people drone on about the antioxidants of the chocolate and cayenne, etc, etc.  That may be true, but it’s also loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar – hardly an explosion of health benefits.  So, do NOT have this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…unless you are trying to nail the perfect recipe.  But I’ve already done that for you, so back to moderation you go. Continue Reading →

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