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Review by Debbie Mazo
With all the evidence praising the benefits of healthy eating, "you are what you eat" has never made more sense. Yet, faced with a plethora of dietary choices, consumers are more confused than ever. Visit the Cooking Village where you'll not only cut through all the conflicting statistics, but also learn all there is to know about fueling your body with healthy, good-tasting food.
Part of the award-winning Natural Land network of sites, Cooking Village is a well-designed resource with all the ingredients you need to get on the right track to healthy living. From informative features written by cutting-edge authorities to recipes for the latest trends in healthy cuisine, Cooking Village puts a fresh spin on preparing tasty, nutritious meals for you and your family.
Since the 1970s, soy has been taking center stage in many restaurants and kitchens across North America. Originally popular in stir-fry dishes or as an egg substitute, supermarket shelves now offer hundreds of products containing soy protein. At Cooking Village, you'll find easy ways to enjoy all the health benefits of soy, like reducing the risk of heart disease and protecting against breast cancer. Introduce yourself to soy by starting off with simple dressings like Russian Dressing with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Creamy Sesame Miso Dressing. Or, indulge in guilt-free desserts like Tiramisu or Cran-Apple Crumble.
If you're time-challenged, you can still whip up a meal that would make any nutritionist proud. Click on Meals for Minutes for speedy alternatives using common ingredients like red peppers. An excellent source of vitamin C, red peppers can dress up just about any dish from simple vinaigrettes to traditional pasta dishes. Or, enjoy the bold flavors of Spain with specialty dishes like Tortilla Rapida Española. This version of a traditional favorite uses egg whites, instead of whole eggs, and saffron to add an inviting yellow color to the dish.
There's more on the menu at Cooking Village with Enlightened Entertaining ideas including throwing a bagel party where guests participate in the bagel making process, learn a new skill, and enjoy eating their creations at the end. You can also discover how to add preventive and healing foods to your diet like using garlic to thicken soups, stews, and casseroles or toss whole into pasta dishes. With all these great ideas at your fingertips, you'll have no excuses when it comes to heading down the path toward healthy eating.
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. She's been writing the NetFood Digest column for FoodWine since 1997. You can contact her at djmbc@[email-address-removed].
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