How to Cook Bulgur: Fast Food in a Whole Grain

Bulgur wheat is one of my favorite grains. I consider it one of nature’s “fast foods.” Also known as cracked wheat, bulgur is made from steaming or parboiling whole kernels of grain, then grinding them into various sizes. Because it’s pre-cooked, it needs little additional cooking. Some recipes, like traditional tabbouleh salad, only require soaking. […]

Going Brown: The Challenge of Eating More Whole Grains

We are always being told to eat more whole grains. But what does that mean, and more important, how can we do it with our already busy schedules? There are two main health reasons for switching to whole grains: They contain more  fiber, and have a lower glycemic load. Fiber is an indigestible carbohydrate that […]

Save Money by Eating Less Meat and More Vegetable Protein

Animal proteins, including eggs, dairy products, meat, fish and poultry, are usually the most expensive part of our food budgets.

Sometimes people think that in order to eat less meat, they need to become vegetarian or make vegetarian meals more often. This is one approach. But you can still choose to include small amounts of meat or other animal protein in most meals. What counts is how much you eat over the course of an average day.

Don’t Bite the Bugs: How to Prevent Insect Infestation

Insects aren’t necessarily bad for you, and insects in grains have served as a source of Vitamin B12 for vegans in some countries. However, they can destroy your food. And most people prefer not to include them in their diet. Since bugs aren’t kosher, I’ve learned techniques for keeping bugs out of food in the […]