Cooking with the Moms
Are you old enough to remember The Four Food Groups? We certainly are. If not, you probably remember the Food Guide Pyramid. Last spring, the Pyramid was replaced with a new symbol called MyPlate. On this week's show, registered dietitian, Elizabeth Ward joins the show to tell us all about this plate-shaped icon and to dish about her new book, MyPlate for Moms: How to Feed Yourself and Your Family. Elizabeth, a mom of three, explains how to customize MyPlate to your family's likes, dislikes, and lifestyle. She also explores the importance of protein & whole grains, and she cooks up two recipes from the book: Pork, Asparagus, and Cashew Stir Fry and Cinnamon Pumpkin Smoothie.
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Farro is an ancient grain first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East over 10,000 years ago. It's been around for a loooong time. Farro was the main grain of the Egyptians and sustained the Roman army as they conquered the Western world. Farro eventually fell out of vogue due to higher yielding wheat varieties. But today, farro has made a comeback thanks to trendy restaurant chefs and health--conscious home cooks... and thanks to The Meal Makeover Moms. On this week's podcast, we share Farro cooking tips as well as two healthy new recipes: Carrot and Zucchini Farro Risotto (which we posted to the blog on 11/21/11) and Kale and Vegetable Soup with Farro.
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This is the show you've all been waiting for. The show you've all been asking for. The show that will change your life forever: Brussels sprouts. That's right. Whether you love Brussels sprouts like we do or you're skeptical about trying them ... today's show will ignite your passion for this nutrient-rich cruciferous vegetable. We have two new recipes to share, both perfect for your Thanksgiving table ... or your family dinner table any time of the year. Better-for-You Brussels Spouts Gratin is a makeover of a Brussels sprouts gratin recipe that we found on made with over 2 cups of cream. (Blech!) Our other scrumptious recipe is for Roasted Sesame Brussels Sprouts.
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Katherine Musgrave, RD is the reason Janice became a registered dietitian. During her sophomore year at the University of Maine, she took an elective course called Intro to Food and Nutrition, and Katherine was her professor. So inspired by Katherine's enthusiasm for the subject of nutrition, Janice decided to switch her major from Microbiology to Food and Nutrition. She's so glad I did. After all, her love of food is much stronger than her love of microbes! On this week's show, we feature an interview with Katherine Musgrave and chat about the other people who have mentored us throughout our nutrition and cooking careers. Be sure to tune in, because Katherine has been a dietitian for 70 years and you simply won't believe all the changes she's seen over the decades!
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At least once a week, Liz finds herself walking down the aisles of Whole Foods. And at least once a week, a cookbook called Tofu 1-2-3 catches her eye. We love this book and yes, we love tofu. Tofu is made from the curds of soybean milk. Tofu is nutritious -- it contains iron, copper, omega-3 fats, and calcium (depending on the type of processing), and consuming soy protein can lower cholesterol levels. Oh, and it's super versatile. The trick to making tofu a regular part of your family's meal plan is to know what to do with it. So on this week's show, we share tips for squeezing the water out of tofu to impart a "meatier" texture and four recipes: Sweet and Sour Tofu, Peanut Butter Cup Pie, Strawberry Fields, and Raspberry Smoothie (the latter two will appear on Meal Makeover Moms' Kitchen next week). Preparing four recipes in one day, taking photos, and washing piles of dirty dishes was no easy task, so we hope you'll tune in to the show to hear all about our tofu adventures...and to laugh a little too!
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