These days the choices that confront us when we walk into the grocery store seem endless. Organic? Non-GMO? Grass-fed?Pasture-raised? Free range? Wild-caught? Not to mention all the ‘free-from’s which, of course, we at The Tasteful Pantry are intimately familiar with. As many options as there are, there seem to be a whole cult of proponents for each who treat each decision as black and white. But many of these choices can’t be solved with a blanket statement, and there are many factors at play in addition to impact on your health – things like impact on the environment, and of course, cost!
Summer is just around the corner, and that means we’re heading into barbeque season! You may even be planning on breaking out the grill for Father’s Day this Sunday. We all love eating juicy fresh fruit during those hot summer days, but have you ever thought about adding grilled fruit to your BBQ menu? You could serve your grilled fruit as a good-for-you dessert, or even as a savory side dish. The grill adds a unique smokey flavor to the fruit, and the heat causes the sugars in the fruit to caramelize naturally.
It’s approaching that time of the year again, where friends and family gather to eat, drink, and tell embarrassing stories about eachother 😄 These days it seems like more and more people have dietary restrictions, whether they’re in the form of food allergies, intolerances or just strong preferences. As a host or hostess, if you’re inviting a big group over, chances are you’ll have at least one person with some sort of dietary restriction. So here are some tips to manage such a varied group stress-free!
Happy National Donut Day! What better way to celebrate than to bake up these gluten-free dairy-free donuts? You can even make them vegan too. Look at how fluffy and cakey they look, plus they’re not too sweet so you can have them as a light snack, or top them with some powdered sugar or your favorite sweet toppings – cinnamon, chocolate syrup, nutella, candied nuts, strawberry jam are some yummy options.
Calcium is important for bone growth and healthy teeth but also improves health in other areas such as blood pressure, heart health and weight. The daily recommended intake is 1000 mg. for men and 1200 mg. for women. That equates to about four 8 oz. glasses of milk a day.
This Memorial Day, serve up the ultimate comfort food: fried chicken. Most fried chicken recipes call for some form of gluten (wheat flour) and dairy (buttermilk), but we’ve come up with one that is gluten-free, dairy-free, and delicious. For many people, fried chicken is one of those foods that has a special place in our childhoods, whether or not we’re from the South. I know it does for me, even though I’m Asian and from LA. So I apologize in advance to all of you die-hard fried chicken eaters out there if this recipe messes with your memories of home. But for those of us who can’t have gluten or dairy, we don’t really have a choice if we want to share in the fried chicken love. So here it goes.
Spinning is one of my favorite – ok my very favorite – workouts out there, which is (surprise surprise) why I teach it. It’s an awesome sweat-inducing cardio workout, but it also has the potential to help you build strength. It’s super simple to follow along – no confusing steps or moves to memorize – and who wouldn’t want to just ride their hearts out in a dark room with blasting music that makes you wanna get out of your seat and dance?