How to Build a Whole Food, Plant-based Meal

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If you’re like me, you grew up in a typical American household in which the answer to the question, “What’s for dinner?” was always some kind of meat — meatloaf, Parmesan chicken, roast beef. That’s because we are used to meals in which the meat is the star of the show and the sides are mere decoration. Just look at a restaurant menu if you don’t believe me.

But let’s say you’ve watched “Forks Over Knives” and read How Not to Die and are ready to switch to a whole foods, plant-based diet. Where do you begin? How do you feed yourself and your family without leaving everyone dissatisfied or hungry an hour later? How do you make sure everyone is getting the nutrients they need? Continue reading

Zucchini Brownies


If you know a dietitian personally, you’ve probably witnessed her (or him) using her food knowledge to justify whatever she’s eating. You may have heard her say, “Oatmeal helps prevent colon cancer, so I should probably eat these oatmeal cookies.” Or maybe she’s said, “Red grapes contain resveratrol, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidant. So yes, I’d like another glass of wine.” Or you’ve heard the weakest, but probably most commonly used, justification — “Chocolate contains antioxidants!” So for those of you who like to have your cake and justify it too, here is the perfect dessert: Zucchini Brownies! Continue reading

Cucumber Bites with Lemon Dill Ricotta


If you live in the Southeast and aren’t doing any gardening this summer, you’re really missing out! We’ve had afternoon rain showers almost daily, which have kept my vegetable garden quite happy. I planted my garden late this year because we had our garden boxes rebuilt and more organic soil brought in, delaying everything. But for whatever reason, the plants love the new soil and the weeds don’t. I’m so happy! Continue reading