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Vegetables Likely To Take More Of Your Plate in 2016 »

gettyimages-459222286-4156cab27c5ae2b852b1cbbf6bc4e8e42ac17d10-s800-c85About a decade ago, food writer Michael Pollan issued a call to action: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. As 2016 opens, it looks like many American cooks and diners are heeding that call.

Vegetables have moved from the side to the center of the plate. And as another year begins, it appears that plants are the new meat.

Bon Appetit magazine named AL’s Place in San Francisco the best new restaurant of 2015. Meats at AL’s Place are listed under “sides.” The rest of the menu features vegetable-centric dishes sometimes featuring animal protein as an ingredient – pear curry, black lime yellowtail, persimmon, blistered squash. The hanger steak (with smoked salmon butter), however, is a side dish.

This and other restaurants are also using the whole vegetable. What used to go in the compost heap is now fermented, roasted or smoked and used in other dishes. The stem-to-leaf approach follows the example of nose-to-tail eating.

WastED is a project that brings together chefs, farmers, fishermen and food purveyors to “reconceive waste” in the food chain, according to the group’s website.

The WastED salad has been available at Sweetgreen restaurants, making use of the restaurants scraps – broccoli leaves, carrot ribbons, roasted kale stems, romaine hearts, roasted cabbage cores, roasted broccoli stalks and roasted bread butts all mixed with arugula, Parmesan, spicy sunflower seeds and pesto vinaigrette.

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How to Buy, Store, and Cook with Beets in Season in December »

Beets are one of winter’s sweetest treats. This root vegetable, which is harvested all summer through late fall, stores well and keeps for months. While mature both golden and red beets have an earthy, bitter flavor raw, they turn candy-like when roasted, grilled, or steamed. (Younger, early-season beets are tender and tasty raw.) Beets are also great for baking—their vibrant color acts as a natural dye, making chocolate cakes richer and darker.

How to Buy
If buying beets early in the fall or winter, there’s a good chance they’ll still have their tops. But the greens wilt long before the root (the actual beet portion of the veggie) goes badly, so farmers typically remove the greens before storing them. If you’re lucky enough to store a bunch with the greens, be sure that they aren’t wilted or mushy. If they’re pert and perky, they can be steamed, braised, or saut?ed.

How to Store
Store beets without their tops loose in an unsealed plastic bag in the fridge. Kept from moisture, they will last for weeks up to a couple of months. If the greens were attached, wrap them loosely in damp paper towel and keep in the crisper; the greens will last for about half a week. You can also pickle beets as you would cucumber—they’ll last indefinitely when canned properly, but if you don’t own a canner, you can store them in a sealed jar in the fridge for a few weeks.

How to live the natural life »

26108-1_nDo you want to start a new chapter in your life and embrace all things natural? In this digital age, it’s perfectly understandable to aspire to a more organic lifestyle. Here are a few key areas worth assessing so you (and your family) can live as close to nature as you possibly can.

What are you eating?

Your body is a temple, and a perfect reflection of the way you treat it. So, just being conscious of what you put inside it has the potential to improve your health greatly, and help you stick to an organic living program.

There are hidden chemicals and additives in so much of the food we eat. We recommend seriously assessing your weekly supermarket shopping list, checking labels carefully, and looking to replace as many of the pre-packaged and processed foods with green leafy vegetables, lean meats and low GI carbohydrates. The more your food has been processed, the more nutrients are lost.

In fact, the best way to control your diet and ensure it’s organic, is grow your own fruit, vegetables and herbs. Start your own garden this weekend and immediately reap the benefits.

We all have our go-to snacks for an instant perk-up, but that one piece of chocolate or bag of lollies delivers a burst of blood sugar energy that quickly dissipates and becomes a blood sugar crash. This will leave you flat for the rest of the day and a million times more likely to reach for more sugary drinks and snacks.

Start your day with protein, like a free-range egg-based dish, and studies have shown that cravings will be seriously reduced, giving you a much better chance of sticking to a healthy eating program, and living an organic life

How to live longer? »

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10 Tricks for More Positive Attutde »

pinnepleWhat are the differences between the optimist and the pessimist? It is almost certain that you have heard about the half full and the half empty cup. This is the difference between a pessimist and an optimist. The optimist always finds a reason to keep advancing and the pessimist always finds a reason to do nothing. Here are few perspectives that might help you to improve your life.

1. Most of the negative thoughts, are result of wrong assumptions
Are the facts that make you a pessimistic really true? Do you imagine the worst outcome of a situation, without actually having a reason to do so? Try to change this attitude.
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8 Ways to Have a Good Memory »

strawberries-p.jpgTo forget things sometimes is quite normal, but to forget things often is not that pleasant. It is not funny at all, when you are in a hurry and you can not remember where did you leave the key for the house. The ability to remember things shapes our life and helps us to organize things. The good memory is one of the mightiest assets we have and we are supposed to take care of it if needed. As you can not expect that you will have a nice body if you do not stand up from the bed all day, you also can not expect to have a good memory without training it. The human brain needs constant work in order to be active. Here are 8 suggestions.: Read the rest

Scandinavian way. Did you know that the women in Scandianvia have very clean and smooth skin ? »

tuna-p.jpgAlthough their skin is pale and they are very sensitive to sun burns, the ladies in the northern countries have found the way to have skin without wrinkles. What is the secret? Basically – fish and a lot of fresh air. The consumption of fish in Norway, Denmark and Sweden is very high and the fish is one of the main components of the Scandinavian cooking. The most preferred fish is salmon. The fish is source of anti-oxidants, and helps to postpone the aging of the cells. In Norway and other northern countries the fish is always at the table, it is a perfect food for such cold areas of the world and is very rich of proteins. Read the rest