Celebrate with Oatmeal

By |2022-01-06T14:13:05-06:00November 23rd, 2021|blog, Cooking, Featured, Lifestyle|

January is National Oatmeal Month. But wait, you say - it’s December. Yes, but this notice will give you plenty of time to stock your pantry for your upcoming January oatmeal adventure.  Nothing is more satisfying than to cozy up to a warm bowl of oatmeal. Oatmeal is a comfort food (yeah, a healthy comfort food!) that is nourishing and delicious. This heart-healthy breakfast food is a good source of fiber, molybdenum, and manganese, which both offer antioxidant protection, stabilize blood sugar, and more.  It is a great way to brighten up the start of the day during the cold, dreary weather. 

Dodging the Dangers of Emulsifiers

By |2021-11-18T10:38:37-06:00November 17th, 2021|blog, Cooking, Healing|

I started my whole food plant-based journey about two years ago, after a stretch of paleo style eating that included eggs and very few other animal products.  What turned the tide for me? I had a major health scare that included brain surgery and clear messaging from my neurosurgeon that I needed to eliminate animal products, oils, and chemicals from my diet if I wanted a chance at healing my brain.

Winter Squashes – Versatile and Delicious

By |2021-11-02T18:22:53-05:00November 2nd, 2021|blog, Cooking|

Fall and winter tend to gravitate to more hearty foods, including soups, stews, casseroles, and pastas.  Winter squashes are also a favorite this time of year.  Some varieties like acorn, spaghetti, and butternut are available year-round. Other types are available from late summer to mid-winter. Winter squashes are a part of many cuisines from all over the world. Think of Italian risottos and Indian curry dishes. In Japanese cooking, kabocha squash is simmered in ginger and soy sauce.  Native American dishes can include a combination of squash, beans, and corn.

Stovetop Cookware – How They Stack Up

By |2021-10-04T13:13:46-05:00October 4th, 2021|blog, Cooking|

How many pots and pans do you use in a day?  One? Three? More?  Pots and pans often don’t get much thought, but they are the cornerstone of our kitchens. The success of the finished product we cook can often be dependent on the pan it was cooked in. Thin pans that don’t distribute heat evenly can cause food to cook unevenly and burn.

Reverse Chronic Illness – DESI Style

By |2021-09-06T08:56:48-05:00September 1st, 2021|blog, Cooking, Events, Healing, Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition|

PBNM proudly hosted presentations by and discussions with Dr. Soham Patel and Dr. Ashwani Garg regarding several chronic diseases that plague many of us, but are particularly endemic in the Asian/Pacific communities. View entire presentation on YouTube here!

Garden Grill

By |2021-02-14T17:11:05-06:00September 1st, 2020|blog, Cooking|

I’ve never had much of a green thumb. More like a brown one. Although it’s my mission to inspire others to eat more plants, I’m much more comfortable in the kitchen than the garden. This year a friend planted a small garden for my husband and me. Perhaps now I’ll grow a green thumb. We’ve been able to harvest kale and are anxiously waiting for the brussels sprouts, tomatoes and zucchini to come in. We are also back to grilling more often. For some reason we abandoned our grill for a time, but we’re back to firing it up regularly now and I look forward grilling our harvests from our little garden one day soon. Truth is, most of us are not grilling enough vegetables. Throwing veggies on the barbie is one of the best ways to cook them. The high, dry heat means less cooking time or nutrients lost in water, preserving more of the good stuff that makes them so healthy.

The Plant–Based Easter Egg Makeover

By |2021-02-14T17:29:30-06:00April 20th, 2020|Cooking, Holidays|

Whether decorating eggs or deviling them, it is estimated that 180 million are purchased for Easter every year. Why has this become a tradition around the world? Easter is a religious holiday, but customs like Easter eggs may be linked to Pagan practices. An ancient symbol of new life, the egg has been associated with springtime Pagan festivals. Decorating eggs for Easter goes back as far as the 13th century. One theory for this custom is that eggs were once a forbidden food during the Lenten season. People would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting. Then they would eat them on Easter as a celebration. Flash forward many centuries and many advances in science and nutrition; we now suspect that eggs may be incredibly inedible. A 2010 study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology found a 19% increased risk for cardiovascular problems in people that consume the most eggs. A 2019 report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracking 30,000 participants found that eating ev

Lose Weight Without Resolutions or “Diets”

By |2021-02-14T17:48:24-06:00January 19th, 2020|blog, Cooking, Health|

I stopped making new year’s resolutions a while ago. Like weight loss diets, which have a start date, an end date, and an energy of holding your breath until the torture is over, new years’ resolutions are rarely successful. Neither are most “diets”. According to some estimates, diets fail 95% of the time. Not only is long term weight loss rarely achieved, diets can result in weight gain over the long run. Restrictive eating can lead to loss of lean muscle mass, the slowing of metabolism and eventual disordered eating patterns that may trigger gorging and binging down the road. Back in my younger days when I carried 40 extra pounds and peanut M&M’s were my oxygen, I went on a lot of diets. They were often preceded by a feast of Big Mac’s, greasy pizza and lots of chocolate. I rarely got through the first week before bailing. My bon voyage feast most likely totaled more calories than the calories I lost in the days that I white knuckled through the “diet”. I was probably in the hole each time I attempted to lose weight.

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