If you're not trying to eat more meat-free meals, I highly recommend you start now. A diet that's filled with fruits and vegetables is not just better for our bodies, it's also better for the environment. Whether it's a resolution to eat vegetarian or an ongoing commitment to a cause like meat-free Mondays, we should all find a reason to eat more plants. To help you get started, I've rounded up 10 of our best vegetarian entrées. Click on for flavorful and satisfying inspiration!
At his demo during the New York City Wine and Food Festival, Bobby Flay told the crowd that his favorite meal to cook is brunch. Apparently he's been begging the Food Network to let him do a brunch show for years. They only relented after deciding to launch the Cooking Channel; Brunch @ Bobby's debuted two weeks ago. While I enjoy eating brunch, my favorite meal to cook is dinner. How about you?
One way I've been eating healthier this year, is by practicing mindful eating. What I mean by that is I'm really taking the time to be aware of the food I eat. By doing so, I'm developing healthier food habits and eating in more responsible ways. I know it may sound a little zen, but it really works. Besides giving myself a meat budget and focusing on the simple act of chewing, what's really helped is eating my meals at the table.
In the past, whenever I ate at home I would cook my meal in the kitchen but eat it in front of the TV. Most of my friends are guilty of the same. Eventually, I started to realize how bad it is because the television — or laptop, book, etc. — becomes a big distraction from our food. Instead of taking the time to sit and really enjoy it, we're sort of just scarfing it down while something else takes center stage. Think about it: how many times have you watched a movie and were then amazed at the amount of popcorn you ate through the whole thing?
Eating at a table, free of distractions helps in a lot of ways. First of all, I take time to enjoy the taste of my food more, and by doing so I tend to eat a lot less. And since I am giving myself more time to eat, I also chew my food more. It may seem like a silly point, but chewing helps with digestion and makes you feel satisfied sooner. And now, I will get a little zen on you — for me sitting down at the table is a small way to respect the food you're eating. You put a lot of hard work into cooking it, now take the time to really enjoy it! Although it may sound silly that little bit of awareness has made me a better cook and more responsible eating. Ultimately, I care more about all aspects of the meal in a way I didn't before.
My challenge for you is to try and eat all of your meals, for the next seven days, at the table (your desk does not count as a table). Check back in with me and let me know how you did!
When you go on a date that involves food, dinner is usually what first comes to mind, but breakfast and lunch dates can be just as fun and romantic. While they all have their ups and downs, I'd choose a dinner date any day of the week — there's just something sexy about sharing a dessert across the table and going out when the lights are dim. That's just my opinion, though, so tell me, which meal do you find the most romantic?
When a first–time mom comes home from the hospital with her new babe, relatives and friends may bring a few dinners here and there, but eventually the new mama has to fend for her family. So having tasty food delivered to her doorstep is a great gift.
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