Recipe: Papas a la Huancaina

This recipe is a popular Peruvian festival dish that comes from the town of Huancayo.

No need to serve anything else with it (except maybe a frosty beverage), as it is a hearty meal all by itself.

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Winter Squash in the Vegetarian Diet

Winter squash is called such due to the fact that it is harvested later on in the year, into the fall, when the skins are thick and hard – as is the flesh. Winter squash does not make for good raw eating. It is, however, very flavorful when cooked – much more so than the summer varieties. The seeds are an excellent source of protein and quite delicious when toasted with a few choice seasonings.

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Who is a Vegetarian?

There are varying degrees of vegetarianism, and much like the numerous hyphenated Americans (i.e. African American, Japanese American, Native American, etc.), there really are no “just plain vegetarians.”

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Mushrooms in the Vegetarian Diet

It’s a rare occasion when my salad doesn’t contain mushrooms, and I usually toss them in the cooking pot with pasta to blanch for the last couple of minutes, making them a part of my pasta primavera. They make a mean gravy, too.

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Legumes – The Beans

Beans are an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber and protein, as well as other vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy diet. Paired with grains, they provide all of the essential amino acids necessary for complete protein in the vegetarian diet. There are many bean varieties to choose from:

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Recipe: Grilled Asparagus Linguine with Mushroom Vinaigrette

I confess, I’m not much of an Asian foodie.

Nothing against Asian culture, people, or their food…I just didn’t grow up eating it, so I never developed a taste for it. On the rare occasion Mom made some sort of vegetarian meat-replacement Asian recipe it usually involved sweet-and-sour sauce, which I cannot stand to this day.

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The Potato in the Vegetarian Diet

Potatoes are another food regularly attacked by the low-carb foodies. Some so-called experts go so far as to decree that potatoes should never be eaten forever and evermore, amen.

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Vitamins in the Vegetarian Diet, Part 1: the Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Fat soluble vitamins are stored in fatty tissue and the liver and are not quickly discharged by the body, as they are attached to protein carriers in order to circulate throughout the the bloodstream. There is a potential for them to become toxic if too much accumulates in the body.

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Recipe: Polenta with Mushroom-Tomato Sauce and Gorgonzola

When you think of polenta (if you think of it at all), what usually comes to mind is a thick slice of cornmeal mixture similar in texture to pound cake.

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Legumes – The Peas

In addition to carbohydrates and fiber, peas generally provide Vitamins A, B (most of the complex), and C, as well as lutein, a nutrient necessary for good eyesight. There are several varieties of peas to choose from:

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