Cooking with the Moms

Peanuts provide powerful nutrition. Eating them plays a positive role in heart disease prevention and weight control, and every handful brings fiber, protein, and good fats to the diet. On today's show, we share some of our favorite peanut-powered recipes including: Strawberry Peanut Overnight Oats, Soba Noodles with Peanuts, Carrots, and Snow Peas, and tips for packing a healthy snack bin in your pantry and fridge for your family filled with dried fruit, peanuts, whole grain crackers, sliced veggies, fresh fruit, cheese sticks, yogurt, and more. 

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Category:Cooking -- posted at: 5:41pm EDT

September is National Family Meals Month, and we're celebrating with a roundup of 25 fast and healthy recipes to make dinnertime in your household more doable. From our Lentil Enchilada Bake to shrimp and vegetables over polenta, the benefits of eating together as a family are significant. Kids who eat meals with their families do better in school, they eat more fruits and veggies, and they experience less disordered eating. It's time to break bread together, and we hope this show and our recipe roundup will help you achieve that goal. 

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Category:Cooking -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

When backyard gardens, CSAs, and farmers' markets are bursting at the seams with fresh produce, a whole new world of flavors, textures, and family-pleasing recipes opens up. On this week's show, we share our latest cooking creations featuring the season's freshest fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Tune in for the following recipes: Peach and Avocado Sunshine Salad, Tomato Basil Salad with Mango, Beet Green Salad, Garlic Scape Pesto, and Spiralized Summer Squash and Pistachio Salad. The beautify of these recipes is their bold fresh flavors and versatility. You won't be disappointed, and if you own a spiralizer, you'll definitely want to try the squash recipe!

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Category:Cooking -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

Summer is here, so we're celebrating with two warm-weather recipes that feature our favorite fruit: California Avocados. For starters, since 2016 is the International Year of Pulses, we decided to pair avocados with lentils and chickpeas for a Freekeh Lentil Salad with Chickpeas and California Avocado. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and perfect as a main dish or side salad. Our second avo-inspired recipe is an Avocado Key Lime Pie Smoothie Bowl. This decadent-tasting bowl is a makeover of key lime pie! 

Direct download: moms-2016-06-15.mp3
Category:Cooking -- posted at: 11:33am EDT

On today's show, we're talking turkey. That's right. Even though it's not Thanksgiving, we're still super excited about turkey! The many cuts of turkey work wonders at breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snack time. Turkey Jerky anyone? And when it comes to grilling season, you'll definitely want to turn to turkey. On the show, we dish about the nutritional benefits of turkey (24 grams of protein in just 3 ounces!) and share two new recipes: Asian Grilled Turkey Tenderloin with Pineapple and Grilled Broccoli with Garlic.  For more information, visit Eat Turkey

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Category:Cooking -- posted at: 4:44pm EDT

Struggling with picky eaters? Looking for new ways to add variety, good nutrition, and kid-friendly flavors to everyday meals? Stuck in a snack rut? In our 5-part blog series, we offer over two dozen tips for improving your family's diet TODAY! Our series includes tips on Marketing Good Nutrition to Kids, Weaving (not sneaking) Nutrient-Rich Ingredients into Everything You Make, Giving Snacks a Healthy Makeover, Slashing Added Sugar from your Diet, and Adding Extra Fiber to the Diet Every Day. You're going to be inspired and excited to take your family's diet from ho hum to sensational after you listen to this podcast! 

Direct download: moms-2016-05-18.mp3
Category:Cooking -- posted at: 12:22pm EDT

There is no such thing as the Fountain of Youth, but a growing body of research shows that taking care of the 100 trillion good bacteria that live in your gut can have a positive impact on your health. Everything from your immune system to your mood and your body weight are is impacted by the gut microbiota. And what you eat and your lifestyle can play a major role in the vitality of your gut microbes. For example, eating a diet rich in fiber from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes is the fuel good bacteria need to grow and thrive. And consuming fermented foods which contain good bacteria is also important. Playing in the dirt, believe it or not, can also build up your bugs. For all the news on the human microbiota, tune in for our interview with Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, author of The Good Gut

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Category:Cooking -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Did you know that one cup of frozen raspberries has an impressive 9 grams of fiber and that compared to other berries, raspberries are one of the lowest in naturally-occurring sugar? Frozen raspberries are convenient, economical, and a must-have ingredient when you're making smoothie bowls, salads, vinaigrette, sauces, desserts, and more! On this week's show, we share our new recipe for Arugula, Farro and Pistachio Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette and our recipe for Frozen Raspberry and Mango Smoothie Bowls

Direct download: moms-2016-04-13.mp3
Category:Cooking -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

Did you know that walnuts are the only nut -- and one of the few foods -- significantly high in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid that's good for heart health? On this week's Cooking with the Moms podcast, we munch and crunch our way through three walnut recipes: Walnut, White Bean and Quinoa Salad in a Jar (it's gluten free!), Grab-and-Go Granola Bars, and Rosemary and Sea Salt Walnuts. And, we share the latest, greatest nutrition research on walnuts and the remarkable role they play in keeping us all healthy. Tune in for the oh-so delicious recipes and all the exciting nutrition news. 

Direct download: moms-2016-03-23.mp3
Category:Cooking -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

The topic of food waste has been on our minds for quite some time, because the numbers are just so darn staggering. Did you know that 40% of the food in the United States goes uneaten on any given day (i.e. it's thrown away), which translates into 20 pounds of food waste per person each month? From farm to table, there's a new effort underway to reduce food waste, and we dig into those efforts on this week's show. There are many things you can do at home and in your communities to reduce food waste, including cooking your meals more mindfully. Check out our recipe for Greek Orzo Chicken Soup and our strategies for reducing food waste along the way. 

Direct download: moms-2016-02-24.mp3
Category:Cooking -- posted at: 10:09am EDT