Food & Recipes

  • Steamed Catfish With Brown Rice

    Ingredients:
    1 cup brown basmati rice
    1 1/2 cups water
    4 6-ounce US-farmed catfish fillets
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    Parchment paper or aluminum foil
    3 to 4 tablespoons chopped chives
    2 medium carrots, julienned
    2 zucchini, julienned
    2 cups sugar snap peas, ends trimmed

    1. Bring rice and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat, and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, or until all the water has absorbed. Do not stir while cooking.

    2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse catfish, and pat dry with a towel. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

    3. Cut out four 20-inch-wide heart-shaped pieces of parchment paper or foil. Place one fillet on each heart shape so that fish sits close to the crease, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges for folding.

    4. Place a quarter of the chives, carrots, zucchini, and peas on each fillet. Seal the packet by folding the edges in small, tight folds. Twist the tip, and tuck underneath.

    5. Place the packets on a large baking sheet (packets may overlap slightly). Cook until the fish is opaque in the center, about 20 minutes. Carefully cut open packets, and place fish and vegetables on a plate. Serve with rice.

    nutrition info per serving: 443 calories; 15 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 80 mg cholesterol; 33 g protein; 44 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 150 mg sodium

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    Interview by Sarah Toland
  • Nausea No More

    When you feel like you’re going to throw up, you’ll try anything to make the sensation go away. But conventional cures like Pepto-Bismol or prescription antinausea medications carry side effects like constipation, headache, and muscle spasms.

    5 herbal remedies to help settle your stomach
    By Nora Simmons
  • Hungry Eyes

    Most of us expect—and accept—the slow deterioration of our eyesight as an inevitable part of aging. But is it? A wealth of research indicates that protecting our baby blues (or browns or greens) could be as simple as eating the right foods or choosing targeted supplements.

    Get these nutrients now for better vision as you age.
    By Erinn Morgan
  • Health By Chocolate

    If you think steamed spinach is the most mouthwatering health food, you may want to reconsider. A candy bar’s worth of dark chocolate, or 100 grams, has just as many antioxidants as 100 grams each of spinach, prunes, raisins, kale, and Brussels sprouts, combined.

    Cacao is the new broccoli. Find out why.
    By Emily Stone
  • Elimination Round

    For more years than she cares to remember, La Vaughn Kemnow, 73, of Chiloquin, Oregon, was plagued by unrelenting stomach ailments—heartburn, bloating, sharp pain—along with extreme mental and physical fatigue. Whatever virus or bug happened to be floating around, Kemnow would catch.

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    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Falafel With Carrot Tahini Sauce

    Falafel:
    1 1/2 cups dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
    2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
    1 shallot, diced
    2 cloves garlic, diced
    1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    2 teaspoons cumin powder
    Salt to taste
    1/4 cup brown-rice flour or other gluten-free flour
    1/3 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds (optional)

    Sauce:
    2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
    1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
    1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and diced
    1/3 cup tahini
    1/4 cup unsweetened hemp or rice milk
    1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar

    1. Place chickpeas in a bowl, and cover with water. Place bowl in refrigerator, and soak for several hours.

    2. Drain beans, and place in a large pot with water so that beans are covered by at least 3 inches. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 1 hour, or until beans are tender but not mushy.

    3. Drain beans, and place in a food processor with 1 tablespoon olive oil, shallot, garlic, cilantro, cumin, salt, and flour. Pulse until well combined but still slightly coarse. Mix in sunflower seeds, and remove from processor.

    4. Dampen hands before rolling mixture into meatball-size balls. Flatten balls slightly, and set aside.

    5. To make the sauce, in a clean processor, add the carrots and cucumber, and mince. Add ginger, tahini, milk, and vinegar. Blend until smooth.

     6. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium flame. Cook falafel patties for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until golden. Serve topped with carrot sauce.

    nutrition info per serving: 517 calories; 22 g fat; 3 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 19 g protein; 64 g carbohydrate; 17 g fiber; 97 mg sodium

  • In Season: Sunchokes

    Also called Jerusalem artichokes—although they’re not from the Holy Land and are nothing like artichokes—sunchokes resemble portly ginger covered in bumps. But what these small tubers lack in aesthetics, they make up for with a bright flavor reminiscent of jicama and water chestnuts with a whisper of apple.

    By Matthew Kadey, RD
  • Detox the Right Way

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever dreamed of using a juice fast to lose your love handles or compensate for holiday excesses. You’re not alone. Between October 2008 and October 2009, Americans spent more than $100 million on cleansing and detoxifying products in an effort to lose weight, gain energy, or purify themselves of harmful toxins, according to market research firm Spins.

    Extreme cleanses can deplete your body. Here are three safer ways to lose weight, gain energy, and flush out toxins.
    By Katie Arnold
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    You had low-fat yogurt, mango, and a cup of black tea with honey for breakfast. Lunch was a turkey-breast sandwich, and you snacked on grapes and organic peanuts. You’re trying to eat healthy, so why don’t you feel healthy? Why are you fatigued, sick, or unable to lose those last 10 pounds?

    Balancing your body's pH for better health
    By Lisa Turner