February 20, 2010

Miso Soup

Posted in Food, Health, Recipes tagged , at 7:42 am by Liliana

5-Minute Miso Soup with Dulse (sea vegetable)

5-Minute Miso Soup with Dulse (sea vegetable)

Add this quick and easy miso soup to your healthy way of eating and give your body an extra boost of health-promoting minerals. Feel free to add other seaweed such as wakame for extra nutrition. All the ingredients can be found in most supermarkets.

Prep and Cook Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cups boiling water
  • 1 TBS miso
  • ¼ cup sliced dulse seaweed
  • 2 TBS minced scallion1
  • TBS grated ginger
  • 2 TBS diced tofu


  1. Add miso, ginger, and dulse to 1 cup of boiling water.

Serves 1

Healthy Cooking Tips:
There are several types of miso. They can be made from soybeans, rice, buckwheat, or barley. They also come light to dark in color. The lighter varieties are less salty and more mellow in flavor, while the darker ones are saltier and have a more intense flavor. Choose the miso that best suits your personal taste for this soup, as you can use any of them.

Source: George Mateljan – The World’s Healthiest Foods

February 11, 2010

15-Minute Black Bean Salad

Posted in Food, Health, Recipes tagged , at 8:25 am by Liliana

Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Salad

This salad recipe is great to keep in your refrigerator for a ready-made healthy meal or snack. Beans are a great source of dietary fiber. One serving of this Black Bean Salad provides 33% of the daily value for this important nutrient. Enjoy!


  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 TBS pumpkin seeds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 TBS fresh lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper to taste

Directions (Serves 4 ):

1. Mince onions and press garlic and let sit for at least 5 minutes to bring out their health-promoting benefits.

2. Mix all ingredients together and serve. This salad will keep for a couple of days and gets more flavorful if you let it marinate in the refrigerator for awhile.

February 3, 2010

Food rules

Posted in Food, Health tagged , , , at 8:08 am by Liliana

Good food

Good food

Food writer, Michael Pollan, has written a number of highly successful books:  “Omnivore’s Dilemma,” “In Defense of Food,” and most recently “Food Rules.” He is trying to make us think about nutrition in a sensible, intelligent and health-promoting way and has asked  his readers to contribute their own healthy eating rules.

Here are a few rules of advice from Michael Pollan’s readers:

  • “Eat your colors.”
  • “It’s not food if it comes to you through the window of a car.”
  • “Don’t eat at any restaurant of which there is more than just one.”
  • “A snack is not the same thing as a treat.”
  • “If a bug won’t eat it, why would you?”
  • “Leave the table a little bit hungry.”
  • “Eat a little of everything; take your time; enjoy your food.”
  • “Cook every meal at home using real ingredients and you will be eating healthy.”
  • “Don’t eat plastic food.”
  • “Think of junk food as poison.”
  • “Use small plates and always eat with salad forks.”
  • “Eat as local and as close to “in season” as possible.”
  • “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.”
  • “Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.”
  • “You are what you eat.”
  • “If man didn’t eat it 10,000 years ago you shouldn’t eat it now.”
  • “Everything in moderation, including moderation.”