During the holidays, we are surrounded by unhealthy foods, bombarded with their ads and end up indulging. Once the holidays are behind us, many people resolve to cut down on sweets and other empty calories.
‘Cooking Together’: Matar Tofu
A festive red, white and green entrée for holidays
Cooking Together: Three Sisters Winter Bowls
The celebration of Thanksgiving in the United States supposedly started with Native Americans and Europeans sharing food at a harvest celebration. However, many people today do not realize the important role played by the Native Americans in cultivating many crops such as squash, corn, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, and berries and sharing this knowledge with the pilgrims. It should be acknowledged that these farming lessons most likely insured the newcomers’ survival.
‘Cooking Together’: Purslane, an Amazing Edible Weed
I was thrilled to rediscover purslane at a small market in the Sunset that carries ethnic food items. I had also witnessed these leafy greens sold in outdoor markets in Mexico. Apparently, purslane grows wild almost everywhere in the world as it does not need much care or a good soil.
Cooking Together: Small Farmers’ Challenges with Organic Food Certification
I love Sundays!! That is when I go to our outer Sunset farmers market in San Francisco, on 37th Avenue at Ortega. The market opened few months ago and it is booming with activities; families walking around with fresh produce from farmers, cooked food from vendors and enjoying live music in the open-air!
Cooking Together: Okra Suki Bhaji
Okra is colorful, dainty, nutritious and tasty when cooked right. Okra’s nutritional profile is very impressive.
Cooking Together: Fabulous Fiber Muffins with Fresh Fruits
These wholesome muffins can be served as a breakfast, a snack or a dessert.
Cooking Together: Play With Your Food!
Remember when your mom or grandma said, “Don’t play with your food, just eat it!”? Well, in this column, you will learn how to have fun playing with your food and then eat it, too!
Cooking Together: Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish that can use dry, old tortillas and other available ingredients. The entrée can take a number of forms, such as a soup with tortillas floating or a hearty casserole dish.
Cooking Together: Majestic Mangoes
Native to India, mangoes have been enjoyed by humans for millennia. K.T. Achaya, a food historian, writes that the mango is mentioned in old Sanskrit writings of Upanishada some 1000 BCE. It is called “Amra” which resembles “Aam,” the current Hindi word for mango.
Cooking Together: Roasted Eggplants (Baigan Bharta)
Eggplants, native to India, grow there all year-round and are available in many shapes and colors. It is very popular in Indian cuisine with a variety of cooking methods, such as stir-frying, stuffing and roasting.
Cooking Together: ‘Love Your Heart’ Red Curry
The main ingredients going into this curry – beets, potatoes and carrots – are packed with nutrients that can help us with regulating blood flow, maintaining an ideal blood pressure and lowering the bad cholesterol.
Cooking Together: Soup’s On!
Soups are a satisfying addition to a menu. They can be attractive, nutritious and delicious. On a chilly winter day or evening, there is nothing as welcoming as the smell of hot soup to come home to!
Cooking Together: Healthy Cocktails for Special Occasions
In this column, you will see how to make two festive drinks that are free of alcohol and caffeine. The green drink is made with cucumber and the red drink is made with a fresh pomegranate.
Cooking Together – Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts Curry
Butternut squash and Brussel sprouts are in abundance in the fall and winter when our bodies need them. They both contain nutrients needed for the cold season.